They may no longer star as brothers on the small screen…
… but Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley proved over the weekend that they are brothers in life.
Very, very, very handsome brothers in real life, we must add.
On Saturday, Wesley uploaded a photograph with his former co-star on Instagram Story, giving followers a look at him and Somerhalder hanging out during The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official Convention in Nashville.
As you can see above, the sultry snapshot was accompanied by a single word:
For eight seasons, Wesley portrayed Stefan Salvatore and Somerhalder portrayed Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries.
They were centuries-old blood suckers who loved the same women (Nina Dobrev’s Elena… and also Nina Dobrev’s Katherine) at various points in their long lives – but whose real love was for each other.
Indeed, the most interesting and sentimental relationship through the show’s impressive run on The CW took place between these siblings.
Away from the camera, Wesley, Somerhalder and their fellow cast members were known and respected for their enthusiastic fan interactions.
They were major attractions at Comic-Con every year the series attended that massive event in San Diego and they were both very engaging on social media.
Somerhalder, in particular, has never missed an opportunity to thank his supporters for sticking by him and the show, which came to an end in March of 2017.
For this reason, viewers went a bit overboard in their reactions to seeing Wesley and Somerhalder reunited in the photo above.
Case in point, from one Instagram users:
HOLY CRAP I CANT BREATHE!!! DAMON!!! STEFAN!!!!! IAN!!! PAUL!!!! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!?!!? HELP IM DYING!!! MY POOR HEART ACHES!!!!
Elsewhere, here were a few sample reactions on Twitter:
Since going their separate ways professionally, neither Wesley nor Somerhalder has starred in anything of note.
The former directed an episode of Shadowhunters last year, however, while the latter just finished filming a movie titled Time Framed.
Ian has also been quite busy in his personal life… considering he welcomed his first child into the world last July!!!!
How exciting, right?!?
Somerhalder and wife Nikki Reed are parents to a daughter named Bodhi.
We don’t know much else about her because her famous parents have chosen to keep the little one out of the spotlight, a decision we very much respect.
But if Ian is interested in making news in a different fashion any time soon, we have five words for him:
Paul. Wesley. Buddy. Cop. Movie.
Think about it, fellas.