Ryan Reynolds opens up about his struggles with anxiety
While the Notorious BIG waxed lyrical about "Mo Money Mo Problems", I think we can agree that the top 1 per cent are privy to certain privileges that us ordinary folk will never have access to. With ever-rising housing costs, Millennials have got used to the prospect of sharing basic amenities with their friends well into their thirties; and forget about flying away to exotic locales, we have a lifetime of Ryanair and EasyJet flights to look forward to. But despite these financial discrepancies, it appears that when it comes to matters of the mind, and heart, no one is spared.
Certainly, actor Ryan Reynolds recently opened up about his struggle with anxiety, proving that in some regards our favourite stars aren't so different to us, after all.
Aside from being an accomplished actor, Ryan Reynolds is known for winning the genetic lottery and for his enviable family life. I mean, scoring Blake Lively as your spouse is no mean feat, and their two adorable daughters, 3-year-old James and one-year-old Ines, complete the picture-perfect ensemble. Who said that the nuclear family unit was dead?
However, the Deadpool actor recently opened up about his struggle with anxiety. Revealing that he has been afflicted by the disorder from a young age, he said: "[My] father was tough. He wasn't easy on anyone. And he wasn't easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid."
In August 2016, Reynolds took to Twitter to write about his anxiety - and as anyone with the oft debilitating mental health issue can attest to, it was seriously relatable. "If pure anxiety was an Olympic sport, I'd feel really fucking anxious about all the gold medals I just won like a BOSS," he stated.
And it's not just Ryan Reynolds who has had issues with mental health, his wife, actress Blake Lively has spoken about having "complete anxiety" when it comes to the "sexist media" and how she is portrayed in the press.
Speaking to Glamour, Lively said:
"Not all men, but a subsection of men, have a desire to understand and control women. To do that, you have to paint them into this thing you can wrap your head around. But women are complex. It also is [a reminder] that what you see in the media is not real life. The night before an interview, I have complete anxiety: How is this person going to spin me?"
"My husband and I are really shy people who express ourselves best when we're acting, when we're hiding as someone else," she continued. "So the fact that very shy people have to share that shy person with the world — and are sometimes hurt by it — it's very weird emotionally."
While we may dismiss the complaints of celebrities as "champagne problems", it's apparent that being in the limelight comes with its own set of problems. Lamborghinis and mansions aside, it must be pretty hard to have people commenting on every single thing you do.