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(CBS NEWS) – They may no longer be an item in real life, but they still seem to be very close.

Ian Somerhalder sent a special message to his “Vampire Diaries” co-star Nina Dobrev for her 25th birthday, fresh off their big win at the 40th People’s Choice Awards.

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Somerhalder took to Twitter early Thursday morning to tell Dobrev that the world loves her:

Debrov has since re-tweeted the post.

Somerhalder, 35, and Dobrev won the favorite on screen chemistry award at the People’s Choice ceremony Wednesday night. The actors play star-crossed lovers Elena and Damon on the hit CW series.

The pair were all smiles when they took to the awards stage, even joking about their real-life split. Somerhalder and Dobrev were previously in a relationship before officially breaking things off last May.

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“And yet our characters are still dating on the show,” Somerhalder said.

“It’s a good thing it’s not awkward,” Dobrev added with a nervous laugh.

Following the awards show, they were joined by actress Julianne Hough for an early post-midnight birthday celebration.

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