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Taylor Kinney, who played Mason Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries, has been dating everyone’s favorite Mother Monster Lady Gaga since 2011, but the two didn’t show up to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards together. What gives?

Well, we aren’t too worried about the two not making another grand appearance together because there were some other duos that were only riding solo last night. Kanye West was without Kim Kardashian while Will Smith was with his kids while Jada Pinkett wasn’t there.

It’s also important to note that Taylor is rather low-key, so showing up to the VMAs would have been a big deal for him. We do wish he could have gotten to see his lady perform her new hit song “Applause” live — she absolutely killed it with like 5 wardrobe changes.

The two have a musical connection as well, as Taylor appeared in her music video for “You and I” back in 2011. Geez, that was also a very stunning performance at the 2011 MTV VMAs.

We love Taylor and Lady Gaga and know that it’s probably no big deal that they didn’t show up together. Although we’re also pretty sure Taylor would have loved to sit beside Gaga in that seashell bikini.

What do you think? Is there a bigger reason why Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga didn’t show up at the 2013 VMAs together? Hit the comments and dish.