Celebrity watchers might have been expecting sour grapes from Blake Lively’s ex-boyfriend and “Gossip Girl” co-star Penn Badgley in the wake of her surprise marriage to Ryan Reynolds on Sunday (Sept. 9), but the 25-year-old actor sends his heartfelt congratulations to Lively.
“I’m happy for her,” Badgley tells Us Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday. “Genuinely happy.”
After a year of dating, Lively, 25, and Reynolds, 35, reportedly wed at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C. in front of about 60 guests, which included Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) who also performed.
Badgley, who dated Lively from 2007-2010 and is currently coupled with Zoe Kravitz, says he doesn’t know “that [their marriage] is confirmed” but heard the news along with everyone else on Sunday night.
“[People] were like, ‘Hey, did you hear that Blake’s getting married?’ I was like, ‘OK, great!'” he says. “Obviously people are going try to connect us in ways in which we’re not connected anymore. But it’s great. I’m happy for her.”