Credit: Flickr Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Get Cuddly at Coachella

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to envy Nina Dobrev (cool job, sweet hair, the hottest co-workers ever), we just might have another. Over the past two seasons of The Vampire Diaries, there’s been much speculation about Nina (Elena) and Ian Somerhalder’s (Damon) relationship status. Are they an item? (That airport stunt says yes!) Close friends? (Nina says that’s more like it!) Or is all their are they/aren’t they ish just for publicity?

That last one was definitely up there on our list of possibilities until a few extra pics of the duo hitting up super-hip musica festival Coachella — and looking mighty coupl-y — surfaced recently. One of the latest photos shows Nina and Ian canoodling to snap a pic on Nina’s iPhone (with what looks to be a leftover box of Chinese food at their feet — yum!) Another clearly displays the couple pair holding hands. Do “just friends” protectively lock digits like that?

We’re not holding our breath for official confirmation on Nina and Ian’s end, and we totally respect their right to keep mum. But come on, how could those two not want each other?

Source: WENN, Flickr

Credit: London Entertainment/Splash News Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Cozy up at Coachella on April 16, 2011