Did Nina Dobrev speak too soon? The “Vampire Diaries” actress told Us Weekly earlier this year that she’s in “no rush” to get into a new relationship, but the stunning gal seems to have found herself a new man a lot sooner than she’d anticipated — and it’s none other than BFF Julianne Hough’s older brother Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars“!
“[Nina] was hanging a lot with Derek’s sister Julianne,” a source tells Us. “Then she fell for him.”
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Dobrev, 24, split with her beau of three years, Ian Somerhalder, in May of this year, and has since been vocal about her desire to focus on other things.
“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,” she told Us during Cosmopolitan’s Summer Bash on Saturday, Aug. 10. “I’m just discovering different sides of me and growing and then I’ll figure out what I like in a man when I see it.”
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And it seems as though the CW actress is already smitten with her new man. In a post to her WhoSay account on Monday, Sept. 23, Dobrev captioned a shot of the 28-year-old “Dancing With the Stars” pro with his Outstanding Choreography Emmy with a heartfelt message.
“Those of us touched by your light got to watch you brighten up the rest of the world,” she wrote. “Keep shining!”
Hough has similarly fallen head-over-heels for the actress, another insider tells Us.
“Derek is smitten with Nina,” the source says. “He said he hasn’t felt this way for a girl in a long time. …Everyone approves!”
At the Kari Feinstein Emmys Style Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 19, the smooth dancer specifically requested shoes “for his girlfriend” and then “texted Nina for her size,” an eyewitness tells Us.
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Before romancing Dobrev, Hough dated other A-list Hollywood gals, including Cheryl Cole, Shannon Elizabeth, and Lauren Conrad.