Nina Dobrev's Vampire Diaries Co-Star Defends Her Decision to Leave the Show

Has the exit wound started to heal, Vampire Diaries fans? The CW hit series' fanbase was rocked when star Nina Dobrev announced she was exiting the show at the end of the season, posting a heartfelt letter to fans on Instagram, writing, "I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure ." And though she and executive producer Julie Plec both sounded off on her decision to leave, rumors quickly spread about why she was really saying goodbye. And her co-star Michael Malarkey, who plays roguish vamp Enzo, is totally down to set the record straight about Nina's decision to leave The Vampire Diaries. (No, it wasn't because of her breakup with Ian Somerhalder.) Michael says, "She's always known knew she was going to leave at the end of this season, so I think there was a lot of speculation about that. Like, ‘Oh, is she leaving because of this and that.' People just needs to stop reading tabloids! "