In early May, the shocking story broke that Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev had called it quits after nearly three years of dating.
Though our Nian-loving hearts didn’t want to the believe the news, it was hard to deny the evidence. The duo hadn’t made a joint public appearance for months before the announcement, and their separate vacations only fueled speculation that a breakup was forthcoming.
Yet, just days before the news, the Vampire Diaries couple reunited one last time in NYC. Teaming up to shoot an ad campaign for Filipino clothing brand Penshoppe, Ian and Nina gave absolutely no sign that their split was on the horizon. In fact, according to an article in The Philippine Star, Ian couldn’t keep his hands off her!
“Ian’s hands were all over Nina, like they were making up for lost time,” wrote reporter Tim Yap. “I guess this was the only time they could have some catch up time, what with the hectic schedules jetting all over the world.”
Sitting down in between takes on the set, Tim chatted with the couple about the Philippines, their environmental efforts, and what they like to do on their days off...
Ian, what memories did you take from your last trip to the Philippines?
IAN: I was in Palawan which is truly one the most beautiful places in the world. I was just greeted by so much environmental beauty, the people were so great to me. The wildlife, the environment, the people, the food, are just incredible. [...] I really wanna go back and spend more time there.
Nina, what did Ian tell you about his trip to the Philippines?
NINA: When I saw the pictures, they spoke more than any words could describe. It was so beautiful, I was so jealous I couldn’t be there. It’s such a beautiful place.
Would you guys come back together next time?
NINA: Hopefully, I really want to go and see the Philippines.
IAN: Yeah, I’d love for her to see it.
We know of Ian’s strong advocacy about the environment. What about you Nina?
NINA: I support and help the foundation because I also care so much about the environment. Working with Ian has opened my eyes to so many things regarding the environment. I also help an organization that helps kids in Africa and I’ve been with them for a long time.
How are you guys like in your days off?
IAN: Sleeping. There’s a big amount of energy that goes into the work.
NINA: Our daily lives are very intense. Work is intense, travel is intense. So when it’s not work, we rest.