Outlander star Caitriona Balfe has announced that she is engaged, but, to the disappointment of her fans, it’s not to her on-screen love Sam Heughan. The actress, who plays Claire Fraser on the popular Starz time-travel drama, will be marrying her long-time boyfriend Tony McGill, and she showed off her ring at the Golden Globes.
Despite crushing the hopes and dreams of Outlander enthusiasts who wished Balfe and Heughan were a real-life couple, she told People Magazine that it happened over the (holiday) break and she is very happy.
Hollywood Life reports that the 38-year-old has dated McGill for twenty years but they have kept their romance away from cameras. Fans didn’t even know about their relationship until 2015 when a friend shared a video of her sitting on McGill’s lap and playing a small flute.
Balfe was at the Golden Globes because of her third straight nomination for Best Actress in a Dramatic TV series, but she didn’t take home the trophy. Instead, Elisabeth Moss won for her lead role in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Before the awards ceremony, Heughan tweeted his support for his co-star and wished her luck.
“Good luck to our very own @caitrionambalfetonight @goldenglobes @Outlander_STARZ !!! You deserve ALL the awards. Sending our love from sunny Scotland!” wrote Heughan.
Balfe responded with three kissing emojis. The co-stars have always had great chemistry together, which led many to believe that they were together off-screen. Last summer, Elle Magazine even created a feature of sixty photos to prove that the two should be together, with many showing the two giggling or staring at each other during interviews and photo shoots.
Heughan did not receive a nomination and did not attend the awards show. But, according to Entertainment Tonight, he did accompany Balfe to the W Magazine celebration of its “Best Performances” portfolio and the Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles last week.
The actress walked the Golden Globes red carpet in a stunning black dress with feathered sleeves as part of the #TimesUp campaign supporting women’s rights in Hollywood.
Per The Daily Mail, she posted before the event that she was wearing black in solidarity with other women in the entertainment industry because time is up on silence, waiting, discrimination, harassment, and abuse. She also gave some shocking statistics, writing that in the last ten years only four percent of the top-grossing directors in the industry were female, and only seven of those directors were women of color.
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will be back for Season 4 of Outlander in 2018.