Netflix certainly found a breakout hit with the action-adventure teen drama Outer Banks, and viewers have been loving everything about it — including the star-crossed romance between John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline).
When the show debuted, the chemistry between Sarah and John B was undeniable, and many speculated at the time that this passion translated off-screen and that it wasn't just good acting. Through their work on the series and behavior off-screen, things certainly heated up quickly between the two Netflix stars.
Like countless teen drama stars before Madelyn and Chase — including Blake Lively and Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl and Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart on Riverdale — there was some speculation that the two Outer Banks leads were dating in real life.
Chase and Madelyn definitely fueled the romance rumors since the show debuted on Netflix in April 2020, so the questions from fans were quite warranted. Are Chase Stokes and Maddie Cline dating in real life?
Are Chase and Maddie dating in real life, like their on-screen counterparts?
The two first sparked dating rumors when they began doing press for Outer Banks remotely from the same residence. While much of the country was on lockdown during the April 2020 Outer Banks press tour, some found it telling that Chase and Madelyn were quarantined together.
Madelyn and Chase later confirmed that several cast members from the show had decided to quarantine together, as they had bonded immensely while filming Season 1.
"Some of the cast — Drew Starkey [Rafe Cameron], Rudy Pankow [JJ], Chase and myself — and our friend Elaine are all kind of quarantined together right now," Madelyn told E! News (via Us Weekly) at the time, going on to confirm that they were all staying at her apartment.
Fans became even more invested in whether Madelyn and Chase were dating after Madelyn posted an image from her photo shoot with 1883 Magazine in the summer of 2020.
Chase commented, "Heart rate ... decreasing ... help," along with the SOS emoji. When many took this as a sign that the two were together, he commented once again.
"Man I really stirred the pot here didn't I," he wrote.
Finally, after months of speculation Chase confirmed via Instagram on June 14, 2020, that the two were indeed an item. Sharing several snaps of the duo on a beach date, the actor captioned the post, "Cat's outta the bag."
OBX co-stars were quick to comment on the official relationship confirmation post. Jonathan Daviss wrote, "Well it’s about time." Austin North posted, "YES SIR."
Just a little over a year later, some fans are speculating that Chase and Madelyn are no longer a couple.
Through the roughly 15 months since revealing to the world that they're an item, Chase and Madelyn have become a celebrity it-couple, with millions of fans shipping their relationship. However, some think that the duo may have split as of late thanks to a combination of factors. Popular gossip outlet Deux Moi ran some anonymous posts on Sept. 15, 2021, claiming that the couple is no more.
One of the claims submitted to the outlet was that Chase and Madelyn were supposed to attend the Met Gala as a couple but bailed at the last minute. Another insinuated that the couple is already broken up, claiming Chase attended an event where he flirted with other people and acted "very much single." Furthermore, a third submission mentioned that Chase was having a "boys' night" roughly one week ago alongside notable bachelor and Harry Potter star Tom Felton.
To even further put the breakup claims into question, Madelyn just posted a tribute for Chase's birthday on Sept. 16, 2021. Accompanying some photos on her Instagram story, the actress wrote, "Happiest birthday to you, nerd," along with a heart emoji.
Who is Chase Stokes' ex-girlfriend prior to dating Madelyn?
Before taking on the role of heartthrob John B on Outer Banks and sparking an off-screen romance with his co-star, Chase was in a long-term relationship with his high school sweetheart, Xiomara Montalvo. The two even moved to California together from Florida in 2017, which was about seven years into their relationship.
The two reportedly split in 2018, and Xiomara reportedly went on to date a tattoo artist named Diego Jiménez.
Outer Banks Season 2 is available to stream on Netflix.