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Too cute! After keeping their romance hush-hush for far too long, Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Nina Dobrev (Elena) finally opened up about their IRL relationship, and why they adore each other.

“She truly enjoys life," Ian gushed about his girlfriend, who also happens to be 10 years his junior, to Us Weekly. "Her desire to experience and appreciate everything around her, and chuckle and enjoy it, is great." Aww!

And the 23-year-old Bulgarian beauty is just as captivated by Mr. Smolderhotter. Nina says what she loves most is his positive outlook. "He is a glass-half-full kind of guy, not half-empty,” she says.

And we’re pretty sure those piercing eyes don’t hurt either! After their interview with Us, both Ian and Nina backtracked on the couple talk. “We haven’t told anyone anything," Nina insisted to Nylon, which isn't exactly a denial. Back in January, rumors surfaced that Ian had asked Nina to marry him. “It’s not true,” Ian told Access Hollywood. “If it were true, I would admit to it, ‘cause getting turned down builds character!”

Denials or not, the couple was spotted kissing at Coachella on April 15, 2012. This is getting to be a tradition, as Nina and Ian held hands and cuddled the year before as well. It’s hard to keep a romance private with all the public PDA!

So what keeps them together, even with all the pressue and media attention? Nina told On Air With Ryan Seacrest the secret to her romance success: “Make sure you’re smiling! People should be with the person who makes them smile. The minute you’re not, you shouldn’t be with them."

Source: Us Weekly


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