Nina Dobrev is 29, single, childless & her mom buys her baby clothes every Xmas

I know Nina Dobrev was never going to set the world on fire with her acting, but I was hoping we’d see more of her after Vampire Diaries. The only movies she had out in 2017 were that terrible Flatliners and a film I’ve never heard of called Crash Pad. This year she did a film called Dog Days, which looks really cute actually it’s about people meeting each other through their dogs, and Then Came You, which is out early next year and looks like The Fault in Our Stars with a twist. She’s also on a new sitcom! It’s called Fam, it’s filmed in front of a live studio audience, and it’s out January 10th on CBS. So she’s coming back to TV, which is cool I’ll watch that and see if it’s funny. Nina is on the cover of Women’s Health‘s January/February issue. Like her bestie Julianne Hough, she’s known for being very fit. She of course talks about her routine and how she eats.

She does yoga, running, weight training, boxing, and group classes
“I’m getting older and more conscious of what I eat and how I eat it and what I do. Doing something different [when working out each day] has been the most fun, and I’ve seen the most benefit because you shock your system.”

She wakes up early to work out
“I need to sweat every single day somehow, even if it’s just in the steam room. Some days are better than others, I’ll be honest with you. Some days, Maverick (Nina’s dog) gets a shorter walk than she probably deserves, if I’m running late or don’t have it together or press the snooze button 18 times too many.”

She eats every two hours
“I feel healthier. You’re happier when your body is full, your brain functions better, and you’re a nicer person. I would get hangry, I think, because I was so busy running around that I wasn’t the best version of myself.”

On the pressure to start a family
“I can and will definitely have both [career and family]. I’m still working on me. When I do have a family, I can focus my full energy on that, but I’m not ready for it yet. In 10 years, hopefully, I will be – for my mom’s sake. My mom wanted me to have a baby 10 years ago. She gets me baby clothes for Christmas every year. She’s like “‘Hint, hint, nudge, nudge!'”

[From Health]

Nina has a partnership with Les Mills, which does group classes (I’ve done their RPM and Body Combat classes for years and I used to subscribe to their online classes, which I recommend) and Reebok. I originally wanted to make the title of this post about how she eats every two hours. I could get on board with that, and I’ve heard that it’s good for stabilizing your blood sugar. Then I read that her mom buys her BABY CLOTHES for Christmas every year! That’s so obnoxious. She’s not engaged or married, not that it would matter because that would still be a cheap move by a parent, and the last we heard she was dating hottie Glen Powell. However they broke up about a year ago, so sadly she’s no longer with the guy from Set it Up. (Watch that on Netflix if you haven’t already, it’s so much fun.) So Nina is 29, kicking butt as a working actress, and her mom is letting it be known in a very passive aggressive way that she’s not meeting expectations because she hasn’t given her any grandchildren yet. I’m mad on her behalf. I’ve never heard of a parent gifting baby clothes as a hint like that. I hope Nina is either donating the clothes or giving them to friends or coworkers. She shouldn’t give her mom the satisfaction of keeping them for “some day.”

Nina’s dog has her own Instagram!! She had to wear a cone of shame, just like Hecate’s dog.



Photos credit: Ben Watts for Women’s Health, received via Hearst publicists. Instagram/Nina Dobrev

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  1. minx says:

    Her mother wanted her to have a baby when she was 19-20? Thank god I had a mother who urged me to get an education and have fun before I settled down.

    • elo320 says:

      I hope this quote is exaggerated and she was joking. How sad when your own mother sees you as nothing more than an incubator.

    • Maya says:

      Same – mine only started on the grandchild hints once I got married..

    • Nan says:

      In my culture, it is expected. I was ostracized for getting an education, and all of the womeb in my family regularly and publicly talk about how women will regret it if they leave it too long, etc. Excuse me for 1) Not believing my sole purpose on this planet is to serve as a vessel for some dude’s junk, and 2) Not wanting to be an immature, selfish, abusive, broke piece of crap parent like literally everyone around me who was pressured into sacrificing liberty to become yet another uterus on a People Farm, and 3) Not having the actual ability to have children. Religions suck, and so does reproduction culture.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Nina’s mom needs to f*ck off with the baby stuff. As a woman who physically can’t have kids, it’s infuriating to see this “you owe me a grandkid” BS. Thank heavens my parents weren’t like that.

    • Becca says:

      Lol awesome response.

    • Lightpurple says:

      I second that motion for the same reasons

    • Jay says:

      Rapunzel, same boat. I hate the message that we see reinforced EVERYWHERE that as a woman we will never be complete or know love without giving birth. F*ck all the way off. Ugh ugh ugh. You never see it being said to men that they will never really know what true love is or meet their true potential as a human being or be completely fulfilled elitist being a dad – not the same way women are hit over the head with it. It’s infuriating and triggering. Imagine being a successful, beautiful and seemingly by all accounts a NICE girl like Nina and have your mom remind you every year that you’re inadequate because you haven’t decided to have children yet.

