Nina Dobrev breaks silence on ex Ian Somerhalder's wedding

When Nina Dobrev recently made the big announcement she was walking away from The Vampire Diaries, some fans speculated that her decision had something to do with her ex-boyfriend and co-star Ian Somerhalder. Nothing could be further from the truth, it seems; Nina remains on very good terms with Ian, who married Nikki Reed after a whirlwind romance last month.

"I've said this before, that we didn't break up because anything bad happened or because there wasn't love or friendship," 26-year-old Nina told E! News' Maria Menounos in an interview this week.


Nina Dobrev has broken her silence on ex Ian Somerhalder's wedding

"I love him and the friendship is still strong and I think he's great and I care about him. And that didn't change. Yes, we're professional and that's fine. We were friends long before we dated and we still are now."

Bulgaria-born Nina was even happy to talk about Ian's surprise nuptials to Twilight actress Nikki, after nine months of dating. "When I heard about the wedding, I thought it was beautiful," the star said.

"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. But of course, we're on a teen drama show, everyone is going to look for drama… I just ignore it."

It was revealed in May 2013 that Nina and 36-year-old Ian had split after a three-year relationship. In January 2015, Ian got engaged to Nikki after six months together, and they were married at the end of April in a romantic sunset ceremony in Santa Monica.

Ian Somerhalder married Nikki Reed at the end of April after a whirlwind romance

Nina, meanwhile, made the shock announcement she was leaving The Vampire Diaries in early April; the actress has starred as lead character Elena Gilbert in the supernatural drama since it began back in September 2009.

"I always knew that I wanted Elena's story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime," she told fans.