Blake Lively’s husband Ryan Reynolds was betrayed by a pal he’d known for 25 years

Ryan Reynolds has taken to fatherhood with aplomb since welcoming his daughter James with wife Blake Lively last December.

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But being a parent in the public eye comes with its challenges. The actor has shockingly revealed how he learned that one of his closest friends tried to SELL pictures of the baby and admits that it was an incredibly brutal discovery.

‘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,’ says Ryan, 38.

‘I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period. A bad couple of weeks.

‘[It was] somebody I grew up with, yeah. Somebody I’ve known, who’s been one of my closest friends, for 25 years.’

Ryan was so traumatised by the betrayal that he’s described it as being ‘like a death’.

‘It was like one of those devastating things to find out,’ he explains. ‘It was a pretty strongly worded conversation [that we had about it].’

To make the situation even worse, it sounds like the pictures of Ryan and 28-year-old Blake’s daughter were quite intimate family shots.

‘I mean, 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,’ Ryan tells GQ magazine.

‘They’re just, like, my closest family and my closest friends: “Here’s us in the delivery room!”’

Needless to say the former friend is no longer a part of Ryan’s life.

‘It was, like, so kind of shocking,’ he says. ‘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.’

Fortunately the upsetting experience hasn’t lessened Ryan’s passion for fatherhood and he admits that his love for his daughter has been quite overwhelming.

‘I’ve learned that an inordinate amount of clichés are completely true,’ he explains. ‘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.

‘I genuinely like it. I like being a father. I like having a daughter. I would like to have more kids. You know, it seems to suit me pretty well.’

Anna Francis