Although Nina Dobrev and Shaun White’s romance began in isolation, they intend to stay together for a very long time.
Even though they briefly spoke in 2012 at an awards ceremony, it wasn’t until 2019 that they were formally introduced. Dobrev and White fueled dating speculations in March 2020 when they were seen riding bicycles together in Malibu.
After spending months together, the duo made their Instagram relationship public on April 18, 2020, with pictures showing Dobrev giving White a new haircut. The couple underwent other makeovers as well, though. Later, they worked together on a do-it-yourself home improvement project to paint Dobrev’s house from top to bottom.
They have frequently provided fans with heartfelt Instagram updates during their relationship, especially regarding White’s road to the 2022 Winter Olympics. During the buildup to the snowboarder’s final Olympic run, Dobrev showed himself to be his biggest supporter.
White told PEOPLE in January 2022, “Nina’s just been so supportive and lovely during this whole journey for me. “She was a lifeline throughout the pandemic; she made that moment in my life special,” he said.
Here is the complete timeline of Nina Dobrev and Shaun White’s charming relationship, from their unexpected encounter to snowboarding excursions.
Late 2019: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Officially Meet
In the latter part of 2019, Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, hosted a workshop in Florida where the two first met. After their speeches, Dobrev and White decided to eat together at a neighboring restaurant.
“I actually didn’t know anything about her,” White later admitted to PEOPLE. When a few members of the restaurant’s staff approached, the Olympic gold medalist assumed they were going to ask for a photo with him. Much to his surprise, the group actually came over to see the Vampire Diaries alum, asking ”Can we get a photo … with her?” White recalled. “And I was like, ‘What’s happening? What’s going on?’ It was actually really funny.”
February 2020: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Go On Safari
White and Dobrev shared different images from their South African vacation at the end of February 2020. However, astute viewers soon recognized the couple had remained in the same spot the entire week. Later, it appeared that Dobrev had invited White to visit her while filming Redeeming Love.
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“That was actually how we kind of started our relationship,” White told Us Weekly. “And she [thought], ‘Oh, this guy, he came to play. He’s serious.’ So that’s a thing that we share. We both enjoy traveling.”
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March 22, 2020: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Spark Dating Rumors
Dobrev and White were seen bicycling together in Malibu during the early stages of the quarantine. While enjoying their leisurely ride, White was spotted holding Dobrev’s dog, Maverick. Before their first public appearance, the two had been together frequently, a source close to the actress told E! News.
Early 2020: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Go Snowboarding Together For The First Time
Snowboarding is a significant part of White’s life as a five-time Olympian. Fortunately for Dobrev, she started snowboarding and skiing when she was “8 or 9,” as she subsequently revealed to E! News Daily Pop.
“I think [White] was more surprised when we went [snowboarding] for the first time,” she said. “He was expecting to wait for me, and it was quite the opposite. I passed him by a landslide … I can keep up!”
The actress is “gifted” and “quite skilled already,” according to White, who told Us Weekly that she snowboards.
April 18, 2020: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Become Instagram Official
White and Dobrev decided to publish their burgeoning romance on Instagram in April 2020. The couple didn’t share an ordinary selfie to make their social media debut. Instead, Nina shared a funny video of her fumbling with her groceries while trying to wash them. Fans also instantly called attention to White’s tattoo and freckled arms, even though the snowboarder’s face wasn’t visible throughout the demonstration.
May 29, 2020: Nina Dobrev Gives Shaun White A Quarantine Haircut
Dobrev and White shared a quarantine throughout the epidemic, so White had no choice but to get his hair done by his girlfriend.
“Adding to resume: hairdresser,” Dobrev wrote in the caption of a photo of her holding scissors beside his head. Meanwhile, White posted a time-lapse of his at-home salon day.
September 3, 2020: Nina Dobrev Celebrates Shaun White’s Birthday
Dobrev celebrated White’s 34th birthday with a sweet, sarcastic message to “the most untalented, humorless, least athletic, least coordinated, least gifted, and my least favorite person.”
November 26, 2020: Shaun White And Nina Dobrev Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving Together
White shared pictures of his family’s Thanksgiving in November 2020, including a photo of the couple at the table and a video of Dobrev having fun while wearing matching pajamas.
