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Ian Somerhalder’s date night with Nikki Reed

Ian Somerhalder stepped up to the plate Friday night, showing that The Vampire Diaries hunk is definitely fiance material and has no issue playing a supporting role.

Somerhalder traveled to South Florida to be on the arm of his beloved, Nikki Reed, who received the Humane Society of the U.S.’s Inspirational Award during a vegan gala at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

“So excited,” Somerhalder posted before the event on Instagram with a picture of the couple’s intertwined hands.

The fellow animal lover added he was “blown away” by the “beautiful” Twilight actress and was “grateful” to be her date. Cue the awwws.

As for Reed, she wore a dainty yellow lacy dress and chatted with guests about the cause, celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. She gave shout-outs to the work done by The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and the South Florida Wildlife Center and discussed a new ad campaign to stop breed specific legislation.

Asked if the two actors were going to be able to take in any South Florida sights, Somerhalder told an attendee, “Man, I would love to. We’ll see. I’m running on fumes as I’ve barely slept in the last few days. I could use a champagne.”

40-SOMETHINGS

Who knew? Brett Ratner and Mariah Carey were born just a day apart, and a year apart. He turned 46 on Saturday, she 45 on Friday. Carey was rumored to have checked in to the new 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, though she didn’t appear at the property’s opening ceremony Wednesday night. Regardless, the pop queen was pictured over the weekend in nearby St. Barth’s in the company of the local director, a longtime friend who has directed a few of her videos. One pap pic sparked rumors of a romance, but Ratner’s rep shot that down quickly to People as “ridiculous.”

BEST BOOKSTORE

Every reader in South Florida knows the best place for books, authors and even a glass of wine or two: Mitchell Kaplan’s Books & Books. Now Publisher’s Weekly knows it, too: the weekly trade magazine just named Books & Books Bookstore of the Year. Check out locations in Coral Gables, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach and the Adrienne Arsht Center.

MADELEINE MARR

Lesley Abravanel contributed to this report.

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