If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries on The CW, chances are you’ve taken a shine to both Nina Dobrev (who plays Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce) and Ian Somerhalder (who plays Damon Salvatore.) In fact, the entire cast is pretty well beloved. But when it comes to Dobrev and Somerhalder, people like to say they’re dating. And we’re going to dissect the reasons why.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Dating?

Paul Wesley is Married: One of the simplest reason that people pair Nina with Ian is that Paul is already taken. And it’s very common to want (or assume) that tv stars working together will start dating.

Quotes: The duo are flirty on Twitter to each other (and have you seen their TwitPics together?) But Nina denied a relationship with Ian to Teen Vogue recently, “We expected the rumors,” she said. “Like, if I wasn’t dating Ian, I’d be dating Paul.” She went on to say, “A lot of people who work together end up dating, so it wouldn’t be unusual, but I’ve never dated anyone I’ve worked with.” But a star denying they were dating someone else isn’t unusual. So people still don’t consider this an official statement.

Exposure: Sometimes the pair is caught together, but is it a coming out experience, or are they just costars and friends that were walking together when the camera caught them? Ian Somerhalder kissed Nina Dobrev at LAX in August 2010 (as seen above) but that could have been entirely friendly and innocent. Still, every picture that could imply something gets used for the argument that they’re dating.

Wish Fulfillment: People want it to be true. The characters of Elena and Damon on the show have a love/hate relationship that fans love. (Oooh, the unresolved sexual tension is thick in the air of Mystic Falls!) And whether it is true on the screen or not, people simply want to see a reflection of it in real life.

At this time no official statement to say that these two are dating has ever been issued.

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