Friends before lovers! Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder didn’t waste any time taking the next step in their relationship, getting engaged in January 2015 just six months after they started dating. The next step came just as quickly when the pair married in April 2015.
“I still have no idea if we’re doing it right, but I know we both wake up every day and choose each other,” the Twilight actress wrote via Instagram to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary in April 2019. “We’ve seen a lot, we’ve done a lot, we’ve laughed a lot, we’ve laughed a lot of it off, and we’ve continued to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders, and truest support system.”
Us Weekly confirmed the couple were dating in 2014. In the years since, they’ve welcomed a daughter, Bodhi Soleil, and a son in June 2023 — and they continue to share their love for each other every chance they get.
Before Bodhi was born in July 2017, Somerhalder opened up about his desire to start a family with the Thirteen actress.
“Oh, I will one day have amazing children with my beautiful wife. Absolutely, definitely,” he told Modern Luxury magazine in October 2016.
Since their daughter’s birth, the Louisiana native has continued singing Reed’s praises.
“I’m so inspired by you as a mother, a business owner, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend. You hold down the fort like a BOSS,” the Lost alum wrote via Instagram for his wife’s birthday in May 2020. “You’re the only person I know who can be a full-time mom while running your own company while keeping numerous other jobs ON TOP of devoting your time and energy to my chaotic life work —foundation etc. … You are simply incredible, and my mind is blown by everything you are. You’ve taught me so much through your generosity and ability to love like no other.”
The Vampire Diaries alum told Andy Cohen in February 2021 that the key to making their relationship work is “communication” during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy.
“Taking time for yourself — for yourselves together [and separately],” he added.
After Cohen asked if he was a generous lover, he said “of course,” noting that sex is about “generosity and compassion and giving, you know, it’s all about sharing equal, it’s about sharing.”
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