Talk about an unexpected threesome.
No, not THAT kind of unexpected threesome. We don’t think, at least.
But Ian Somerhalder has shared a photo on Instagram that we never thought we’d see, putting to rest all rumors of a feud between his ex-girlfriend and his current wife … and sending a pointed message to websites everywhere in the process.
(Excluding The Hollywood Gossip, we presume; we’ve always had nothing but love for Ian.)
As you can see above, the handsome Vampire Diaries star actually shared a meal on Tuesday with both Nikki Reed and Nina Dobrev.
This is surprising because Somerhalder dated Dobrev for a number of years, prior to marrying Reed within a year of him and Dobrev splitting.
It’s also surprising because the Internet has been filled with rumors ever since that Reed basically hates Dobrev and was thrilled when the actress left The Vampire Diaries after Season 6.
But Dobrev is returning for the show’s March 10 finale and used her time in Atlanta this week to grab food with her ex and his better half.
We’ll let Somerhalder explain the purpose behind this photo.
“Chilling with these two,” the actor wrote to open a lengthy caption that continues as follows:
“After years of websites pretending these two badass ladies knew each other well and baseless, false information of back stabbing and hatred from low-brow websites filled the minds and hearts of fans… They finally were able to get together for their first real dinner.
“Let’s stop spreading hate everyone, there’s already too much of that right now in our world. Join in on the love. Only love here- always has been always will be.
“Media companies preying on the passion from vulnerable and or impressionable minds of fans to sell advertising through click-though traffic is a disease in our society. It’s poisonous.
“Let’s finish this series with respect and kindness and continue that in our lives. I think it’s time. What do [you] think?”
We think that sounds great.
And Dobrev clearly feels the same. She posted her own picture of the three stars on social media last night:
“Can’t believe how time flies. Farewell dinner with team Somereed! So good catching up with these goofballs. All [love],” wrote Dobrev in her caption.
Despite the ongoing feud rumors, Dobrev and Somerhalder haven’t said a single negative word about each other in the press over the years.
When we watch The Vampire Diaries online to see Dobrev’s big return as Elena next month, we’ll be looking for signs of tension between the actor and the actress.
But we doubt we’ll find any.
Somerhalder and the Twilight Saga alum, meanwhile, got engaged after six months of dating in January 2015.
They surprised fans by then getting married – with little fanfare and no announcement ahead of time – at the Tuscali Mountain Inn in Topanga, California in April of that year.
Few celebrity couples gush over each other as often or with as much feeling as these two love birds on a nearly-weekly basis.
Reed shared the same photo above as her husband did yesterday, writing her own long caption to go along with it.
We’ll just go ahead and print the entire thing below:
For the last few years we thought addressing any baseless rumors with silence was the best way. Besides, who wants to respond to made up stories about “friends backstabbing friends”, “cheating exes”, or “cast members exiting shows” on low-brow websites like hollywoodlife that are just perpetuating trends that preceded us.
I now see that silence was taken as an opportunity to fill in the blanks with even more falsities, and juicer stories, and we, yes WE, believe we have a moral responsibility to young girls to end that narrative, because at the end of all of this, those young girls are the ones who lose.
Their passion and endless devotion for a tv show is being taken advantage of, replaced with feelings of anger through divisive techniques, & even worse, their minds are being shaped & molded as their view of themselves, other girls, & what those dynamics should look like are being formed.
So here’s to putting an end to all those fake stories of on set jealousy, betrayal, made-up-friendships lost & women hating women. Because at the end of the day, that’s what this is about: teaching girls that you have to hate other girls only breeds a generation of women who believe you have to hate other women.
And that’s what these magazines, websites and blogs don’t understand. That is the harmful unintended consequence of their bullshit stories and we have a moral responsibility to fix that. Let’s turn this page together, as we all walk into the next chapter peacefully.
And finally, let’s use this as an example of how important it is to stop this trend of writing horrible headlines about women, painting us as bitter, angry, insecure, heartbroken, childless, feuding, backstabbing monsters because whether we want to admit it or not, it changes the way all women view themselves.
And shame on these websites for now targeting an even younger demographic, instilling this at an earlier age when girls are even more susceptible, more vulnerable and more malleable. When we write these headlines we teach hate. I’ve seen it firsthand.
Let’s shift what we put into the universe starting now, & hopefully we will start to see a shift in the way we treat each other & view ourselves.
Wow. Amen, huh? Amen a thousand times over to this sentiment.
Somerhalder told Modern Luxury magazine in October that he and Reed will definitely procreate in the near future.
And he cannot wait.
“The second we were around each other, and not [dating] other people, we just knew,” said the profound star, adding:
“Oh, I will one day have amazing children with my beautiful wife. Absolutely, definitely. I live with someone who strives to find happiness and peace in the smallest things – whether it’s sitting for five minutes under a tree or getting out into the country and spending time on our horses or even just going for a walk around the lake or riding a boat.”
He also said that Reed is the “most caring, compassionate person I’ve ever known.”
How can you not adore these two?!?