Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ baby news sent a shock wave through Hollywood, and put the famously private couple in the spotlight.
As we celebrate the happy news, it’s time to look back at their relationship, which has been the envy of many for some time now.
As far as future wedding plans go, a friend of the couple told OK magazine, “Ryan doesn’t think they need to marry just because they are having a baby.”
1. They Met on ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ Set
In the 2012 film, Gosling plays Luke, a motorcycle stunt performer who reconnects with his ex, Mendes, only to realize she gave birth to his son.
In September of 2011, they were first spotted as a couple, vacationing in Disneyland. They were photographed cuddling and holding hands, sparking relationship rumors.
The two became close on set, with a source telling People back then,
“They have great chemistry and seem to enjoy filming together. They seem to be good friends and always laugh together.”
When Marie Claire asked her about making the movie with Gosling, she tellingly replied:
He’s your dream co-star. I have never felt so creatively satisfied on a film. He’s amazing.
2. Their Baby News Broke the Internet
— E! Online (@eonline) July 10, 2014
On July 9, it was confirmed that Mendes was seven months pregnant.
The two kept the baby news a secret for so long, which is a rarity in Hollywood.
An insider told People magazine that Mendes, “just hasn’t ever wanted anyone beyond her close friends and family knowing more than they had to…And Ryan is certainly private and always has been.”
The Twittersphere was shocked at first, and then jealous and sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 9, 2014
Sending Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes all best wishes for a bouncing, healthy, annoyingly good looking baby.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) July 9, 2014
3. They Both Came Out of Serious Relationships
Gosling has a thing for meeting his women on set.
When they broke up, sources said it was because McAdams wasn’t ready to give Gosling the children he wanted.
Now with the news of Gosling unborn child, McAdams, according to OK magazine, is “devastated.”
ryan gosling & eva mendes are having a baby. pretty much how rachel mcadams &the rest of the female population feels: pic.twitter.com/YKRDdPSXg4
— taryn (@tarynkasper) July 9, 2014
In 2011, when she was still with him, she told Hollywood Life that she wasn’t looking to get married:
It’s nothing negative when I say that [I don’t believe in marriage]. I just don’t think marriage is necessary, as necessary as society makes it. And I don’t have a negative point of view on it. I just think it’s a very old tradition and if you look back to what marriage symbolizes in the first place … it has nothing with why we get married today.
4. There Were Breakup Rumors
In February, various media outlets reported that their relationship was over.
In Touch and Life & Style were the first the break the news, and pretty soon every celebrity gossip page posted their breakup.
In the video above, Mendes dished to Ellen that her Valentine’s Day plans included watching The Notebook, which gave the message that the couple was still together.
5. They Made This Funny or Die Video
The couple’s sense of humor is apparent in this 2012 clip, titled Drunk History Christmas.