Nina Dobrev Leaving: Actress Announces She’s Leaving ‘The Vampire Diaries’

Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons. According to ABC News, the actress made the announcement on Instagram on Monday, leaving her fans heartbroken. Dobrev, 26, says that she’s looking forward to the future, and that she hopes that her fans will stick around for the ride.

“I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there’s still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I’ll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever.”

Nina Dobrev might be leaving The Vampire Diaries, but she says that she wants her last few weeks to be super special, and that she wants to include the fans in her departure. Saying farewell isn’t going to be easy, but she is ready to take that next step in her career… and in life.

“There’s more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you’ll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert’s life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend’s pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for ‘that Twilight TV show.’ ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what’s coming, you don’t.”

Some fans think that Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries since her ex-boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder, has moved on romantically and is engaged to another woman (Nikki Reed). However, those that are close to Nina know that she and Ian are still friends, and that she isn’t making any life-changing decisions because of her former flame.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Nina has done a great job at showing fans that she loves what she does. In January, the actress shared some messages and photos of her time on the set of The Vampire Diaries, proving that she wasn’t “devastated” to be back at work with her engaged ex despite the ongoing chatter that suggests otherwise.

Are you sad to see Nina Dobrev go? Will you miss her as Elena on TVD?

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