It’s a banner year for one of your all-time favorites from The Vampire Diaries. Not only did he (that’s a hint right there) have to say goodbye to the beloved series that skyrocketed him to stardom — which you might say is sad, but we prefer to say
necessary bittersweet — he’s about to open up another life-changing chapter: fatherhood. And that star is… Ian Somerhalder!
That’s right, while everyone was rejoicing earlier this week over the news that Paul Wesley reunited with longtime girlfriend Phoebe Tonkin, whom he met on the set of TVD, the man who brought Damon Salvatore to life (well… after-life) on the small screen for eight seasons had even bigger news, waiting to be shared. Fortunately, the wait is over!
“To our friends, family, and rest of the world,” the blue-eyed heartthrob began in a caption for a photo of himself kissing wife Nikki Reed‘s baby bump on Instagram. “In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy.
“Hi Little One,” the 28-year-old Twilight alum began in her own Insta caption. “I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt. We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…
The vampiric couple’s relationship was quite a whirlwind. After the two got together in July 2014, they got engaged in January 2015 and were married on April 26, 2015. Alas, though, their love hasn’t wavered… and now a new Somerhalder is coming into the world! And, by the looks of Nikki’s bump, we can expect the new addition really soon, too. We wish them all the best on this exciting, new journey.
Who will be the godparents? After all, Nikki Reed’s godmother to one of her co-star’s kids:
Play sibling vampires in the Twilight series turned into a strong friendship for Nikki and Jackson Rathbone. Nikki was honored with becoming godmother to Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, which Jackson announced on Twitter. Nikki looks like a total pro holding the baby and is still spotted hanging out with the family.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants girls
When Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Blake Lively were cast in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, they had no idea how close they would become. Their friendship turned into a true sisterhood and solidified even more when they were named godmothers to Blake and Ryan Reynolds' daughter, James Reynolds. (At least according to Amber; Blake says they're more like fairy godmothers rather than legit ones.) This sisterhood = the ultimate #squadgoals.
Jake saw firsthand the love that Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams had for each other on the set of Brokeback Mountain, so it only made sense for him to be named godfather to their daughter, Matilda Ledger.
After Heath's tragic death, Jake was spotted out with Matilda and Michelle multiple times and he continues to care for the young beauty with her godmother, Busy Philipps. Seems like Matilda has the best support system and most caring parents!
BFFs Busy & Michelle first met on the set of Dawson's Creek and have been inseparable ever since. Busy was there when Michelle fell in love with Heat,h and became a godparent alongside Jake to their daughter, Matilda Ledger. Jake and Busy would even go out together watching Matilda and would often be seen with Heath and Michelle. Busy continues to be a part of their lives since Heath's death.
Marisa first met Lisa Bonet on the set off A Different World, a spin-off of the popular show Cosby Show. The pair's friendship on-screen turned into a strong one IRL and Lisa named Marisa godmother to her daughter Zoey Kravitz. Marisa continues to hang out with the Kravitz family and even gets along with her goddaughters father, Lenny Kravtiz.
After meeting on the set of Freaks and Geeks, Lizzy and Busy Philipps became the best of friends. Although their show didn't last long, their friendship didn't have the same fate. Busy gave Lizzy the title of godmother to her firstborn child, Birdie Silverstein. Busy loves to stay busy with her friends and post about their time together.
Taylor Swift isn't the only famous godmother to Jaime King's children. After meeting on the set of Sin City, Jessica and Jaime continued their friendship and stayed in each other's lives so much that Jaime named Jessica godmother to her first-born child, James Newman. James is one lucky kid because he also got Topher Grace as a godfather! Can we be adopted into the family?
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Being aunts of each other's children on their hit TV show, FRIENDS, prepared Jennifer and Courteney Cox for real life. The long-time besties became family when Courteney named Jennifer godmother of her daughter, Coco Arquette. From family vacations to grocery shopping, Jennifer is just another member of the fam!
Cameron is known for standing up for her co-star BFF, Drew Barrymore, so it only makes sense for her to also be godmother to Drew's daughter, Frankie Kopelman. The two first met when they were kids, and their bond got incredibly strong while filming Charlie's Angels. From promoting each other's projects to having the perfect parties, these friends are in it for the long run.
Johnny Depp is notorious for being in Tim Burton films with Helena Bonham Carter. The three created a strong bond that has continued through multiple films and years, resulting in Johnny being named godfather to the couple's first born, Billy Burton. Johnny frequents family outings and still plays a role in Billy's life, even though Tim & Helena are no longer an item.
Jenni 'JWoww' Farley
JWoww and Snooki have been best friends since their days on Jersey Shore. They had a strong bond that kept them together during all the craziness that happened on the show — and they're still just as close years later.
JWoww was the obvious choice to be the godmother of Lorenzo Lavalle. Snooki and JWoww's children are often together and will hopefully grow up to be the best of friends like their mamas.
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
After JWoww was announced as the godmother to Snooki's son, it was no surprise that she would also get the same title. Snooki is godmother to Meilani Mathews and hangs out with him almost as much as she does with her own children. Snooki and JWoww's friendship is unbreakable and we love seeing the two families interact.
This dynamic duo dates back to when your parents were teenagers! Henry and Ron Howard played opposite each other on Happy Days and have kept their friendship going for over 30 years. Ron named Henry godfather to his famous daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, and although Bryce has children of her own, Henry is still part of her life. We love the legacy of greatness that is happening in this family.
Marisa first met Lisa Bonet on the set of A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show. The pair's friendship on screen turned into a strong one IRL, and Lisa named Marisa godmother to her daughter, Zoe Kravitz. Marisa continues to hang out with the Kravitz family and even gets along with her goddaughter's father, Lenny Kravitz.
Simon is godfather to Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter, Apple Martin. Simon first met Gwyneth on the set of their movie, The Good Night, and the two instantly hit it off. They have continued their friendship and support each other's films and projects.
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley may have started out as co-stars in Rowing with the Wind who started dating, but that's not how they finished. Hugh and Elizabeth stayed close friends, even after they broke up. In fact, they became family when Elizabeth named Hugh godfather to her son Damian Hurley. (Though, the kid also has seven godfathers to spare.) This pair has been through it all and shows no sign of stopping!
This pair may sound unusual, but co-starring on Alias created a special father-daughter bond. Victor and Jennifer Garner continued to visit and support each other after the show ended and quickly became family. Jennifer named Victor godfather to her and Ben Affleck's daughter, Violet Affleck. We have a feeling that they'll be in each other's lives for a long, long time.