Ian Somerhalder is in love — and he doesn't have time for any haters.
The Vampire Diaries hunk, 35, took to Instagram over the weekend to blast commenters posting mean things about his "magical" new girlfriend, Twilight's Nikki Reed, and he didn't mince words.
"You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I'm not sure that you do," he replied beneath a photo he posted of Season 6 of his vampire TV series. "Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being. Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don't even know the person you're talking about."
Somerhalder then implored them to be nice to Reed, 26 — for his sake.
"Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question," he continued. "What's the answer? Is it yes? If it is — then please be happy for me. Stop this nonsense — you're spreading horrible energy into the world. Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You'll find that she's a magical person doing great things in the world."
He ended by writing, "I'm sickened and saddened by the fans' response to all this. Many fans have stood up people like you and tried to empower you with some compassion. If we all thought a little or [learned] a little about people before we spoke about them, the world wouldn't be so upside down and in the worst place in history. If you hate Nikki then you must hate me…That's sad. Have an amazing day!"
The Instagram photo Somerhalder posted now has nearly 9,300 comments, mostly in support of him speaking out for Reed, as well as 318,000 likes.
Somerhalder and Reed only went public with their romance over the summer, but they are serious. They have already touted their romance on social media and have even adopted a horse together. That's real commitment, folks.
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We saw a little of that commitment — and some PDA — over the weekend when Somerhalder and Reed stepped out together in Venice, California. They were openly kissing, holding hands, and were all kinds of snuggly as they walked around in tan hats. And some of that magic was definitely on display.
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