In this day of cameras, social media and celebrity obsession, it has become harder and harder for celebrities to give their children any modicum of privacy. Huge amounts of cash are often offered up for the first pictures of celebrity babies, with paparazzi swarming parents who choose not to do magazine exclusives, all hoping to get that coveted first picture.
Unfortunately Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, he and wife, actress Blake Lively, found out the hard way that sometimes the temptation of money for a baby snap can be too hard to pass up, when a close friend of Reynolds tried to sell pictures of their newborn daughter, James to the media.
Reynolds revealed the horrible experience while speaking in an interview GQ, saying:
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. I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period. A bad couple of weeks.
According to Reynolds, the friend was someone he'd known for 25 years, and it was the first time he'd experienced a friend betraying him so strongly, saying "it was like a death...like one of those devastating things to find out."
The 38-year-old star went on to say that the same friend had borrowed money from him before, and that once he made it clear there would be no more checks, he tried to make money off the couple another way. However the friend didn't realize how easy it would be for Reynolds to work out where the leak had come from, "I don’t think he thought he would ever be caught. 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."
Following what Reynolds calls a "pretty strongly worded conversation," he essentially cut his friend off, to ensure something like this would never happen again. He described the whole situation of a friend using a newborn baby as a means to make money as "kind of shocking," though keeps a positive attitude about the challenge, keeping it mind that "it will pass. And it does. It passes. It all passed."