Are Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes together? A complete relationship timeline

Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes are co-stars on Netflix's 'Outer Banks', but what is the history of their personal relationship off-set?

composite image of Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: Madelyn Cline with FIJI Water at the 28th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. / American actor Chase Stokes at the 79 Venice International Film Festival 2022. Bones And All Red Carpet. Venice (Italy), September 2nd, 2022
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Fans of the Netflix hit can expect to see Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes return to their screens as Sarah Cameron and John B for Outer Banks season three in 2023 (the series is confirmed to return this February!) However, for those of us who are a bit nosy and want to know more about the star's personal lives off-screen, this is where the two TV stars, who previously dated in real life, are at now with their relationship.

While they are convincing love interests in the hit series, the couple's off-camera romance, which began all the way back in 2020, has been a bit of a bumpier ride. Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline officially went their separate ways in 2021, but since then the pair have been back on set working together on the new instalment of their hit Netflix show. So are they are together again, or seeing other people? Or, is Madelyn Cline single?

Here's everything we know about Madelyn and Chase's romantic history together. We'll reveal how they met, when they became official and what their relationship status is now—particularly after rumors of a reconciliation... 

Are Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes dating?

As of January 2023, sadly it seems that Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline are very much not together (e.g. they are still broken up), despite hopes that they might reignite their spark on the OBX season three set—with the third season filming from February to August last year.

Fans were, however, filled with fleeting hope after they spotted a rare PDA moment between them in an Instagram post shared by Chase (which has now seemingly been deleted) announcing that the Pogues were back.

Captioned the group snap with: "Welcome back (:" While it's a very cute picture of the cast, we couldn't help but zero in on Madelyn and Chase—WHO ARE HOLDING HANDS!

As you can imagine, fans went into a frenzy. But in cases like these, it's important to remember that they are (as far as we know) still an on-screen couple. So it's more likely that their characters John B and Sarah Cameron were the ones holding hands, rather than real-life Madelyn and Chase. *cry*

Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes' relationship timeline

Let's take a look back at how it all began for these two...before their breakup and any other contenders were in the picture. 

OUTER BANKS (L to R) MADELYN CLINE as SARAH CAMERON and CHASE STOKES as JOHN B in episode 201 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

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April 2020: spending lockdown together

After the fictional couple made their Netflix debut, viewers suspected there was more to the story of Madelyn and Chase. Soon after, it was revealed that the pair were an item, and were actually quarantining together in California during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chase later revealed in an interview with Us Weekly (opens in new tab) that it was an "immediate test" for them, and said: “It’s like, ‘hey you’re dating, guess what? Figure it out, you’re stuck.”

He later explained though that it actually turned out for the best, bringing the pair closer together. "We’ve got really great communication, and the cool part is we've started a friendship first, which is awesome to be friends before you dive into a relationship," Chase said.

 June 2020: it’s official

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The two went official with their relationship in June 2020, with Chase posting a picture of them on a picnic date. He captioned it “Cats outta the bag ❤️,” with Madelyn commenting “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up”.

So. Cute. 

September 2020: Chase' birthday

Madelyn took to Instagram to wish her other half a happy birthday and shared a series of adorable snaps of them together on Chase's birthday, which falls on 16 September.

Though the Instagram post has now been deleted, fans loved the super-sweet insight into the couple's lives, especially as they were waiting for the return of Outer Banks, in the form of the second season.

September: 'Kygo' music video 

September 2020 also saw the two stars in Kygo’s 'Hot Stuff' music video, where they packed on the PDA. Giving off major Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik 'Pillow Talk' vibes, it was one of the first public displays of affection from the pair—outside of Insta posts, obvs. 

December 2020: Madelyn's birthday

Of course, fans were also waiting for a sweet post from Chase for Madelyn's birthday (21 December), and they weren't disappointed. Chase posted the cutest birthday post to Madelyn, with a series of unseen snaps.

He captioned the photo dump: “It’s quite rare to meet somebody and feel everything change. Thank you for making the coldest days warm, for your infectious love, and being the best dog mom to Lil mi. Happy birthday sweet thang you make my heart warm and fuzzy 25/8”. 

April 2021: the couple's first anniversary 

The couple shared separate posts to mark their one-year anniversary on April 4, too.

Madelyn wrote: “Thanks for helping me keep track of my belongings for a whole year (: adore u” and Chase said in his post: “365 w/ u ❤️.” N'aww!

May 2021: the MTV smooch

The OBX couple won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in LA in May of the same year—and of course, celebrated the win with a smooch, as is tradition for the winners.

June 2021: selfies galore from Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes

The love fest continued as Madelyn Cline's boyfriend Chase posted a selfie of his leading lady, just as fans got season two of Outer Banks.

Sadly, the post has now been deleted (along with any other social media trace of the pair's relationship), so we don't have it here to share with you. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: (L-R) Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes accept the Best Kiss award for 'Outer Banks' onstage during the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on May 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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October 2021: break up rumors

Sadly, rumors started swirling that the couple were over after TMZ shared a video of Madelyn and Ross Butler looking cozy and dancing together at Milan Fashion Week, while Chase was back in Miami solo. 

