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'Dancing With The Stars' Derek Hough Dating Nina Dobrev: Did Sis Julianne Hough Arrange Hookup?

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(Photo : Getty Images/Ethan Miller) "DWTS" pro Derek Hough is not returning to the reality dance competition for season 22, opting instead to fulfill a childhood dream of dancing on Broadway in "Singin in the Rain."

"Dancing with the Stars" hottie Derek Hough has been linked to Nina Dobrev for years since they first dated back in 2013. Now it seems that the gorgeous duo are back on and it's all due to sister Julianne Hough!

Dobrev and Julianne Hough are besties and reportedly the "DWTS" judge never gave up hope that her brother and Dobrev would be able to work things out as a couple after their brief two-month affair ended, according to Inquisitr.

Since 2015, Dobrev has dated actor Austin Stowell, star of the film "Dolphin Tales."

Prior to that, she was involved with "Vampire Diaries" co-star Ian Somerhalder for several years.

"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," the actress once stated to Us Weekly after splitting with Somerhalder.

The last time Hough and Dobrev attempted to give romance a go, distance was an issue between the two, with the dance pro primarily in Los Angeles filming "Dancing with the Stars" and the actress in Atlanta shooting "The Vampire Diaries."

"The distance was too much to handle," a friend of the couple told Us Weekly back in 2013.

In 2014, Dobrev posted a pic of Hough on her official WhoSay account after his Emmy win with a sweet caption which read, "@derekhough Those of us touched by your light got to watch you brighten up the rest of the world. Keep shining!"

Dobrev has always maintained a friendship with Hough's sister Julianne and in fact, Dobrev was reportedly invited to a girls night at Hough's home and was gifted with an honorary Pink Ladies jacket, a tribute to Hough's star turn in Fox's "Grease Live."

"Thank you @juleshough for my incredibly amazing soft silky Pink Ladies jacket! I definitely feel like I'm part of the Grease squad,"

Cooking for my #PinkLadies tonight. On the Menu this evening I have: Spicy Orange Chicken Wings / Steak Tacos with Mole Verde and a special screening of #GreaseLive ! Thank you @juleshough for my incredibly amazing soft silky Pink Ladies jacket ! I definitely feel like I'm part of the Grease squad __ ... So incredibly happy to be a (micro) part of this (HUGE) special experience of yours. Even if it's just by wearing a jacket. Haha #TeamSandy for life! __ you Jules ! Special thanks to my sous chef's @morganbeau and @juleshough and of course to @riawnacapri for being the best dish cleaner a girlfriend could ever ask for. #YouGotThisGirl

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">Dobrev penned on Instagram.

 

"So incredibly happy to be a (micro) part of this (HUGE) special experience of yours. Even if it's just by wearing a jacket. Haha #TeamSandy for life!" the actress gushed.

The duo also reportedly attended Super Bown 50 together alongside Julianne Hough and several of their pals.

Neither Hough nor Dobrev has commented publicly on their relationship.

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Feb 16, 2016 09:37 AM EST

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