At long last,
Season 2 of is here, giving fans even more reasons to want to move to OBX, as well as to ship star-crossed lovers John B. and Sarah Cameron. And while their Pogue-Kook romance has always been filled with drama, Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline’s relationship timeline IRL did not follow suit right away. The Outer Banks Outer Banks co-stars have been dating since April 2020, but they only started sparking drama and rumors in Sept. 2021. Up until that point, their relationship was noticeably chill — partly due to their close friendship. As Stokes explained during a July 2021 interview with V Man, they work so well as a couple because they were friends first before things turned romantic.
We have a very healthy relationship because it started with the work first,” Stokes said at the time. “We didn’t really have time to even comprehend the question: ‘Is there something here?’ That was all after the fact.” And even though they kicked off filming for the second season as a couple, it seems like working together only made their bond stronger. “For Season 2, as soon as we get to work, we’ll support each other,” Stokes explained, adding, “I’m very thankful for her and the journey we’re on. It’s been awesome.”
You love to see it. From co-workers to roommates to partners, here’s how Stokes and Cline’s love story unfolded from the very beginning.
Though some fans thought Stokes and Cline first met on the set of
Stranger Things (as they both playing minor roles on the series), the two never actually crossed paths until April 2019. “ We actually never met [on that set]. She did Season 2 — I did Season 1, and I was there for, you know, a millisecond. So if you blink, you’ll miss me,” Stokes joked to Life & Style in July 2020. According to Chase, they actually met just “a week and a half or two weeks” before filming for Outer Banks began, which was in May 2019.
They Sparked Dating Rumors In April 2020
Not long after Season 1 of
Outer Banks debuted in April 2020, fans began to wonder whether Stokes and Cline were more than friends... especially when it was revealed the two were quarantining together with a few of their other cast mates amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During an interview with Elle Canada, Cline insisted it was “just a quarantine thing,” adding, “At the very beginning, when stay-at-home orders were first issued, we all decided, ‘Why not just quarantine together?’”
However, Stokes kept the rumor mill turning when
he left a flirty comment on a glamour shot of Cline for which she shared to IG. “Heart rate... decreasing...help🆘,” Stokes commented. When fans freaked upon seeing his comment, Stokes jokingly added, “Man, I really stirred the pot here didn’t I?” 1883 Magazine,
They Became Instagram Official In June 2020
Stokes Opened Up About Quarantining With Cline In July 2020
Not long after going public with Cline,
Stokes got real about how his new relationship was tested during quarantine. As he told Us Weekly during a July 2020 interview, “ It was like an immediate test. It’s like, ‘Hey, you’re dating. Guess what? Figure it out. You’re stuck.’” However, he was also sure to add, “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.”
They Starred In A Music Video In September 2020
Just a few days after Cline celebrated Stokes’ birthday on IG with a
carousel of cute pics, Kygo dropped the music video for his remix of Donna Summer’s 1979 hit “Hot Stuff,” which is full of steamy scenes featuring Stokes and Cline. “ Maddie and I are doing a music video to one of his new singles coming out later this year," Stokes had said of Kygo during a July 2020 interview with POPSUGAR. "So that will be... a little teaser for fans to stay excited for hopefully whenever Season 2 comes around. We'll have something to keep them entertained.”
Cline Talked About Loving Stokes In November 2020
By November 2020, it was pretty clear Cline and Stokes were the real deal, especially after Cline dropped the L-word while chatting with
Entertainment Weekly. “ It’s really cool. Love is tight,” she gushed when asked about the relationship. “It’s cool to share this experience with your favorite people and also your favorite person … I feel very happy.”
Not long after,
Stokes wished Cline a happy birthday with a sweet message. “It’s quite rare to meet somebody and feel everything change,” he captioned a series of pics. “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.”
Stokes Revealed How His Relationship With Cline Began In February 2021
In a February 2021 interview with
, Stokes talked about how his romance with Cline first blossomed. According to him, they were too stressed about the show’s potential success to really see each other as more than friends until after they finished filming Season 1 of Us Weekly . “It wasn’t until after that until we started to kind of get into the lockdown where Outer Banks we were like, ‘Is there something here or am I crazy?’ That’s sort of where it bloomed from there,” he explained.
They Celebrated 1 Year Together In April 2021
Just about two years after they first met, Stokes and Cline celebrated one year together on April 4. “365 w/ u ❤️," Stokes captioned a
photo of Cline on Instagram, while Cline posted her own pic of Stokes with the caption, “Thanks for helping me keep track of my belongings for a whole year (: adore u.”
They Won Best Kiss In May 2021
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In May 2021, Stokes and Cline attended MTV’s Movie & TV Awards with their
cast mates ahead of the show’s Season 2 premiere. There, the couple received an award for their Best Kiss nomination, and during their acceptance speech, Outer Banks Cline and Stokes shared a passionate kiss on stage. Now that’s how you accept an award!
Breakup Rumors Started In September 2021
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Unfortunately for Netflix’s favorite couple,
Cline and Stokes sparked breakup rumors in Sept. 2021. Elite Daily reached out to reps for Cline and Stokes for comment on the rumored breakup, but did not hear back in time for publication.
On Sept. 30, TMZ posted a
video of Cline and Ross Butler, the 13 Reasons Why star, dancing together at a restaurant in Milan. And it wasn’t the only time this duo was spotted together. Throughout Fashion Week, they hung out together frequently, and they didn’t exactly shy away from posting about it. Meanwhile, Stokes was still in Miami.
But without confirmation from Stokes or Cline, only time will tell whether they are simply embracing some independence or have actually called it quits.
Although their relationship might have hit a rough patch with these breakup rumors, Cline and Stokes have a solid foundation. So there’s still hope,
Outer Banks fans! And no matter how Cline and Stokes decide to move forward, we’ll always have Sarah Cameron and John B.