There's nothing better than a good power couple on a red carpet, but I hope you didn't get your hopes up for Ryan Gosling to bring Eva Mendes to the 2017 Oscars. The notoriously private couple hasn't attended a carpet together in years, and Gosling doesn't even say her name in his acceptance speeches. E! Online pointed out that Gosling only ever seems to refer to Mendes as things like "sweetheart" or "my lady." And, although I have no doubt that Mendes is supporting her man from behind the scenes, if you were wondering where Eva Mendes is during the 2017 Oscars, your guess is as good as mine — she's certain to be out of the spotlight.
When asked in early February by Entertainment Tonight if Mendes would be by his side come Oscars night, Gosling dodged the question and said, "Oh, I'm not sure. It's still a little while away." It's not surprising to see Gosling without Mendes in tow, the couple works hard to keep their relationship and their family private. The public didn't even know Mendes and Gosling were going to have a baby until their first daughter was born in 2014. Keeping an A-list pregnancy under wraps like that is seriously impressive, and it was important to Mendes and Gosling. According to Vogue, Mendes talked to Ellen DeGeneres about the family's privacy shortly after their first child's birth. "Early on, we decided it’s going to be so hard for her to have privacy," she said. "This is the first opportunity we can give her, to protect her, and so that I had a nice, calm pregnancy, which I did."
So, even though Mendes didn't join Gosling at the Academy Awards, that doesn't mean she's not supporting him. And, Gosling will likely give his "lady" a shoutout in his speech if he wins. Other than that, Gosling's appearance is all we're going to get from this famous couple at the 2017 Oscars. Maybe next year she'll be by his side, but history says this is the way they like things — and they're unlikely to change.