Pete Wentz says he denied pregnancy rumors to protect Ashlee and baby
In an email to MTV last week, musician Pete Wentz expressed regret over denials he issued last month when rumors first began circulating that his then-girlfriend, now wife, Ashlee Simpson Wentz was pregnant. The couple has since confirmed that they are, indeed, expecting a baby in the fall; Their rationale in keeping the pregnancy a secret is one that nearly all parents can understand and appreciate. Wrote Pete,
Every woman, no matter who they are or what they do for a living, has the right to wait at least 3 months before sharing this very personal news. We wanted to wait until after the first trimester and get a clean bill of health from our doctors before confirming anything, just like any other couple.
Pete admitted that he was at first caught off guard by the barrage of questions the couple were facing, telling MTV that "being a boy I have no idea how to respond to such things and my first instinct was to protect her and the baby." Although he wasn’t happy to deny something he knew to be true — Pete said it is a decision he stands by.
It’s insane that you can’t let happy news brew in Hollywood. This wasn’t about press or anything. It was about the health of the baby and trying to find a way to be happy with what should be the most happy time of our lives in the middle of a press blitz. I apologize to anyone who felt misinformed but the truth is, the person and growing baby is who I felt most loyal to protect and defend.
Source: MTV; Photo by Ilya Dreyvitser/WireImage.com