Despite the undoubtable perks, life as a celebrity can’t always be easy. Constantly being followed and having your photograph taken must get old pretty quickly, especially when you have the kind of obsessed fan base that Ian Somerhalder does.

On Wednesday, May 22, the Vampire Diaries star was spotted out in London after having dinner with his dad. When paparazzi photographed the actor with a pretty blonde on his arm, onlookers started to wonder if he’d already moved on from his breakup with Nina Dobrev.

Multiple websites described Ian as “cozying up to a female companion,” while others identified the woman as his sister Robyn Balmer.

As it turns out, neither of those assumptions was true!

Taking to Twitter the following day, Ian Somerhalder set the record straight: “The lovely lady that grabbed my arm randomly on a London street last night wanted a photo & I politely declined,” he explained. “Well you got one darling...”

We’ve got to say, it’s a bit sad that this woman didn’t respect Ian’s request, but we also can’t blame her for wanting to be near him!