Ryan Reynolds revealed in a new interview with Fast Company that he and wife Blake Lively regret hosting their 2012 wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina.
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for. It’s impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy,” said Reynolds.
Ryan Reynolds is speaking out for the first time regarding the public criticism over the fact that he and wife Blake Lively booked a Southern plantation mansion for their 2012 wedding.
In a new interview with Fast Company, the Deadpool actor expressed that he and Lively will always feel immense regret toward their decision to marry at Boone Hall. Last year, social media platform Pinterest banned all wedding images photographed on former plantations, notably including photographs from Reynolds and Lively’s ceremony.
“[The wedding location is] something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for. It’s impossible to reconcile,” Reynolds told Fast Company. “What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy. Years ago we got married again at home—but shame works in weird ways. A giant f****** mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn’t mean you won’t f*** up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”
Related article: Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Donate To NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Amid the ongoing, nationwide Black Lives Matter movement that followed the murder of George Floyd, both Reynolds and Lively have voiced their support for the Black community, pledged to raise their children to be inherently anti-racist, and generously donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
“We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is. We’ve been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us. We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity,” said Reynolds and Lively in a joint late-May statement. “We want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.