Hough romancing Dobrev?

Derek Hough

Derek Hough is reportedly “smitten” with new girlfriend Nina Dobrev.

The pair met through Derek’s younger actress-and-singer sister Julianne.

The relationship comes just months after Nina split with her Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder.

“Derek is smitten with Nina. He said he hasn’t felt this way for a girl in a long time… Everyone approves!

“[Nina] was hanging a lot with Derek’s sister Julianne. Then she fell for him,” a source close to the couple excitedly told Us magazine.

Nina is the latest in a long line of superstar girlfriends for Derek, including British pop star Cheryl Cole, reality TV star Lauren Conrad and actress Shannon Elizabeth – with who he was paired on the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars.

The 28-year-old dancing pro bagged himself an Emmy at Sunday night’s award ceremony for Outstanding Choreography.

Proud girlfriend Nina took to her WhoSay account to post her delight at his win.

“Those of us touched by your light got to watch you brighten up the rest of the world. Keep shining!” she wrote.

It seems Nina has had a change of heart when it comes to finding a relationship.

She recently said that after her split with Ian that she was keen to focus her attention on other things.

“I’ve been a relationship girl and I’ve been in long-term relationships my whole life until this point, so I think I’m looking forward to spending some time with myself and finding myself again.

“I’m just discovering different sides of me and growing and then I’ll figure out what I like in a man when I see it,” she enthused to Us magazine.

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