Everything You Need To Know About Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed’s Romance After his split from Nina Dobrev in 2013, Ian Somerhalder found romance with former Twilight Saga actress Nikki Reed earlier this year. Rumours had been swirling for months that the pair were seeing each other, but it was all confirmed when Ian, 35 and Nikki, 26 were spotted getting, ahem, very cosy with each other at a Farmers market in July.With their romance no longer a secret, the pair, who are believed to have been friends before they got involved romantically, were soon breaking out the PDA moments. And Nikki was on hand to support her man when they were caught looking cute together at a Comic Con event after party later in July, which Ian attended on behalf of The Vampire Diaries. Having caught the couple together, a source told E! News: “They were so together. They weren’t hiding their PDA at all.”The couple embraced in some PDA back in July (AKM-GSI)But it wasn’t until August when Ian actually said how happy he was in his life. Although he didn’t utter Nikki’s name, many outlets interpreted his statement to be about his new romance. Speaking at the Creative Arts Emmys, the actor who plays the role of Damon on TVD, said: “Life is good. There’s a lot of support and love from a lot of people. I couldn’t be happier if I tried”, when E! News asked him how he was feeling. Ok, so we got the message that they were smitten with each other. But then reports and a photo of them together in a sex shop surfaced courtesy of TMZ, and the world went crazy. Details of what they brought on their trip back in September were unknown but according to the gossip site, the couple allegedly spent an amount around the $800 mark. How naughty!However, just like any other high profile celebrity relationship, it wasn’t long before the rumours of trouble between the couple began to surface, with particular attention being given to how Nina Dobrev was coming in between them. In fact, one report claimed that Nikki had been banned from the set of The Vampire Diaries. Crazy or what?! We’ve already been through the false rumours about any sort of reunion between Ian and Nina, but Ian and Nikki had a novel way of dismissing the rumours that their romance was on the rocks….Are they happy? Of course they are! (Instagram / Ian Somerhalder)Ian began to post beautiful and intimate pictures of himself with Nikki with equally lovely messages about his girlfriend. One prime example of this was when he wrote: “Day with 3 of the most beautiful ladies in the universe… Wow smiling is such a beautiful part of the human experience-I highly recommend it. Congrats to our little Neitczhe here-1 year ago today, to the minute, you brought 5 beautiful puppies into this world-thank you for your amazing contribution to all of our lives,” adding: “These two beautiful creatures right here in this photo or highly intelligent, highly emotional and capable of more love than you can you can ever imagine.”“The ones that are in shelters are the same-let’s adopt them. @iamnikkireed your recent work with Gilt benefiting the @aspca is truly truky (sic) extraordinary. Thank you for giving so much of your life and for being a strong voice for those whom can speak. My hat is off to you. You amaze me. Love, Ian”. All of this alongside a simple and relaxed picture of the couple and their pet dogs. And speaking of animals, the couple showed signs that they were in their relationship for the long haul when Nikki announced that she and Ian had brought a cat together. Alongside a picture of her cuddling said feline, she wrote: “Went to the animal shelter today to give some love to the babies living in cages who don’t have homes and ended up adopting this little girl! What should we name her?”But Instagram hasn’t just been the place where Ian has posted sweet pictures and messages, oh no! He recently used the social networking site to stick up for Nikki when he saw that his “followers” were being rude about her. Shutting down the hate, Ian wrote: “You HATE NIKKI REED? Really Do you know her? Hmmmm, I’m not sure that you do,” Ian wrote.“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. Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question. 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.”We reckon these two are going to stay together for a long time! (WENN)He went on to add: “I’m sickened and saddened by the fans’ response to all this. Many fans have stood up to 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!”Ian and Nikki’s romance might not have reached their first anniversary yet but we have a feeling that these two are for keeps. What do you think?