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Abbie Cornish: Starting Relationship with Ryan Phillippe Was 'a Difficult Time'

Abbie+Cornish in Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish leave the Baron nightclub holding hands. (Bauer Griffin)more pics » DON'T MISS
Twenty-seven-year-old actress Abbie Cornish -- who began dating Ryan Phillippe after meeting him on the set of 2006 movie Stop Loss, prompting speculation she played a part in the breakdown of Ryan’s marriage to Reese Witherspoon -- was unprepared for the intense scrutiny their romance attracted.

She explained:
It was a really difficult time for me. I was thrust into this realm of paparazzi and coverage that I'd never been exposed to.

In a normal successful career, someone usually learns these things bit by bit. For me, it was like night and day. I woke up one day and there was this whole new thing I had to process and deal with.
Abbie and 34-year-old Ryan -- who has two children, Ava, nine, and five-year-old Deacon, with ex-wife Reese -- now live together in Los Angeles. The Australian star has remained tight-lipped on whether she and Ryan are planning to wed, but she moved to the city solely for her relationship -- and it was the right decision.

She told W magazine: “It was love that brought me here, not work. I think the city feels and looks a little bit different because of that.”


See more pictures of Ryan and Abbie (click any photo):
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish Leave the Baron Nightclub
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
  • Abbie Cornish in Ryan Phillippe Coaches Deacon's Baseball Game
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