by Mischalova at

According to TMZ .com, Reese Witherspoon may not have walked the financial line so well when she entered into her marriage.

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The website reports that the actress never asked her less well off husband, Ryan Phillippe, to sign a prenup. Her fortune could now be up for the taking.

And what a fortune it is! Witherspoon now commands $20 million a movie, as she made $30 million in 2005 alone with hits Walk the Line and Just like Heaven. That's almost as many dollars as Flavor Flav has children.

Phillippe, in contrast, has been commanding a paltry $2.5 million per film. Under California law, without a prenup, earnings during a marriage are divided up 50/50.

There shouldn't be any fighting during the settlement, at least. Sources ranking a divorce on a scale of one to 10 - with one being a peaceful breakup and ten being David Hasselhoff-like - say the Witherspoon/Phillippe split is a three.

Using that scale, however, we can't count high enough to determine what Paul McCartney and Heather Mills would be? 57? 9,709?

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by Mischalova at

It takes a lot to surprise the staff of The Hollywood Gossip. For example, Nicole Richie NOT fainting after working up any sort of sweat would be shocking.

However, news that Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have separated after seven years of marriage definitely caused an audible gasp in the office.

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"We are saddened to announce that Reese and Ryan have decided to formally separate," a rep for the couple said in a statement released Monday. "They remain committed to their family and we ask that you please respect their privacy and the safety of their children at this time."

TMZ.com first reported the couple's split and People magaine confirmed it.

Witherspoon, 30, and Phillippe, 32, have two children, daughter Ava, 7, and son Deacon, 3.

Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for her role in last year's hit Walk the Line, is next expected to appear in the drama Rendition. Phillippe is currently starring in the WWII drama, Flags of Our Fathers.

We hope Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore aren't next to call it quits.

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by Mischalova at

Normal couples exist in Hollywood. As much as fans may believe it's all about Nicole Richie/Brody Jenner-type dysfunction, there are a few happy pairings out there.

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon would be a perfect example. Recently, The Flags of Our Fathers talked about separating his steady marriage with his growing film career.

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"Sometimes I think it's a little cleaner to, at least at this stage in our lives, keep that stuff separate," Phillippe told Interview magazine in its new issue. "I'd never write anything off completely, but I just feel like there's something to be said for the individuality and mystery of doing things on your own."

Phillippe, 32, says he'll never get used to working away from Witherspoon and their kids Ava, 7, and Deacon, 3.

"That's a difficulty that I don't know if I will ever totally come to terms with. But I think I commit sometimes even further to a role because it leaves me less time to think about those things that make me feel sad, like not being around my children."

It's probably akin to how Lindsay Lohan feels when she's not around a bottle of Jack Daniels and/or a naked man.

According to Phillippe, immersing himself in his role serves as "a shield or a protective blanket that keeps me from having to deal with the reality. If I can't see my kids, and I'm in another time zone, I really have to live and eat and breathe the work around the clock, because that keeps me sane."

For others, such as Kevin Federline, beating up people in a wrestling ring keeps them sane.

Meanwhile, Witherspoon and Phillippe make sure that if one parent is making a movie, the other will remain at home with the kids.

"That's one of the ways we keep the balance," he said.

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