Following Eva's absence from the Oscars, everyone's talking about the golden couple... including us
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have always kept their relationship under the radar. After meeting on The Place Beyond The Pines, the pair have remained tight-lipped about their romance – and the family that followed.
So when rumours emerged that mum-of-two Eva, 42, would be attending the Oscars with Ryan last week, we were excited.
But then Ryan attended with his sister Mandi instead and it sent warning signals through the LOOK office. Mandi was also Ryan’s date for the 2007 Academy Awards, when he was in a relationship with Rachel McAdams. Just a few months later, it was revealed the pair had broken up.
The ‘sib-split’ is a common Hollywood phenomenon. Remember Emma Stone’s date for the 2015 Oscars was her brother Spencer? Shortly after, it was revealed she’d broken up with Andrew Garfield.
So is it over for Ryan and Eva? We’re told that Eva was supposed to appear with Ryan, but had a change of heart. ‘Ryan really wanted her to come,’ a pal tells LOOK. ‘But she backed out on the morning of the show.’
Eva was also a no-show at January’s Golden Globes and, according to our sources, the time they’re spending apart is having an effect on their relationship.
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‘They’re both intensely private people,’ says our insider. ‘But things have been pretty strained recently. Ryan’s been away promoting La La Land and that’s difficult when Eva’s the one running the family.’
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It’s something Ryan addressed in his Golden Globes Best Actor speech, giving us hope that they’ll be able to work it out. ‘While I was singing and dancing and playing piano, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second,’ he said. ‘If she hadn’t taken all that on so I could have this experience, it would be someone else up here. So sweetheart, thank you.’
Still, remember when Ben Affleck said of marriage to Jen Garner: ‘It’s work, but it’s the best kind of work. And there’s no one I’d rather work with,’ before announcing their split just months later? Oh gawd, Ryan and Eva, nooo…
For more celebrity gossip, pick up this week’s issue of LOOK.