Starting a family is a huge commitment. One wherein both parties should be prepared for the responsibility and not be forced into it. However, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s latest comment says otherwise.
In an interview on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast, Nikki revealed that Ian allegedly threw out her birth control pills so she could get pregnant. Ian corroborated this story and said, “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.” He added that Nikki freaked out for six minutes over it.
After the backlash, Nikki then took to Twitter to defend her husband. She emphasized that people should pay attention to women’s rights and not make gossip about “a funny interview between a married couple.”
We’re not certain this is indeed a joke or if it really happened. Either way, it’s a problematic exchange.
Cosmopolitan Australiapointed out that the action is “possessive and controlling AF” on Ian’s part and it’s true. If a couple wants to have children, they should talk about it instead of, hypothetically, stealing a pack of birth control pills.
Considering that this is one of their first interviews since their “one month of silence,” Nikki and Ian should instead talk more about healthy relationships and parenthood. Like every celebrity parent, what they say about their family—regardless if it’s a joke or not—can reflect poorly on them and how they care for their child.
We hope both Nikki and Ian learn their lesson from their careless comment; prove that they truly stand with women’s rights and don’t condone such behavior.