Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev\'s Relationship Timeline: From Co-Stars to Couple

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev’s Relationship Timeline: From Co-Stars to Couple

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev\'s Relationship Timeline: From Co-Stars to Couple

Elena Gilbert may have a hard time choosing between the Salvatore brothers on The Vampire Diaries, but for a long time, Nina Dobrev was Team Ian Somerhalder.

The co-stars were a match made in TV heaven and became an adorable power couple soon after the show took off. They were private about their relationship for its 3-year time span, but openly affectionate at times, making TVD fans ‘round the world swoon.

Though they broke up in May 2013, it reportedly didn’t last long. On November 12, 2013, a report surfaced that they’re hooking up again, fresh on the heels of them hugging and looking at each other lovingly on the red carpet of their show’s 100th episode celebration.

To give you the full spectrum of Nian’s relationship, we’ve put together a timeline starting from the first sign of their coupling. The future of their relationship is still TBA, but fingers crossed that they, like Delena, find their happily ever after.

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev\'s Relationship Timeline: From Co-Stars to Couple
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November 2010: Testing the Waters Down Under

November 2010: Testing the Waters Down Under Credit: Tourism Port Douglas

Eyebrows really started to raise about the potential hook-up alert between Nina and Ian back when they were spotted spending downtime Down Under together, bonding over the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The romantic locale served as a perfect place for the duo to test the waters between them literally. They were even photographed snorkeling together!

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November 2010: Testing the Waters Down Under

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Eyebrows really started to raise about the potential hook-up alert between Nina and Ian back when they were spotted spending downtime Down Under together, bonding over the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The romantic locale served as a perfect place for the duo to test the waters between them literally. They were even photographed snorkeling together!

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February 2011: Valentine’s Day Confusion

February 2011: Valentine’s Day Confusion Credit: Instagram
By Valentines Day, all eyes were on Nina and Ian to see whether the pair had stepped out of the friend zone. While they were reportedly seen canoodling and focused on each other at a restaurant near Atlanta for the special occasion, some mixed signals came by way of Ians tweet, which unromantically referred to the holiday as corporate and a conspiracy of florists and chocolatiers. To be fair, he also admitted the day serves as a good excuse to spread a little love.
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February 2011: Valentine’s Day Confusion

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By Valentines Day, all eyes were on Nina and Ian to see whether the pair had stepped out of the friend zone. While they were reportedly seen canoodling and focused on each other at a restaurant near Atlanta for the special occasion, some mixed signals came by way of Ians tweet, which unromantically referred to the holiday as corporate and a conspiracy of florists and chocolatiers. To be fair, he also admitted the day serves as a good excuse to spread a little love.

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March 2011: Nina Puts the Kibosh on the Romantic Buzz

March 2011: Nina Puts the Kibosh on the Romantic Buzz Credit: Getty Images

A month later, Nina seemed to flat-out deny the romance rumors to Teen Vogue but admitted to understanding how people could suspect they were an item. A lot of people who work together end up dating, so it wouldnt be unusual, she said, but Ive never dated anyone Ive worked with. To us, that sentence came with an unspoken caveat of yet.

March 2011: Nina Puts the Kibosh on the Romantic Buzz

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A month later, Nina seemed to flat-out deny the romance rumors to Teen Vogue but admitted to understanding how people could suspect they were an item. A lot of people who work together end up dating, so it wouldnt be unusual, she said, but Ive never dated anyone Ive worked with. To us, that sentence came with an unspoken caveat of yet.

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April 2011: Cozying Up at Coachella

April 2011: Cozying Up at Coachella Credit: Winning/WENN

Despite Ninas recent denial of their involvement, she and Ian were spottedlooking awfully cozy at the Coachella Music Festival that April.

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April 2011: Cozying Up at Coachella

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Despite Ninas recent denial of their involvement, she and Ian were spottedlooking awfully cozy at the Coachella Music Festival that April.

