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Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed Issue Joint Statement in Response to Birth Control Pill Flushing Controversy

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are reacting to controversy that stemmed from a story the two told about Ian flushing Nikki‘s birth control pills down the toilet when they decided to start a family.

When a journalist called the act “unconsented bulls**t,” Nikki fought back and called it “irresponsible journalism.”

On Saturday (September 23), Ian and Nikki issued a joint statement on Ian‘s Instagram.

“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,” they wrote.

“We never expected a lighthearted interview we did poking fun at EACH OTHER and how WE chose together to get pregnant, a goofy moment in Barcelona with our two best friends and the anticipation of the start of our journey together as we went from two to three, to turn into something representing a very serious matter,” they continued.

“We are two happily married people who chose TOGETHER to have a baby. The end.”

See the full statement below.

Nikki Reed Responds to Claims Ian Somerhalder 'Forced' Her to Get Pregnant

Nikki Reed is fighting back against a journalist who twisted her words to make it sounds like husband Ian Somerhalder forced her into getting pregnant.

Earlier that day, the 29-year-old actress appeared on a podcast where it was explained that Ian flushed all of her birth control pills down the toilet when they decided it was time to start a family.

Some journalists took issue with this, saying it was wrong of Ian to do that without Nikki‘s consent.

Nikki took to her Twitter to fight back against the claims, writing, “WOMEN’S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don’t use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important! We should be talking about these things, but using a funny interview between married ppl & twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible.”

She added, “When you actually listen to the podcast, you’ll hear how unforced I felt. Also, ‘unconsented’ bulls**t is you speaking on my behalf in a story admittedly taken out of context for the purpose of stirring up drama without my approval.”

Read Nikki‘s entire message below…

Ian Somerhalder Flushed Nikki Reed's Birth Control Pills Down the Toilet!

When Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed decided it was time to start a family, the actor made a big move to give them a better chance at getting pregnant!

Ian flushed all of Nikki‘s birth control pills down the toilet.

“[He] threw out all my birth control pills,” Nikki, 29, said during an interview on the Informed Pregnancy podcast.

Ian, 38, chimed in to clarify what happened.

“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,” Ian said. “By the way, it was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out.”

“Actually, now thinking about it, I guess I kind of decided [to start a family],” Ian added. He says he even has a six-minute video of Nikki freaking out as he flushed the pills down the toilet!

UPDATE: Read what Nikki wrote in response to how some outlets spun this story into a negative item.

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Step Out at 'XQ: The Super School Project' After Welcoming First Child

Nikki Reed cozies up to husband Ian Somerhalder at the XQ Super School Live Event, held at Barker Hangar on Friday (September 8) in Santa Monica, Calif.

This marks the two actors first appearance since welcoming their first child together last month, a daughter named Bodhi.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Nikki Reed

EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live is a one-hour telecast that will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools.

Thousands of communities across the country have since come together to reimagine high school education and it will highlight the incredible progress of this fast-growing movement, challenge the public to build upon it, and provide viewers with insight into how to spark this transformation within their communities.

10+ pictures inside of Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder

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Ian Somerhalder Breaks Silence to Pen Sweet Note to New Mom Nikki Reed

Ian Somerhalder just wrote the most beautiful note to his wife and new mom, Nikki Reed!

The 38-year-old actor broke his self-imposed “month of silence” following the birth of the couple’s daughter Bodhi to gush about Nikki.

He took to his Instagram to share the gorgeous photos from the couple’s Fit Pregnancy photo shoot.

“Just a quick note to you my beautiful wife. You are briefly napping on the other side of the room after being an amazing mom all night so you’ll read this when you wake… seeing these images reminds me of those amazing 9 months that you sacrificed your whole being to grow our little one,” Ian began.

He continued, “The kindness, the beauty and organic nature of these photos makes me so very proud. You brought such fun and such power into our lives being pregnant but you literally brought the word sexy into pregnancy, we all see it.”

“Thank you for being my partner in this life and thank you for inspiring not just me but all others who read, hear or see what your soul gives us. Love, You husband,” Ian wrote.

How sweet! We know Ian and Nikki are already amazing parents!

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Are Taking a 'Month of Silence' After Daughter's Birth

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are new parents, but don’t expect to hear them talk about their newborn daughter Bodhi anytime soon.

In an interview that was released just one day before the birth news, Nikki, 29, opened up about her plans for after welcoming her first child.

“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves,” Nikki told Fit Pregnancy and Baby. “After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.”

“You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present,” she added.

Nikki and Ian welcomed their baby girl into the world on July 25, so we can assume that their recent social media posts were either cued up or pushed out by their team!

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Welcome Baby Girl - Find Out Her Name!

Congratulations are in order for Nikki Reed and her husband Ian Somerhalder!

The 29-year-old Twilight actress and the 38-year-old Vampire Diaries star welcomed a baby girl into the world on July 25, E! News reports.

They named her Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder.

The couple first announced their pregnancy in May with a sweet image of Nikki showing off her baby bump as Ian kisses her belly.

Nikki and Ian tied the knot back in April 2015.

“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves,” Nikki recently revealed. “After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.”

She also opened up about the moment the couple found out she was pregnant.