Somerhalder and Reed’s new addition

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have purchased a horse together.

The Vampire Diaries actor and the former Twilight actress have been romantically linked for weeks. And after getting cozy at a Los Angeles farmer’s market and again at Comic-Con, the couple have taken their relationship one step further by getting a horse.

“Proud new dad… What amazing creatures they are. Wow. His name is Eagle. Thank you @iamnikkireed for snapping this special moment, with our big baby boy,” Ian wrote on his Instagram page alongside the photograph of him hugging a brown colt.

The 35-year-old’s relationship with Nikki has been under the media spotlight because she was good friends with him and his ex, Nina Dobrev. Ian met Nina on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2009 and they dated for two years before breaking up in May last year. Meanwhile Nikki, 26, filed for divorce from husband Paul McDonald in May after two years of marriage.

While a number of outlets have reported that Nina is upset by her friend dating her ex-boyfriend, E! News recently quoted a source that believes the 25-year-old couldn’t care less.

“Nina is loving single life,” they said. “She is definitely enjoying herself right now.”

It will come as no surprise to fans of Ian that he has taken on Eagle, as the star often spoke of how much he loves animals in the past. This appreciation comes from his childhood, growing up in Covington, Louisiana where he spent much of his time training horses and exploring the outdoors.

“We had tons of dogs and cats and horses. I grew up on horseback,” he recalled to The Humane Society’s All Animals magazine in 2012. “I would get home on a Friday after school, and I literally wouldn’t come home until Sunday evening, [when] it was time to finish homework and eat and go to bed. I would spend the whole weekend out horseback riding.”

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