It’s a tale as old as time: Two people meet, fall in love on a huge new TV series, then fall in love all over again in real life. Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline’s relationship timeline shows that they first connected thanks to their breakout Netflix show Outer Banks, which premiered its second season on July 30. Sadly, it seems that their connection faded, as Stokes and Cline reportedly split in November 2021.
After the series premiere of Outer Banks in April 2020, viewers connected with the love story between John B. and Sarah, thanks to Stokes and Cline’s strong chemistry. “We wanted to make sure it was real and it had depth to it,” Cline told Seventeen about their onscreen romance in April. “There were things that Chase and I specifically added to the script that felt personal. You have to sell it. It’s got to be compelling.” Naturally, fans started rooting for them to get together in real life, with their wish coming true just a couple months later.
While they were dating, you would’ve been hard-pressed to find a celebrity couple as obsessed with each other as these two. However, even the strongest flames burn out. Cline and Stokes reportedly broke up after over a year of dating, but their relationship timeline proves that the co-stars’ onscreen chemistry was always real.
April 2020: The Social Media PDA
Fans first started to think that Stokes and Cline may actually be a real-life item when it was revealed that they were living together at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, along with their Outer Banks co-stars Rudy Pankow and Drew Starkey. They also started leaving flirty comments on Instagram that went beyond co-stars simply supporting each other. For instance, when Cline posted photos from a 1883 Magazine spread, Stokes couldn’t help but respond with clear thirst: “Heart rate ... decreasing ... help,” he wrote.
June 2020: Instagram Official
After months of speculation, the co-stars made their real-life relationship Instagram official. Stokes shared a photo of Cline having dinner with him on the beach as they watched the sunset, captioning the post “Cats outta the bag” with a heart emoji. Cline re-posted the photo, writing that she had “fallen and I can’t get up.” Aww, young love.
After making the big reveal, they simply couldn’t stop gushing about each other. Just a couple days later, Cline posted an Outer Banks promo photo of her and Stokes, but she dedicated it to their love in real life, writing, “This one.”
September 2020: Music Video Lovers
The couple aren’t just TV stars — they’re music video vixens. In September, Cline and Stokes returned to where it all started — the Outer Banks of North Carolina — to star in the music video for Kygo’s remix of “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer’s iconic 1979 disco hit. The pair sneak into a local bar to steal a couple drinks and flirt, which ends with them dancing and making out — so basically, another onscreen representation of their actual romance.
November 2020: “I Feel Very Happy”
In November, Cline gushed about her boyfriend to Entertainment Tonight, saying how surreal it was to star on a huge series with her loved one. “Love is tight,” she said. “It's cool to share this experience with your favorite people and also your favorite person. I feel very happy.” She also opened up about how they connected as friends first and how they keep that same energy while filming.
“I think because we were friends before this, we understood how we worked as individuals before we were seeing each other,” she said. “When we go to set, we're individuals and we are still, at the very minimum, best friends and we are screen partners. We're there to support each other ... I really, really love that and respect that about him and our relationship.”
April 2021: 1-Year Anniversary
The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary in April, proving that they were still going strong. “365 w/ u,” Stokes wrote on Instagram, sharing a sweet photo of Cline walking on the street. Cline commented on the post saying, “And I’d do it again.”
May 2021: Best Kiss Winners
At the MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 16, the couple demonstrated that their love was just as heated offscreen as it is on Outer Banks. After winning the Best Kiss award, Stokes freaked out onstage, pretending to forget the names of people he wanted to thank. But Cline saved the day in a move right out of her Outer Banks character Sarah’s playbook, telling him to “shut up” and planting a fat one on him, much to the crowd’s delight. It’s safe to say that there will be many more moments like this in the future, especially on Outer Banks Season 2.
June 2021: Still Going Strong
Contrary to their not-so-subtle PDA at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Stokes and Cline have been keeping their relationship more low-key during the summer of 2021. But rest assured, Pogues, they’re just as strong as ever. On June 6, Stokes shared a few new photos of him and Cline in a slideshow posted to Instagram, including one of the couple all dolled up for a night out in New York.
July 2021: Outer Banks Season 2
The second season of Stokes and Cline’s hit show Outer Banks premieres at the end of July, and while it’s smooth sailing for the couple in real life, their onscreen characters may have trouble in paradise. John B. and Sarah are now living as fugitives in the Bahamas, Bonnie and Clyde-style, and this journey is anything but smooth. “We are fugitives in a foreign country, promise me you won't do anything stupid,” Sarah asks John B, to absolutely no avail. “I do stupid things all the time without realizing it,” he responds. Prepare for a wild ride, not a tropical vacay.
November 2021: Stokes & Clyne Break Up
According to multiple reports, Stokes and Clyne have split after dating for more than a year. Neither star has confirmed or commented on the reports, but a source told People that “they are definitely broken up.” In September, fans speculated the couple was over after Stokes was spotted dancing with 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler in Milan, as reported by E! News. Butler later told TMZ that they were “just friends” hanging out during Milan Fashion Week, putting the rumors to bed.
However, according to People, fans were right to be concerned, as they have been broken up for longer than they realized. “Madelyn and Chase are no longer together,” an insider reported. “They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago.” Netflix has yet to officially renew Outer Banks for a third season, but if that happens, this may make for a very awkward set.
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