"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."The two had stepped out together last April, calling themselves "parents" when they made a late-night visit to a pet hospital for Dobrev's cat.She posted a pretty adorable picture of Somerhalder posing with her coned feline.Later in the month, she posted another pic for throwback Thursday of her vamped up with a shirtless Somerhalder.Earlier this week, Dobrev attended the Costume Institute's Met Gala solo.Not necessarily because she’s prying into their relationship, but just as default because they need her and they need her magic,” executive producer Caroline Dries says. That’s probably not good for Stefan and Caroline’s relationship.“She genuinely cares about Stefan, genuinely cares about what Caroline is going through with her babies, so she’s become this accidental third wheel that will actually start to evolve into a bigger friendship with Stefan, leading Caroline to be like, ‘Where’d my boyfriend go? “We haven’t written or broken officially episode 20 yet but that is about when [Candice returns to the show],” Dries says.
"I didn't want to be dating one of my costars -- my goal on the show was to be professional," Dobrev told Seventeen magazine last fall.
Dobrev, 24, and Somerhalder, 34, who play the star-crossed lovers newbie vampire Elena Gilbert and bad-boy vamp Damon Salvatore, called it quits after three years of dating, People magazine and Us Weekly report.
PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013The pair took their relationship public in 2011 and are said to remain "consummate professionals" and "will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started," a source told Us.
PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013"The Vampire Diaries", which stars a bevy of good-looking actors, is currently airing the final episodes of its fourth season and has been renewed by the CW for a fifth season.
So they'll still be seeing quite a bit of each other.