Actress Nikki Reed is setting the record straight after comments she and husband Ian Somerhalder made about trying to have a baby triggered backlash online about consent and control.
The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, in August. Earlier this week, the new parents appeared on Dr. Berlin's Pregnancy Podcast, where they joked about Somerhalder throwing away his wife's birth control pills to demonstrate his eagerness to start trying for a baby.
When asked about when they started trying for a baby, “May,” Ian replied, referring to last year, to which Reed lightheartedly responded, “Oh yeah... when you threw out all my birth control pills.”
Somerhalder 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 (push out all the pills)...”
Although their tone was lighthearted, some people were dismayed by the message.
Many people noted that men shouldn't be exerting control over their female partner's reproductive system.
But Reed has replied on Twitter, refuting insinuations that she was forced to have a child. She called media reports condemning his actions "irresponsible journalism" and said that their comments were misinterpreted.
"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," she continued. "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 try to 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 wain. You have a platform; write about things that matter by using truthful stories, not gossip."
After possibly seeing how negatively peole were affected by this, the pair have now issued an apology as well as the above post.