Credit: Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Win Favorite On-Screen Chemistry at 2014 People's Choice Awards

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev practically broke the Internet with their cheeky banter when accepting the 2014 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite On-Screen Chemistry.”

The Vampire Diaries co-stars split up back in May 2013, after three years of dating, and joked about the break-up during the January 8 awards show.

Nina talked to E! News after the PCAs and explained why they decided to accept the trophy in that particular fashion. She said she just wanted to have an honest moment — since it’s not like fans wouldn’t realize the two winners of the chemistry award were a former couple. Do you just ignore it?

"I was trying to figure out, like what do you say in that kind of situation?" Nina told E!. "We were like, well, we're cool, we're friends and costars. He's a great person, I'm a great person. I mean, I think I'm pretty awesome. [She laughs.] So it doesn't need to be awkward. and I feel like everyone expected it to be so awkward. We made fun of ourselves and just had fun."

These two could never be awkward. They are too perfect together — on screen and off — whether that includes romance or not. Nina only ever has kind things to say about Ian, and vice versa.

"If you're with someone for that long, there's obviously the qualities in them that you enjoy and that doesn't change just because you're not together anymore,” Nina told E! “I have an enormous amount of respect and love for [Ian] and everyone. That doesn't change, it shouldn't, otherwise why were you with them?"

Aww! Truth. People do change in relationships sometimes, and lose what they respected and loved about each other, but that’s clearly not the case with Ian and Nina. And for the record, we have an enormous amount of love and respect for Mr. Smolderhotter too!

Do you still hold out hope that these two will rekindle their romance someday, or are you OK with just knowing they truly love each other as friends?

Source: E! News