The reason Keanu Reeves doesn’t have children is heartbreaking. Per the Mirror, it was love at first sight when Reeves first set eyes on Jennifer Syme in 1998. The two embarked on a relationship, and a year later, she became pregnant. However, their baby, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, arrived a month early and was stillborn. Paper reports that Syme suffered postnatal depression and struggled to deal with the loss. Things deteriorated between the couple, leading to their breakup; however, they remained close friends.
To add further to the tragedy, two years later, Syme smashed into three parked cars while driving under the influence and was thrown from her vehicle. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene. “When the people you love are gone, you’re alone,” Reeves told Parade in 2006 (via Today). “I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine. I wonder what the present would be like if they were here — what we might have done together. I miss all the great things that will never be.”
Reeves expressed his frustration. “It’s not fair! It’s absurd,” he said. “I think, after loss, life requires an act of reclaiming,” he continued. “You have to reject being overwhelmed. Life has to go on.” Reeves told The Guardian that he channels his grief into the role of John Wick in the successful action franchise of the same name. He said sorrow and heartbreak never leave but “ebb and flow” over time.