Hollywood Leading Man Faces Outrage for What He Did to Wife's Birth Control

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September 22, 2017Sep 22, 2017

Well that's one way to get the ball rolling. After actor Ian Somerhalder and actress wife Nikki Reed decided with friends that they all wanted to have kids at the same time, Somerhalder went and threw out all of Reed's birth control pills, without her knowledge. 

The couple, who just had their first daughter in July, were sharing about their pregnancy journey on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast this week. When referring to when they first decided to start a family, Reed jokingly said to Somerhalder, "Oh yeah...oh when you threw out all my birth control pills." 

"And it was just time," Somerhalder said, reports E Online. "But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn't realize that I was gonna go in her purse and take out her birth control and pop them...by the way it was at the beginning of the pack so I had to pop all those suckers out, there was like 25 of them."

There is even a six minute video of Reed "freaking out" when she saw the pills gone. Now critics are tearing into Somerhalder, accusing him of disenfranchising women's rights and even of reproductive coercion. 

But Reed says it's nothing of the sort, coming to her husband's defense while also sharing her stand for women's issues. "WOMEN'S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don't use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!" Reed tweeted. "We should be talking about these things, but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible."

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Somerhalder has yet to make his own comment, though the scandal is still brewing fresh. What do you think of Somerhalder's decision to throw out his wife's birth control without her permission? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!

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