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Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds has revealed his devastation after being betrayed by a close friend he had known for 25 years. Speaking in the October 2015 issue of GQ magazine, the Deadpool star said that "it was like a death" when he found the pal was offering the media photos of his daughter.

Reynolds welcomed his daughter James with wife Blake Lively back in December 2014 and has been fiercely protective of his little girl, keeping snaps of her private.

"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," the 38-year-old star said. "I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period. A bad couple of weeks."

Reynold said that he caught wind of the betrayal after he sent snaps to a small group of friends and family. "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. They're just, like, my closest family and my closest friends."

Although he confronted the culprit he knew that their friendship was over as the trust was gone. "It was like death," he said of the experience. "It was like one of those devastating things to find out."

He added that they had a tough conversation. "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."

The Canadian said that he thinks that it was ultimately money that ruined their friendship as he had grown tired on constantly bailing him out. ""[He did it] just for money. Well, I think he'd ask for a cheque enough times where I was like, 'There are no more cheques to be had.'"