It's hard feeling sorry for a celebrity. Then — bam! — Ryan Reynolds's best friend of 25 years tries to sell photos of baby James and we're all, "Being a celebrity is THE WORST."
The Deadpool star, 38, told GQ that one of the happiest times of his life — the December birth of his daughter with wife Blake Lively, 28 — was marred when a member of his inner circle tried to cash in on him.
"A guy that I'd known for my whole life, one of my closest friends growing up, he had been shopping pictures of my baby around," Reynolds recounted. "I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period."
Reynolds, who's notoriously private about his marriage (the couple never released wedding or baby photos), compared the experience to "a death," calling it, "one of those devastating things to find out."
Apparently, the friend was trying to make a quick buck. "Yeah, just for money. I mean, I don’t think he thought he would ever be caught," Reynolds said. "But it’s a pretty narrow group of people that I would send photos like that to. They’re just, like, my closest family and my closest friends: 'Here, us in the delivery room!'"
When the writer suggested that the friend should have just asked for a check, Reynolds replied, "Well, I think he'd asked for a check enough times where I was like, 'There's no more checks to be had.'" Burn.
Reynolds said the men had a "pretty strongly worded conversation," but it probably didn't go beyond a few curse words and then dead air at the end of the line. "It was, like, so kind of shocking. There isn’t really a conversation to have. It's just, 'Oh, well, now I’m never going to see you or talk to you again, unfortunately.' That's kind of how it worked out."
To top it off, around that time Reynolds was hit by a paparazzo, who was in a car, while walking in a parking garage. His theory is that the shutterbug was trying to get a photo of his daughter before the one his friend was selling came out.
"The whole thing becomes so absurd that all you can do is laugh about it and just go, 'This isn’t the real world. This isn't how real things work,'" he said. "But it happens to be happening right now. And it will pass. And it does. It passes. It all passed."
Not all of Reynolds's stories about parenthood in the article were such downers though. In fact, he made some funny comments about being a dad that we're now going to share to cheer you up after his terrible, depressing, best friend betrayal story.
1. Ryan on how you shouldn't take parenting advice from anyone, including him: "The one piece of advice I would say is: Don't listen to any advice. Because there's nothing you can do to prepare for it."
2. On how he'd do anything — well, maybe not anything — for his kid: "I've learned that an inordinate amount of clichés are completely true. Like, there is this kid here that I would walk through fire for. Or maybe not fire. Like, a very hot pavement, I'd walk through. A shag rug."
3. On his own parenting philosophy: "You just try to not be a complete pile of s--t and just be there for them."
4. On baby carrier-gate: "Yeah, ‘Can I just make some mistakes and all of you just f--k off?' Yeah. You want to be able to say that. But you can't say that. There is almost no community on Earth as intense as the parent-child online community."
5. On how he's learned to appreciate his own parents: "Once you have a kid, you just think, like, 'I can't believe that another person did all this s--t for me, that I'm doing for this person right now!' Like, that somebody woke up in the middle of the night this many times just to wipe my a--. It's just profound to me."
6. On how he plays down how awesome James is in interviews, but, in reality, she is really, really, really awesome: "I get why parents have that sort of predisposition to talk about their child as if they're the only people that have ever copulated and pumped out a kid. I understand that. I don't f--king fall victim to it, because, especially celebrities, when they talk about their kid, they talk about their kid like they’re the Chosen One, or they’re the only people who have ever had a child… Every time I talk about my kid in public, I'm generally talking about how average she is. But at home, I'm like, 'You're a genius! Oh, my God! You just took a s--t in your diaper that came out as a perfect musical note!'"