DIVIDING THE SPOILS Insiders say the Pacific Palisades mansion Reese and Jim bought last year for $17.5 million could be a bargaining chip if they divorce. Posing for photos at an LA art gala last month, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth looked like the picture-perfect pair. But a shocking new report in US magazine Star claims that behind closed doors the couple’s four-year marriage is hanging by a thread. They fight over everything, says an insider. Something as minor as him forgetting to return her call can quickly turn into a screaming argument. Yikes! The root of the problem, it seems, are their increasingly hectic schedules. Indeed, Jim, 45, works around the clock as co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency, while Reese juggles an A-list film career with running her new lifestyle brand Draper James. And when they do get a break from the daily grind, the focus is on their son Tennessee, three, and Reese’s older kids, Ava, 16, and Deacon, 12, from her first marriage to Ryan Philippe.
Quality time alone is so rare for them and Reese blames Jim for that, reveals the insider, adding that when they first got together in 2010, he practically put his career on hold for her. These days, though, he works day and night, and doesn’t answer his phone when she calls. In her eyes, he’s not the same man she married. Meanwhile, Reese, 39, believes Jim’s much-publicised drink-driving arrest in April 2013is what kick-started the problems in their relationship. That’s when he became more distant and began focusing on his career, the source tells Star. They’ve been in a downward spiral ever since then. In fact, their frequent fights get so heated she often makes him sleep in another room! So what’s keeping them together? It seems the main reason the pair haven’t split yet is the kids. Jim adores all three of them, and Ava is particularly close with him, says the insider.
It’s got to be heartbreaking for her to see him and her mum constantly bickering. As for perfectionist Reese, desperate to avoid a second divorce after splitting from 41-year-old Ryan in 2008, and is determined to keep her latest marriage crisis on the down-low! She’s great at making it look like she has the perfect family, the insider says of Reese, who makes a point of cuddling up to Jim in public. Jim hates playing those games, he’s not the type to pretend everything’s OK when it’s not. Now, with the holidays upon them, friends of the couple fear it’s make-or-break time. There are two ways Christmas could go for them – they’ll either realise they can’t stand to live together anymore or they’ll reignite their romance and decide to fight for their marriage, says the insider. The way it’s been between them lately it’s hard to imagine things ending well. In a revealing new interview, Gigi reveals she’s been burned by someone she loves – but who is it?