Despite our initial reaction to the rumors, a source close to the couple confirmed that Somerhalder definitely popped the question.
"She accepted with glee," the insider told Us Weekly. "She is madly in love.
"They were friends before, the groundwork had been laid before," said another pal. "They had always been attracted to each other, but always in another relationship. It may seem quick, but they knew it was right. They believe in the same things. They are dedicated to their work and helping others."
The couple has been dating just six months, and the engagement comes just nine months after Reed's split from her ex-husband, American Idol alum Paul McDonald. Their divorce was just finalized earlier in January.
Somerhalder hinted at the news in this Instagram shot from last week.
How I spent my New Year's Day- in a #tbt way- wow. Week one of 2015. Thank you all for giving me so much strength-we're ready to kick major ass and make a great future staritng now . Happy 1st week of the New Year- I hope you're on track with making your future the most sustainable and harmonious one possible... Love, Ian
So what's the ring like? The source said it's a little unusual, but still gorgeous. "Ian bought a vintage diamond eternity band for Nikki," a source told Us. "It's not a typical engagement ring but actually a wedding band you purchase for when you get married."
The couple definitely moved fast: They shacked up together within three weeks of the news breaking that they had coupled up, and already parent a menagerie of pets together, including two horses, two dogs and a cat.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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