Ryan Reynolds has revealed that him and wife Blake Lively are opting for a 'socially distanced' Christmas celebration this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 44-year-old actor opened up about his festive plans with his family in an Instagram story on Saturday (December 19).
Reynolds shared a simple, yet heartbreaking, text post to his 36.7 million followers on Saturday revealing that his 'kids won’t see their grandparents this year for Christmas. Or friends or aunts and uncles. It sucks.[sic]'
The Deadpool star concluded the short message by writing, 'My hat's off to so many others doing the same.'
Ryan Reynolds shared this much-needed thanks and message of solidarity with other families who have most likely canceled their holiday plans this year due to the surge in coronavirus cases throughout the United States in recent weeks.
Reynolds' sentiment is one that will also resonate heavily with parents and people living within the New Tier 4 ' Stay at Home' restrictions introduced in London and south-east England over the weekend (19 December).
Ryan and Blake, who married in 2012, share a six-year-old daughter James, a four-year-old daughter Inez, and their youngest daughter Betty, one.
Despite the decision to forgo family-fuelled celebrations and remain in isolation, we are sure that this extra time with his children will be appreciated by the star.
Back in July, Reynolds spoke candidly on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' about the precious time he has been able to spend with his young daughters.
'It's actually been amazing,' he said, dropping his usual humorous tone. 'I'm trying to let myself appreciate it as much as possible because there's so many people around the world that this isn't a good thing, it's causing a lot of anxiety for a lot of people. So I'm trying to let myself appreciate the face time with the family and spending as much time as possible.'
If, due to new restrictions, you are now faced with the prospect of spending Christmas alone, there is support available via the following services:
Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, by calling 116 123. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Papyrus offer support for children and young people under the age of 35 over the phone on 0800 068 41 41 between 9am – midnight every day of the year. If you would rather text you can do so on 07786 209697 or send an email to email@example.com
Campaign Against Living Miserably's (CALM) helpline and webchat are open from 5pm until midnight, 365 days a year. Call CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or chat to their trained helpline staff online. No matter who you are or what you're going through, it's free, anonymous and confidential.
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