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Nikki Reed responds to Ian Somerhalder's birth control critics

Ian Somerhalder said that there’s a “six-minute video” of Nikki Reed “freaking out” after he ditched her contraception.

In an interview on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast this week, actor spouses Somerhalder and Reed said that they first agreed to start a family while on vacation in Barcelona, Spain. But they also revealed that Somerhalder was actually the one who threw out Reed’s birth control pills in order for them to conceive.

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Ian Somerhalder admitted during an interview that he threw out wife Nikki Reed’s birth control pills after they decided to start a family.

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“We decided that we wanted to have children together, and it was just time,” Somerhalder said. “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. It is a lot of work,” the “Vampire Diaries” actor continued. Somerhalder also said that he recorded a “six-minute video” of himself throwing out Reed’s pills that included her “freaking out” about it.

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder welcome their first child

Reed responded to the backlash Somerhalder received this week on social media where people are labelling his act as reproductive coercion — a term the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says “involves behavior intended to maintain power and control in a relationship related to reproductive health” and when someone tries to “coerce a partner to have unprotected sex and interfere(s) with contraceptive methods.”

“WOMEN’S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don’t use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!” the “Twilight” actress tweeted, along with a follow-up that read, “We should be talking about these things, but using a funny interview between married ppl (sic) & twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible.”

The “Thirteen” star tweeted again on Friday responding to an article she described as “irresponsible journalism.”

Reed accused the unnamed journalist of, “speaking on my behalf in a story admittedly taken out of context for the purpose of stirring up drama WITHOUT my approval.

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed expecting first child

The "Thirteen" star tweeted on Friday responding to an article she described as "irresponsible journalism."

The “Thirteen” star tweeted on Friday responding to an article she described as “irresponsible journalism.”

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“Don’t talk about consent to me,” Reed continued. “And lastly, how dare you try to cast a shadow over one of the happiest most memorable days of my life – you’re not only disrespecting me but my baby (too).”

Reed, 29 and Somerhalder, 38, first announced their pregnancy in May and soon after, their daughter, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, was born in July. They were married in Malibu in 2015.

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