Last week, news broke that Nick Loeb filed a lawsuit against ex-girlfriend Sofia Vergara last August, arguing that Vergara wants to destroy two frozen female embryos the couple created through IVF while they were still together, a charge that Vergara has denied.
Now, Loeb has spoken out about why he’s suing Vergara over their frozen embryos, People reports. Loeb says that he made “every effort to come to a private resolution” with Vergara but was eventually “forced” to file a lawsuit when they couldn’t come to a decision.
“I have always strongly believed that life begins at fertilization and that every embryo is a life on a journey towards birth,” Loeb wrote in a statement. “I created these two female embryos with the purpose of taking them to term and not destruction, because I have always dreamed of being a father.”
Loeb also says he’s not seeking to “hold Vergara to any parental or financial obligations or responsibilities,” and that he would give her an “opportunity” to be involved in the children’s lives if she so desired. However, Vergara’s lawyer argues that Vergara has never wanted to destroy the two embryos.
“She has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb’s statements to the contrary,” her lawyer told People. “Vergara … is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely as she has no desire to have children with her ex, which should be understandable given the circumstances.”