Nick Loeb is defending his decision to sue his ex-fiancée.
The entrepreneur, who filed a lawsuit to stop Sofia Vergara from destroying embryos made through vitro fertilization while they were still together, insists he’s ready to become a father. In a new statement, Loeb, 39, says he’s committed to bringing those two female embryos to life.
“I have always strongly believed that life begins at fertilization and that every embryo is a life on the journey towards birth. 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,” he tells Us Weekly. “I have previously offered to waive any parental or financial responsibilities or obligations on the part of my ex, and to even give her the opportunity to be involved with the child in the future, should she change her mind. I take the responsibility and obligation of being a parent very seriously.”
He continues in his statement, “Creating an embryo in the natural way can lead to parenthood obligations, even where a man doesn’t want to become a father. Where a man does want to become a father, and wants to impose no obligations on the other party, he should have that corresponding right. However life comes to be created, it should have no determination on either the rights of wanting to be or the requirements of having to be a parent.”
According to court documents, Loeb, who used the pseudonym John Doe while the Modern Family actress is named Jane, “seeks to ensure that the Female Embryos are not destroyed, but Jane Doe refuses to agree to their preservation under all circumstances.”
However, Vergara’s lawyer, Fred Silberberg, recently went on record that his client does not plan to destroy the embryos, stating, “the claims made against Sofia Vergara by Nick Loeb are uncredible and hold no merit. Vergara has never wanted to destroy her embryos.”
The embryos were originally created November 2013 using Loeb’s sperm and Vergara’s egg. The couple split in May 2014.
Though Loeb’s lawsuit against his ex was filed last August, new information was recently added and the documents were refiled on April 1 when Loeb had hired new lawyers. In addition to this, Loeb claimed Vergara, 42, was “abusive” towards him during their time together in the documents.
The papers also stated the couple used a surrogate twice, but the procedure failed both times.