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The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Relationship
Not only are they co-stars and occasional on-screen lovers, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev dated for three years in real life, too.
When they first met on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2009, Ian had a different girlfriend. (He’s had quite a few lady loves in his life.) Ian was dating NYU alum Megan Auld until the summer of 2010. At the time, Ian couldn’t even take Nina out for a drink if he wanted to. She was only 20. (There’s a 10-year age difference between Ian and Nina.)
Ian and Nina’s are-they-or-aren’t-they speculation went on quite a long time. Lots of cute and flirty photos seemed to indicate Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev were dating as far back as 2010. (The pair vacationed in Australia together in November of that year.)
In 2011, the duo finally declared their love for one another. “She truly enjoys life," Ian gushed about his girlfriend to Us Weekly. "Her desire to experience and appreciate everything around her, and chuckle and enjoy it, is great." Then they started backpedaling. “We haven’t told anyone anything," Nina insisted to Nylon at the time.
Any denials the pair made about their romantic relationship (or lack thereof) were undercut in April 2012 when photos surfaced of them locking lips at Coachella. The next month, their love went international when the two took a romantic trip to Paris... with their mothers in tow. The parental chaperones didn’t stop Ian and Nina from being touchy-feely while sightseeing. Nina went public in September 2012, admitting to Seventeen magazine that she’d fought the connection between herself and Ian before finally giving in.
In early 2013, rumors that Ian and Nina had split began to surface. Speculation continued to soar when the pair was spotted in New York City separately in late April, and Nina attended the premiere of The Great Gatsby solo on May 1. On May 9, multiple sources confirmed Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev had officially broken up.