Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough are over before they ever really started.
The couple had only started dating six weeks ago, set up through Derek’s famous sister Julianne, but have called it quits this week.
The Dancing with the Stars pro went public with the Vampire Diaries actress just a few weeks ago, going on a date to Universal Studios’ Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles.
Now, they are through.
An insider close to the couple said the relationship simply “played itself out,” but distance appeared to be a factor. Derek Hough is based in Los Angeles for Dancing with the Stars while Nina Dobrev is in Atlanta for filming The Vampire Diaries.
“The distance was too much to handle,” a friend told Us Weekly.
Julianne Hough played a role as matchmaker for her brother and her actress friend. Nina and Julianne had been close, and as they spent time together she and Derek also grew close, sources said. As they spent more time together, a deeper relationship evolved.
[Nina] was hanging a lot with Derek’s sister Julianne,” a source told Us Weekly. “Then she fell for him.”
Nina Dobrev recently got out of a three-year relationship with fellow Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, breaking her own rule of never dating a co-star.
“But sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long — which I did for a really, really long time,” she told Seventeen magazine in September.
The split hasn’t been hard on Julianne, a source said. She still remains friends with Nina Dobrev and there are reportedly no hard feelings between the two about the split.