Ian Somerhalder apologises for comments about flushing wife Nikki Reed's birth control down the toilet
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are in damage control mode as they both aim to clarify comments made on a recent podcast.
During an appearance on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast, the couple, who welcomed their first child together - Bodhi (one month) - and when asked about their family planning practice, listeners were taken aback.
The Vampire Diaries star (38) revealed he threw away his wife of two years' birth control, flushing it down the toilet in front of her. "It was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out," he said, while they were both laughing. They explained after that the decision to have a baby was a joint one as they hoped to raise children alongside their friends who were all having babies.
The interview received significant backlash from those accusing him of coercing his wife into having a baby.
"To anyone who has been affected by reproductive coercion, we are deeply sorry," the couple wrote in a joint statement on 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.
"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."
Nikki (29), who shot to fame in the Twilight series, addressed one writer in particular, but didn't mention or what publication she was addressing in her response, which she called "irresponsible journalism".
"When you actually listen to the podcast (which I’m sure you didn’t) you’ll hear how ‘unforced’ I felt. 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.
"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."
The couple appeared jovial on the red carpet on Saturday night as they attended the Environmental Media Association awards.