Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Split!

For four years they have played on screen companions in the supernatural hit television show The Vampire Diaries.   But Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder have reportedly called time on their real-life romance after three years of dating.   The good looking co-stars, who appear in the CW series as Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore, are said to have decided to call it quits, but have vowed to continue working together as normal.

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source told Us Weekly that the pair ‘will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started.’   Nina, 24, and Ian, 34, have reportedly promised to not let their personal relationship affect their onscreen chemistry and will remain ‘consummate professionals’.   But the actor seemed to make a slight dig at his former flame by posting a somewhat vague message on his Twitter page on Thursday, writing: ‘A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: People change and forget to tell each other. -Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984).’

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Last year, Dobrev revealed that she never wanted to date Somerhalder, but she simply couldn’t resist her feelings.

In an interview with Seventeen magazine the actress admitted: ‘Sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long.’   Dobrev added: ‘I didn’t want to be dating one of my costars – my goal on the show was to be professional.’

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Despite their 10-year age difference, the dark haired stars began quietly dating in 2010 a year after the hit show started filming.   Nina needn’t worry about who she will spend her downtime with between shooting scenes, however, as the girls on the show are very close.   She told the magazine: ‘Girls weekend with the Vampire Diaries girls has become a big deal! It’s our quality time.   ‘We go to dinner or cook dinner together, watch movies, lie on the beach, and take tons of pictures.’

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