When asked on the podcast when the pair decided to start a family, Somerhalder said “May,” to which Reed responded, “Oh yeah…oh when you threw out all my birth control pills.”
At this point, Somerhalder decided to explain his decision, saying that he and Reed had discussed having a baby together and decided they wanted to.
“We decided that we wanted to have children together, and it was just time,” Somerhalder explained. “But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn’t realize that I was going to go in her purse and take out her birth control.”
Somerhalder revealed there’s a “six-minute video” where Reed is “freaking out” about it.
Reed announced her pregnancy in May 2017 and the couple welcomed a daughter, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, in July.
After the interview, Somerhalder received major backlash online for his actions.
Reed has responded to critics on Twitter, writing: “WOMEN’S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don’t use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!”
Reed followed up with, “We should be talking about these things,but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible.”
As the controversy raged, Reed returned to Twitter on Saturday to offer a lengthy statement of apology to “anyone who has been affected by reproductive coercion,” lamenting how what was a “lighthearted interview” became “something representing a very serious matter.” You can read her complete statement below: