Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's son, Deacon, Just Released His First Single, "Long Run"

He's kind of like a teenage Calvin Harris.

Deacon Phillippe and Nina Nesbitt.
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  • This week, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (opens in new tab)'s son, Deacon Phillippe, released his first single, "Long Run."
  • The 16-year-old, who goes simply by "Deacon (opens in new tab)" as an artist, produced the song, which features Nina Nesbitt's vocals.
  • Deacon doesn't sing on the track, much to the disappointment of many fans.

When it comes to Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's (opens in new tab) perfect, eerily clone-like offspring, their oldest, daughter Ava (opens in new tab), usually gets most of the attention, particularly for looking exactly like her famous mom (opens in new tab). Now, however, the couple's son, Deacon (opens in new tab), is barreling into the spotlight with his debut single (opens in new tab). Yes, you read that right: In addition to looking like the second coming of Ryan Phillippe (opens in new tab)Deacon Phillippe (opens in new tab) is an actual musician.

Deacon's first single, "Long Run," features the vocal talents of Nina Nesbitt (opens in new tab)—and, much to the disappointment of several YouTube commenters, at least, only Nina Nesbitt (opens in new tab). You see, Deacon (who goes by his first name only as a musical artist), is just a producer. Think of him as a teenage Calvin Harris (opens in new tab) of sorts, and brace yourself against any disappointment at not hearing his (presumably) silky voice on the track. Listen to it for yourself below:

Naturally, the 16-year-old's parents are in full-on doting mom and dad mode, gushing about the song on their respective social media accounts.

"New Song of the Summer! #LongRun (opens in new tab) So proud of my son @deaconphillippe (opens in new tab)... his first single with the incredibly talented @ninanesbitt (opens in new tab) is out now! 💫 It’s the perfect summer bop with a sick beat and dope drops (is that what the kids say 🤗?!) check it out! link in my stories 🎶 ❤️," Reese wrote on Instagram.

As for Ryan, he let his excitement pour out on Twitter, writing, "My son’s debut single as a producer #LongRun (opens in new tab) is about to be played for the first time on @sirius (opens in new tab) on BPM channel. Right now!!!!!!"

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Is it terrible if we still hope Deacon sings on the next one, even though he is clearly a talented producer? It's okay to dream, right?


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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.