Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed are ‘officially dating’: hot vampire romance?

Nikki Reed

Here are photos of Nikki Reed during a solo gym jaunt yesterday in LA. Where was her new workout pal, Ian Somerhalder? I’m guessing that Ian was experiencing some delayed onset muscle soreness after that Saturday run. The poor guy was suffering a bit. He needs some more appropriate footwear if he’s going to keep up with Nikki. It looks like Ian will be trying to do just that. Us Weekly received confirmation that Nikki and Ian are “officially dating.” It sounds like a new romantic relationship, but they’ve been friends for awhile. They run in the same social circle, which could explain why their dates seem more casual (farmers market, etc.) than formal at this point. A friend says they’ve been doing conventional dates too:

A match made in vampire heaven? Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder and Twilight‘s Nikki Reed are officially dating, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

The new couple was spotted out together all weekend, first jogging side-by-side in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 19, then cuddling at the Studio City Farmer’s Market on Sunday, July 20. Somerhalder kept his arms around Reed, kissing her on the cheek several times.

“Nikki Reed and Ian Somerholder are dating,” a source tells Us, noting that the pair were spotted having dinner last week in the San Fernando Valley. The pair also grabbed a bite to eat at Kiwami in Studio City on Tuesday, July 15.

The pairing isn’t a huge surprise, as Somerhalder and Reed run in the same Hollywood circles and Somerhalder dated Reed’s Twilight costar Ashley Greene briefly back in 2009. Reed is also a close friend of Somerhalder’s famous costar ex-girlfriend Nina Dobrev — and, in fact, Dobrev and Reed both dated Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough. Derek was Reed’s first fling following her March split from husband Paul McDonald after two years of marriage.

[From Us Weekly]

That last paragraph is hilarious. Nikki and Nina Dobrev are indeed good friends. Derek Hough did briefly date both Nina and Nikki. What does Nina think of Nikki dating her long-time ex, Ian? There’s been no official word, but Nina covers the August issue of Nylon and says, “I don’t like any kind of negativity. I try to be good to everyone, whether it’s a love, a friend, an ex.” Ian popped into the interview to say they still share french fries or something. Weird.

This isn’t the first fellow vampire that Nikki has dated either. She and Sparkles were together during the first Twilight film. That was pre-Robsten, which seems so long ago. Nikki and Ian seem like a better fit, even if it’s only a summer romance.

Ian Somerhalder

Nikki Reed

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    I think they look cute and Rosalie and Damon would be an awesome fictional power cople! Best of luck :)

  2. SpookySpooks says:

    I like them together. From the interviews I’ve seen, they both seem like really nice people.

  3. Abbott says:

    Immortal love. How cute. Almost warms my own cold, dead heart. Mazel, kids.

  4. Esmom says:

    Lol at “delayed onset muscle soreness.” Seriously — was he running in hiking boots? She looks like she’d be hard to keep up with even in proper footwear.

    I like them both, I’ve had a soft spot for her ever since I read about how she essentially got trampled by the Robsten machine, and they seem cute together.

  5. jess says:

    So Nikki is friends with nina and not only dated her ex derrick but is now dating another one of her exes? Well, i guess we know what kind of friend she is. Anyway, id bet shed dump ian in a heartbeat if she thought she could get a second chance with Robert pattinson.

  6. kri says:

    Well, at least they all know how to play nice and share. Also, not to jack threads but thanks to the posters who responded to my question about Reed’s running shoes. :)

  7. wow says:

    Ohhhh, I love the idea of them as a couple. Not sure why. Ian is so beautiful, he would look good with anyone. But I like him with Nikki. Let’s hope they have more substance to their relationship than just “looking good though”.

  8. Blue says:

    I’m kind of sad about this. I loved Ian and Nina Dobrev together. But, I’m a huge Ian fan and I want him to be happy. I just hope (spoiler) Damon comes back from dead on TVD and at least he and Elena can have their happy ending.

  9. Amy says:

    She kind of looks like Nina with the sunglasses on!