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Valentin Cassadine and Nina Reeves are fictional characters and a popular former couple on soap opera General Hospital.

Casting & Background

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The role of Valentin was originated by actor James Patrick Stuart on July 11, 2016.

The role of Nina was originated by veteran soap actress, Michelle Stafford on May 1, 2014. Stafford departed the series on June 12, 2019 when she was rehired at Y&R and the role was recast with Cynthia Watros who made her first appearance on June 17, 2019.

Valentin is the son of GH's most iconic supervillain the late Helena Cassadine and unknown man and the stepson of the late Prince Mikkos Cassadine. He is the father of Charlotte Cassadine[1] with Lulu Spencer,[2] who was born via surrogate.

Nina is the daughter of the late, Mr. Reeves and his widow, the late socialite, Madeline Reeves. On August 20, 2018, it was revealed that Nina's baby with Silas wasn't miscarried and that she gave birth to a girl and that Nina's mother Madeline put her up for adoption. This means Nina is the mother of a girl in her mid 20s. On April 9, 2020, it was revealed that Nelle Benson is Nina's daughter.

As of October 2018, they are divorced.

"So It Goes" by Billy Joel is their song[3]

Storylines

On August 2, 2016, Valentin is seen in Port Charles meeting Nina Reeves and then has sex with her. Valentin then leaves her on August 4 in order to kidnap Spencer Cassadine, but was stopped by Sonny outside the summer camp doors, and he is then arrested by the cops. Nina and Curtis Ashford then turned in the cell phone that Valentin stole from Nikolas, which contained a voicemail of Spencer trying to get in touch with his father. While at the PCPD, he has a conversation with Nina before he was taken by the Feds.

On December 29, 2016 (New Year's Eve/Day on the show) Valentin and Nina got married to strengthen his case in the upcoming custody battle over his child, Charlotte, with Lulu.

Valentin and Nina celebrate their marriage

In January 2017, Valentin and Nina tell Charlotte that they got married and Charlotte at first appeared emotionless on the news and then surprises Nina ecstatically on how happy that she is her stepmom. She also watches the two exchange wedding rings. Later Valentin got a call from the Canadian authorities that his plan went well.

A little while later, Valentin tells Charlotte that Claudette is dead, she mourns for the only mother she has ever known and in a few short moments she suggests that maybe Nina can be her new mommy. Valentin faked Claudette's death so no one would search for her.

On February 1, at The Floating Rib, Lulu suggests to Valentin that they can hash things out. She admits telling Charlotte she's her mom with the best intentions. Although the sight of him makes her sick, she knows Charlotte needs him. She's ready to take Valentin up on his previous offer of joint custody if she, Dante, Nina and he can attend family therapy together. He declines, rescinding his previous offer. Lulu's screaming at him when Nina arrives as Lulu declares, “When it comes between wars between the Cassadines and the Spencers, the Spencers always win.” She storms off leaving Nina to admit she saw a picture of him at Anna's. He's sorry but Nina's glad. Now she understands and admires him. They kiss.

On Valentines Day, Valentin gets ready at Wyndemere while on his cell with Nina who's waiting at the Metro Court suite for him. He ends the call when Charlotte joins him. She wonders if mom's watching from heaven. Valentin's sure Claudette is, and then asks Charlotte for help with his tie. He shows her the engagement ring he bought Nina, and then gives her an emerald and gold bracelet. They forget the ring when they leave for the babysitter's. Valentin came back for the ring and then he had realized that Anna was at the house, he caught her off guard when she was planning to plant a bug in the living room. Anna begged him to tell her what happened in their past that made her want to put him in the WSB Kill List, but before Valentin can respond, she collapsed. Valentin rushed her to the hospital, where he stayed by her bedside and showed that his feelings towards her never faded even after all these years.

In March 2017, Valentin (and Nina) with their lawyer Nora Buchanan and Lulu (and Dante) with their lawyer Diane Miller started a custody battle with both wanting sole custody and joint custody not being on the table. The battle ended with Valentin getting sole custody and Lulu supervised visitation (one hour a week) to ensure a smooth transition for Charlotte to accepting Lulu as her mother, for it was believed through the evaluation of Charlotte done by Dr. Andre Maddox that Charlotte will be severely traumatized if she was taken from her father and put in an environment that she felt uncomfortable in. It was also mentioned that in 6 months custody will be revisited.

On March 20, Valentin stops by Anna Devane's to offer a truce and tell her that he wants to move forward with his life with Nina and Charlotte. She warns her that if she persists in coming after him, he will make her disappear for good. Anna refuses to stop digging until she knows what happened between them. Valentin accuses Anna of either lying about the cruelest thing she ever did to him, or being ashamed that she really has blocked it out. Anna gets worked up yelling and reopens the wound on her hand. When he asks about it, she reveals she has cancer and is on blood thinners. She calls it treatable, but not curable. He is sorry, but still refuses to tell her what she wants to know. He suggests she simply forget him, and walks out.

