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Why Did Nina Dobrev And Ian Somerhalder Break Up?

A source shared that the break-up might have been caused by the age difference between the actors.

At the start of The Vampire Diaries, Elena Gilbert missed her parents and spent a lot of time writing in her journal. By the end, she had become a vampire and married her one true love Damon Salvatore. She became human again, was able to live her life with Damon, passed away, and could see her parents in heaven. It was heartbreaking and also the right way to end the series.

Nina Dobrev wanted to play different roles so she left the show in order to not be stereotyped as a teen actress. She didn’t get along with co-star Paul Wesley, who played Stefan Salvatore, but there is another Vampire Diaries star who she liked.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder dated in real life, which mirrored their characters’ connection, but their romance didn’t last. Let’s take a look at why they broke up.

The Split
Nina Dobrev has shared that she has a Netflix movie called Love Hard coming out, and while fans love following her acting roles, they definitely want to learn more about her love life.

A source shared that the break-up might have been caused by the age difference between the actors. According to Us Weekly, a source said, “I think she decided she wanted to experience other things.” A source also explained, “The relationship kind of brewed out of a friendship and the fact that they had to get into a romance for the show.”

Somerhalder was 34 and Dobrev was 24 at the time, so it does make sense that perhaps they were interested in different things for their futures.

According to Nicki Swift, people believe that while Somerhalder would have gotten married, Dobrev didn’t want to do that just yet. The website also noted that when Somerhalder started seeing Nikki Reed, they announced their engagement six months after they began seeing each other. In 2015, they got married and then, in 2017, had their baby girl. People wonder if he wanted to get married and have kids and Dobrev didn’t feel like she was at that life stage yet.

A Friendship
While some people are cool being friends with people they used to go out with, others think that sounds really tricky. They may have moved on but still feel some envy when seeing their ex-partner with someone new.

In the case of Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, it sounds like they have stayed friends.

Dobrev went on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and said that it was a positive thing that she was friends with Somerhalder and Reed. She said, “I don’t think that’s weird at all. I think that’s great. I think, ‘Why can’t everyone be friends?’ I think that they have a beautiful baby, and they are happy and so am I, and what’s bad about that? I don’t see any problem with that,” according to Cheat Sheet.

Cheat Sheet pointed out that Reed and Dobrev also had a friendship when she was in a relationship with Somerhalder.

The Romance
According to PopSugar, Dobrev and Somerhalder had a great moment when they won a People’s Choice Award for “onscreen chemistry” in 2014. The couple said that they had split up, but Elena and Damon were still very much in love. Dobrev said, “Good thing it’s not awkward!” and then said, “Well, it’s a good thing we have chemistry!” When Dobrev’s birthday came around on January 9th, 2014, Somerhalder tweeted, “Happy Birthday@ninadobrev!!! The world loves you! We all do;) Enjoy the moment, enjoy the day, enjoy the year!”

Us Weekly reported that the couple’s relationship started in 2010 and by May 2013, it was finished.

The actress shared with Seventeen magazine, “I didn’t want to be dating one of my costars — my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long — which I did for a really, really long time.”

Moving On
Both actors have moved on since their split. Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have been married since 2015 and they seem to be totally in love. According to Us Weekly, Somerhalder celebrated Mother’s Day in 2018 with a photo of Reed when she was pregnant and he had a very romantic message for her. He wrote, “Nicole, you are the warmth of the sun, you are the light of the moon, you are the air in my breath and the ground beneath my feet.”

Dobrev has moved on, too, and has been linked to Shaun White. E! News says people think they started dating in March 2020 and a source told the publication that they are looking to “the future.”

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