Why Reese Witherspoon Is Keeping Her Reported Mystery Man a Secret After Jim Toth Divorce

Reese Witherspoon’s divorce from Jim Toth barely made a blip on the celebrity radar. After so many tumultuous high-profile Hollywood splits in 2023, the former couple quietly wrapped up their divorce in August. Now, the 48-year-old actress is moving on and she reportedly has a new man, who has nothing to do with the entertainment industry.

It looks like Witherspoon has taken her romance to the East Coast because DeuxMoi, an unverified celebrity gossip site, has noted sightings of the Oscar winner with a mystery man in New York City. Fans of the site have snapped photos of the duo at restaurant hotspots like Little Owl and Casa Cruz while strolling through the streets of Manhattan. The entertainment site noted that he’s “tall and lean… brown hair starting to turn grey” and might be “a private equity guy at APAX.” Witherspoon’s representative isn’t confirming any details about her private life, per Life & Style, but sources are talking about the alleged new relationship.

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“Reese doesn’t take dating lightly,” an insider divulged to the media outlet. “After splitting from Jim, she was determined to take her time and not jump into another relationship unless she was absolutely sure. She listened to her heart, and apparently, she’s now dating this guy exclusively.” The Big Little Lies star met her new beau the old-fashioned way — through her friends. “There’s still a lot of secrecy surrounding her new suitor, but Reese is having fun,” they added. “She’s totally into him and optimistic about where it might be headed.”

Witherspoon might be a “romantic at heart,” but she’s treading carefully about any new relationship after two divorces. She shares two adult children, Ava, 24, and Deacon, 20 with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, and one son Tennessee, 11, with Toth. However, she’s reportedly waiting to involve her youngest child in her blossoming relationship. But it sounds like it’s a relief for Witherspoon to be dating someone outside of the Hollywood bubble. The source noted that “this dude is checking all the boxes” and she hopes “to be married again” one day in the future.

For now, Witherspoon is putting herself first because, as she explained to Harper’s Bazaar last year, it was “a vulnerable time” for her. However, she took control of the narrative which wasn’t something she did the first time around. “It’s interesting what happened to me. When I was divorced before, the tabloid media got to tell people how I was feeling or how I was processing, and it felt very out of control,” she shared. The Hello Sunshine founder is now ready for her next chapter, and it looks like love is in the table of contents.

Before you go, click here to learn more about celebrities who’ve opened up about dating after divorce.

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