Ian Somerhalder made the eye-opening revelation that his wife Nikki Reed helped him get out of a real-life “nightmare”.
The Vampire Diaries star, 42, penned a tribute to Reed, 33, on her birthday via Instagram. “This mama. This human. This Human, I owe you such gratitude for it all,” Somerhalder captioned a photo with his wife.
“What many of you may not know is this woman is the reason I was actually able to build @brothersbondbourbon. I’ve never disclosed this publicly, but this woman worked selflessly for 2yrs to build me out of a terrible business situation I got myself into.”
“Before Nik and I got together I built a company while shooting TVD [The Vampire Diaries] that was important to me. I invested heavily, I made huge personal guarantees to banks. However due to greed and fraud within that company and fraudulent activities from our biggest customer, not to mention the temporary collapse of the oil and gas industry — I was left in an EIGHT-FIGURE hole.”
Somerhalder detailed the amount of energy his wife poured into helping him out of the financial mess.
“It was awful. A true nightmare day in and day out,” he wrote. “I had to travel the world weekly to pay for massive monthly six-figure bank notes and ended up in the hospital four times in two years. This woman here decided that she didn’t want to see her husband ruin his body/mind/spirit and pulled up her bootstraps and got down in the trenches assembling a team to get to the negotiating table to find a way out.She devoted her life to get me out of that mess and it almost killed her along the way. I am where I am BECAUSE of this woman. Brothers Bond Bourbon is actually here today because of this woman. I was able to start my life over because of this woman.”