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April 2011: Whose Hat is That?

April 2011: Whose Hat is That? Credit: Instagram

Couples who spend a lot of time together begin to look and dress alike. So, when Nina was seen sporting Ians cute newsboy cap just two days after hed had it on, it seemed like it could be more than just a friendly gesture.

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April 2011: Whose Hat is That?

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Couples who spend a lot of time together begin to look and dress alike. So, when Nina was seen sporting Ians cute newsboy cap just two days after hed had it on, it seemed like it could be more than just a friendly gesture.

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May 2011: Paris Is for Lovers and Moms

May 2011: Paris Is for Lovers and Moms Credit: Instagram

Its serious stuff when the rents get involved, so when Nina and Ian were pictured visiting Paris alongside both of their mothers, both wearing smiles for days and being adorably touchy-feely with each other while sightseeing in the City of Light, it became pretty clear that their relationship was poised to reach heights rivaling the Eiffel Tower itself.

May 2011: Paris Is for Lovers and Moms

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Its serious stuff when the rents get involved, so when Nina and Ian were pictured visiting Paris alongside both of their mothers, both wearing smiles for days and being adorably touchy-feely with each other while sightseeing in the City of Light, it became pretty clear that their relationship was poised to reach heights rivaling the Eiffel Tower itself.

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June 2011: Little Red Dress

June 2011: Little Red Dress Credit: Getty Images

When the 2011 MTV Movie Awards came along and Nina was spotted wearing a dress similar to that of Twilight star Kristen Stewart, a lot of folks began to compare the two starlets. But for Ian, Nina was the clear winner. He took to Twitter to compliment the lady in red, writing, Uhh, Nina gets my vote. That dress is like skin-tight wrapping paper around a beautiful gift! Wow. Who else thinks it sounded like he wanted to be the one to unwrap her?

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June 2011: Little Red Dress

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When the 2011 MTV Movie Awards came along and Nina was spotted wearing a dress similar to that of Twilight star Kristen Stewart, a lot of folks began to compare the two starlets. But for Ian, Nina was the clear winner. He took to Twitter to compliment the lady in red, writing, Uhh, Nina gets my vote. That dress is like skin-tight wrapping paper around a beautiful gift! Wow. Who else thinks it sounded like he wanted to be the one to unwrap her?

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June 2011: Stepping Out Hand-in-Hand

June 2011: Stepping Out Hand-in-Hand Credit: Instagram

The couple seemed to formally come out as a couple when they arrived for the 2011 MuchMusic Awards hand-in-hand, and both were positively glowing. Ian even name-dropped her as the person he was most excited to see. It was a coronation of sorts for what has become one of TVs reigning hottest off-screen couples, especially since they were spotted sharing a smooch behind-the-scenes. Still, nothing was officially official just yet.

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June 2011: Stepping Out Hand-in-Hand

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The couple seemed to formally come out as a couple when they arrived for the 2011 MuchMusic Awards hand-in-hand, and both were positively glowing. Ian even name-dropped her as the person he was most excited to see. It was a coronation of sorts for what has become one of TVs reigning hottest off-screen couples, especially since they were spotted sharing a smooch behind-the-scenes. Still, nothing was officially official just yet.

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July 2011: Summer Lovin at Comic-Con

July 2011: Summer Lovin at Comic-Con Credit: Instagram

The trail of clues continued to be riddled with witnessed displays of affection between the two, as they were seen during Julys San Diego Comic-Con event together and inseparable, with Ian seeming very protective of his lady as he fetched them drinks. The party reportedly carried over to the Camp Playboy Bash, where they were sleuthed sharing kisses and stroking one anothers lovely locks.

July 2011: Summer Lovin at Comic-Con

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The trail of clues continued to be riddled with witnessed displays of affection between the two, as they were seen during Julys San Diego Comic-Con event together and inseparable, with Ian seeming very protective of his lady as he fetched them drinks. The party reportedly carried over to the Camp Playboy Bash, where they were sleuthed sharing kisses and stroking one anothers lovely locks.

