Was Ian the REAL reason why Nina is leaving TVD (Source says’)

Recently, Nina revealed that she only wanted Elena Gilbert’s journey to last six seasons on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ but HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that her ex, Ian Somerhalder, is the real reason she quit the series. Find out all the details here!

Fans were totally shocked when Nina Dobrev, 26, announced that she’ll be leaving The Vampire Diaries at the end of its current season. The actress said she had always known that she only wanted to stay on the series for six seasons, but fans couldn’t help but wonder if her failed relationship with co-star Ian Somerhalder, 36, had anything to do with her decision to quit. Well, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that it did. Nina felt like it was “too awkward” to continue working with him, following their breakup.

Nina Dobrev Leaving ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Reason — Ian Somerhalder Is To Blame

“The reason Nina quit The Vampire Diaries is because she finds it too awkward to be on set with Ian now that they’ve split. She’s known since June that she was going to quit the show and that the 6th season would be her last. Especially when Nikki [Reed] and Ian got engaged in December — that solidified her decision. It’s not about Nina pursuing bigger roles. It’s just because she can’t stand to work on set with Ian every day,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

UPDATE: THIS IS NOT TRUE AS HER CO-STAR (Michael Malarkey) has said the truth read below:

[su_spoiler title=”Michael Malarkey defends Nina’s decision” style=”fancy” icon=”arrow”]Ninas TVD co-star Michael Malarkey, who plays roguish vamp Enzo, is totally down to set the record straight about Ninas decision to leave The Vampire Diaries. (No, it wasnt because of her breakup with Ian Somerhalder.) “Shes always knew that she was going to leave at the end of this season, so I think there was a lot of speculation about that,” Michael says, “Like, ‘Oh, is she leaving because of this and that’ People just needs to stop reading tabloids!” Michael, who joined the show in season five and quickly became a fan-favorite, totally understands her decision to leave after playing Elena Gilbert (and sometimes Katherine Pierce…and sometimes Tatia…and sometimes Amara) for over 100 episodes. “Everybody has different reasons for doing what they want to do, but in this business, its very important to know when it is your particular time to move on and shes grown up on this show,” he explains. “She was 20 years old when she started it and now shes 26. “I think its exactly the right thing for her to do, in someone in her position in this business. I’m very, very happy shes moving on, although I will miss her. I think shes doing the right thing and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next.”[/su_spoiler]

Spoiler: “The Downward Spiral” Episode 6×16 TVD

 

[su_spoiler title=”‘The Downward Spiral’ Scoop! #6×16″ style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]That said, according to what Kai (Chris Wood) tells Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in a new preview clip from “The Downward Spiral,” our hunch is correct. Unfortunately for Damon though, this isn’t good news. Why? Because it means his mother abandoned her sons when they needed her the most, and never bothered to contact them after they turned! “Whatever, whoever is on that tape is not her. I know my mother. She is not a vampire. She is not in a prison world. She died of consumption in 1858,” he says, clearly in denial. He even goes as far as to dig up his mom’s coffin just to prove his point![/su_spoiler]

Is Nikki Reed Engaged to Ian?

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Wedding bells?: Nikki Reed is rumoured to be engaged to Ian Somerhalder after less than six months of dating. The happy couple are pictured on Sunday at a Golden Globes afterparty
Rumored that Nikki is Engaged to Ian?

Nikki said “she wears the ring on her right hand because they want to keep it quiet now.”

Sparkling: Nikki has been wearing two diamond bands on her right ring finger for the past month
 

Sparkling: Nikki has been wearing two diamond bands on her right ring finger for the past month

Engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the left hand in the USA. The 26-year-old, who lives with Ian, has been wearing two diamond bands on her right ring finger for the past month. 

A representative for Somerhalder declined to comment to MailOnline. Reed’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.

In Touch’s source also alleged that the may be planning to tie the knot this summer. ‘They mentioned a June [wedding] date,’ the insider claimed to the magazine. ‘They’re really excited.’

TMZ revealed earlier this month that Nikki’s divorce from Paul McDonald had been finalized.

The actress announced in March that they were separated and had been living apart for six months, and filed for divorce in May.

Nikki married the American Idol alum in October 2011 after meeting him seven months earlier. 

The stunning brunette began dating 36-year-old Ian in July, over a year after he split from co-star and girlfriend of three years Nina Dobrev.