Does the claim ‘they hate each other!' really apply to Bamon? Not anymore. Damon has confirmed with his words and Bonnie with her actions what the Bamily has known all along: they like each other. They care for one another, even when they try to hide it, and most importantly, they protect each other.
Does like equate love? No, it doesn’t, but it does equate mutual respect and friendship, and often the deepest and most lasting relationships, romantic or otherwise, are rooted in friendship.