It appears Nina Dobrev has found her new beau — and it’s not Austin Stowell! Rumors have been swirling that Nina, who’s been dating Austin since June 2015, recently broke up with the Dolphin Tales star. It would appear that she may have dumped Austin and landed herself in an unexpected relationship with none other than her BFF’s older brother, Derek Hough.
The relationship comes as a surprise since Nina also revealed last August that she planned on enjoying the single life after splitting from long-time love and Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder.
“I’ve been a relationship girl, and I’ve been in long-term relationships my whole life until this point, so I think I’m looking forward to spending some time with myself and finding myself again.”
For a refresher, Nina previously had a short-lived romance with the Dancing with the Stars pro, only lasting six weeks. When they split, sources told Us Weekly that the relationship had “played itself out.” Distance also played a factor, with Derek in Los Angeles filming Dancing with the Stars and Nina in Atlanta shooting The Vampire Diaries.
“The distance was too much to handle,” a friend of the couple told Us Weekly back in 2013.
More recently, Nina Dobrev has been spending a lot of time with Julianne, which could be the reason behind Nina and Derek’s rumored reconciliation. She recently hosted a girls’ night and invited BFF Julianne, along with a few other friends, for a special viewing of Hough’s big hit production Grease: Live!
According to E! News, the hostess received an official honorary member of the group gift: a Pink Ladies jacket. Both Nina and Julianne took to social media to share the same picture but provided different captions. Although Julianne was more than happy to give the gift to her friend, it was Nina’s caption that sounded like an excited fangirl.
“Thank you @juleshough for my incredibly amazing soft silky Pink Ladies jacket! I definitely feel like I’m part of the Grease squad,” she wrote on Instagram. “So incredibly happy to be a (micro) part of this (HUGE) special experience of yours. Even if it’s just by wearing a jacket. Haha #TeamSandy for life!”
E! News also says that while wearing their pink ladies’ jackets, the girls cooked an awesome meal with Nina and let fans in on what was on the menu via Instagram.
“On the Menu this evening I have: Spicy Orange Chicken Wings / Steak Tacos with Mole Verde and a special screening of #GreaseLive!”
And like a lot of celebrities do every year, Nina went to watch this year’s Super Bowl, which was located just a few hours north of Los Angeles. The big game brought out A-list celebrities such as Stephen Curry, Nick Jonas, Katharine McPhee, Adriana Lima, George Lopez, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and many more, states Hollywood Life.
Attending football’s biggest game of the year alongside Nina was Julianne Hough, and E! News says that the duo posted pictures of the game on social media. Another member of the crowd was Derek Hough, Julianne’s brother and Nina’s supposed new boyfriend, although it has not been confirmed whether Derek and Nina spent time at the game together.
It also should be noted that as far as Nina’s love life, nothing has been confirmed or denied. She could just be friends with Derek, considering he is the brother of her bestie, and she is possibly still in a relationship with Bridge of Spies star Stowell. However, Dobrev and Stowell previously shared many of their romantic moments together on Twitter and Instagram, and both have been quiet on social media when it comes to their relationship lately. Fans will just have to wait and see.
Tell us! Do you think that Nina Dobrev has quietly split from Austin Stowell? Do you think she has rekindled her romance with Dancing with the Stars hunk Derek Hough? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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