Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev confirms her departure from The Vampire DiariesTVD/Facebook

The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has confirmed that she is quitting The CW drama on Instagram.

"I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries," the star posted on Instagram. "I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party."

The actress shared a picture of herself with show creator Julie Plec and wrote:

Nina dobrev quits TVD
Nina Dobrev announced her departure from Vampire Diaries on InstagramInstagram/Screenshot

Dearest TVD Family, I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There's more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her -- and to my work family -- as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for 'that Twilight TV show.' ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what's coming, you don't. Love, Nina

Rumours suggested that the series finale would not end on a happy note and now that Dobrev has confirmed she is quitting the show, one can only speculate, whether her character would be killed in the season 6 finale episode?

Moreover, fans will again wonder how the show would continue without its power couple, Damon and Elena.

Meanwhile, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed were spotted kissing when the two were out shopping at a Stronghold Store on April 6 in Venice, California. This was soon after Nina announced her departure from the show.

The 36-year-old actor and the 26-year-old actress were seen enjoying lunch at Gjelina and were spotted having coffee at Intelligentsia, RadarOnline reported.

Were the couple celebrating Dobrev's exit from the show? Previous report claimed that there was some tension on the sets because of Ian and Nikki's engagement. But all that can rest in the past, at least for the time being.

Below are a few tweets by fans over Dobrev's departure from the show: