"They have known each other for years because she's best friends with his sister Julianne. They've been hanging out more on a one-on-one basis lately, yes, and recently they have started dating,” a source tells Wetpaint Entertainment exclusively. “They're having fun together for now. That's it."
This aligns with E! Online’s report that they “didn’t begin seeing each other until August,” though another source tells E! that their relationship is “somewhat serious.” Us Weekly also reports that she “fell for him” after hanging out with Julianne and Derek has “fallen head-over-heels” for her, too. “Derek is smitten with Nina," the source tells Us. "He said he hasn't felt this way for a girl in a long time … everyone approves!"
Regardless of how “smitten” he may be — even reportedly buying shoes for her at the Kari Feinstein Emmys Style Lounge on September 19 — Nina just got out of a serious three-year relationship in May 2013 with co-star Ian Somerhalder. It sounds like she’s not going to move too fast, building on their foundation as best friends and, as our source stressed, they’re focused on having fun together.
What do you think: Are Nina and Derek the next Nina and Ian, or do you think they’re just having a fun fling? Sound off below.