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Nina Dobrev Boyfriend 2013: Ditches Ian Somerhalder for Shaun Sipos? Elena and 'Smitten' Damon on 'Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Hints Break Up, New Lover Aaron? Romantic Quotes
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Move over Ian Somerhalder a.k.a. Damon Salvatore. Nina Dobrev seems to be getting a new on-screen boyfriend after her 2013 off-screen break up on "The Vampire Diaries."
According to E! Online, "Melrose Place" actor Shaun Sipos, 31, will star on the "Vampire Diaries" season 5 as a series regular.
He will play Aaron, "who comes to college to escape his tortured past. It's there that he meets Elena, and the two will bond over the fact that they've both experience and survived dark family tragedies."
Fans are probably expecting to see some rift between Elena and Damon because they are a couple in love and have been having "hot sex" all summer.
"It's a time jump. Summer has passed in which poor Stefan has been suffering at the bottom of the quarry and Damon and Elena have been having hot lovin' sex... We found a stylized way to show the audience how things went over the summer, what everybody was up to," executive producer Julie Plec said.
Sipos will definitely be a sexy addition to the "Vampire Diaries" cast, and a real-life relationship may form between 24-year-old Dobrev and Sipos.
Elena and Damon fans were heartbroken after the split was announced in the beginning of May after the couple was dating for three years, which the Daily Mail said friends believe it was because of the 10-year age gap between them and that Somerhalder, 34, was ready for marriage but Dobrev wasn't.
Sipos is three years younger, which could mean Dobrev would be more comfortable with a boyfriend contender like Sipos.
As for Elena and Damon, they are going to be going through some things in the next season.
"The biggest hurdles in their relationship come from external sources, people, ideas, notions that are trying to say they're not supposed to be together," Plec told Entertainment Weekly. "It's really going to be more about them fighting to prove that they should be together and it's okay."
Somerhalder recently told fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: "It is cute to see Damon and Elena and their interaction. Damon is just smitten, he's in love and it's cute, you know?"
We wonder if he's smitten in real life.
Lately, Dobrev has been keeping quiet on her ending relationship with Somerhalder on Twitter and Instagram.
On Aug. 24, Dobrev posted on her WhoSay account: "If you don't like where you are, move. You are not a tree."
Then on Aug. 27, she said, "In the end, only three things matter: how much you love, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. -Buddha."
In recent reports, Dobrev and Somerhalder are back together and are "secretly dating" each other.
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Aug 27, 2013 01:43 PM EDT