Why Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Skipped the 2021 Met Gala

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were among the major A-list couples missing from this evening's Met Gala, unfortunately. It appears the two opted to stay home for the evening rather than attend the smaller September event.

Lively reflected on her past Met Gala looks on her Instagram Story earlier this week, so the event was on her mind. She was also photographed out in New York City on September 12, which sparked speculation she could attend tonight's gala. Not this time, it turned out, but there's always the 2022 Met Gala in May.

During Lively and Reynolds' last Met Gala together in 2017, Reynolds spoke to Humans of NY about what he sees in Lively. His remarks marked some of his sincerest, non-trolling comments about Lively and her impact on him.

"She always responds with empathy," he started. "She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She'll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she's made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn't want to remember. She made me remember the good times."

Lively, by the way, is her own stylist and will presumably style herself for her next Met Gala.

In March 2018, she explained to Women's Wear Daily why she hasn't hired a stylist in years. "I have control issues and a big ego—that’s probably the honest answer [for why I won't hire a stylist],” she deadpanned, per the outlet, before becoming more serious. “I just like it. I love design and I love fashion and it’s a way to be creative. In my job I get to be creative, but it’s over a period of time and so many other people are involved, whereas this is a beginning, middle and end, and I get to be creative and there’s an end date in the near future. It’s the same reason why I like doing my friends’ hair and makeup or cooking—you get to be creative and finish it. Whereas with my job you do it and then two years later it’s finished. It probably goes back to the control issues; it’s like, ‘Okay, I did it, I completed it, it’s done!’”

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