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Fans Remind Ian Somerhalder That Nikki & Nina Had “First Real Dinner” Years Ago

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Yesterday, the Internet exploded upon seeing Nina Dobrev & Nikki Reed Instagrams, posing with each other and their mutual love Ian Somerhalder. For years, rumors swirled that the two brunettes were feuding, since Nikki started dating Ian after Nian broke up. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if Nikki & Nina didn’t know each other, but it seemed like the two were friends prior to Somereed’s relationship, and then that friendship fizzled. The rumors were further fueled when Nina announced her departure from The Vampire Diaries not too long after the now-married couple’s engagement announcement.

Alas, those rumors were finally put to rest after the TVD farewell dinner; Nina even used the term “Team Somereed” in her Instagram caption.

However…

Everything seemed well and good after the 28-year-old women posted their snapshots and captions, but when Ian posted his own note underneath the same photo Nikki published, fans were quick to correct him. Here’s what Ian wrote: “Chilling with these two… 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,” he continued, “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 think?”

Many praised his commentary, don’t get us wrong — but there was also a fair amount of backlash… at least about one particular portion of his message: “websites pretending these two badass ladies knew each other well” and that they got together “for their first real dinner.”

Sorry, Ian, but fans got the receipts — Nina & Nikki filmed a PSA for health insurance, partied together at Rolling Stone‘s Bacardi Bash, enjoyed noms at Dior Beauty’s Pre-Golden Globe Dinner and — wait for it — even celebrated birthdays together. And all of that went down before Nikki and Ian became an item. Sure, that doesn’t necessarily mean they were the best of friends, but it does sound an awful lot like friendship, no? Fans certainly think so:

Personally, we don’t invite just anyone to our birthday parties, so…
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11 stars, including Ian Somerhalder, who posed with their ex-bae & next-bae at the same time:

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