Ryan Reynolds baby name drama (update: Ryan reveals name!)

Ryan Reynolds wants you to know the rumours about his baby’s name are all wrong.

Ryan Reynolds baby name Photo: Girlie/FameFlynet

[Update] "It's Butternut Summer Squash," Ryan finally announced—after three months!—on the Today Show. "No, it's out there. It's James. Everyone knows." So, there it is. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' baby's name is JAMES.

"I told everyone who would listen before it was out there that I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media because, as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, 'Why did you do that?'" he added. Makes sense!

[Update] There's a new name swirling around the Internet now. E! Online and other outlets say they have it on good authority that the baby's name is, indeed, not Violet or anything remotely close to Violet. No, they're saying the name of Ryan and Blake's baby girl is... James—a unisex name like her mama's?

My daughter has a unisex name, so I'm a fan. What do you think? We'll keep you posted if there's any confirmation from the couple.

[Original] Contrary to popular belief, it looks like Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's baby is not named Violet after all. She is definitively not named Violet—I mean, Ryan Reynolds really wants you to know she is not named Violet.

Not Violet.


A different name.

On the promo train for his new movie, The Voices, Ryan, 38, squashed the rumour in an interview with  USA Today. When they asked the new dad if his baby's name is Violet, he said, "No, that's not the name. I don't want to get into that, but I don't know where that came from."

Clearly he didn't want to "get into that," but he did want to talk about how tired he is. (Hey, celebrities are just like us! Hehe.)

Though he finds it hard to leave the new baby for long, Ryan did relish the opportunity to sleep on a recent trip. "I had to go to Sundance this past week," he said. "I was more excited to get a good night’s sleep. It was borderline pornographic for me.”

Poor guy also shared that the baby's up every 45 minutes. "My brain is elsewhere," he said. Oh, we know what that feels like. We know it well.


Now, we're all back to wondering what the baby's name is! Let's start a new rumour—any suggestions?

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This article was originally published on Mar 20, 2015

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