The Vampire Diaries' smoldering stars, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, broke up months ago, just like their characters on the long-running CW drama.
The two, who dated for several years, have slowly drifted apart, and sources say it's no shock that their lives are mirrored in the supernatural drama this year.
Allegedly, it was by Nina’s request that "Delena" (for Damon and Elena) was no longer the focal point of the series, and not just because she hates bad TV.
Dobrev reportedly hates that Nikki Reed is dating with and loving Ian Somerhalder and she can’t stand to even be near him, even when he's playing Damon.
It's easy to dismiss these reports as mere celebrity gossip fodder, but lest we forget, Ian and Nina met and fell in love while playing out the fictional romance.
Elena and Damon became fan favorites, and fans went gaga when the on-screen couple fell into an off-screen relationship. It was all too good to be true.
Things ended this year, with fans trashing Reed and Somerhalder defending his magical, beautiful girlfriend online in ways he never publicly spoke of Nina.
If Nina didn't publicly lobby for Delena fall apart on the show - or at least take a back seat for awhile - it's hard to imagine a world where she's upset about it.
Some insiders say the two purposely try to avoid each other. Awkward.
When The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 1 airs next month, we will pick up months after Damon "died" along with Bonnie on the Season 5 finale (above).
To get him away from Elena, if you believe the rumor mill at the moment.
Sure, it could (and likely is) a tired plot device designed to kill time before bringing Delena back together for the show's endgame, but it works out now.
This way, they don't have to force feelings that are no longer there.
And if this is the last season of the show, as has been rumored for some time and probably should be the case given its total creative shutdown, they'll survive.
In fact, maybe it's for the best. Whether or not Damon and Elena end up together in the end, the sooner all parties can move on and make a clean break, the better.