Reese Witherspoon’s Daughter Ava Opens Up About Her Sexuality


Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava Phillippe talks about her sexuality and the concept of gender.

In a recent Instagram Story, Ava responded to a fan who sent the question, “Does [you] like boys or girls?” Along with a selfie of herself smiling, Ava replied, “I’m attracted to…people! (Gender is anything.)”

@AvaPhilippe via Instagram story

@AvaPhilippe via Instagram story

Ava has reportedly been dating fellow University of California, Berkeley student Owen Mahoney since 2019. They went public with their romance and went Instagram official in June 2021.

Mum Reese seemed to approve of her daughter’s beauty when she commented on a since-deleted selfie of the couple: “These two,” she wrote, alongside a heart-eye emoji.


Reese shares Ava and her 18-year-old son, Deacon, with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Phillippe. Reese and Ryan were married between 1999 and 2007.

Reese also shares 9-year-old son Tennessee with her current husband, talent agent Jim Toth.

In December 2021, Reese opened up about her lookalike daughter’s personal life in an interview with In the style. Sharing Ava with Ryan meant Ava grew up around fame and Hollywood, something Witherspoon couldn’t relate to.

“It’s a strange situation because I didn’t grow up famous. So [Ava is] live an experience that I did not live, and my sons too”, Revenge of a Blonde the actress explained. “We’re lucky to have friends who grew up in Hollywood who can help give them advice on how to navigate.”

Reese added that “Ava is so down to earth” and “wants to do great things in the world”.

“She studies, learns and tries to find herself,” the movie star said. “It’s a great thing in life to try different things and find out what your path really is.”

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