“I’m so thankful to be surrounded by so much love,” he captioned the post. “Getting older and watching my family grow has been incredible.”
December 25, 2020: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Ring In Their First Christmas As A Couple
In December 2020, Dobrev and White spent their first Christmas together. In addition to pictures of his family’s Christmas celebrations, the snowboarder also shared a Polaroid of him and Dobrev wearing identical Santa hats.
January 9, 2021: Shaun White Celebrates Nina Dobrev’s Birthday
Dobrev celebrated her 31st birthday again because “2020 didn’t count” as she turned 32.
White posted a series of goofy images with the message, “Too bad we never have any fun together… ” in honor of his lady’s special day.
February 14, 2021: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Celebrate Their First Valentine’s Day As A Couple
Dobrev and White dedicated Instagram posts to each other for their first Valentine’s Day together. Dobrev wrote that her “favorite snow cone flavor is White” and wished her “quarantine in crime” a happy Valentine’s Day.
“Thank you for keeping a smile on my face and being the beautiful person you are,” White shared on his profile.
June 2021: Shaun White Shares How The Couple Celebrated Their First Anniversary
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the couple’s options for celebrating their first anniversary were constrained. White nevertheless found a way to be inventive while still going all out.
“I wanted to recreate our first date, but everything was closed,” the Olympic gold medalist told Us Weekly. “I managed to sweet-talk the owner of the place to open up for us. It was pretty fun to have a place all to ourselves.”
January 25, 2022: Nina Dobrev Praises Shaun White Before The Olympics
Due to COVID-19 limitations, Dobrev could not support White in person at the 2022 Olympic Games. According to Us Weekly, the actress said she would be “anxiously” watching at home instead.
Dobrev also spoke about her beau’s accomplishment of being the oldest U.S. halfpipe rider in the history of the Winter Games. “I am excited for him,” she shared with E! News Daily Pop. “Getting into the Olympics at all is one of the hugest accomplishments, let alone to get in five times. I’m so excited. I’m so proud of him.”
February 11, 2022: Nina Dobrev Celebrates Shaun White’s Final Run
White ended up placing fourth in his final Olympic halfpipe. In an Instagram post, Dobrev wrote that she was in “awe” of the snowboarder and how the world would celebrate his lasting legacy.
“The end of one chapter means the beginning of an exciting new one with endless possibilities,” she wrote. “You will forever be the G.O.A.T. of snowboarding. You are also the G.(B). O.A.T. = Greatest Boyfriend Of All Time.”
February 18, 2022: Nina Dobrev Helps Create A List For Shaun White’s Retirement
After his final Winter Olympics, White flew home and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he discussed how Dobrev motivated him to develop a list of things he wants to do after retiring. There was just one thing on his list. Going to the Super Bowl.
“My girlfriend said, ‘If you’re retiring, you gotta make this list of things you wanna do,'” he shared. “So, I’m putting this list [together], and pretty close to the top of the list was, ‘Go to a Super Bowl,’ because it’s always during the competitive season — I’ve never been to one.”
The pair traveled to Los Angeles right away to see the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals at Super Bowl LVI after White returned from Beijing and met his family.
May 19, 2022: Shaun White And Nina Dobrev Make Their Red Carpet Debut As A Couple
The couple attended the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London, marking their first red carpet-appearance together after more than a year of dating. Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, and Glenn Powell, Dobrev’s ex-boyfriend, appear in the movie.
December 25, 2022: Nina Dobrev And Shaun White Spend Christmas In Mexico With Their Families
Dobrev and White organized a joint family holiday in Mexico for their families. The couple could be seen in Instagram photos having a great time with family dinners, beverages, boat excursions, and beautiful sunsets.
“Not sure if you can overdose on guac, but I def tried…. out Mexico,” Dobrev captioned a carousel of images from the trip.
January 9, 2023: Shaun White Wishes Nina Dobrev A Happy 34th Birthday
White shared a picture of Dobrev from their journey to Antarctica in honor of her birthday. The Vampire Diaries star was wearing a pink wig and cat ears.
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“What planet are you from, and will you take me with you?! Thanks for making life incredible! Happy birthday my love,” White captioned the image.
To which Dobrev replied: “We’re on a one-way rocket ship to Uranus, baby!.”
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