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You say she’s just a friend — and we totally believe you. The Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) would like you to know he is not dating the gorgeous model who co-starred in his photo shoot for Azzaro’s new fragrance: Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros.

The two kissed (aka, did their jobs) for the steamy-looking ad, setting tongues wagging when the pics were released. Speculation was rampant because Ian and his co-star Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) recently split. Today, Ian put any rumors that he and Ana are an item to bed with a photo of his own: This one showed Ian and Ana hanging out with not a kiss in sight.

Was hanging loose with my friend @anabbofficial and yes ladies I stress the word "FRIEND" she is my friend and a special one at that,” Ian wrote along with the photo. “Yup this lovely lady has a kick-ass boyfriend-not me;) No hating out there only love.If anything Follow her-I am, you'll see beautiful landscapes, people and probably get massive fashion tips that one can only get from a sweet, smart and deep super model! Enjoy ladies and play nice!Take care of my buddy,whom I adore, out there in our digital world! Love, Ian.”

What a sweet tribute. What we wouldn’t give to be Ian’s friend!

Source: Twitter