While the relationship between two of our favorite stars of The Vampire Diaries is deader than Bonnie Bennett, some of us are still left examining the wreckage that Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev left in their wake. This perfect brunette duo seemed to ignite sparks be it on screen or in the vast array of candid photos the paparazzi delight in taking. So what caused their rift? Why are they now forced to work together without playing together? Could their age difference have caused the split heard ‘round the world? Or at least, the split heard ‘round our house?

The popular rumor circulating is that the twosome ended their front-bottom alliance because their 10-year age difference was starting to cause problems. At 24, Nina doesn’t feel ready to settle down, but sources say the 34-year-old Ian was ready for a quick jaunt down the aisle and kids, STAT! So in this sort of scenario, who do you think pulled the plug? It makes sense that it could have been Nina. After all, marriage is a lot of pressure to put on a lady who just wants to hang out with monkeys in Thailand. Maybe she thought it was better to cut the cord. That said, if marriage and kids were deal breakers for Ian, maybe he thought ending things would make his feelings beyond clear, and give Nina a reality check. What do you think?

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