Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder broke up: sad or inevitable?

This story is one of those non-official nod and wink pieces from US Magazine. That means that reps are not commenting on the record, but they’re getting the news out there so that the tabloids don’t scoop them and they can control how it’s framed. In this version, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder broke up but they’re going to remain “professional” and “best friends” on the set of The Vampire Diaries. So you can bet this is a rep’s statement:

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder’s showmance is over. The Vampire Diaries costars, who play Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore on the CW hit series, have called it quits after more than three years of dating, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

The couple, who first took their romance public in 2011, are “consummate professionals,” the insider says, and “will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started.”

[From US Weekly]

This makes me sad on many levels. These two were one of my favorite young couples and I was really rooting for them to get engaged. They’ve been together for around three years by my count. Plus a lot of fans were hoping that they would co-star in that Fifty Shades movie together, which is not off the table even if they’ve broken up I guess.

Still, Nina is only 24 while Ian is 34. They’re probably at different places in their lives in terms of wanting to settle down. These two were spotted together in New York just last week. So maybe they broke up then or maybe it was just a day or so ago. I’m still holding out hope that they’ll work it out. But I guess this means that Somerhalder is single, which will make a lot of ladies happy.

I checked the Twitter accounts for these two, and they did post quotes which may hint of a breakup. They’re staying pretty classy about it though.

Nina and Ian are shown at Coachella last year, out together in May, 2012 and at the Emmy Awards in 2011. Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:


  2. BooBooLaRue says:

    Well he’s prettier than she is, it was bound to fail.

    • Sophie says:

      Lol! Is he supposed to walk around with a “pretty chart” to apply against potential love interests? “I like you but you according to my chart here you are unworthy. If only your eyes werent so far apart” *sigh*

    • Rosie says:

      seriously i think he is kind of creepy looking

  3. Talie says:

    That quote Ian posted is just so true.

  4. Devon says:

    I think it’s sad. They both seem like genuinely nice people and were very cute together. I hope the Delena fans don’t have a meltdown though!

    I’ve always had a soft spot for her since she’s so proudly Canadian! I wish them the best.

    • Erinn says:

      I remember her single mom days in Degrassi!

      I was really rooting for the two of them. Ah well. They still might work it out.

    • Anne says:

      She was nice. I had grade 12 English with her, and she was always really pleasant. Such a shame about their relationship though. I really just want them to be happy.

  5. Darlene says:

    I really liked them together, but yes, this was inevitable. It makes me curious how it will affect their characters on TVD, however.

  6. lori says:

    Maybe she’s sick of him trolling so hard to get into 50 shades of douchbag?!?

  7. Badirene says:

    There was a blind item recently thought to be these two, it was saying that he cheated on her with her friend Julianne Hough (sp?) wonder if its true?

    • Amelia says:

      I’m definitely not a fan of Nina’s, but if that blind is true, that’s one helluva downgrade.

  8. lol says:

    He just need to stop dating his co-stars.

  9. Dorothy#1 says:

    Omg! No! I love them, I just watched the first three seasons of VD on Netflix and became obsessed!!! It is such a fun show with pretty people on it! I hope they can work it out and get back together!

  10. lama says:


  11. bsh says:

    CDAN had a blind item hinting at Somerhald cheating with the awful Julianne Hough..

    • Devon says:

      I wouldn’t take anything CDAN says seriously. He’s been known to seriously fudge the truth with his blinds.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Really? That’s a pity. I was just going to post about him seeming less douchey with her.

    • Gabby says:

      I really doubt this is true. Nina and Julianne are pretty good friends and lots of pics of them go up on their instragrams of them together. They just got back from a fun time at the beach and hanging out at the MET, etc. I just see people trying to twist this story but I really (would like to) believe that they had a great relationship but were just at different spots at their lives. No scandal involved.

      • V4Real says:

        Sometimes being really close friends doesn’t mean anything. It just gives you easy access to your friends guy. People often break the girlfriend code like sleeping with a friend’s ex or their currnet flame. Let’s not forget Tony Parker cheated on Eva Longoria with her best friend.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        And Shania Twain’s husband cheated on her with her (not at all attractive) BFF/personal assistant.

    • PK says:

      Nina a Julianne were seen together at the beach last week. I wouldn’t go to the beach with a friend who slept with my boyfriend.

  12. Emma says:

    Inevitable but still sad.

  13. Andrea says:

    This is why I’m really not into real life couples letting their personal lives spill into fiction.

    I like my fictional love kept away from the real life drama bc people get confused and don’t understand that these are real people and not the characters they play on a show. You watched it happen with Rob and Kristen, with these two etc.

    I wish them the best. It shouldn’t affect the show at all bc Nina and Ian are not Elena and Damon.

    • Jag says:

      Of course they aren’t their characters, but it could affect the show since their body language might be different. I got dumped in an office romance and couldn’t sit near him after that for quite a while because I was so upset; had my job been to kiss him and seem romantic with him, I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off convincingly.

  14. Andrea says:

    Btw am I the only one that thought that their on-screen chemistry went down the toilet once their characters actually started dating?

    I find that real life couples do very little for me on the screen together. She was sparking off Wesley way more this year.

    • Telicity says:

      I 100% agree! It has gotten to the point that I’m really hopeful that storyline arc is nearly over. Damon & Elena haven’t had a 1/10th of their original chemistry since their characters got together, but her chemistry with Wesley has increased by leaps and bounds.

      • Andrea says:

        Ok good. I thought it was just me.

        I don’t do the whole real couple/ship on-screen thing. It always falls flat to me.