On March 22, in the Metro Court, Valentin meets the new nanny, Nelle Benson, whom Nina hired for Charlotte. When Nina took Charlotte back up to her office he made her a promise that she better not do anything to harm Charlotte or he will make sure no one will find her body. This spooks Nelle. Later Valentin meets Nora Buchanan he paid her well for her services in the custody battle and thanked her for her services and for helping him in the matter of his associate Olivia Jerome. Nora promised that Olivia would not spend a single day in jail because his associate was on her way to D'Archam Asylum and likely wouldn't see the light of day again. Valentin was pleased.

During Charlotte's first visit with Lulu, Valentin arrived to see his daughter and he is shocked as to how Lulu and Charlotte have bonded well. Later on at the Metro Court, Charlotte expresses that she misses Claudette and how confused she is about how Lulu is mother. Valentin explains that she was created in a very special way and that he and Nina will explain it to her when they get home. Charlotte also tells her papa that she had fun with Lulu but feels guilty because it's not fair to her mommy, Claudette, her papa or Nina. Valentin tells Charlotte that although he and Lulu don't get along, he wants Charlotte to form her own opinion of Lulu.

During the 2017 Nurses Ball, Valentin sang on stage "So It Goes" a beautiful song by Billy Joel to try and win Nina's heart back, since she doubts he loves her as much as he claims. After the Nurses Ball, Valentin stayed to watch Jake's magic act, where he revealed that he has the Chimera Virus. Through the efforts of Jake's parents, Jason and Elizabeth, the Chimera was secured before it could be opened. Valentin attempted to dispose of the Chimera on his own but Anna convinced him that it's best if it was given back to the WSB. Soon after, he received a call from Nina revealing that she is being held hostage with Jason, and that the gunmen want the Chimera virus. In the end, Valentin gets shot while saving Nina's life.

In July 11, Valentin returns to Port Charles. He arrives at Wyndemere Castle and sees Nina sleeping on the living room couch. Nina wakes up on the couch at Wyndemere to find Valentin standing over her. She jumps into his arms. Valentin explains the charges against him were dropped, likely because the WSB didn't want the truth about the Chimera made public in a trial. He hopped on the first plane to return home to his wife. She points out he doesn't have a wife anymore and suggests he go see Charlotte. She tells him that she's at the Metro Court for Dante's mother's wedding. Valentin arrives at the Metro Court where he reunites with his daughter. Valentin hugs Charlotte and promises her that he will never leave her again. Lulu takes Charlotte to get some lemonade, and Valentin provides Anna and Dante with the paperwork detailing his release from the WSB. Valentin states he is free, and he's here to take his daughter. Dante won't let that happen, but Valentin reminds him that Lulu only has temporary custody. He tells Charlotte she should go home with Lulu and Dante for the night, because he has to get Wyndemere ready for her to come home to. Lulu and Dante leave with Charlotte, and Valentin invites Anna to have a drink with him. Valentin had a long time to think about their past and what he did, and he realized he wouldn't have Nina or his daughter if not for her. Anna advises him not to blow this second chance.

On July 18, it was revealed that Valentin has temporary visitation.

In October, it was revealed that Valentin and Lulu now have shared custody.

Stuart and Watros as Valentin and Nina

In 2018, when Aiden is being bullied by Charlotte at school, Valentin and Nina talk to Charlotte's teacher Willow. Nina blames Willow and defends Charlotte from any accusations. Willow eventually loses her job teaching.

Whem Nina's mother Madeline dies, Nina is left behind a half heart necklace. She thinks her daughter has the other half.

Valentin claimed to Nina that he had found her "daughter". Her name was Sasha but he really hired her to pretend to be her "daughter" and she moved to Port Charles to be near her. Nina was elated to have a child and grateful to Valentin for finding her.

When the truth comes out from Lulu a year later, Nina cancels the ceremony and breaks up with Valentin.

Videos & Gallery

Valentin and Nina were married on December 29, 2016 (New Years Eve on the show).

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Valentin Cassadine 12-29-16 (Part 1)-0

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Valentin Cassadine 12-29-16 (Part 2)


Valentin has dedicated his performance to Nina in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

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Valentin Performs "And So It Goes" NURSES BALL 2017

"And So It Goes"

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Nurses Ball 2018 Valentin Performs "The Book of Love"

"The Book of Love"

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Nurses Ball 2019 Valentin Performs "Nothing Without You"

"Nothing Without You"

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GH Nurses Ball 2020 8 20 20 Part 4 8 Valentin Performs

"Can You Feel Me?"


References

  1. Revealed on November 9, 2016 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKWa2lGtPg
  2. On December 9, 2016, Valentin confirmed that Lulu is Charlotte's mother and on December 12, 2016 he explains how Helena orchestrated the whole thing.
  3. Nina stated this on 9/13/21
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