There’s been a lot of speculation about Ian Somerhalders dating life following his breakup from Nina Dobrev, but none more so than recently. The Internet went crazy in mid-April when a false story was released about The Vampire Diaries actor getting cozy with a new girl.

According to E! Online, Ian was spotted out with Molly DeWolf Swenson, a former American Idol contestant and the current COO of RYOT News. (Ian serves as on the advisory board for the organization.) The duo were reportedly “casually holding hands,” but didn’t appear overly affectionate.

Of course, Molly was quick to squash the rumors on Twitter, writing “Do some more digging @eonline… I’ve been off the market for 2 yrs!” Ian didn’t react as abruptly as Molly did (he’s probably used to the gossip by now), but he has made several comments over the course of the last few weeks that prove he’s very much the eligible bachelor.

Sitting down for a recent interview with E! News (yes, the same company that posted the false story to begin with), Ian opened up on his relationship status and whether or not he’ll be dating in the near future.

“There is no dating,” the 35-year-old revealed. “I am solo as solo could get. I can’t imagine dating in Hollywood. I’m a serial monogamist, man. Dating in Hollywood’s gotta be gnarly.”

Hear that, ladies? Ian doesn’t want to date in Hollywood, which means he must be looking for a nice, normal, non-famous girl. Let’s just all promise to compete nicely, OK?