        I ship lots of fictional couples and the more their personal life stays out of the equation the more I but it on-Screen.

        Look at Paltrow and RDJ. I can’t stand Paltrow and RDJ clearly adores his wife. But on film it was great. I don’t ship real couples.

  15. Annie says:

    Aww I liked them together :(

    I hope it’s not true that he cheated.

  16. FreeSpiritedGirl says:


  17. Miss M says:

    Somewhere, Tom Cruise is happy he has one more option for his future wife audition (allegedly).

  18. Hoya_chick says:

    Am I the only one who finds him really unattractive? He always has that smug, douchy smile, I just can’t. Eww. Nina on the other hand is so gorg! I’m sure someone will snap her up in no time. He was too old for her anyway.

    • I agree with you 100%. To all the people that say he’s prettier than her: HELL NO. She’s the perfect mix of cute and beautiful with a banging body, while he looks like a creepy douche.

      • Roo says:

        Second this. Though I did think they were cute together. But 10 years difference at 24 and 34 can be problematic.

    • littlestar says:

      I’ve seen his Instagram account before and he is one extremely conceited self-absorbed man. You’re right, she’s beautiful. She’ll be fine without him (can’t imagine being with someone whose pictures on his Instagram are 95% pictures of himself).

    • Agitation says:

      OMG YES his face really pisses me off. That smirk just drives me insane.

    • Cicada says:

      I get the feeling this guy thinks he’s a lot better looking than he actually is.

  19. Scarlett says:

    I’m not surprised. I don’t follow them extensively or “ship” their relationship, but they really seemed to lack chemistry in pap pics and on the red carpet. She’s ten years younger and hooked up with him when she was 21? Well, he’s right, per his quote. People change..especially between the ages of 21-30. He should find someone closer to his age who has been there, done that.

    • LAK says:

      That was my thought too. 24 to his 34? met when she was 21???? of course it wasn’t going to last.

      I am super judgy of anyone, regardless of gender, in their 30s+ dating anyone 18-25yrs. And when it inevitably breaks up, i have no sympathy because it was going to happen. it’s a cliche at this point. It’s not about bad behaviour on anyone’s part. it’s a fact that humans change alot emotionally 21-30, but especially 18-25. If a couple is lucky enough to find they change in the same direction during this time, then they survive. However, many change in different directions and invariably ‘grow apart’.

  20. Tig says:

    Not the biggest Ian fan, but I agree the odds were against this relationship lasting- they were at such different stages of their lives. Anyway, good luck on set- hope they are done filming for a while!

  21. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    I am not ashamed to say I’d let this man (only with the Damon attitude) do just about anything he wanted to me….

  22. cynicalsmirk says:

    Me first, Mr. Stinky!! Get in line, LOL!!!

  23. E says:

    Inevitable. I always thought that they seem like completely different persons. Ian is the hipster, alternative style, Nina is the pretty, conventional type. Like water and oil, can not be mixed.

  24. m says:

    Their age difference always made me uncomfortable. It wasnt my relationship so it shouldnt matter, but she always looks like a teenage girl coming home from the mall while his smile made him look like one of those predators who follows her home in a white van.
    I would never last in a relationship with him, hes way to preachy and annoying.

  25. Jennifer says:

    Sad :( They are such an adorable couple. Who knows, they may still get back together. She does seem kinda young to be settling down, but for goodness sake, it’s with IAN SOMMERHALDER!!!

    This does put a whole new light on all the pics I’ve been seeing of Julianne Hough and her hanging out quite a bit.

  26. Indira says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooo! Not my real life Damon and Elena! This does not bode well for season 5 :( :( :(

  27. Agitation says:

    I’m sorry, but I really do not get the hype behind this guy. His face doesn’t look real–it looks wolfish or cat-like to me.

  28. Leslie says:

    I always thought he was gay and this was just a showmance. Shrug

  29. I Choose Me says:

    I always think I should find him attractive but I can’t stand his smirking and that crazy-eyes thing he does on-screen or off. And people say Bradley Cooper has serial killer eyes.

    Nina Dobrev is a doll. Mary Sue Elena the martyr bugged. Now she’s a vampire I like her again.

    Oh and team Stelena! :D

  30. Lolo Andre says:

    I have to say it okey: ROBSTEN IS UNBROKEN!!!! hahaha too bad for them though

  31. Sarah says:

    Lol! I think Ian and I subscribe to the same word-a-day listerv, because that was their thought for today.

  32. Lily says:

    I thought that they were a gorgeous couple. Nina is so beautiful and somehow manages to be both simultaneously sexy and girl-next-door cute.

    • KitKit says:

      Completely Agree Lily! This makes me sad, they were such a cute couple but they’re both still young. Hopefully they stay as good friends or even rekindle the relationship when they’re older.

  33. TOPgirl says:

    Well..i always had a feeling it was going to end. This season on the Vampire Diaries, I didn’t see as much attraction and chemistry between them anymore like I noticed in the first 2 seasons. Oh Vells!

  34. kitty bye says:

    I have to admit I am a bit tired of the three whimpering sounds she uses in Vampire Diaries. I hope it gets more interesting soon!

  35. JC says:

    I’m shocked. I really thought they could break the hollywood curse. They looked so devoted, happy and in love.
    Guess they weren’t in love enough to let it slip away. Sad:(

  36. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I’ve heard rumors for a while he is a douchebag which was confirmed by friend who went to a comic con. Apparently he showed up late and was very rude to his fans. She on the other hand seems genuinely nice. Glad they broke up.