I'm writing this article about Nian because since their split, no-one has really said anything much about them, and with the current news of Ian's love life, I think we - or someone - should talk about Nian because it's obvious that fans are still very hurt about their break-up, even after all this time. I think what makes it hard for people is that over the years Nian were a couple, there are so many - probably hundreds - of pictures of them together, and because we were so accustomed to seeing Nina and Ian with each other, it's doubly heartbreaking to see him with someone new. There are way too many photos of Nian to talk about them all, so I'm going to concentrate on a selection, which I think tells us about where they stood, romance-wise. Basically, Nian were a couple who had it all. They were a golden couple who looked almost impossibly perfect. They were a couple who had everything, and did everything together. When they broke up, people were shocked, because in spite of the rumors that had been circulating, no-one saw it coming.

2011

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For their first Coachella outing together, fans got very excited about the possibility they might be dating, but it was actually very difficult to tell from the pictures. They seemed pretty close, but not overtly coupley. Nina kept things very casual, in shorts,a black tank and lace-ups. They COULD have just been 'good friends'.

Paris

When Nina and Ian were spotted in Paris however, the gossip mill went into overdrive and fans were simply buzzing with the news, especially over pics of them with their arms around each other like this: link These photos more or less confimed what we had suspected for some time now, even without them saying anything.
Nina's choice of outfit is a direct contrast to the Coachella one she wore, which was quite simply, fabulous, flirty and spelled 'Love in Paris with My New Boyfriend'. Her outfit (a tulip style skirt in a blue print, dark pink blouse, camel coloured wrap, probably cashmere, and wedges) was a very sophisticated combo and unlike anything she'd worn before. Nina doesn't typically wear a lot of bright colours and prints in her daytime wear. It was very put-together and one that looked more 'stylist-inspired' than one that she'd put together herself. I think she must have been pretty excited about being in Paris with Ian. It was almost as if she'd been anticipating getting snapped with him and had dressed up especially with this in mind.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards/Governor's Ball

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In spite of appearing together at the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner earlier in the year, THIS was really the moment the couple made their mark. Dressed to perfection, Nina and Ian looked incredible. Although they never talked openly abut their relationship to the press, there was absolutely no doubting they were a serious item now. Their attendance at the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner caused much excitement among fans, but the Emmys were the event that really wowed us.


2012

20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Black magic was the theme for one of the first big events of the year. Nina wore a black dress with cut-outs at the shoulders and her hair in a fishtail braid. The black was a surprising choice, as she nearly always goes for a bright colour at an event, but she looked great. Ian was dashing as always. But perhaps more importantly, by being invited to such an event, Nian's romance was no longer a secret, or something they were even trying to hide; it was a given among the entertainment world.

The 38th People's Choice Awards

OK, so this was a big night for Nina because she won. And she looked amazing. But what really stands out are the pics of them taken at the airport.
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Or Nina carrying her bag, and holding her award in one hand, talking on the phone with the other, while Ian drags two huge suitcases through the airport.

Coachella

Google 'ian and nina coachella 2012 and you'll see NIan looked SO in love, and HAPPY. They don't normally engage in PDA, but they did here. They just looked so natural and comfortable together, as if they had been together for years. Looking at them like this it's difficult to believe that by the following year, they had broken up. You can almost see the aura of happiness they were wrapped in.

Paris and Santa Monica Pier

Nian attended a lot of high profile events, including the Met Ball, but I'm going to talk about some smaller, low-key photos that were taken of them when they weren't aware of it, because I think it gives people a glimpse of how they were, away from the public glare. I don't think Nian were always comfortable with being followed by the paparazzi - in certain cases, such as when they were snapped going on a coffee run in NYC, they looked distinctly annoyed. And when photos emerged of them having dinner at Shima in LA, they looked kind of tense, or distant, possibly because they knew there was a camera being pointed at them. But when you look at the pics of them leaving Chez Julien in Paris, they looked the very image of a couple who were happy, and very much in love.
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These pictures give a much more intimate glimpse into their relationship which we had not really seen before. The same can be said for the photos of them kissing on Santa Monica Pier - where for a minute, it was as if they let their guards down and decided not to worry if anyone was watching them, and just be a normal couple.


