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Ryan Reynolds praises wife Blake Lively for keeping him 'sane'

Sharnaz Shahid

Ryan Reynolds has opened up about his battle with anxiety while praising his wife Blake Lively for her love and support. The 40-year-old, who has been with the actress for six years, spoke out his marriage in a new interview with Variety, as he addressed the challenges he faced while filming Deadpool. "The expectations [of starring in Deadpool] were eating me alive," he said. "Blake helped me through that. I'm lucky to have her around just to keep me sane."

The Hollywood star, who has often talked about his struggle with anxiety, confessed this aspect of his life stems from his childhood. He explained: "I have three older brothers. Our 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 recognised that. I was just a twitchy kid."

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Ryan Reynolds has praised wife Blake Lively for her loving support

Ryan recently became the latest star earn to a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where he and his wife introduced the world to their two children - James, two, and Ines, three months. Ryan and Blake - who met on the set of Green Lantern in 2010, and married two years later - welcomed their first daughter James in December 2014 and their second child in September.

Late last year, the Canadian actor gave a very candid interview with GQ Magazine, talking about the moment where he realised the Gossip Girl beauty was "The One". He said: "We were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that's open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, 'Want to dance?' No one was in there, so it was just totally empty. And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, it was like, 'Oh, I think I just crossed a line.'"

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"I'm lucky to have her around just to keep me sane," he said

In October, Blake organised a surprise dinner for Ryan's 40th birthday with close friends and family at the couple's favourite restaurant in New York, O Ya. In a gushing tribute, the mother-of-two revealed that she and Ryan first fell in love in the Boston branch of the restaurant. "We fell in love at your restaurant in Boston," she said in the caption. "We stay in love at your restaurant in NY. Thank you for the BEST food and memories! You are our FAVOURITE!! Another happy birthday with @vancityreynolds. Hey, Reynolds, I like you a whole lot. Just sayin'..."

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