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While The Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev recently put an end to their three-year relationship, the romance between their characters, Damon and Elena, is finally heating up.

During tonight’s long-awaited Season 5 premiere, we’ll finally have a chance to see the lovebirds together and perhaps a Damon that isn’t dark and brooding.

“[Damon is] in love and giddy and happy for the first time in, probably, a really long time. Nina and I always joke about this, but despite the fact I’m 173 and she’s 18, they’re genuinely happy and it’s cute to see their dynamic,” Ian told ET Online in a recent interview. “To see Damon as this guy in love is adorable.”

So what’s in store for these fictional lovebirds and can we expect the romance between the two to last longer than the one between the actors who play them?

“I don't think he's going to ultimately find a way to f--k it up,” Ian said when asked about Damon’s tendency to self-sabotage. “Things change, it's life and ... the parallels of how art imitates life this season are pretty staggering. Especially when you have a team of writers who know you so well. I'm starting to see my life surface in the art and I'm starting to see the art surfacing in my life. It's a very interesting dichotomy actors live but they're supposed to be intertwined. Art should imitate life and life should imitate art.

Could Ian be hinting at his real-life romance (and real-life breakup) with Nina? If art imitates life for Elena and Damon, these two characters might be in for some trouble this season. On the other hand, perhaps Elena and Damon will inspire Ian and Nina to have a real-life relationship revival!

What do you think Ian’s cryptic “art imitates life” comment means? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: ET Online