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September 2011: Emmys Arm Candy

September 2011: Emmys Arm Candy Credit: Getty Images

With all of the couple-y behavior that had been going down between Nina and Ian all year, some expected the two to walk arm-in-arm down the red carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. But Ninafaced the media solo and remarked, "Ian is here somewhere, somewhere on the red carpet. He's definitely if I was standing next to him I would be his arm candy, but um, yeah, I guess that's all I can say right now... While they wound up posing for a few photo ops together later on in the night, they didnt give a definitive answer to the question of their coupledom by their red carpet behavior. But aha! After the awards show, the duo hit the Governors Ball together, where they were seen both holding hands and locking lips. Forget being arm candy Nina got to be the kissing partner that night!

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September 2011: Emmys Arm Candy

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With all of the couple-y behavior that had been going down between Nina and Ian all year, some expected the two to walk arm-in-arm down the red carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. But Ninafaced the media solo and remarked, "Ian is here somewhere, somewhere on the red carpet. He's definitely if I was standing next to him I would be his arm candy, but um, yeah, I guess that's all I can say right now... While they wound up posing for a few photo ops together later on in the night, they didnt give a definitive answer to the question of their coupledom by their red carpet behavior. But aha! After the awards show, the duo hit the Governors Ball together, where they were seen both holding hands and locking lips. Forget being arm candy Nina got to be the kissing partner that night!

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September 2011: Fine Dining

September 2011: Fine Dining Credit: Instagram

Pretty soon, the rate of romantic date sightings of the pair began to increase, especially within the Atlanta scene. The way to a mans heart is through his well, you know.




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September 2011: Fine Dining

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Pretty soon, the rate of romantic date sightings of the pair began to increase, especially within the Atlanta scene. The way to a mans heart is through his well, you know.




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January 2012: No Proposal

January 2012: No Proposal Credit: Instagram

It didnt take long for the story of Nina and Ians supposed off-screen relationship to get stretched by the tabloids. In Touch first reported a story that Ian had proposed to Nina over the holidays and that she refused him, but Us Weekly dispelled that rumor altogether. With the denial of the proposal story came a seeming confirmation that the two were indeed a very happy couple in another Us story entitled Why We Love Each Other. However, the two later backtracked on the couple talk. We havent told anyone anything," Nina insisted to Nylon. (More on that later.)

January 2012: No Proposal

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It didnt take long for the story of Nina and Ians supposed off-screen relationship to get stretched by the tabloids. In Touch first reported a story that Ian had proposed to Nina over the holidays and that she refused him, but Us Weekly dispelled that rumor altogether. With the denial of the proposal story came a seeming confirmation that the two were indeed a very happy couple in another Us story entitled Why We Love Each Other. However, the two later backtracked on the couple talk. We havent told anyone anything," Nina insisted to Nylon. (More on that later.)

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January 2012: Peoples Choice Not to Get Engaged

January 2012: Peoples Choice Not to Get Engaged Credit: Getty Images

Following the big no proposal news, Nina and Ian attended the 2012 People's Choice Awards and commented on the situation. Contending that if thered been a proposal, there wouldve been a ring on her finger, Nina then told Access Hollywood, Im a career woman and a young, very driven woman and Ive got a lot I have to accomplish before I settle down and have kids and do any of that. Ian added his own two cents, saying If it were true, I would admit to it, cause getting turned down builds character!

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January 2012: Peoples Choice Not to Get Engaged

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Following the big no proposal news, Nina and Ian attended the 2012 People's Choice Awards and commented on the situation. Contending that if thered been a proposal, there wouldve been a ring on her finger, Nina then told Access Hollywood, Im a career woman and a young, very driven woman and Ive got a lot I have to accomplish before I settle down and have kids and do any of that. Ian added his own two cents, saying If it were true, I would admit to it, cause getting turned down builds character!

