As you have probably heard, Ryan Phillippe is single again. He’s been with Abbie Cornish since cheating with her on Reese Witherspoon, but it’s over now and it’s ugly. The way we like it. Rare the celebrity split that isn’t falsely amicable. Usually there’s a generic statement about not being together anymore and respecting each other and requesting privacy.

These two? Oh no. These two are throwing down.

Abbie’s publicist struck first with a release to

"Abbie ended the relationship with Ryan and she moved out of their home."

Then Ryan’s rep countered:

"Ryan ended the relationship and asked her to move out of his house."

Of course the immediate assumption is that Abbie walked because Ryan can’t stay faithful. His infidelity during his marriage was epic, I wrote about it extensively at the time, and there’s no reason to believe he’s changed, despite his insistence that his affair with Abbie was more than just a cock itch, not indicative of a behavioural pattern. Please. He’s a douche.

Having said that, while Ryan very well may have reverted his old habits, it doesn’t mean there isn’t some strategy here where Abbie is concerned. Abbie’s performance in Bright Star generated much positive buzz coming out of Cannes. They predicted she’d be The One. And then it just died. Didn’t come close. Ryan’s Carb Face was a career downer...

Might as well capitalise on their separation and use it to her advantage, generate some sympathy, work over the lady support. Not a bad play. But this game belongs to Reese Witherspoon. Of course. She’s still on top, her rival lost the man and the Oscar. Reese would never admit it, but that bitch is smug today. Very, very smug.

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