04/08/2011 at 05:30 PM EDT
on Friday shot down pregnancy rumors fueled by new photos of her.
"Contrary to recent speculation, I am not pregnant," she says in a statement. "This irresponsible reporting continues to feed an atmosphere of self-doubt and insecurity. To publicly point out a change in anyone's body is mean-spirited and cruel. People's bodies change and change again. This is not newsworthy and is a waste of valuable media space that should be used for more important issues."
Richie, 29, is mom to daughter Harlow, 3, and 1 1/2-year-old son Sparrow. – Blaine Zuckerman