Ian Somerhalder Throwing Nikki Reed's Birth Control Away Has Fans In An Uproar
If you weren't a fan of Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, just wait until you hear this. Ian Somerhalder threw out Nikki Reed's birth control as a way for them to start trying for a baby, the couple revealed in a September podcast with Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy. As you can imagine people are not pleased whatsoever with this revelation, and Somerhalder's fans are greatly disappointed and some of them furious with him. Bustle has reached out to reps for the couple; we have yet to hear back from Somerhalder's, whereas Reed's pointed us to her Twitter.
UPDATE 1: Reed responded again in another tweet, this one with a longer attached message that calls out one story about the topic in particular. Part of her message says that the story was "taken out of context for the purpose of stirring up drama WITHOUT my approval."
UPDATE 2: On Saturday, Sept. 23, Somerhalder and Reed issued a joint statement on Instagram and Twitter:
EARLIER: On Friday, Reed responded to the controversy and tweeted, "WOMEN'S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don't use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!" She continued, "We should be talking about these things, but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible."
While vacationing in Barcelona, Spain with a group of friends, the former CW star revealed he dumped Reed's birth control pills into the toilet. "We decided that we wanted to have children together, and it was just time," Somerhalder explained of the friend group. "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, especially after a little bit of sangria." He later added, "Actually, now thinking about it, I guess I kind of decided [to start a family]."
What makes the situation all the more infuriating for some is hearing about the way Reed reacted to the incident. There's both photographic and video evidence (she revealed during the podcast she was unaware of the six-minute video, which was filmed by their friend Lindsay) of the Twilight actor "freaking out" and "panting," per Somerhalder. "I didn't say anything," Reed reflected about watching Somerhalder throw away her pills.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don't use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
We should be talking about these things,but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
In July, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. Ever since they announced Reed's pregnancy (and started dating, and got engaged, and got married), Somerhalder has been nothing but supportive of his wife. He can't help but praise her every opportunity he gets. He's always worshipped who she is as a person, as a wife, and now, as a mother.
In August, he gushed on Instagram about her after she gave birth, "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."
So, now, for fans to hear that Somerhalder threw out Reed's birth control, well, they are livid. Here are just a few of the many reactions across Twitter.
Some Are Disappointed
Ian Somerhalder, you disappointed me so badly. I can't believe you'd do that to the woman you 'love'. I don't support you anymore.— i was /starkbyheart (@aIIisonIahey) September 22, 2017
i just read about what ian somerhalder did on throwing away nikki's birth control and im so dissapointed like wtf— sprayberry (@irxwindisaster) September 22, 2017
Some Are Calling Him "Trash"
ian somerhalder throwing away nikki reed’s birth control pills while watching her panic about them is literally more proof that he is trash pic.twitter.com/CebSTezpfN— j*n (@bfunsoIved) September 22, 2017
Ian Somerhalder is trash, Nikki deserves better.— Taty (@DunnaFuty) September 22, 2017
Some Refuse To Support Him
Totally unacceptable. I renounce all support: Ian Somerhalder Says He Threw Out Nikki Reed's Birth Control Pills https://t.co/eqGNVGdHkK— Brenna Salkin (@Brenna_Salkin) September 22, 2017
Some Are Writing Alternative Headlines
Alt headline: Ian Somerhalder Says he Threw Out Nikki Reed's Birth Control Pills And That Is Textbook Abuse https://t.co/7Q0fU3rVDp— Casey Quinlan (@thatcaseyquin) September 22, 2017
Some Are Totally Not OK
What Ian Somerhalder did to Nikki Reed was a violation of her reproductive rights. She gave no consent and was in fact filmed freaking out— Summer (@summersansa) September 22, 2017
Some Aren't Surprised
why are people so surprised about what ian somerhalder did to nikki? he's a rat and we been knew this for years 💀— chiara (@luthorsmalec) September 22, 2017
Some Think It's "Disgusting"
wait did ian real life throw away nikki’s birth control pills he’s so disgusting— ًٓ (@slutargent) September 21, 2017
Some Are Beyond Shocked
So Ian just took all of Nikki's birth control pills and splashed it down the toilet while she watched that was the way he decided I'm just pic.twitter.com/ABRInZV9jq— #SaveStitchers 💔 (@berry20tbh) September 21, 2017
It doesn't seem like Reed is upset or believes that in any way, shape, or form Somerhalder violated her rights as a woman. It's true, nobody other than Reed and Somerhalder know how the situation really played out. All anybody has to go off of is the story told by the couple during a podcast and during the podcast they did both seem fine with the situation.
Either way, many people are not pleased with the incident and refuse to hold back their opinions about the important issue and the topics it brings up concerning reproductive rights.