Ever since Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev broke up earlier this year, the sexy Vampire Diaries actor has been flying solo. He’s teased us with a “beautiful and charming” new girl, who ended up being his new adorable dog named Nietzsche, but for the most part he’s been living life as a bachelor.

But when Ian recently won a Conde Nast Traveler Visionaries Award, he decided to take one lucky lady as his date to the dinner at which he was honored. But who is the “beautiful” woman? Breathe a sigh of relief, girls, it was just his mom!

“Me and my beautiful Mama — the O.G. Woman in my life/world at @condenasttraveler Visionaries Dinner this weekend in NYC. Happy Birthday Mama — thanks for this life. Thanks for supporting Me, ISF, @ryot.org, & everything I do. Thank you @condenasttraveler again for this extraordinary honor. It inspires me to do more. It makes me understand that the need for change is greater than my need for sleep,” Ian captioned a precious photo with his mom.

We didn’t think it was possible to love Ian anymore than we already do, but it happened. While his co-star Paul Wesley is rumored to be dating Phoebe Tonkin and Nina is dating Derek Hough, Ian is rocking the single life and having a good time with his mom. We love it.

What do you think about Ian’s surprising date? Who should he date next? Hit the comments and let us know what you think!

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