Why Are There So Few Photos Of Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds?

Yesterday’s news that Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, the world’s most attractive couple, were divorcing took us all by shock. They couldn’t! They wouldn’t! Especially since they both seemed so down to earth, so funny, so…perfect for each other! And come on…right after Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron broke up? Are they trying to kill us?!

But as we were trying to put together a gallery of the best moments from ScarJo and Ryan’s relationship, we noticed a funny fact: there are essentially no pictures of the happy couple.

Well, that’s odd. Since the twosome have been officially dating since Ryan split with Alanis Morissette in 2007, you’d think that there’d be some pics of Scarlett with her hubby: maybe waving side by side at each other’s blockbuster movie premiere, or making surprise cameos on each other’s Saturday Night Live episodes. No? Nothing? Seriously, Google “Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson”…the images are scarce, and are comprised entirely of paparazzi shots.

So why the public secrecy? Betty Confidential‘s Senior Editor of Style+Beauty, P.J. Gach, has a few theories. “Their combined beauty would break all the lenses of the paparazzi,” she joked. But getting serious:

“As beautiful they were, neither of them were known for drama. They were both very down-to-earth…They were very low-key.”

So maybe the couple were trying to keep their private life out of the public eye, a la Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis?

“Yeah, but Johnny lives in France, so we don’t get to hear about his life as much. With Ryan and Scarlett, they’re both trading on their looks right now, and looks fade. Both of them live in a fishbowl. And they need to protect that image of them being singularly attractive.”

That may explain what eventually drove them apart: they both are trying to be famous right now, star in everything immediately, and have no time for their relationship.

Still, plenty of attractive couples make appearances together, and the lack of photos could point to other issues in their relationship. If you are too busy trying to make careers as individuals, it’s hard to work as a pair.

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