Breathe deeply, Vampire Diaries fans — it looks like Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder aren’t getting back together off-screen anytime soon. In fact, it looks like Nina’s actually moved on and started a new relationship — with Derek Hough!
The actress is best friends with the Dancing With the Stars pro’s sis, Julianne Hough, so the duo have hung out many times together before. However, their back-and-forth comments on Emmys night certainly make their relationship seem more than platonic.
“@Derekhough !!!!!!!! #EMMYWINNER I cant express in 140 characters how unbelievably excited+incredibly proud I am of you. You deserve this : ),” Nina wrote on Instagram. She later added, “@derekhough Those of us touched by your light got to watch you brighten up the rest of the world. Keep shining!” PLUS, the 24-year-old alluded to the fact that she would’ve been with the Hough siblings if she wasn’t working on her show. “I wish I wasnt filming so I could have been there to celebrate w/u guys!” she mentioned.
These two have denied dating rumors before, however, Nina was the only person whose congratulatory comments Derek replied to on Twitter. “Your the best babe,” he wrote, simply. And, let’s be real — that “babe” isn’t just a friendly term of endearment.
Although The Vampire Diaries star is clearly giving her new man a ton of social media attention, it seems things are still copacetic between her and Ian. “@iansomerhalder VISIONARIES Award?!? Thats amazing+in such good company. Frieda Pinto,President of Mexico Etc,” she congratulated her co-star.
A new bf and friends with her ex? Sounds like a good place to be in!