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When Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev accepted the award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry at the People’s Choice Awards, it wasn’t Nina’s gorgeous Jenny Packham dress that had the audience talking — though it certainly turned heads on the red carpet! It was the way the costars and former couple joked about their breakup as if it was nothing!

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“You know what’s crazy?” the duo said after taking the stage. “At the beginning of the show Elena actually hated Damon. And then we started dating on the show. And then we started dating in real life. And then we broke up in real life. [...] It’s a good thing we’ve got chemistry!”

Though recent reports claimed the co-stars had started hooking up again, it sounds like our hopes for a reconciliation might be far-fetched. As a matter of fact, Nina — who was last linked to Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough — was spotted holding hands with a mystery man as she arrived to the event!

Now before we read too much into anything, let’s just say it’s entirely possible that this guy is nothing but a friend. In fact, it’s very likely he’s her agent or manager and was simply helping Nina walk in her sky-high platform heels. (Such a gentleman!)

What do you think? Is Nina getting a bit too chummy with this mystery male, or this is nothing more than platonic?