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In her relatively short stint in the public eye, Nina Dobrev has been linked to some of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood. Whether she was with Ian Somerhalder or Derek Hough, her followers on social media have kept a tight watch on her love interests. Now, eagle-eyed fans believe that she's got a new man in her life: 30-year-old Austin Stowell.

Austin Stowell / IMDb
Austin Stowell / IMDb

Austin is an attractive actor known for his work on Secret Life of the American Teenager, Dolphin Tale, and Whiplash. This isn't the first time that gossip has fueled questions about Nina's personal life, so let's take a look at how this latest rumored couple came to be.

It all started with an Instagram pic

Nina set fans into a spiral of speculation three weeks ago with this series of photo booth shots that she posted to her Instagram. That's Austin there in the Yankees hat, and his closeness to Nina on her post-Vampire Diaries road trip was enough to get people questioning.

Then, earlier this week, rumors flew that the Nina and Austin were caught kissing at the Indianapolis 500, and fans quickly went back to the above post to leave comments wishing the supposed couple the best.

So, are they really together?

According to Hollywood Life, Nina is really just looking for a good time and nothing too serious, so it's a little too early to start tolling the wedding bells. A source tells them that Austin is more invested in the relationship than Nina is, and she would prefer to focus on her career rather than another relationship.

For those who are still holding out hope for a Nina and Ian reunion (even after Ian's marriage to Nikki Reed), this report is a good reminder that Nina is moving on, too. She's sent the newly married couple only positivity, and I'm glad she's getting the chance to explore her single life a bit.

Hopefully after this refreshing getaway, we'll see her on our screens again sometime soon!


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