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Ian Somerhalder Says He Threw Out Nikki Reed's Birth Control Pills And The Internet Is Not Happy
"Unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn’t realize that I was going to go in her purse and take out her birth control."
By Julie Gerstein

“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 continued. Somerhalder even videotaped himself throwing out the pills.

Somerhalder insisted he did it without Reed’s permission, but after having discussed with her and with friends that the couple wanted to have children. He also admitted: “Actually, now thinking about it, I guess I kind of decided [to start a family].”

Just because Nikki Reed is acting all cool with it does not mean what Ian Somerhalder did was ok. Yeah, I’m sure they both talked about it together after he revealed he threw out the birth control pills and came to an understanding yada yada yada that’s not the point. The point isn’t whether Nikki consented in the end to be impregnated or not, which from what I can tell she did. It’s the blatant presumptuousness (even Nikki called it presumptuous) with which a man decided to take his partner’s fertility and reproductive choice into his own hands and thought the best way to communicate that he had decided that now was the best time to have kids was by throwing away her freakin birth control without her permission.

Keep in mind, Ian was the one who wanted to have kids, being older than her and wanting to have kids sooner, and Nikki was on the fence about it until after he did that and until after she had a like 6 minute freak out when she found out her pills were gone. 

This whole story is extremely gross and not cute. It’s misogyny. 

Ian McDiarmid: 'I don't want anyone else to play Emperor Palpatine'

“In an interview with BBC Scotland’s Timeline programme, the actor, who was only 37 when he got the part, says: ‘They wanted the oldest person in the world because in Return of the Jedi Palpatine is about 120 I think. They had cast someone who was nearer to that age than I was but for some reason he could not continue. I think the contact lens tests were rather unpleasant. They were hard glass.’

McDiarmid says: ‘I was alright for Return of the Jedi because I was under four hours of make-up so no-one really knew what I looked like or sounded like because I lower my voice very much for the film. So I could be anonymous. But when the prequels happened Palpatine was his younger self which was about my age then, in his 50s. Apart from a not-very-flattering hairpiece I looked like me, so privacy was over.’

McDiarmid says he is often recognised for his role but most fans are “very friendly”. He says: ‘I don’t feel oppressed by it. I don’t feel every minute of every day someone is going to ask for an autograph.’

As the Star Wars universe continues to generate spin-off movies, McDiarmid says he has no idea if he will ever again be called on to play the Emperor.

He says: I suppose there must be a chance but I think you’d find out about it more quickly than I would. As far as the new films are concerned, I’m dead. There is no question about that. But there is what they call the anthology series and actually the most recent one, Rogue One, was about the time when I was in charge. I was referred to a few times, Darth Vader popped up, but you did not see me. Maybe they are keeping me as a surprise for later but I have no idea. Of course, I don’t want anyone else to play him.’ 



Some day in Spring, circa 2004, Appaloosa Plains

Ian: Good God, Bunty. We’re only going away for a week, not three months. Why the hell do you need all those suitcases?

Bunty: I need to be prepared, darling. The weather in Shang Simla at this time of year can be extremely unpredictable. Now, what was I saying? Oh yes. You are not to have any wild parties while we’re away, is that understood? I’m talking to you as well as Roy, Georgina. I’m leaving Douglas in charge. Don’t make that face, Roy. I’m sure Saoirse will take excellent care of you as well, won’t you Saoirse?

The young housekeeper nods, her hands clasped demurely in front of her.

Georgina: Of course we’re not going to have any wild parties, Mummy! As if. You and Daddy have a wonderful time, don’t worry about us!

Roy: Yeah, Saoirse always does a great job of looking after us. Don’t you, Saoirse? 


I read the article about Ian Somerhalder and what he did and it sounds 100% nasty.


Nikki Reed has issued a statement talking about how his comments have been taken out of context and that she did not feel at all coerced into having a child.

I don’t know whether Ian is as nasty as that article makes him out to be or not (mostly because I don’t care about him, or the story enough really to get to the bottom of it), but…

It seems to me like we shouldn’t take the word of just one article and not take into account Nikki’s own words about her feelings on the issue. Also there is a podcast that she references that might also be listened to.

Please understand that I absolutely do not condone abusive relationships or reproductive coercion. I am just trying to remind people to read up on the whole issue before taking the first salacious article as gospel truth and condemning someone without having all of the facts.

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