In a surprising turn of events, actor Ryan Reynolds has refuted recent reports claiming that he and his wife, Blake Lively, purchased a £1.5 million property in the village of Marford, located just a short distance from Wrexham. Contrary to speculation, Reynolds stated on the Fearless in Devotion podcast that the rumours were entirely inaccurate.
The Hollywood star, who together with business partner Rob McElhenney, acquired ownership of the Wrexham Football Club in 2021, emphasized that while they have embraced the local culture, they are not yet considered full-fledged locals. Despite their fondness for the town and their involvement with the football club, Reynolds explained that relocating their entire families to Wrexham would be a considerable challenge.
“I mean, I’ve got four kids here in New York. There was an article that said I’d bought a home over there, but that was not accurate at all,” Reynolds clarified during the podcast interview. “Look, we love it, but to move our entire families over there, that would be a real act of superior black belt manipulation on my part. I can pull off a few things, but I don’t think I could pull that off.”
Reynolds’s remarks indicate that, while he and his wife enjoy visiting Wrexham, they are content with their current living situation in New York. However, the possibility of settling in the picturesque Welsh town in the future remains a tantalizing prospect for the couple. “But both my wife and I love coming over,” Reynolds shared. “But we both love going to California—and we don’t live there! Maybe one day, who knows.”
Meanwhile, Rob McElhenney, Reynolds’s co-owner of Wrexham Football Club, expressed a slightly different sentiment. Speaking on the same podcast, McElhenney revealed his openness to the idea of relocating to Wrexham, suggesting that he might be able to persuade his children to make the move. With his extensive travel schedule to the UK and Wales, McElhenney acknowledged that maintaining such frequent trips would eventually become economically impractical.
“My kids are a little older, so maybe I can force their hands there a little,” McElhenney quipped. His comments hint at the possibility of a future transition for him and his family to Wrexham, which would align with their commitment to the club and the community.
Despite Reynolds’s denial of purchasing property in Wrexham, his deepening connection to the town and its football club remains apparent. The duo’s takeover of Wrexham FC brought international attention to the club and injected fresh enthusiasm into the local community. As Reynolds and McElhenney continue to navigate their roles as owners and supporters, their contributions to the club’s growth and development have been widely acknowledged.
For now, Wrexham can relish the continued involvement of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in their shared passion for football and community engagement. While their permanent residence in the area remains uncertain, the pair’s dedication to the town and the football club will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy in the hearts of Wrexham’s devoted supporters.
As Reynolds concluded during the podcast, “We love Wrexham. We love coming over. We love the people there, the culture, the enthusiasm for the club. It’s an honor to be part of it all.” And with their ongoing commitment, the Hollywood stars are sure to keep Wrexham in the spotlight for years to come.