Ryan Reynolds opens up about battle with depression

Ryan Reynolds 25/05/2018

It's easy to look at the rich, attractive and famous and assume their lives are better than ours. But the truth is, nobody's immune to the ol' black dog. Not even Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds.  

NME have reported on Ryan recently opening up about his own depression and anxiety issues, which he's had since he was young. 

The Deadpool star explains: "I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that. [I exercise every day] otherwise, I start to get a little bummed. For me, it is more psychological. Exercise is a means of expelling those demons.”

Everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I am no different in that regard.

He partly blames his father for his issues: "My dad was a tough guy. He was good in many ways as well, but he was tough on us."

"This is not meant to be some sob story – everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I am no different in that regard – but growing up in my house, it was never relaxing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways."
"I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but anxiety is also a great fuel. I mean, my God, it’s the anti-complacency pill, but it’s also something that you need to manage.”

On yah Ryan. 

The Deadpool star has also recently revealed their will unlikely be a third Deadpool, despite the sequels huge success. 

If there will be a follow up, it'll probably be an X-Force movie, about his whole gang. 

If you're feeling down yourself, like Ryan said, exercise goes a long way. But talking to someone is key - reach out to friends and family. Plus any of these numbers below are available, and want to help you. 

• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
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