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 coupleâ€™s four-year marriage is hanging by a thread. â€œThey fight over everything,â€ says an insider. â€œSomething as minor as him forgetting to return her call can quickly turn into a screaming argument.â€ 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 Reeseâ€™s older kids, Ava, 16, and Deacon, 12, from her first marriage to Ryan Philippe.
â€œQuality time alone is so rare for them and Reese blames Jim for that,â€ 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 doesnâ€™t answer his phone when she calls. â€œIn her eyes, heâ€™s not the same man she married.â€ Meanwhile, Reese, 39, believes Jimâ€™s much-publicised drink-driving arrest in April 2013is what kick-started the problems in their relationship. â€œThatâ€™s when he became more distant and began focusing on his career,â€ the source tells Star. â€œTheyâ€™ve been in a downward spiral ever since then.â€ In fact, their frequent fights get so heated she often makes him sleep in another room! So whatâ€™s keeping them together? It seems the main reason the pair havenâ€™t split yet is the kids. â€œJim adores all three of them, and Ava is particularly close with him,â€ says the insider.
â€œItâ€™s got to be heartbreaking for her to see him and her mum constantly bickering.â€ 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! â€œSheâ€™s great at making it look like she has the perfect family,â€ the insider says of Reese, who makes a point of cuddling up to Jim in public. â€œJim hates playing those games, heâ€™s not the type to pretend everythingâ€™s OK when itâ€™s not.â€ Now, with the holidays upon them, friends of the couple fear itâ€™s make-or-break time. â€œThere are two ways Christmas could go for them – theyâ€™ll either realise they canâ€™t stand to live together anymore or theyâ€™ll reignite their romance and decide to fight for their marriage,â€ says the insider. â€œThe way itâ€™s been between them lately itâ€™s hard to imagine things ending well.â€ In a revealing new interview, Gigi reveals sheâ€™s been burned by someone she loves – but who is it?