Dobrev and White hit it off after they partied together with friends, including her Vampire Diaries co-stars Kayla Ewell and Candice Accola King, at the opening of the Bellagio Resort & Casino's new supper club The Mayfair in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.
A year later, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dobrev would share this photo of her and White at the bash, as well as a video of him lifting her up Dirty Dancing-style only to have them both topple into the snow. She wrote, "How we thought 2020 would go...how it actually went."
Dobrev and White spark romance rumors after they are spotted riding bikes together in Malibu, Calif. A source tells E! News that the two began to "ease into a relationship" after spending New Year's Eve together, adding that things "really accelerated" between the two after the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
"After spending weeks together during quarantine," the source says, "Nina and Shaun have made it clear to their friends that they are a serious couple."
The two make their relationship Instagram official when both share a photo of the actress trimming White's red hair. Most hair salons closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Under her post, Dobrev writes, "Adding to resume: hairdresser."
Dobrev and White celebrate Thanksgiving with his family, as seen in photos he posts on Instagram.
Judging from their Instagrams, Dobrev and White vacationed together in the Zion National Park area in Utah twice in 2020, in May and in December.
The two spend the holidays together in December.
Just before New Year's Eve, another source tells E! News that the two "are genuinely so in love."
"They openly talk about their future together," the insider continued. "They're just super happy, and things are going really well with them."
Dobrev celebrates a "redo" of her 31st birthday on her 32rd as White pays tribute to her with photos of the two sporting these looks.
Alonside pal Adam DeVine, the couple dressed up as character from The Queen's Gambit for Halloween with Shaun going as as the iconic Beth Harmon and Nina channelling U.S. chess champion, Benny Watts.
Nina hit the slopes with her pro snowboarder love at Copper Mountain in Colorado.
The couple finally went red carpet official at the Top Gun: Maverick film premiere in London.
Alongside her tux-clad boyfriend, Nina sizzled in a red Monot gown at the 28th annual amfAR Gala during the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
The couple watched the qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco ahead of the big race at Circuit de Monaco. For the occasion, Nina looked ultra chic in a chalk-colored suiting ensemble by Smythe.
The pair turned up the heat while vacationing in the Maldives.
"I really picked a winner [ and he really picked a booger ]," Dobrev wrote in an Instagram tribute for White's 36th birthday. "Happy belated Birthday you weirdo. My weirdo. @shaunwhite."
What did White really think of Dobrev's cheerleading scene from Degrassi: The Next Generation? The athlete gave his reaction on TikTok and proved once again they're always on each other's squads.
The duo celebrated the holidays with a family trip to Mexico.
"What planet are you from and will you take me with you?!" White wrote on Instagram for Dobrev's 34th birthday. "Thanks for making life incredible! Happy birthday my love."