However, when he finally tells her, he's unaware that Katherine has taken over Elena's body when she rejects him.
This sends him off the deep end and he becomes guilty when he finds out the truth.
For her, he is the one that defines her, her soulmate. And their love was such an epic love and such a big story point for so many years that it's a strange dynamic now to have all that gone.
Damon wants to give up his vampire status to marry her and be the father of her kids. "The one thing I do want to see filmed and I'll say it because it hasn't happened yet and it may never happen, but I do want to see and I will go on the record to every Stelena fan in the world, I do want to see Damon and Elena get it on.""This year, she's had a very traumatic roller coaster of life experience and it's changed her irrevocably—and at the center of it all was the die hard belief that she loved Damon, that she loved him more than she'd ever loved anyone.""It was going to be something beautiful and epic, so the rain was a way of us [honoring] this group of fans who spent five years begging for this one thing. Which is kind of what makes it interesting, because it's an Elena we've never seen before."" Damon came back to Mystic Falls with the sole purpose of bringing back Katherine Pierce, the vampire with whom he had fallen in love as a human in 1864.
Elena cares whether Damon lives or dies, and even when she chooses Stefan over him, Damon continues to still be there for her when she needs somebody and feels she can't turn to Stefan about it.
Damon has never lied to her and would always tell her the truth, although he has admitted that he will lie to her if it saves her life.
He was the narcissistic evil vampire, who came to town to seek revenge on his younger brother, who Elena happened to develop an interest in.
As Markos, the Travelers' leader finally makes his appearance, Elena and Stefan begin to have visions of a life that they would never have.
His love for Elena makes him want to protect his birthtown instead of destroying it, as was his original purpose when he arrived. Elena constantly forgives Damon from doing horrible things to her, such as killing her younger brother Jeremy (although he came back to life) or feeding her vampire blood (essentially ending her human life).
Elena has admitted she sees the good in Damon and believes he's worth saving.
After Jeremy dies, Damon uses the sire bond to get Elena to turn her emotions off, knowing that the pain would be too much for her.
She loses all feelings she has for him as a result, but continues a relationship with him solely for manipulation, later telling him her feelings were all due to the sire bond.
" Others however, are still convinced that Nina is still in a secret relationship with Mark Foster, a friend of ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder and band member of 'The People.' As she still refuses to deny the rumors, this may well also be the case.