The starlet has played the show's leading character Elena Gilbert since The Vampire Diaries first aired in 2009, but last night, Nina revealed she has made the decision to move on.
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
Over the weekend, Nina enjoyed a fun-filled break away with her castmates and crew on Lake Larnier in Georgia, sharing a series of snapshots from their time together to Instagram.
Alongside her latest photo, the 26-year-old told fans she will be making her exit from TVD at the end of the current series.
She said: "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 myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever."
"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."
Thanking her fans for their support since she auditioned for the show all those years ago, Nina then promised an exciting ending for Elena.
"Fasten your seatbelts," she teased. "If you think you know what's coming, you don't."
From playing high-school sweetheart Elena to her feisty doppelgänger Katherine Pierce, turning from a human to a bloodthirsty vampire and falling in love with both Salvatore brothers Damon and Stefan, Nina has been at the forefront of The Vampire Diaries' storylines over the last six years.
So, it's safe to say she will be sorely missed by the show's many fans and they were quick to tell her so!
On seeing her post, one user said: "We will miss you so much!" While another commented: "The Vampire Diaries will never be the same without you."
One thing's for sure, it will definitely be sad to see her go!
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