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January 2012: Not Kissing and Telling

January 2012: Not Kissing and Telling Credit: Instagram

In an interview for Nylons February 2012 issue, Nina put a few highly-cited quotes from the Us Weekly article into perspective. Ian had been quoted by Us praising Nina for her ability to experience and appreciate everything around her, and chuckle and enjoy it, while Nina lauded Ian for being a glass-half-full kind of guy. To Nylon, though, she said that she and her TVD co-stars who participated in the interview were asked several questions about each other and that those responses were cherry-picked from the innocuous What do you love about your co-stars? pool. She also added the telling statement, We havent told anyone anything.



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January 2012: Not Kissing and Telling

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In an interview for Nylons February 2012 issue, Nina put a few highly-cited quotes from the Us Weekly article into perspective. Ian had been quoted by Us praising Nina for her ability to experience and appreciate everything around her, and chuckle and enjoy it, while Nina lauded Ian for being a glass-half-full kind of guy. To Nylon, though, she said that she and her TVD co-stars who participated in the interview were asked several questions about each other and that those responses were cherry-picked from the innocuous What do you love about your co-stars? pool. She also added the telling statement, We havent told anyone anything.



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February 2012: Academy Awards After-Party Action

February 2012: Academy Awards After-Party Action Credit: Getty Images

During Hollywoods biggest night, Nina and Ian ditched their previous efforts to stay below the radar during Elton Johns Oscar-viewing Party and shared some personal space and dance moves with each other for all to see.

February 2012: Academy Awards After-Party Action

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During Hollywoods biggest night, Nina and Ian ditched their previous efforts to stay below the radar during Elton Johns Oscar-viewing Party and shared some personal space and dance moves with each other for all to see.

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April 2012: <i>Fifty Shades</i> of Ian

April 2012: <i>Fifty Shades</i> of Ian Credit: Getty Images

Ian Somerhalder has long been a favorite for the role of Christian Grey for the Fifty Shades of Grey book-to-film adaptation, but in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ian indicated hed rather keep himself out of trouble and keep a proverbially happy home than to show any interest in whod star opposite him for the female role of Anastasia Steele. Probably a good call, Ian!

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April 2012: <i>Fifty Shades</i> of Ian

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Ian Somerhalder has long been a favorite for the role of Christian Grey for the Fifty Shades of Grey book-to-film adaptation, but in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ian indicated hed rather keep himself out of trouble and keep a proverbially happy home than to show any interest in whod star opposite him for the female role of Anastasia Steele. Probably a good call, Ian!

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April 2012: Coachella Kisses

April 2012: Coachella Kisses Credit: Instagram

Coachella Round Two! This year, the couple didnt hold back and were photographed sharing sweet smooches during the show.




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April 2012: Coachella Kisses

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Coachella Round Two! This year, the couple didnt hold back and were photographed sharing sweet smooches during the show.




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May 2012: Big Affection in the Big Apple

May 2012: Big Affection in the Big Apple Credit: Instagram

What a difference a year makes. Whereas the year before fans were still are they or arent they-ing themselves over Nina stepping out with Ians hat on her head, by May of this year they were seen prancing around New York City together, unabashedly holding hands and both wearing matchy hats!

May 2012: Big Affection in the Big Apple

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What a difference a year makes. Whereas the year before fans were still are they or arent they-ing themselves over Nina stepping out with Ians hat on her head, by May of this year they were seen prancing around New York City together, unabashedly holding hands and both wearing matchy hats!

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September 2012: Nina Goes Public

September 2012: Nina Goes Public Credit: Instagram

As the Seventeen cover girl for October, Nina gave a lengthy interview to the magazine. She admitted, The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said 'Nina: Why she wouldnt date any of her co-stars.' And then cut to two years later, Nina told the magazine. It's funny that I said that, but you know what? It was honestly what I believed at the time. I didnt want to be dating one of my co-stars my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you cant help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long which I did for a really, really long time.

