The Truth About Betty White's Relationship With Ryan Reynolds

We thought it would never happen, but the final day of 2021 has left no prisoners. Today, legendary actor and comedian Betty White died at 99 years old. According to CNN, White's heartbreaking death occurred just ahead of her 100th birthday, which would have been on January 17, 2022. "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," Jeff Witjas, White's agent and friend, said following her death. "I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."

White never let her age stop her. She continued to work and form new relationships until her death, including one with "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds, who's married to fellow actor Blake Lively, shared a joke that they used to be in a relationship — and that Reynolds never got over her (via The New York Post). However, their relationship was much deeper than that.

Betty White and Ryan Reynolds worked together on "The Proposal"

As Hollywood reacts to Betty White's death, many are recalling the late actress' relationship with Ryan Reynolds. The two appeared in the 2009 film "The Proposal" together, per IMDb, where White portrayed Reynolds' character's funny grandmother. Their chemistry in the film was unmatched, which said a lot because Reynolds' opposite was played by Sandra Bullock.

According to The New York Post, White and Reynolds' ongoing bit continued until this week, just before her untimely death. The actress even said that Reynolds "can't get over his thing for me." Reynolds then responded, saying, "I'm absolutely sick of the media exploiting past relationships just to drive clicks," in a December 29 tweet.

The two always had a fun relationship. In a behind-the-scenes clip from "The Proposal," White and Reynolds can be seen joking for several minutes (via YouTube). Their interactions include Reynolds appearing frustrated with White, White forgetting Reynolds' name and thinking he's a PA on set, and Reynolds snapping and calling her a "seething demon." The video was posted to Reynolds' YouTube channel on January 17, 2021, in honor of her 99th birthday, and it's clear when watching it that these two hold a deep trust and respect for each other.

Other interactions between the two include Reynolds posting the following on Instagram for White's birthday in 2019: "I don't usually post about ex-girlfriends. But Betty's special. Happy Birthday to the one and only, [Betty White]."