Scarlett Johansson & Ryan Reynolds Grew Apart, Source Says

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds

Kyle Rover/Startraks; Paul Smith/Featureflash/Polaris

updated 12/15/2010 AT 2:40 PM ET

originally published 12/15/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, who announced Tuesday that they have split up, simply grew apart under the strain of managing two thriving careers, a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE.

“There’s no third party,” says the source, who adds that the pair made the decision to end their marriage about a month ago. “Ryan and Scarlett had been having some issues for a few months now. Distance and their careers played a big role. When you don’t spend a lot of time with your partner you grow apart.”

Reynolds, 34 and Johansson, 26, were married in 2008. Recently, they had “started to lead different lives, and it was harder and harder to come back together and pick up where they left off,” the source says. “Scarlett was young when they married. She’s a mature person but at points they were just on different pages.”


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