But this scorcher was well worth the wait.
Reynolds shared an Instagram photo on Aug. 25 to celebrate Lively’s 30th birthday. “Happy birthday, my amazing wife,” the caption read. The only problem was, Reynolds had cropped out most of Lively’s face in the photo, leaving just his mug to fill most of the frame.
Lively was patient with her return serve and waited for Reynolds’ 41st birthday to roll around before moving in for the kill.
The big day arrived on Monday — and Lively’s burn was simply delicious:
“Happy birthday, baby,” the caption read under a photograph of Reynolds (with most of his face cropped out of the picture) and actor Ryan Gosling.
Fans of the couple were beside themselves with delight at Lively’s comeback.
“Buahahaha, I love u both so much!! Couple goals,” wrote one Instagram user.
“#blakewinstheinternet,” quipped another.
Reynolds himself was impressed by his wife’s superb trolling.
“Amazing,” Reynolds wrote on the Gosling photo.
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Reynolds and Lively, who tied the knot in 2012 and have two children, are known for taking playful digs at each other. In April, Lively described her undying love for crooner John Legend in a funny Instagram post featuring her husband.
In 2016, Reynolds wished his wife a happy birthday with another sweet social media post:
Oh, you guys.