AceShowbiz - %cIan Somerhalder% and %cNikki Reed% issued a new joint statement in response to backlash over their controversial story about how they decided to start a family. Ian was accused of domestic abuse and Nikki was criticized for defending her husband.
The couple landed in hot water after "The Vampire Diaries" actor revealed that he threw out his wife's birth control pills. He said he flushed the pills down the toilet and captured it on camera including the moment when she was freaked out about it.
The couple apologized, "To anyone who has been affected by reproductive coercion, we are deeply sorry. 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."
They, however, insisted that Ian never forced her to get pregnant. "We never expected a lighthearted interview we did poking fun at EACH OTHER and how WE chose together to get pregnant," they explained. "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," they concluded. "Love, Nikki and Ian."
Ian Somerhalder, 38, and Nikki Reed, 29, got married in 2015. They welcomed daughter Bodhi Soleli in July this year.
A note from us... pic.twitter.com/3WNmrGYS7M— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 23, 2017