The on-screen chemistry between Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (Jamie and Claire Fraser) is undeniable, and their off-screen flirtatious friendship is so sweet that dating rumors have swirled for years. Every time the rumors surface both stars shut them down, but they just keep coming back. Is it possible that this time the rumors of a real-life romance between Heughan and Balfe are actually true?
The hot, steamy scenes between Heughan and Balfe in Outlander make it easy to believe that there is something more going on between them. But, Balfe has made it clear in interviews that she and Heughan are simply friends and co-workers.
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Well la di da … they let us out of the woods, scrubbed us up clean and sent us off to a fancy party!!! Thank you @bafta for having us. Sorry @samheughan didn’t bother with his bow-tie … it’s just he is THAT cool, he doesn’t need one. And thank you @audiuk for the chariots !!! 😘
“Honestly I’m tired of that conversation. This is fantasy and this is our job,” Balfe told Entertainment Weekly in 2016. “We are very different in our private life. We are best friends. From the moment we met, we got along. Sam is one of the most generous people you’ll ever meet. Such a great guy, no ego involved.”
Balfe obviously has a lot of love and respect for Heughan, but he’s not the only man in her life. Balfe has been dating a man named Tony McGill for more than two years, and the couple got engaged during the holidays last year.
Balfe and McGill keep their relationship so private that cameras have spotted them together a total of two times: once at the 2016 ceremony for Jodie Foster when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then again in 2017 at the Oscar Wilde Awards.
There have also been rumors that Balfe is pregnant, but she shot those down, too, with one tweet. The 39-year-old wrote that she isn’t pregnant, just on her period and bloated.
As for Heughan, he is reportedly dating actress Amy Shiels, but he says it saddens him that fans are so disappointed by the fact that he and Balfe aren’t romantically involved. However, he notes that it must mean that he and Balfe have done a good job. Heughan has nothing but good things to say about his co-star, who he describes as “wonderful” and a “very good friend.”
Starz has named Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as their official candidates for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories at this year’s Emmy Awards, so a nomination for both of them is possible. The pair have already started shooting Season 5 of Outlander, which will most likely premiere on Starz later this year.