Mar 25, 2016 04:45 AM EDT By Maria Cabrera

Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder Split: Ex-Lover's Greatest Moments Together

Nina: "I love him and the friendship is still strong and I think he's great and I care about him."

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  • Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev split in May 2013 after three years of dating. Dobrev briefly moved on with Dancing With the Stars' dancer and now ex - Derek Hough, while the hunky star began to date Twilight's Nikki Reed. Us Weekly confirmed in January that the couple got engaged after a six-month whirlwind romance.

    Dobrev addressed their split on stage at the People's Choice Awards while accepting the award for "Best Chemistry" in 2014.

    For the first time since Somerhalder's April wedding to Nikki Reed, Nina is breaking her silence on all those rumors that her breakup with Ian was behind her decision to leave TVD in an exclusive sit-down interview with E! News.

    "I've said this before, that we didn't break up because anything bad happened or because there wasn't love or friendship," Nina says. "I love him and the friendship is still strong and I think he's great and I care about him. And that didn't change. Yes, we're professional and that's fine. We were friends long before we dated and we still are now."
  • 'The Vampire Diaries' actors Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder attend the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Ca.
  • Ian gave Nina a sweet kiss as they win the Favorite On Screen Chemistry award for 'The Vampire Diaries,' speak onstage at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Ian and Nina attend Day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2012 in Indio, Ca.
  • The ex-couple attend the 'Love Bites' dinner and after party to celebrate the February Vampire Diaries cover issue co-hosted by Armani Exchange & NYLON magazine at 675 Bar on January 30, 2010 in New York City.
  • Nina and Ian surely had fun when they attended Game Five of the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Nina in a short black dress and Ian in white attend a photocall for the TV series 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' during the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at Grimaldi Forum on June 8, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
  • Nina and Ian, winners of Choice Fantasy/Sci-Fi Show award, pose in the press room during the 2012 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on July 22, 2012 in Universal City, Ca.
  • Nina Dobrev's return to The Vampire Diaries Season 8 and reunion with Ian Somerhalder seems possible.
  • Ian and Nina speak during The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' at the Dolby Theatre on March 22, 2014 in Hollywood, Ca.
  • Nina and Ian, winners of the Favorite On Screen Chemistry award for 'The Vampire Diaries,' attend The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Nina Dobrev, Maria Menounos, and Ian Somerhalder attend DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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