Nikki Reed Defends Ian Somerhalder Amidst Birth Control Controversy: “‘Unconsented’ bullshit is you speaking on my behalf”

Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder found himself at the center of controversy on Friday, after he and his wife Nikki Reed appeared on Dr. Berlin’s “Informed Pregnancy” podcast.

During the interview, Nikki revealed that Ian had thrown away all her birth control pills so they could start a family (the couple welcomed their first baby in July).

“[He] threw out all my birth control pills,” Nikki said in the interview.

Ian further explained, saying: “We decided that we wanted to have children together, and it was just time. But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn’t realize that I was going to go in her purse and take out her birth control. By the way, it was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out.”

“Actually, now thinking about it, I guess I kind of decided [to start a family],” Ian joked.

The interview caused uproar amongst fans and journalists online about consent, and now Nikki has taken to social media to defend her husband, writing:

“Quote from an article this morning claiming my husband tried to “force (me) into pregnancy?!” Oh and my favorite line “That is some unconsented bullshit right there.” My response: Yep. When you actually listen to the podcast (which I’m sure you didn’t) you’ll hear how UNFORCED I felt. Also, “unconsented” bullshit is you speaking on my behalf in a story admittedly taken out of context for the purpose of stirring up drama WITHOUT my approval. Don’t talk about consent to me. And lastly, how dare you try to cast a dark shadow over one of the happiest most memorable days of my life — you’re not only disrespecting me but my baby. Oh, and next time you stand up for women by writing an article “about women’s rights”, try properly conveying the way I felt. It’s a shame that this was your way in. You have a platform, write about things that matter by using truthful stories, not gossip. Thanks and goodbye. – Nikki”


 

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