Actor Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively, also an actress, are apologizing for their 2012 wedding that was held on a southern plantation.
The couple says they are grief stricken over the decision to have a wedding at a place ” built upon devastating tragedy,” People Magazine reports.
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” Reynolds said.
“It’s impossible to reconcile,” he continued. “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—ing 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 re-patterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”
The couple also released statements on their Instagram pages, noting they were donating to NCAAP Legal Defense Fund.
“Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just a start,” they shared. “We also pledge to star educated and vote in every local election. We want to know the positions of school board nominees, sheriffs, mayors, councilpersons. We want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, 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,” the statement read.
Lively and Reynolds were married at Boone Hall, one of America’s oldest working plantations. Located in South Carolina, the plantation is now a historical site and open for tours.