American actor/model Ian Somerhalder reportedly asked former girlfriend and The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev, not to quit the supernatural show.
The 26-year-old Canadian actress/model, who plays Elena Gilbert on The CW drama had confirmed her exit on Instagram.
According to Hollywood Life, Somerhalder tried his best to convince Dobrev to stay back on the show.
"Ian met with Nina and pretty much begged her not to leave," a source said. "Although her leaving does make things easier for him personally, he knows how important Nina is to the show. The Vampire Diaries worked because of the chemistry and tension between him, Nina and Paul [Wesley]. The love triangle was what fans responded to. Without Nina, Ian is very concerned with the direction the show will take."
"She wasn't going to budge," the insider added. "Now, Ian's concerned the show is a sinking ship and is looking to make his own exit."
Dobrev and Somerhalder dated for more than three years, before splitting in May 2013.
Following their break-up, Somerhalder moved on with Twilight star Nikki Reed. The two were first romantically linked last year in July after they were spotted shopping at the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.