Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have officially established themselves as Hollywood’s newest couple. The two have been spotted out and about in Tinseltown, showing off their brand new union.
The newly formed couple were most recently seen at Los Angeles’ infamous Farmers Market, where they opted to purchase a few healthy juice beverages. The two have been making themselves well-known over the past week, attending the Creative Arts Emmys together last Saturday night and, according to recent reports, adopting a horse together. Somerhalder even met Reed’s father at the former event, where her father Seth accompanied his daughter down the red carpet.
Neither Somerhalder nor Reed are any stranger to the spotlight, both of them being A-List actors. Somerhalder is best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the hit CW teen drama The Vampire Diaries. Before this, he gained substantial recognition as Boone Carlyle in the award-winning ABC series Lost, created and directed by J.J. Abrams. He is well-respected for his philanthropy, which includes his work on the project to help clean up Deepwater Horizon after the 2010 oil drilling disaster. He also started his own foundation, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, to raise awareness for environmental protection and animal welfare. The charity was launched on the actor’s 32nd birthday, on which he asked not for gifts, but rather assistance in promoting his newly founded project. He has also been involved in such charitable projects as the St. Tammany Humane Society, a similar foundation devoted to animal protection and welfare. He is also a prominent advocate of LGBT rights and support, openly advocating for the It Gets Better Project, a mission to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He had previously been linked to fellow The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev, with whom he confirmed he was in a relationship with in 2011. The relationship broke down in May 2013, although the two firmly maintain that they are still close friends. The Louisiana native has won several awards, including six Teen Choice Awards and two People’s Choice Awards.
Nikki Reed gained fame primarily for her role as Edward Cullen’s sister Rosalie Hale in the award-winning teen vampire saga Twilight. She has also played roles in films such as Lords of Dogtown, American Gun, and Man of God. Like Somerhalder, Reed is also known for her activism. In 2011, she joined forces with the Do Something foundation and office supply company Staples for their third annual School Supply Drive to benefit children of low-income families. In regards to her new-found relationship with the Vampire Diaries star, many are worried that the union is happening too soon and could possibly be a rebound relationship. Reed only recently separated from former American Idol contestant and musician Paul McDonald, to whom she was married from 2011-2014. Their divorce has yet to become final. The two engaged in a short-lived musical career together, releasing a single entitled Now That I’ve Found You in March of 2012. Only last month, the two released a full-length album together, entitled I’m Not Falling.
It is unclear, as of yet, whether or not Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s new relationship will stand the test of time. However, the two seem to be pulling out all the stops in hopes that the public will validate them as a couple.
by Rebecca Grace