On Tuesday, Reed took to Instagram to share a photo of herself with Somerhalder and Dobrev hanging out together. In a lengthy caption, she wrote, "For the last few years we thought addressing any baseless rumors with silence was the best way. Besides, who wants to respond to made up stories about 'friends backstabbing friends,' 'cheating exes,' or 'cast members exiting show' on low-brow websites like hollywoodlife that are just perpetuating trends that preceded us. Yuck."
"I now see that silence was taken as an opportunity to fill in the blanks with even more falsities, and juicer stories," continued Reed, "and we, yes WE, believe we have a moral responsibility to young girls to end that narrative, because at the end of all of this, those young girls are the ones who lose. Their passion and endless devotion for a tv show is being taken advantage of, replaced with feelings of anger through divisive techniques, & even worse, their minds are being shaped & molded as their view of themselves, other girls, & what those dynamics should look like are being formed."
Reed went on, "So here's to putting an end to all those fake stories of on set jealousy, betrayal, made-up-friendships lost & women hating women. Because at the end of the day, that's what this is about: teaching girls that you have to hate other girls only breeds a generation of women who believe you have to hate other women. And that's what these magazines, websites and blogs don't understand. That is the harmful unintended consequence of their bullsh*t stories and we have a moral responsibility to fix that. Let's turn this page together, as we all walk into the next chapter peacefully."
The actress concluded:
"And finally, let's use this as an example of how important it is to stop this trend of writing horrible headlines about women, painting us as bitter, angry, insecure, heartbroken, childless, feuding, backstabbing monsters because whether we want to admit it or not, it changes the way all women view themselves. And shame on these websites for now targeting an even younger demographic, instilling this at an earlier age when girls are even more susceptible, more vulnerable and more malleable. When we write these headlines we teach hate. I've seen it firsthand. Let's shift what we put into the universe starting now, & hopefully we will start to see a shift in the way we treat each other & view ourselves."
Gossip Cop appreciates Reed's sentiments. We've called out HollywoodLies a number of times over the years for fabricating stories about the trio. In 2014, for instance, the site peddled a dubious story about Dobrev "dissing" Reed. In 2015, there was a made-up tale about Dobrev being "devastated" over Reed and Somerhalder's engagement.
That same year, the webloid manufactured another untrue article about Dobrev feuding with Reed again. More recently, just a couple of months ago, the bad blog spun nonsense about Dobrev and Somerhalder starring in a Twilight movie. And only one day ago, Gossip Cop busted another offender, Celeb Dirty Laundry, for making up a story about Reed "warning" Somehalder to stay away from Dobrev as they filmed "The Vampire Diaries" series finale.
Gossip Cop said there was no such issue, and we were right. Dobrev, too, is putting their friendship on display. Sharing her own photo with Reed and Somerhalder on Instagram Tuesday, she wrote, "Can't believe how time flies. Farewell dinner with team Somereed! So good catching up with these goofballs. All [love]."
Let this be a lesson: If you want fantasy, there's "The Vampire Diaries," HollywoodLies and CDL. But if you want the truth, and nothing but the truth, we're here for you at Gossip Cop.