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.
The 43-year-old Canadian said it was a “mistake” but he and Lively are continually “challenging lifelong social conditioning”:
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 repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.
In June, they pledged to be better allies to the Black community and made a $200,000 (£159,000) donation to racial justice organisation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
In lengthy Instagram posts, they wrote about their “complicity” in systemic racism, as well as their past “mistakes” – but people were quick to notice no specific mention of the slave plantation wedding venue in 2012.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married on a plantation. Her wedding ring cost 2mil. They just donated 200k to s… https://t.co/qK3plLv7DV
— “Excessively and Openly Black” (@“Excessively and Openly Black”)
In the couple’s June announcement, they vowed to raise their three kids “so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern” of “bias” and “blindness” to racism.
This is a commitment Reynolds reiterated in his latest interview on Tuesday:
We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.