Say it ain’t so! Outer Banks stars Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes fueled split speculation for weeks before their breakup was announced. In November 2021, multiple reports confirmed that the Netflix stars had broken up with People breaking the news.
“Madelyn and Chase are no longer together,” a source told the publication. And as for why they broke up so quietly, it reportedly had to do with the fact that they tried to work through their issues. “They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago,” the insider added.
A second source told the outlet, “They are definitely broken up.” Madelyn and a rep for Chase did not immediately respond to Life & Style‘s requests for comment regarding their split.
Madelyn and Chase first sparked split rumors in early September 2021 when followers noticed they had not been spotted out together for a while. Furthermore, any photos of the former couple together seemed to be in a group setting or promotion for Outer Banks.
People continued questioning the status of their relationship when Madelyn was seen dancing with 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler while the pair hung out during Milan Fashion Week in a video published by TMZ that same month. The duo also sat together with a group of pals while attending the Salvatore Ferragamo presentation.
While the Stranger Things actress didn’t tag Ross in any photos from her Italy trip, she did tag Outer Banks actor Jonathan Daviss. Even more surprising, her costar traveled from Milan to Miami to meet up with Chase during a boys’ trip, according to Instagram photos posted days after the fashion show.
Madelyn and Chase kept fans guessing, and on September 16, 2021, the Knives Out 2 actress posted a sweet birthday tribute for the Maryland native.
“Happiest birthday to you, nerd,” she captioned a series of four never-before-seen snapshots of Chase via her Instagram Stories.
For his part, the actor posted about his big day on his own account. “Another trip around the sun. Very thankful for everybody who has sent me messages, tagged me in things and showed so much love. Thank you. Yes, I know. I’m old. Get over it,” he wrote. Four out of the six photos Chase shared included Madelyn.
As 2021 came to an end, the duo sparked reconciliation rumors — especially in December when Chase referred to Madelyn as “one of my favorite people on planet Earth,” during an interview with Us Weekly. Then, when promotional photos for Outer Banks season 3 were released in February 2022, the stars were holding hands. They haven’t spoken publicly about where their relationship stands now.
The costars-turned-lovers met through Outer Banks, but their relationship didn’t turn romantic until they began social distancing together amid the coronavirus pandemic. In June 2020, Chase and Madelyn confirmed they were indeed a couple.
Chase told Life & Style he felt “so lucky” to be able to work alongside Madelyn. “We’re both absolutely obsessed with our job, and so to go to work with your partner and to go work on a project that you kind of have always dreamed of doing … is super exciting,” he gushed in July 2020.
That being said, Madelyn said they laid “the groundwork” beforehand to stay professional on set.
“I was like, ‘This is a big priority to me, and you know, from what I know based on how you work, it is for you too,’” she said during an appearance on The Talk in August 2021. “But I want to make sure that we hold each other accountable, and that we don’t bring anything personal that could potentially distract each other or our fellow castmates on the day. So, it wasn’t hard at all, and I really respect that about him and our relationship.”
She added, “The biggest thing for me going back to work, I was nervous, because for me my workspace was incredibly sacred. It’s very personal to me and I do not like to bring any sort of personal troubles to my workspace.”