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Reese Witherspoon's daughter shares very rare photo of boyfriend – and mom approves!

Ava is Reese's eldest child

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
22 June 2021
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Reese Witherspoon's daughter has taken to Instagram to share a very rare photo of her boyfriend – and she sparked quite the reaction!

Ava Phillippe posted a sweet selfie showing her and Owen Mahoney together as they posed at the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas – a place that's well-known for its nightly bat flights.

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"The bats were feeling shy… so here's a pic of us instead," Ava, 21, captioned the photo. Her mom, Reese, was among the first to comment - and it's clear she's a big fan of the young couple. "[Love heart eyes emoji] These two," she sweetly wrote.

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It's thought that Ava and Owen have been dating for around two years now, although she rarely shares photos of him on social media.

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Ava shared a rare snapshot of her boyfriend, Owen

Fans were quick to react to the sweet snapshot – with a huge number noting the similarities between Owen and Ava's dad, Ryan Phillippe.

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"Totally Reese and Ryan!" one wrote while a second echoed: "10000000% thought it was ur mom and dad lol!" And a third shared: "Looks like you and your dad or a younger version of your parents!"

Reese, 45, and Ryan, 46, met in 1997 at a party for her 21st birthday and one year later co-starred in the hit film, Cruel Intentions.

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Reese and Ryan were married from 1999 until 2007

They were married in June 1999 and went on to welcome two children – Ava and 17-year-old son Deacon – before their split in 2007.

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In an interview with Elle magazine, Reese described her divorce as "very humiliating and isolating" but said she had learnt important lessons from the breakup.

"You see a lot of people play this blame game. Blame, blame, blame. You know? And it's a really easy thing to do, and I'm certainly guilty of it," she admitted.

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Ryan with their children, Ava and Deacon

"[You have to] look at yourself and go, `What part of this do I need to own? Which part of this is my responsibility?' And that's the painful work that you have to go through to hopefully get some real-life knowledge out of it."

Reese has been married to talent agent Jim Toth since March 2011 and together they share one son – eight-year-old Tennessee.

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