News leaked shortly after they were spotted spending thousands on adult toys, then looking at rings, and Nikki wore a diamond ring on the red carpet. They have been friends for years and got engaged after six months of dating. Nikki is/ was also a friends-of-years with Ian’s ex-girlfriend-of-years, Nina Dobrev.
Ian reportedly told Nikki he’s “been in love with [her] for years,” but they’ve both been in other relationships.
“They’re so happy,” a source tells E! News. “They were crazy happy from the start. Their families love each other. It just feels really right.” The couple also started a production company together (she did something similar getting financially invested with her ex-husband).
Nikki previously dated Paul McDonald for seven months. They were married for two years. Their divorce was finalised earlier this month.
According to insiders, Nina, who still plays Ian’s on-screen on/off girlfriend, is “devastated” and “can’t believe this is all happening so fast.”
“She is completely shocked,” claims an insider. “She heard the news from mutual friends and can only shake her head in disbelief. She new Ian and Nikki were into each other but she never thought in a million years they would get married this quickly! It’s a tough pill to swallow.”
The source added of how Nina is coping, “Nina will put on a brave face and say all the right things. But inside it’s killing her.”