Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively have always been very private about their personal lives. From their wedding day to the birth of their first child – a daughter they named James – in December 2014, they’ve always lived their lives out of the public eye, with the odd STUNNING red carpet appearance thrown in.
However, this week, the sanctity of their family was put in jeopardy by one of the 38-year-old actor’s childhood friends, whom he caught trying to sell photographs of his baby daughter to the press.
Of course, this was a wake-up call for Ryan, and he has since spoken out about trying to ensure his daughter can grow up away from prying eyes.
Although, in the wake of his personal tragedy, he has given us a rare insight into his family life by revealing James’s first word in an interview with US talk show host, Jimmy Fallon. Luckily for him, it wasn’t the word ‘f**k’, as he had previously feared…
‘She’s saying mama’, the Deadpool actor said through gritted teeth. Um, Ryan, we know every child is special, but as far as first words go, it’s not exactly groundbreaking.
However, he went on to take his wife of three years down a peg as he quipped: ‘My wife doesn't realise though, is that she calls me mama, too.’ Brilliant.
He went on to joke that he’s already had the ‘birds and the bees’ chat with his daughter: ‘I had to literally sit [James] down and tell her penises don't work that way... She understands. She gets it.’
Sure she does, mama...
Other than how she refers to her father as a woman, there’s not much we know about baby James. Making a conscious effort to keep their daughter out of the public sphere, we’ve only ever seen two photographs of the tot since she was born at the end of last year.
The first, was a snap which shows her hand in Ryan’s, which the actor shared with his followers on Instagram. How cute is that?
The second was posted by Blake Lively, who took this photo of Ryan carrying their daughter in a baby carrier on a day out earlier this year…
And while we’d LOVE to see James in all of her adorable glory, how and when that should happen is up to them. The ball's in your court, guys. And we're ok with that.