According to E! News (opens in new tab), a source confirmed the split, even hinting at our worst fears that it's been over for a while. They also said that the actress is talking to "other people"—suggesting that Madelyn Cline is single at this point. 

November 2021: news that the pair have officially split

E! News and People (opens in new tab) confirmed the news that Madelyn and Chase had broken up on 1 November.

Speaking to the latter, an insider said: "Madelyn and Chase are no longer together. They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago." 

November 21: 

Later on in the month, Madelyn stepped out at the American Music Awards, wearing a cut-out dress that many would go on to call her 'revenge dress', in light of her recent split from Chase.

Though Madelyn never commented publicly on the nickname for her outfit, we'd say it's definitely the kind of look you want to rock after a break-up!

Madelyn Cline attends the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Plus, later in the month, things changed. On Saturday, November 27, an eager OBX enthusiast took a selfie with the stars at The Hideaway in Atlanta, Georgia—suggesting that Madelyn and Chase were either still a couple, or were still happy to hang out as friends.

"Just ran into my favorite OBX couple … John B and Sarah (Maddie and Chase) Thanks for makin my night! So cool!", they said.

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Then, seemingly the same evening (see the outfits), the two were spotted dancing by a TikTok fan account. With over 118,000 likes, it seems all fans of the show are hoping for the same outcome: a reunion! 

"MY BABIES ARE BACK," the TikTok user captioned. The two didn't confirm or deny these rumors, but it all seemed pretty lovey-dovey.

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December 2021: are the pair back together?

At this point, the rumour mill is going crazy, with fans not sure whether their Outer Banks faves are back together or not.

A source told ET (opens in new tab): "Madelyn and Chase care about one another, they felt like they had to be apart to get back on track and be together in the future. Their relationship was very serious before and right now, they're slowly easing back into things and giving it another try. They're not full-on back together, but they're taking it slow and seeing where things go.”

December 21: Madelyn and Chase attend awards ceremony

The pair also attended the People's Choice Awards on December 7—though not together, instead heading to the event with the entire Outer Banks cast. 

Then, right before Christmas, Madelyn dined solo with DJ Zack Bia, sparking dating rumors—was he Madelyn Cline's boyfriend, rather than Chase?

Chase Stokes, Austin North, Jonathan Daviss, Carlacia Grant, Madison Bailey, and Madelyn Cline attend the 47th Annual People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 07, 2021 in Santa Monica, California.

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January 2022: Rumors that Madelyn is quitting OBX begin

While many of us romantics out there hoped Madelyn and Chase being back on set together might spell reconciliation, some alarming rumors began surfacing that threatened to crush our dreams.

Online sources suggested that Madelyn planned to leave the popular Netflix show following the release of season three. As you can imagine, this speculation caused a lot of upset, with the star having to take to her socials to set the record straight.

Posting on her Instagram Story, she said: "Hi, so I'm getting asked if s3 is my final season of obx. I will come back for as many seasons as they will have me. I love my job and there's not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for it, and for everyone who has watched it."

She also added a very important reminder, writing: "Not everything you read on the internet is true."—Phew! Despite this good news, there was still some bad news relationship-wise. Right around the same time, E! News (opens in new tab) has reported Madelyn and Chase are still very much broken up, with Madelyn "just kind of living her single girl moment". We love that for her!

February 2022: The Pogue's are back and maybe so are Madelyn and Chase...

As mentioned above, Chase set the rumor mill spinning, after posting an update on Outer Banks Season 3. The actor shared (another now deleted) group shot of his fellow cast members walking down a beach towards the sea, with the caption: "Welcome back (:"

The picture saw them all smiling—but most importantly showed Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes holding hands! While this may be because they're a couple on the show—fans were convinced that Chase posting the pictures spelt good news for their favorite Netflix couple...

September 2022: Filming wraps—and Madelyn shares thoughts on working with her ex

As it stands, there has been radio silence on the Madelyn and Chase front—though Madelyn did reveal to W (opens in new tab) magazine in August 2022 what it's been like to work with her ex.

She simply said: "We’re both professionals. We always have been since day one. Outer Banks is a big family, and at the end of the day, we show up, we’re professional, and we do our jobs."

January 2023: Madelyn has a new man

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Madelyn Cline attends the Premiere of "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on November 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Having recently starred in the Netflix smash-hit film Knives Out: Glass Onion (Madelyn Cline's first movie)—alongside Daniel Craig, no less—Madelyn's star at the moment is on the up-and-up. And it seems she may be sharing her success with a new beau; but it seems that that man is not Chase Stokes.

In an interview with The Cut (opens in new tab) in December 2022, Madelyn revealed that she did have a boyfriend; the magazine details the "Malibu home she shares with her boyfriend and dogs, a sprawling yet cozy estate set against the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains."

So while Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline are officially no longer an item, it seems Madelyn Cline's relationship status is doing just fine, thanks.

She has shared little to no information about her BF to date (as of January 2023), but as soon as we hear any exciting nuggets of info, we'll be sure to keep you up-to-date!

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)