Actor Ian Somerhalder came to the defence of his girlfriend Nikki Reed after receiving negative comments about the Twilight actress online.
Over the weekend (ends07Sep14), two of the Vampire Diaries star's fans decided to use his Instagram.com comments section as a forum to bash his new girlfriend, Reed.
Instead of dismissing the negative banter, Somerhalder wrote back to the fans in a lengthy online rant, telling them, "You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I'm not sure that you do. Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being. Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don't even know the person you're talking about."
He added, "Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question. What's the answer? Is it yes? If it is - then please be happy for me. Stop this nonsense - you're spreading horrible energy into the world.
"Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You'll find that she's a magical person doing great things in the world.
"I'm sickened and saddened by the fans' response to all this. Many fans have stood up people like you and tried to empower you with some compassion. If we all thought a little or learned a little about people before we spoke about them, the world wouldn't be so upside down and in the worst place in history. If you hate Nikki then you must hate me...That's sad. Have an amazing day!"
Somerhalder and Reed sparked romance rumours in July (14) after they were photographed spending a weekend together in Los Angeles.
Reed filed for divorce from former American Idol contestant Paul McDonald in May (14), and Somerhalder previously dated his TV co-star Nina Dobrev.