Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Apologize for Birth Control Controversy
After new celeb parents Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder revealed how they pulled the goalie in order to conceive their daughter Bodhi Soleil, the internet freaked. That's because the couple said that Somerhalder flushed his wife's birth control pills. "Unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn't realize that I was going to go in her purse and take out her birth control," Somerhalder said on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast. "By the way, it was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out." The interview lead to speculation that they were either engaged in or making light of reproductive coercion. Now, the couple has a released an apologetic statement, clarifying the situation.
“To anyone who has been affected by reproductive coercion, we are deeply sorry,” Reed and Somerhalder said in a joint statement they posted to Twitter. “That is an extremely serious issue, and women’s rights is something that is incredibly important to both of us. It is something we’ve been very vocal about, and something that is very close to our hearts. We never expected a lighthearted interview we did poking fun at EACH OTHER and how WE chose together to get pregnant. A goofy moment in Barcelona with our two best friends and the anticipation of our journey together as we went from two to three, to turn into something representing a very serious matter.“
They continued, “However, if this somehow sheds light on a topic that definitely needs mainstream attention, then we are grateful for the unintended consequence. It’s a shame that outlets chose this as their way into a very serious discussion, as we are certainly not qualified to be the faces of this topic. We are two happily married people who chose TOGETHER to have a baby. The end. Love, Nikki and Ian.”
On Friday, Reed took to Twitter to slam a writer who called the pregnancy "unconsented." “When you actually listen to the podcast (which I’m sure you didn’t) you’ll hear how ‘unforced’ I felt,” Reed wrote. “Ha! Also, ‘unconsented’ bull—- is you speaking on my behalf in a story admittedly taken out of context for the purpose of stirring up drama WITHOUT my approval. ”
Reed also stated on the social media site: “We should be talking about these things, but using a funny interview between married ppl & twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible.”
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Of course hinting at or making light of an offense as serious as reproductive coercion is never OK, but the couple's clarification and apology is appreciated. And fingers crossed the controversy does spur even more conversation around this deeply troubling topic.