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

Wondering about Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes? The 'OBX' costars have been on one hell of a ride...

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While fans of Outer Banks have been eagerly awaiting any news on season three, one aspect they may not want an update on is Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes' relationship status—which despite hopes of reconciliation on set, is still very much at 'broken up'. 

Although the two are convincing as on-screen love interests, their off-camera romance is seemingly bumpier. The pair seemingly went their separate ways in October 2021 but now, nearly a year on we're still curious about where they stand (like are they even friends at this point?) especially with the filming of Outer Banks season three having just wrapped. 

Perhaps now, all the relationship rumors are just wishful thinking from their heartbroken fans...especially after Madelyn got candid about what it was like to work with her 'ex' in season three.

But regardless allow us to fill you in on the latest in the Madelyn-Chase saga. 

Are Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes back together?

Sadly it seems the pair are still very much broken up, despite hopes that they would reignite their spark on the OBX season three set...

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

Chase posted a group snap of his fellow Pogues reunited and captioned it with: "welcome back (:" and 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. *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 before any other contenders were in the picture. 


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April 2020: lockdown

After the fictional couple made their Netflix debut, viewers suspected there was more to the story. Then, it was revealed that Cline and Stokes were quarantining together.

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

 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, which he captioned: “Cats outta the bag ❤️,” with Madelyn commenting: “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.”

September 2020: Stokes' birthday

Cline took to Instagram to wish her beaux a Happy Birthday and shared a series of adorable snaps of them together. 

September: 'Kygo' music video 

September 2020 also saw the two stars in Kygo’s "Hot Stuff" video, where they packed on the PDA. It's giving off major Gigi and Zayn "Pillow Talk" vibes.

December 2020: Cline's birthday

Chase posted the cutest birthday post to Madelyn, with a series of never-seen before 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: first anniversary 

The couple shared separate posts to mark their one-year anniversary: 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 ❤️.” D'aww!

May 2021: the MTV smooch

The OBX couple won Best Kiss, and of course, celebrated the win with a smooch, as is tradition for the winners.

June 2021: selfies galore

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The love fest continued as Stokes posted a selfie of his leading lady, just as fans got season two of Outer Banks.

October 2021: break up rumors

Rumors started swirling that the couple are over after TMZ shared a video of Cline and Ross Butler looking cozy and dancing together at Milan Fashion Week. Stokes was back in Miami solo. 

According to E! News, 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."

November 2021: a whirlwind

E! News and People (opens in new tab) confirmed the news that Madelyn and Chase broke up after sources made the big reveal.

An insider told People: "Madelyn and Chase are no longer together. They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago." 

(You remember Madelyn's AMA's "revenge dress" moment, don't you?)

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

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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.

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

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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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MY BABIES ARE BACK #madelyncline #madelynclineedit #chasestokes #chasestokesedit #chaselyn #obxseason2 #outerbanks #fyp

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December 2021: Santa Monica dinners

Consider the two's interaction mixed signals at their finest. 

A source told ET: "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.”

The pair also attended the People's Choice Awards on December 7—though not together. Then, right before Christmas, Cline dined solo with DJ Zack Bia, sparking dating rumors. 

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.

Rumors surfaced online, suggesting that Madelyn planned to leave the popular Netflix show following the release of season three.

As you can imagine, this 'news' caused a lot of upset, with Madelyn having to take to her socials to set the record straight.

Madelyn said on her Instagram stories: "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's some bad news relationship-wise. 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.'

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

Chase set the rumor mill spinning once again after posting an update on Outer Banks Season 3. The actor posted a 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 and Chase holding hands! While this may be because they're a couple on the show—fans were pretty convinced that Chase posting these pictures spells good news for our favorite Netflix couple...

September 2022: Filming has wrapped and so has our faith in love...

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."

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