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September 2012: Nina Goes Public

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As the Seventeen cover girl for October, Nina gave a lengthy interview to the magazine. She admitted, The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said 'Nina: Why she wouldnt date any of her co-stars.' And then cut to two years later, Nina told the magazine. It's funny that I said that, but you know what? It was honestly what I believed at the time. I didnt want to be dating one of my co-stars my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you cant help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long which I did for a really, really long time.

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December 2012: China Bound

December 2012: China Bound Credit: Instagram

After spending their holidays together, Ian and Nina took a trip to China together. While it was mostly business, were sure they got in some cozy alone-time, too.

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December 2012: China Bound

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After spending their holidays together, Ian and Nina took a trip to China together. While it was mostly business, were sure they got in some cozy alone-time, too.

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January 2013: Making Eyes at the Critics Choice

January 2013: Making Eyes at the Critics Choice Credit: Instagram

In January 2013, Ian and Nina were so in love that they only had eyes for each other at the Critics Choice Awards, according to onlookers. Seriously, they spent most of the evening gazing into each others eyes. Theyre utterly smitten, said one.

January 2013: Making Eyes at the Critics Choice

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In January 2013, Ian and Nina were so in love that they only had eyes for each other at the Critics Choice Awards, according to onlookers. Seriously, they spent most of the evening gazing into each others eyes. Theyre utterly smitten, said one.

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February 2, 2013: Friendly Competition

February 2, 2013: Friendly Competition Credit: Instagram

During Super Bowl weekend, Ian and Nina competed against one another at the Celebrity Beach Bowl. They didnt let the competition to go their heads and several photos of them hugging and laughing together were taken.

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February 2, 2013: Friendly Competition

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During Super Bowl weekend, Ian and Nina competed against one another at the Celebrity Beach Bowl. They didnt let the competition to go their heads and several photos of them hugging and laughing together were taken.

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February 16, 2013: Ian Flies Solo

February 16, 2013: Ian Flies Solo Credit: Instagram

Though they often vacationed together, Ian decided to head for a silent retreat by his lonesome while Nina stayed put. No big deal, except it was the first of a few separate vacations.

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February 16, 2013: Ian Flies Solo

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Though they often vacationed together, Ian decided to head for a silent retreat by his lonesome while Nina stayed put. No big deal, except it was the first of a few separate vacations.

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February 22, 2013: Ian Cries Over Nina

February 22, 2013: Ian Cries Over Nina Credit: Instagram

Ninas powerful performance in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 15, Stand by Me brought Ian to tears. He tweeted, Wow, intense episode @ninadobrev. Elena made me cry and I was there!

February 22, 2013: Ian Cries Over Nina

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Ninas powerful performance in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 15, Stand by Me brought Ian to tears. He tweeted, Wow, intense episode @ninadobrev. Elena made me cry and I was there!

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March 2013: Rumors Swirl

March 2013: Rumors Swirl Credit: Instagram

With Ian and Nina spending a lot of time apart, fans suspected the couple had secretly broken up. Then Ian confirmed he wasnt single on Watch What Happens Live! Then the couple traveled together to visit a sick fan, and everyone decided there was no way Nian was over.

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March 2013: Rumors Swirl

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With Ian and Nina spending a lot of time apart, fans suspected the couple had secretly broken up. Then Ian confirmed he wasnt single on Watch What Happens Live! Then the couple traveled together to visit a sick fan, and everyone decided there was no way Nian was over.

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May 2013: Nina and Ian Break Up

May 2013: Nina and Ian Break Up Credit: Instagram

Sadly, Ian and Nina called it quits in early May. Their split was confirmed by People magazine on May 9. But the duo remained friends.

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May 2013: Nina and Ian Break Up

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Sadly, Ian and Nina called it quits in early May. Their split was confirmed by People magazine on May 9. But the duo remained friends.

