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Nina Dobrev may have only briefly dated Derek Hough, but the two remain close friends — and Nina took to WhoSay to proclaim her pride for the “amazingly talented” man. Check out the heartfelt message from the Vampire Diaries starlet to the Dancing With the Stars pro.


“So proud of the amazingly talented + incredibly awesome @derekhough and his new book #takingthelead I cant wait to read it!” Nina wrote about Derek’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion.

We’re not surprised to see Nina supporting Derek in his most recent endeavour. She tends to be there for both Derek and his sister Julianne Hough, who is one of Nina’s closest friends. Last month, Nina reunited with the celebrity siblings to see their stage show Move Live in Chicago.

“Kickin' ass and takin' names. Back stage w the Houghs. And #lexi + #harley. @juleshough @derekhough @moveliveontour,” Nina captioned a photo montage of herself with the Houghs and puppies Lexi and Harley. Nina apparently surprised her good friends by showing up for their performance. “Surprise!!!!!!!! @juleshough @derekhough We're in Chicago! So excited to see the show!” Nina captioned this photo of herself and a friend holding up V.I.P. tickets to the event.

Nina may make celebrity friends wherever she goes, but we have a feeling that her friendships with Derek and Julianne are something special.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!