She was seen driving alone in Los Angeles over the weekend, then on Sunday she was spotted at the Whiskey Kitchen in Nashville – without Gyllenhaal.As a couple, the last time they were seen together was two weeks ago, when they spent time in Philadelphia (where Reese is shooting a yet-to-be-titled movie with Oscar-winning director James L.I am very blessed in that way.” Still, Witherspoon was hesitant to discuss the possibility of marrying again.Despite repeated rumors that the duo had gotten engaged, reps for the pair denied a proposal – and Witherspoon made it clear that she wasn’t ready.“They’re not ready for that, at least as far as Jake.” RELATED: Reese & Jake: Separate Continents The pair first met on the Morocco set of the movie in 2006.“Jake went and introduced himself to Reese,” a source close to both told PEOPLE.Has Reese Witherspoon waded back into the dating pool?The Oscar winner, 33, shared dinner for two at Santa Monica’s cozy Italian eatery Locanda Portofino last Thursday with Jim Toth, an agent at Hollywood’s powerful Creative Artists Agency.
RELATED: Jake Gyllenhaal Steps Out – Without Reese Which likely suits Witherspoon just fine.
“Reese reached around his neck and pulled him close for a hug,” says the onlooker.
“They kissed bye on the cheek – but it was a friendly goodbye.” Witherspoon is a CAA client, and a source close to the actress maintains the night out was just business.
From there, “things slowly progressed, but it was never something she thought would happen from the start.
She just kind of developed this little crush over time.” But with Witherspoon’s divorce from Phillippe still pending at the time, the actress took a step back during the summer of 2007. It’s totally and completely over,” a source in Witherspoon’s circle told PEOPLE at the time. She just got out of a divorce and was so concerned with her family, she just didn’t have the time for him and he really demanded that.” The divorce was finalized in June 2008, but moving on proved difficult for Witherspoon.
“Jake would marry her tomorrow, but Reese doesn’t want to go there yet, even though he would like to.” The source adds: “There’s a huge attraction between them, and they’ve becomes a team, partners, but Jake can be a little overbearing at times, and Reese is really happy with life right now. ” Then there are her children – daughter Ava, 10, and son Deacon, 6 – with former husband Ryan Phillippe to consider.