Reed, Somerhalder apologise for birth control comments
Los Angeles: Hollywood couple Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder have apologised for their remarks on pregnancy and birth control received backlash on the social media.
The couple, who recently became new parents to their first child, daughter Bodhi, had spoken
about their experience on Dr Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast, where Somerhalder had apparently said that he "forced" Reed into getting pregnant.
The actors issued a joint statement on the Internet, saying that women's rights is a matter of great importance to both of them and they never expected that something that was said in a "goofy moment" would be taken out of turn.
"To anyone who has been affected by reproductive coercion, we are deeply sorry."
"It is something we have been very vocal about, and something that is very close to our hearts.
"We never expected a lighthearted interview we did poking fun at EACH OTHER and how WE chose to get pregnant, a goofy moment in Barcelona with our two best friends... to turn into something representing a very serious matter," the statement read.
The couple also slammed various media outlets for twisting the interview and using them as targets in the public eye.
Reed and Somerhalder said
that they had together taken the decision of starting a family, contrary to reports.
"It's a shame that outlets chose 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 couple who chose TOGETHER to have a baby," the statement read.
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder welcomed their first child, daughter Bodhi Soleil, on July 25.