Pete Wentz Explains Why He Denied Ashlee Simpson Is Pregnant: Exclusive

'I apologize to anyone who felt misinformed,' Wentz writes in an e-mail to MTV News.

In recent months, there’s been an epidemic of celebrities playing coy with the media about big, personal news. Whether it was Jay and Beyoncé , Mariah and Nick , or just about anything regarding Pete and Ashlee , the no-straight-answers, keep-’em-guessing approach has been the rule more than the exception. And fair enough: Celebrities aren’t obligated to share personal news with the media.

But last month, Pete Wentz denied to MTV News that his now-wife Ashlee Simpson was pregnant. However, rumors continued to swirl , the couple immediately backed off from directly answering the question , and late Wednesday, the newlyweds finally announced on FriendsOrEnemies.com (as they did with their engagement) that she actually is pregnant.

Couples often wait until the end of a pregnancy’s first trimester to share their news. But still, somebody had some ‘splainin’ to do. Here’s what Pete told us via e-mail on Thursday (May 29).

“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,” he wrote. “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.

“Being a boy I have no idea how to respond to such things and my first instinct was to protect her and the baby.

“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.”