Fifteen years ago, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon welcomed their first child together — daughter Ava. In honor of her birthday, Phillippe remembered a sweet moment the former spouses shared the day Witherspoon gave birth via Twitter on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
"15 yrs ago today, was my last [day] on, The Way of the Gun. A helicopter waited off set to transport me from the 'Mexican brothel' in Utah to Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills," the Secret and Lies actor, 40, tweeted. (Phillippe starred in the drama The Way of the Gun, which was released in 2000.)
"With my stomach in knots, exhausted & dirty, covered in syrupy fake blood & shards of candy glass the heli[copter] found the pad and I was taken to an area to sterilize myself. I made it to my then wife's bedside w/ two hours to spare before," he continued. "My baby girl first entered the world. 15 years ago I learned what love truly is."
Phillippe and Witherspoon, 38, met at the actress' 21st birthday party in 1997 where she adorably told him he was her birthday gift that night. They went on to costar in 1999's Cruel Intentions and married that same year. The exes — also parents to 10-year-old son Deacon — separated in late 2006 and finalized their divorce in June 2008.
After a painful split — Phillippe cheated with actress Abbie Cornish — the once beloved Hollywood couple have settled into an amicable relationship. Witherspoon remarried CAA agent Jim Toth in March 2011 and welcomed son Tennessee in September 2012. The couple have been photographed spending time with Phillippe and his girlfriend Paulina Slagter at Deacon's soccer games. Phillippe welcomed baby girl Kailani in July 2011 with former fling, Pitch Perfect actress Alexis Knapp.
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