Nina Dobrev may have sparked dating rumors with actor Austin Stowell last month, however, after weeks of speculation regarding whether or not the duo are officially in a relationship, sources close to Dobrev reveal that she is now calling Stowell her "boyfriend."
Hollywood Life reports that according to sources close to the "The Vampire Diaries" actress, Dobrev revealed to friends during Jaime King's baby shower on June 14 that she and Stowell are officially an item.
"Nina introduced Austin as her boyfriend to people who didn't know him. Most of the people there knew each other. They were glued to each other. Either holding hands the entire time to they had their arms around each other. They both seemed really happy, especially Nina," the source revealed of Dobrev and Stowell's romance.
The duo also sparked rumors of a budding romance last week as they attended the Hallmark Shoebox event in Hollywood on June 10, where onlookers revealed Dobrev seemed "smitten" by her new boyfriend.
"She walked in with a few people including her new man. They stayed for the first comic and kissed three times while the performance happened! She was very affectionate with him and she was with other friends as well and she wasn't afraid of being intimate around friends," the onlooker dished.
Prior to dating Stowell, Dobrev was in a long term relationship with her "TVD" co-star Ian Somerhalder, who recently got married to "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed.
As for what Dobrev's ex thinks of her new man, a source close to the former couple adds, "Ian actually knew about Nina's new relationship, but he never really brought it up while on set. He respected that she didn't want to hear about Nikki and she respected he didn't want to hear about Austin. One less thing to worry about. Ian is all about Nikki, his causes, the show and a handful of metaphysical stuff that goes through his mind. He just wants Nina to be happy and if she is happy with Austin that is good enough for him," the source concludes.
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