The trail of clues continued to be riddled with witnessed displays of affection between the two, as they were seen during Julys San Diego Comic-Con event together and inseparable, with Ian seeming very protective of his lady as he fetched them drinks.
With all of the couple-y behavior that had been going down between Nina and Ian all year, some expected the two to walk arm-in-arm down the red carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
That dress is like skin-tight wrapping paper around a beautiful gift! Who else thinks it sounded like he wanted to be the one to unwrap her?
The couple seemed to formally come out as a couple when they arrived for the 2011 Much Music Awards hand-in-hand, and both were positively glowing.
By Valentines Day, all eyes were on Nina and Ian to see whether the pair had stepped out of the friend zone.
A month later, Nina seemed to flat-out deny the romance rumors to Teen Vogue but admitted to understanding how people could suspect they were an item.
Its serious stuff when the rents get involved, so when Nina and Ian were pictured visiting Paris alongside both of their mothers, both wearing smiles for days and being adorably touchy-feely with each other while sightseeing in the City of Light, it became pretty clear that their relationship was poised to reach heights rivaling the Eiffel Tower itself.
When the 2011 MTV Movie Awards came along and Nina was spotted wearing a dress similar to that of Twilight star Kristen Stewart, a lot of folks began to compare the two starlets. He took to Twitter to compliment the lady in red, writing, Uhh, Nina gets my vote.
Long after their breakup, even after Ian’s engagement, even after his wedding to Nikki Reed, he and Nina continued to follow each other on Twitter and social media.
Ian even name-dropped her as the person he was most excited to see.
It was a coronation of sorts for what has become one of TVs reigning hottest off-screen couples, especially since they were spotted sharing a smooch behind-the-scenes. The couple seemed to formally come out as a couple when they arrived for the 2011 Much Music Awards hand-in-hand, and both were positively glowing.
Ian Somerhalder could be jealous of Nina and Austin, but it is probably more likely that his wife Nikki Reed is jealous of Nina.
Ever since Nina’s former BFF Nikki began dating Ian Somerhalder she has gone out of her way to make it very clear to Nina and the rest of the world that he was HER man, even though the only reason he was HER man was because she swooped in and stole him from Nikki.