Comic-Con: That time of year when Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder awkwardly try to stay as far away from each other as possible.
Ever since the “Vampire Diaries” couple called it quits romantically, the two remain professionally cordial to one another, as displayed in this photo here:
With that relationship behind them, Nina did appear to be the belle of the ball (or whatever you call a Comic-Con get together), sparking rumors of burgeoning relationships on every other media site.
She was said to be “flirting” with “The O.C.” star Ben McKenzie.
According to Just Jared, the two hugged outside an event and shared a cab together when they left.
Here she is getting “cozy” with Orlando Bloom.
According to a source for New York Daily News, the two were seen “dancing very closely, flirting, laughing and whispering in each other’s ears.”
Then there was a moment she supposedly shared with Derek Theler.
According to Hollywood Life’s sources, the two kissed at a party that Ian was also attending: “The kiss from the ‘Baby Daddy’ guy was an in-the-moment, out-of-nowhere, liquor-enabled kiss. No tongue and no major passion.”