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July 2013: Nina and Ian Reunite at Comic-Con

July 2013: Nina and Ian Reunite at Comic-Con Credit: Instagram

Nina and Ian were friendly at 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego, even posing for photos together. But they remained broken up.

July 2013: Nina and Ian Reunite at Comic-Con

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Nina and Ian were friendly at 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego, even posing for photos together. But they remained broken up.

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September 2013:

September 2013: Credit: Instagram

Reports surfaced that Nina was dating her best friend Julianne Houghs brother, Derek Hough. Though she never confirmed it, they were spotted out together one time seemingly holding hands at an event.

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September 2013:

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Reports surfaced that Nina was dating her best friend Julianne Houghs brother, Derek Hough. Though she never confirmed it, they were spotted out together one time seemingly holding hands at an event.

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October 2013:

October 2013: Credit: Instagram

If Nina and Derekweredating, it ended quickly. Six weeks after they were confirmed together, theysplit because the distance was too much to handle. A source toldWetpaint Entertainmentthat they werejust having fun and it was nothing serious, but we may never know the true story behind their relationship.

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October 2013:

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If Nina and Derekweredating, it ended quickly. Six weeks after they were confirmed together, theysplit because the distance was too much to handle. A source toldWetpaint Entertainmentthat they werejust having fun and it was nothing serious, but we may never know the true story behind their relationship.

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November 9, 2013:

November 9, 2013: Credit: Instagram

After making public appearances together at 2013 Comic-Con and the 2013 CW Upfronts as clearly-platonic friends, something suddenly changed at TVDs 100th episode celebration. On the red carpet, Ian and Nina were seen embracing and gazing into each others eyes, sending Nian fans into a tizzy about whether they were back together. And then

November 9, 2013:

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After making public appearances together at 2013 Comic-Con and the 2013 CW Upfronts as clearly-platonic friends, something suddenly changed at TVDs 100th episode celebration. On the red carpet, Ian and Nina were seen embracing and gazing into each others eyes, sending Nian fans into a tizzy about whether they were back together. And then

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November 12, 2013:

November 12, 2013: Credit: Instagram

According to E! Onlines source, Nina and Ian are hooking up again, but not necessarily on the road to marriage or anything too crazy. Insiders say that it's still too soon to tell if they'll make a full reconciliation, but the two are definitely getting hot and heavy once again, the insider claims. Hubba hubba!

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November 12, 2013:

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According to E! Onlines source, Nina and Ian are hooking up again, but not necessarily on the road to marriage or anything too crazy. Insiders say that it's still too soon to tell if they'll make a full reconciliation, but the two are definitely getting hot and heavy once again, the insider claims. Hubba hubba!

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What Do You Think?

What Do You Think? Credit: Instagram

What do you think, Nina and Ian fans? Are they back together, or just having fun together? Sound off below, and check back with Wetpaint Entertainment for all the updates to the couples relationship timeline.

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What do you think, Nina and Ian fans? Are they back together, or just having fun together? Sound off below, and check back with Wetpaint Entertainment for all the updates to the couples relationship timeline.

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Elena Gilbert may have a hard time choosing between the Salvatore brothers on The Vampire Diaries, but for a long time, Nina Dobrev was Team Ian Somerhalder.

The co-stars were a match made in TV heaven and became an adorable power couple soon after the show took off. They were private about their relationship for its 3-year time span, but openly affectionate at times, making TVD fans ‘round the world swoon.

Though they broke up in May 2013, it reportedly didn’t last long. On November 12, 2013, a report surfaced that they’re hooking up again, fresh on the heels of them hugging and looking at each other lovingly on the red carpet of their show’s 100th episode celebration.

To give you the full spectrum of Nian’s relationship, we’ve put together a timeline starting from the first sign of their coupling. The future of their relationship is still TBA, but fingers crossed that they, like Delena, find their happily ever after.