Ryan Reynolds reveals the reason he and Blake Lively called their daughter James and it'll melt your heart
For some reason, us ordinary folk derive great enjoyment from peeking into the lives of the rich and famous. Whether we're scrolling through their perfectly curated Instagram accounts, or reading the tabloids, our voyeuristic tendencies are only exemplified when we have a perfect celebrity coupling to get all too interested in.
Apparently it's not enough that both Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have won the genetic lottery and have illustrious careers in one of the most difficult industries to break into. No, they seemingly have a picture-perfect relationship to boot. But we just can't resent them for it, because despite being accomplished A-listers, Reynolds and Lively appear to be incredibly down to earth.
When they're not poking fun at each other on their respective social media accounts, Reynolds and Lively are photographed leading wholly normal lives with their two daughters, James and Ines. It's enough to soften the opinions of the biggest skeptics out there. Case in point: Ryan recently credited Blake for mending his relationship with his late father.
During an interview with Mr. Porter, the Deadpool actor revealed that Blake Lively was in part responsible for repairing his relationship with his late father, James.
"My dad was a tough guy," Ryan asserted. "He was good in many ways as well, but he was tough on us. This is not meant to be some sob story—everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I am no different in that regard—but growing up in my house, it was never relaxing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways."
He then disclosed that Blake "has a gift for foresight" that he lacks, and that she encouraged him and his father to reconnect before he passed away in 2015. This meant that Ryan's father got to meet his granddaughter - who they, adorably, named James, after him.
Too sweet, right?
"It felt right," Ryan continued. "All family relationships come with some complications. For better or worse, all roads lead to here. At the end of the day, it’s easier to focus on the good stuff than the bad. My father died soon after my daughter was born, but he got to see her, which makes me happy."
The 41-year-old also spoke candidly about his struggles with anxiety recently, revealing that it's linked to his upbringing. "[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 debilitating mental health issue can attest to, it was seriously relatable. "If pure anxiety was an Olympic sport, I'd feel really f***ing anxious about all the gold medals I just won like a BOSS," he said.
So, 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.