    • teehee says:

      I am also incapable (currently at least)- my mom drops tiny hints only sometimes but thank goodness she doesnt think I have failed HER in some way, as if I owe it to anyone- cos I dont… no one does…
      And I also sense the imbalance heavily- oh what about work and why not etc– I dont see men getting badgered about baby this and kids that.

  3. Jamie says:

    Her mother sound like a real a-hole. I wonder if her mom does the same thing to her son every Christmas. Somehow, I doubt it.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Wow if she meant that story about her mom to be cute, it missed the mark! Her mom sounds like a passive aggressive bitch.

  5. me says:

    So her mom wanted her daughter to be a teen mom? Why is there always so much pressure put on women (and mostly by OTHER women). My God. What if she has fertility issues? Will her mom disown her then? This is so stupid.

  6. SamC says:

    I look at Julianne Hough and her husbands Ig now and again. Having major envy as Nina just did the most amazing vacation to Indionesia with them. Daring to dream..

  7. Steff says:

    And I hope she donated those baby clothes to babies that already exist.

  8. Millennial says:

    Not about Nina, but I just watched Glen Powell this weekend in the Guernsey Potato Peel movie and he is a hottie. Now I feel like I’m seeing him everywhere. Lainey mentioned him yesterday, too.

  9. ima says:

    She was born in Bulgaria. From experience a lot of Balkan/South European parents are like this.

  10. Rapunzel says:

    Nina and her bro should get their mom a brochure for an adoption center or foster care program. If mom wants children so bad, she can go out and foster or adopt one to care for.

    • elo320 says:

      Exactly. You had your life lady and made your own reproductive decisions, back off and let your daughter have hers. It’s so gross when parents think they get a say in their AND their kids’ family planning choices.

  11. Emily says:

    Isn’t it enough for Nina’s mom that she played a teen mom on Degrassi?

    Nina is my celeb fitness crush.

  12. Tiffany says:

    My mother has always played this game with me as well. Whether is was my relationships, what I am doing wrong to make them leave, what I need to do to keep them (and this is rich coming from her) and when I am going to give her grandchildren. It had gotten to the point where she brought it up to people we mutually know and my now deceased grandmother and me getting phone calls telling me she is sad and when am I going to ‘get on it’.

    This should not be surprising to you all… mother is completely clueless as to why I no longer speak to her.

  13. Brittney B says:

    I suspect that my mom has bought gifts for my future kids too (the ones I’ve consistently said I will never have)… she’s got boxes and boxes of “future gifts” for people, and she bought baby stuff for herself for years before getting pregnant. I have a feeling there are clothes and toys for my never-gonna-exist kids too. She’s hinted as much.

    But if that’s true, she did it without actually telling me, let alone giving them to me, let alone giving them to me AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! That is crossing so many lines.

  14. Olive says:

    i’d find another place to spend xmas tbh. so rude. mom needs to learn some boundaries.

  15. M.A.F. says:

    I hope she donates those clothes in her mom’s name.

  16. Veronica S. says:

    Man, she’s a lot nicer about that than I would have. That’s beyond creepy and emotionally manipulative.

    I honestly don’t know how people work out in the morning. That’s the time when my energy is the lowest – I’m tired, I’m hungry, and I get dehydrated too easily. Every time I try it, I wind up nauseated and sick afterwards.

  17. StrawberryBlonde says:

    My coworker is 28 and has been married 5 years now. She also has some experience with infertility. Her MIL is a piece of work. She consistently gives my coworker baby clothes etc for Christmas and her birthday! It had definitely made my coworker cry, understandably!

    I am currently 7 months pregnant (at almost 37 years old) with my first (and only). For years people pestered me about having kids. Esp my mom. Although she was less in your face about it than some. But it did sting and it was annoying and I had to tell her to back off more than once. I hadn’t met my now husband yet and the timing was not right yet for me. I wanted a kid but wasn’t sure it would ever happen so the near constant reminders were unbearable.

    • minx says:

      Congrats! I had my first at 39. It’s wonderful.

    • Arpeggi says:


      My mom started to talk about her friends’ grandkids and hinting that she was looking forward to have some as well when I was in grad school. At some point, I lost my cool and reminded her that I 1) was single; 2) worked about 80 hrs/wk (oh the joys of research!) 3) earned $12K/year and 4) I had an older brother who’s an MD she could annoy before coming at me. About 2 years ago, she sent me an email with pictures of our baby clothes she apparently kept for the past 35 years (and moved from France to Canada) asking if she could send them to charity. I spent a full 2-days crying; apparently, she decided that we would never have kids

  18. Gabrielle says:

    This may be in poor taste to say, but I think that’s bad luck.

    Also my mother-in-law bought some dollhouses and tea sets before my husband and I were ever expecting to nudge us. I now have two beautiful healthy little boys (good luck) and she has said who is going to play with the dollhouse. I said I have no idea why you bought a dollhouse in the first place, but I have no problem with my sons playing with it.

  19. lucy2 says:

    That’s pretty terrible. If I were her I’d adopt a small dog also, and dress it in the baby clothes.

  20. jennifer says:

    man dlisters score big magazine covers these day..

  21. elimaeby says:

    Unrelated, but…did she dye her dog pink? Idk how I feel about that, tbh…