Now that it's been a week or two since Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev have taken separate trains to Splitsville, USA, more info has been divulged about the cause of their breakup. A source told In Touch that Ian, 34, wanted to marry Nina, 24, but she wasn't into the idea of settling down so young.
We used to think that the Vampire Diaries' co-stars ended their relationship because "people change and forget to tell each other" ... but now it sounds like there wasn't enough changing or growing happening to keep their love alive.
And with a 10-year age difference, this isn't too much of a surprise.
Nina's just starting out. As a woman in her young 20s, she still needs time to figure out who she is and what she wants. She's at an age where it's important to take risks and explore every avenue of interest ... and sometimes that can be difficult to do when there's someone holding you back or trying to pin you down.
And as far as Ian's concerned -- there's no rule that says he has to wait. Ultimately, we all have to go for what we want, right? And if he wants to settle down, he should find someone who wants the same thing. And if Nina isn't that keen on committing, she should find a partner who feels similarly.
Most importantly, though, Ian and Nina should continue striving for perfection with a focus on outer beauty and an ability to wear trendy hats. Pretty sure that's the one and only path to enlightenment.
Human connections! Who needs 'em.
Do you think Ian and Nina split because he wanted to get married and she didn't?
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