Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Celebrate NYLON Cover on January 30, 2010

There’s no denying Damon and Elena would make a hot couple, but what about their real-life counterparts, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev? We kinda thought so, but the two have seemed to be permanently relegated to the “friends-only” zone. And yet, Lainey Gossip is reporting that Mr. Smolderhotter and Ms. Dobrev celebrated February 14 together. According to onlookers, “the two were out on Valentine’s Day together for dinner at a restaurant called Parish in the Virginia Higlands around Atlanta. Observers saw the two ‘canoodling.’ They were nice and pleasant but tired not to invite attention and focused on each other.”

Okay, Lainey seems pretty reputable, but we scanned the TVD stars’ Twitter logs for any further evidence. Ian tweeted, “Happy VD everyone!a corporate holiday nonetheless a conspiracy of florists&chocolatiers but a great excuse to show love.So just hug someone!” Um, romantic? Or not. But for her part, Nina was on board with l-o-v-e, sending out, “Happy VD everyone ;) There's no better day than today so if he gives you RED roses, Go ahead...get bitten.” Huh. Who do we know that plays a vampire?

While a pair of coworkers going out to dinner does not a couple make, we’re going to add this to the mounting evidence that there’s more just friendship between the two.

Source: Lainey Gossip