It’s very likely that Ian Somerhalder has been secretly dating his new girlfriend, Molly Swenson, for quite some time. He’s often pretty undercover with his relationships, with the exception of Nina Dobrev, so it’s not all that hard to believe. However, sources tell us that Nina is also quite jealous of Ian’s new girlfriend, and she’s upset that she’ll no longer have the opportunity to get back together with Ian if she so wishes.
Well, that’s what happens when a relationship goes kaboom. Obviously, it’s probably difficult for Nina to fully understand that considering Ian was her first serious relationship in Hollywood. There were even rumors that they were going to get engaged, but all that imploded when they broke up last year. However, their cordial working relationship and on-set flirting led to rumors that the former couple was thinking of a reconciliation. Even after Nina had her rebound flings with Derek Hough and Liam Hemsworth, sources were whispering of a possible Nina/Ian reunion.
But alas, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen – and Nina is reportedly seething about it. Ian and Molly are supposedly pretty serious, and they also happen to share the same interests, considering Ian is on the advisory board for her company. Also, being with Molly allows Ian a modicum of privacy because she’s not a celebrity, something he never had while he was with Nina.
It’s certainly also possible that Nina started hooking up with Michael Trevino purely as a way to get back at Ian dating Molly. The difference is that Ian knows how to be undercover with his romances, whereas Nina’s love life seems to be out in the open for everyone to see.