When the pair announced they were dating back in , it wasn't exactly shocking. It even seemed as if their off-screen romance was a driving force behind their on-screen love affair. However, not all Hollywood romances have a happy ending. In , the couple called it quits, leaving Vampire Diaries fans stunned.
Why did Dobrev and Somerhalder breakup? Well, it turns out that there were several reasons these actors didn't work as a couple. Age might have been a factor Getty Images While some feel age is no factor when it comes to love, a large age gap could make it difficult for certain couples to stay together long-term.
Although Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder looked as though they were close in age, in actuality, Dobrev was 24 and Somerhalder 34 when their three-year relationship came to an end. It's likely the two were at very different places in their lives due to their big age difference, and that can definitley cause waves in a relationship.
Nina wasn't ready for marriage Getty Images Toward the end of their relationship, Ian Somerhalder reportedly started talking marriage. However, Nina Dobrev didn't feel she was ready to settle down and start a family. A source close to Dobrev told Us Weekly , "She decided she wanted to experience other things" before making a long-term commitment. That could mean that while Dobrev was on board with the idea of a long-term relationship with Somerhalder, she felt things were moving too fast.
They grew apart romantically Getty Images Even though it's clear Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder really cared about each other, it's also clear they weren't necessarily on the same page about where their relationship was headed. This is made evident by Somerhalder, who cryptically tweeted out , "A thought for today: Years later and the speculation continues. They were in different places in their careers Getty Images One of the reasons Ian Somerhalder was supposedly more than ready to tie the knot was probably because he felt comfortable about where his life and career were at that moment.
It makes sense as Somerhalder's career stretches back to the late s. Meanwhile, Nina Dobrov's acting career — which began about a decade later — only really began to blossom comparatively recently. With Dobrev looking to expand on her fame and take more opportunities, she likely wasn't ready to put her acting career on the back-burner to pursue romance. It was too tough dating a co-worker Getty Images It's actually fairly common for people to meet through work and fall in love.
Mic revealed that 17 percent of the respondents to their survey met their significant other at a job. However, it's worth noting that relationships between co-workers can be a tricky situation. Because Somerhalder and Dobrev were trying to balance romance and work, it's possible these factors strained their relationship a bit. In fact, it seems like dating a co-worker was something Dobrev had been trying to avoid.
There's a lot of vanity involved. And they're in their head, and they're kind of crazy. And you're always surrounded by beautiful people. I would prefer not to date an actor.
The two confirmed their relationship in , and became engaged after just six months of dating! Somerhalder and Reed tied the knot in Inevitably, Nina Dobrev was asked to comment about seeing her ex-boyfriend happily married to someone else. Dobrev had nothing but nice things to say about Somerhalder's "beautiful" wedding to Reed. They look happy and I am happy and so I don't see why there should be a problem with that.
The drama is in the media, it's not with us. The two even managed to stay good friends after breaking up. How is that possible? As Dobrev explains , "If you're with someone for [three years], obviously, there's the qualities in them that you enjoy, and it doesn't change because you're not together anymore.
I have an enormous amount of respect and love for [Ian]. Otherwise, why were you with them? News spoke with sources who worked on Vampire Diaries. It turns out there was no backstage bickering or awkwardness with the breakup happened.
If you need further evidence that they're still on great terms, look no further than their shared People's Choice Award for "Favorite On-Screen Chemistry. It's nice to see that the opposite didn't happen with the characters' real-life counterparts.
Nina and Ian gave everyone "breakup goals" Getty Images Because of the relatively positive way in which Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev parted ways, others could only look on in envy, wishing that if they ever broke up with someone, they could still find a way to be good friends and co-workers. Part of this might be due to Dobrev's personal philosophy.
I'll always try to treat people the way I want to be treated. As the two demonstrate, not every Hollywood romance has to end terribly. Sometimes, people learn and grow from relationships and just move one. This certainly seems to be the case for these Vampire Diaries cast-mates, and we wish them the best! Fans might see them together one last time Getty Images If you're a fan of Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev or their characters from Vampire Diaries, then we have some great news. Variety reports that Nina Dobrev is expected to return to the show for the series finale.
While it's expected that Dobrev will be reprising her role as Elena Gilbert, it's also possible that one of Gilbert's many doppelganger s could also be featured in the final episode making a romantic scene between the two practically inevitable.