Spotted: Reese Witherspoon’s Party Pal – Deacon!

07/20/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

Party time!

Reese Witherspoon takes her son Deacon Reese, 6½, to a friend’s birthday celebration on Saturday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

“Things are great,” says the actress’ ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, whom she split from in 2006 after seven years of marriage.

“We go to all the school events together, and we’re there for each other. It is so important as divorced parents to keep that connection. It makes the kids feel better that the parents are interacting.”

Witherspoon and Phillippe are also parents to daughter Ava Elizabeth, 10½.

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Mina on

Reese and Ryan seem like such down to earth people, great parents, and good friends to each other….anyone else wish they would get back together?

Heather Lynn on

As a long time Reese Witherspoon fan, I must say that I am always excited to see posts about her! I feel like Deacon should be so much older than 6 1/2.. he seems to have been around forever!!

Romy on

no I don’t wish they’d get back together! I don’t think they were good together, but I also think Ryan takes the blame in the media for things that he and Reese BOTH did. I think that’s such a cute dreess on Reese though!

Helene on

Reese is the cutest ever! I love seeing pictures of her, especially of her with her kids.

Valerie on

What a great dress!

dawn on

Yes they should get back toghter.. It amazes me that ppl can have a relationship as divorced parents but not as married parents… I think lately she has been passing it out which is a shame!!!

Erin on

dawn! I will be looking forward to your simultaneous book releases:
“Don’t Get Divorced If You Have Even a Smidgen of Kindness Left Toward Each Other” and “An Adult Woman Who Has a Relationship Out of Wedlock Is a Whore”. I’m smelling New York Times bestsellers for you!

Romy on

lol, passing it out. It’s widely known that she and Jake were a business arrangement. She and Jim were rumored to have a past, so when she was done with the business arrangement she picked back up with Jim Toth again. Notice how quickly they were moving in together? I don’t think she and Ryan are there for each other as much as she likes to make people think. They got married because she was pregnant and young. It was never easy. Now they are happier apart, so they don’t have to be so bitter or involved in each other’s lives. It’s nice when divorced parernts can attend holiday events, school functions etc at the same time. I know first hand. My parents have come a long way in that regard.

Vida on

Anyone know where Reese got her dress?

mae on

I thought she and Ryan were adorable together but it’s not like I know them or the details of their relationship. But on the surface they were adorable. And boy do they make beautiful babies. Deacon and Ava are so adorable and Deacon looks so grown up in this pic. Can’t believe he’s already six yrs old!

Helene on

I so needed that laugh. You said it perfectly.

Jennifer on

Must have details on that dress. Love it. Need it.

Maaike on

Sweet Deacon looks like he could have walked right off the page of a history book, with his high white socks, the black shoes and the short trousers. Reminiscent of a 17th century noble man. Precious! He looks like a little prince to me.

Bancie1031 on

Ava is Reese’s mini me and Deacon is Ryan’s mini me ….. this is a family we definitely don’t see enough of …..
I love Reese! Her and Ryan seem like they have their heads on straight. I’m so glad they put their differences behind them and always put their children first!

Stella Bella on

I love her dress! Where did she get it????

MiB on

Dawn, it’s called civility, and it’s something all divorced parents should work towards because it’s the best for the children! Why should they stay together and make each other and the children miserable when they can be divorced co-parents who are happy and make their children happy? It is absolutely possible (and if they have childres, desirable) for divorced spouses to have an amicable relationship, but it should not men that they should get togehter again. I am a child of divorce and even though my parents were civil to each other, there was no getting around the feeling that they would rather not be in the same room for at least the first 15 years after their divorce. My stepfather had a terrible divorce from his first wife (their daughter was a classic case of being dropped off at the door and watched from the car because the parents just couldn’t stand meeting each other even for that brief amount of time), his second divorce was more amicable and for their daughters sake, they actually celebrate christmas and her birthdays and other important events in her life together. Guess which dauther is happier with the arrangement? And none of them want their parents to get back together! Because they know that it is one thing to be amicable and civilized for short periods of time, and another thing to be constantly amicable and civilized in a relationship you don’t want to be in.

Patricia on

Romy, Ryan long ago said in an interview that he has always placed his children’s well being as his greatest consideration but he finally decided that having a father who was happy would ultimately be best for them. Reese hasn’t said anything except that it was isolating to go through a divorce. But I think they were very much in love when they married and had Ava. They both adore their children. They are so very different in personalities that it’s amazing to me how long they lasted. But once again, I think their children were their greatest motivation. In the end, after a painful but private divorce, they have come to a place where they can meet with only the love they both have for their children as the agenda. I applaud them both and think they will probably raise two of the most well adjusted children in Hollywood. No small feat.

Guinny on

I’ve been looking for a good straw bag. Any idea where she got hers?

Lorus on

LOL Erin!! Too funny.

I don’t think they should get back together. They were very open with the fact that they were in councelling for years which means things weren’t so peachy keen. It’s much better to have them co-parent their children apart. That way everyone is happy and the kids can see their parents in positive relationships.

Maud on

Does anyone know where she got that fabulous dress? I love it!

Bancie1031 on

Patricia – nicely said and I agree!

Jen DC on

It always surprises me how young she is!

I’m all for divorce if people aren’t happy together. Children pick up on the undercurrents of a relationship and being forced to watch a bad one is more damaging than facing the reality of parents apart. At least, from our family’s experience…

Vanessa on

Oh I thought this was Ava at first!

kimber on

Also loving that dress. Someone out there has to know who makes it! Please help!

Lashon on