Ryan Phillippe's kids aren't fed up with him posting shirtless pictures on social media and getting new tattoos, despite a false tabloid report. Gossip Cop can debunk the bogus story. There's no truth to it.
A headline in the latest issue of OK! reads, "Ryan Embarrassing His Kids." The accompanying says the actor's 19-year-old daughter Ava and 15-year-old son Deacon, who he shares with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, are troubled by their 44-year-old dad not acting his age.
A supposed source tells the magazine, "Ryan's always off getting tattoos or posting sexy shirtless pics, and they're sick of it. Ava's complained to her friends that lately, she's the parent and he's the kid." The alleged insider adds, "What they're too young to understand is that he's probably going through a midlife crisis."
Gossip Cop reached out to a source close to Phillippe, who wasn't able to speak on the record, but assures us the tabloid's report is "ridiculous." Our trustworthy insider adds, "He is and has always been a fantastic father with close relationships with his children. They are and have always been his number one priority."
The magazine seems to have concocted its phony story based on a comment Phillippe made to Stellar magazine in 2017. The actor had said, "I get silly or goofy on social media and sometimes I act like a teenager just because I think it's funny. I'm sure that bothers [my kids]. But I try to minimize any embarrassment or offset it with a lot of other good qualities." The actor is clearly very self-aware of how he represents himself on social media.
There are many additional aspects of OK!'s story that don't check out. The only shirtless photos on Phillippe's social media are a few he took at the beach while with his family. The only new tattoo Phillippe seems to have gotten as of late is the one he posted to Instagram a few weeks ago. While Phillippe probably does embarrass his kids, it's in a total dad way. He posts loving messages on their birthdays and goofy photos of them together. It's classic dad behavior, modernized.
This isn't the first time a tabloid has pushed a fake narrative about the actor. Gossip Cop busted Woman's Day last year for incorrectly reporting that Phillippe was creating tension in Witherspoon's marriage to her husband Jim Toth. Prior to that, we called out HollywoodLife for falsely claiming Phillippe was dating Katy Perry. The gossip media doesn't know much about the actor's personal life, including his relationship with his kids.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.