Ian Somerhalder admitted this weekend that he took his first drink at the age of 4.
When most kids are getting ready for kindergarten, the “Vampire Diaries” actress told the New York Post that she used to “steal mint juleps from my family” at her home in Louisiana, which she says was always stocked with cane sugar, an ingredient. in the drink
“I’m pretty sure it was 4…it was early ’80s, like ’81,” the 44-year-old recalled when asked about his first drink. He was speaking at an event for his new bourbon brand, Brother’s Bond, which launched two years ago with former “Vampire Diaries” co-star Paul Wesley, who made his appearance on the show.
“Those are my first memories of the smell of muddled mint, sugar cane and bourbon,” he said at the outlet.
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Ian Somerhalder said he had his first drink at the age of 4. (Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)
When he was a kid in the South, he said, “there was no socioeconomics for bourbon. So someone who was an executive in a company will drink the same bourbon as somebody who’s a blue-collar worker. So that. It was really amazing, this leveling field.”
Somerhalder added that he was caught a few times with a drink in hand by adults and was scolded to “put that down!”
He added that bourbon is “literally part of the culture there, and it’s really special because it’s a bond. It’s something that so many families do, and it’s special.”
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The “V Wars” star now has a family of his own. He married “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed in 2015, and they have a 5-year-old daughter with a second child on the way.
The “Lost” actress also admitted in 2019 that she lost her virginity at a young age.
“(I was) 13. It was fun,” Somerhalder said on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, “Radio Andy.” “When you’re 13 and you’re a boy, you know, or a girl, boys are cool.”
Somerhalder stated that the girl he slept with was 16 years old at the time.
He told the Post that, as a teenage athlete, he also used “blood doping”, which he said was “very illegal in competitive sports, but like, before we used to throw plasma in like a big race or something and shoot.” it’s all back.”
Blood doping aims to increase the mass of red blood cells to improve an athlete’s performance, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency.
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Ian Somerhalder with his pregnant wife Nikki Reed. (Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images)
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“We’d do triathlons, and we’d do 100-mile road races. And you spit out all the plasma and put it back in before the race. You’re consuming 35 percent more oxygen, so you’re like, a beast,” he said. “You can’t do it anymore, (but) my God, in the early ’90s, in competitive sports, especially triathlons and road racing, yeah, everybody did it.”
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