Christmas tree shopping in Atlanta and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China

I thought this was adorable. I loved that Nina's red duffle coat and Ian's shirt were from American Eagle Outfitters. 2012 had been a whirlwind of Nian, and it showed no sign of slowing down. At the end of December they went on a post-Christmas vacation, and looked every inch the classic couple, Nina in a camel trench coat, and Ian in leather with a Burberry scarf. (Nina was later seen wearing Ian's scarf leaving their hotel in Shanghai). There was absolutely nothing to hint that there might be trouble ahead.


2013

While 2012 had been nothing but a non-stop explosion of Nian activity. 2013 was much quieter. It was so quiet in fact, that fans became worried that something bad had happened. That might be how the rumours started, but then again, maybe not. All we know is that it was the end of March when new photos of Nian finally emerged. Fans breathed a collective sigh of relief. What they didn't know was that it would be the last photos of Nian as a couple. Now, there were very few sightings of Nian out and about at the beginning of 2013, compared to the year before. In 2012, they were spotted at Bora Bora Airport in January 1st. On Febuary 26th, they attended the Acadamy Awards Viewing Party. On March 10th they were photographed leaving the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, and they were even pictued at In-N-Out Burger the next day. In 2013 they were seen at LAX Airport in Febuary and that's it until the end of March when they went to Toronto to visit Nina's family. Nina did attend some events, but not with Ian. For a couple who had regularly been attending some very prestigious events in Hollywood together, that was definitely troubling. If they had secretly broken up, or their relationship was heading that way, then that would explain why they seemed to be spending less time together but why then, would Ian accompany Nina to Toronto at the end of March? You've got to admit that it just doesn't add up.

Outside Nina's family home in Toronto/Pearson International Airport, Toronto Canada

I thought they both looked kind of tired in some of these pics, but they have a busy schedule, so that's understandable. Nian put on a stoic show: there's hand-holding, Ian genuinely seems close to Nina's family, at one point her mother leans over and kisses him on the cheek, there's really nothing that spells 'Break-up'. What is noticeable though, is Nina's outfit. Nina has been snapped at airports many times, and each time, she's nailed it for looking effortlessly cool. She usually wears skinny jeans, a jacket and boots or flats, with maybe a scarf or a hat. But here, she's swaddled in layers: a hat, sunglasses and a big padded parka. Maybe it was super cold or she couldn't be bothered, but compare what she's wearing to the outfit she wore arriving at Shanghai: the Rachel Zoe coat, the red patent Chanel bag, the knee-high black boots, the sunglasses pushed on to the top of her head, the radiant smile she's sporting.. link
There's nothing wrong with the Toronto outfit, but something's missing.. This was the last time Nian were pictured together: shortly afterwards, news broke of their split. So what happened? How could Ian go and visit Nina's family one month, and then the next, the relationship be over? Did something major happen to make them fall out? Was their relationship in trouble before-hand, and we just never knew about it? But after such a successful year, it just seems like it came out of the blue. It remains a mystery. They seemed to get on well with each others families, Nina supported Ian's ISF work, and unlike most couples in Hollywood, it wasn't a case of there being a third person involved or simply not being able to spend time with one another because of work committments, because they worked together on the show all the time. It's been speculated that perhaps Nina didn't want to get married, but this seems a bit unsatisfying because it hardly seems like a deal-breaker. Ian would know how career-driven she is; surely it would be a case of giving her more time. I suppose we'll never know the reasons.


2014

Nian's break-up continues to be chewed over in the media, (are they getting back together? Is Nina jealous?), and now Ian has apparently even found love with another girl (Nikki Reed). They look very together and pretty much the fairytale couple, but it doesn't seem so long ago when Ian looked that way with Nina, only with them, it was a while before they were pictured canoodling in public.
It's easy to look at a celebrity couple and think they're perfect. But it's not true. Real relationships take work, and love is not a fairytale. When people looked at Nian it was easy to believe that, like 2 characters in a fairytale, they would live happily ever after. They didn't, but what they had WAS real. It's just that, rather than being a fairytale, as Ed Sheeran sings in the song 'Photograph', "Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes."