Oh, baby. Nikki Reed is upset at stories she feels misrepresent an interview she had with husband Ian Somerhalder to explain how she got pregnant with their first child. On the other side, fans are upset because that "funny interview" included Somerhalder admitting he threw out her birth control so she would get pregnant.
In the story, Reed and Somerhalder recalled her "freaking out" about what he did. After that particular story made the rounds, to defend her husband, Reed clarified that she had made a previous comment to him about dumping her birth control when they were ready. But to listeners of the podcast, and readers of subsequent reports, it felt wrong -- and trying to make it seem like a cute story might send the wrong message to guys out there that it's OK to just dump a woman's birth control pills behind her back.
The conversation started on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast, when Somerhalder and Reed were asked when they decided to start a family. Somerhalder said "May," and Reed replied, "Oh yeah...oh when you threw out all my birth control pills." Somerhalder explained that they met up with two of their best friends in Barcelona and decided they all wanted kids at the same time. He continued:
"And it was just time. But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn't realize that I was gonna go in her purse and take out her birth control and pop them...by the way it was at the beginning of the pack so I had to pop all those suckers out, there was like 25 of them."
He added that there's a "six-minute video" of Reed "freaking out" about it, which Reed didn't even know about until the interview. Well, it's their life and their pregnancy, their baby. *But.* They could've kept all of that to themselves and instead they did a public interview, putting that information out for public consumption. And the public was not exactly charmed by what they heard.
Reed didn't respond to fans, she responded to an "irresponsible" reporter's post, singling this person out:
WOMEN'S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don't use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
We should be talking about these things,but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
Those tweets were met with many supportive replies, but also a lot of backlash from fans who wanted her to recognize that what her husband did was not OK.
Dear writer. Here's my note to you on irresponsible journalism. pic.twitter.com/eiS8M4y3D0— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
how you felt? there is a 6 minute video of you hyperventilating and freaking out over his actions but go off?— brandy. (@greywithsloan) September 22, 2017
I listened to the podcast. Bc u can laugh at it now doesnt negate the fact that Ian's actions were UNACCEPTABLE & ABUSIVE.— Nasty Gal (@maemalade_) September 22, 2017
Married ppl face reproductive abuse. I understand that it didn't happen to you & was meant to be funny, but being married is irrelevant.— EmilyWinePirate (@EmilyVanHolman) September 22, 2017
Other men will listen to this podcast & read the followup articles and see it as justification when they do the same to their partners.— Nasty Gal (@maemalade_) September 22, 2017
"using truthful stories not gossip" IT CAME STRAIGHT OUT OF AN INTERVIEW THAT YALL DID LISTEN TO THE PODCAST PERHAPS— nicole (@ninaftdelena) September 22, 2017
There is a term for this and it's "reproductive coercion" https://t.co/zOCrJhWjkJ— Hayley MacMillen (@hlmacmillen) September 22, 2017
Nikki Reed later clarified to Gossip Cop that she was actually the one who first mentioned throwing out the birth control pills:
"We had countless conversations about starting a family, and it was actually me who initially said to Ian, 'When you're ready just let me know and let's throw out these pills and get started.'"
The key difference still being "let's" as opposed to him making that decision on his own, but it does show that they had already talked about doing that very thing. (But if so, why the six-minute freak-out?)
The "Twilight" actress and "The Vampire Diaries" actor welcomed daughter Bodhi in July.
UPDATE: On September 23, Somerhalder and Reed shared a joint statement on the interview kerfuffle:
A note from us! pic.twitter.com/qRwOUclDAK— Ian Somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) September 23, 2017
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