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  • Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have never dated.
  • Heughan has been linked to Amy Sheals and MacKenzie Mauzy.
  • The 41-year-old Scot claims he is too busy to date.
Outlander Sam Heughan arrives for the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' "Bloodshot" held at The Regency Village on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
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Outlander star Sam Heughan has been part of one of TV’s hottest couples for five seasons and counting. As Jamie Fraser, Heughan has been steaming up screens with Caitriona Balfe’s Claire Fraser. But what about Heughan’s personal life? Who has he dated? And, does he have a girlfriend?

‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have never dated

Thanks to Heughan and Balfe’s incredible on-screen chemistry, Outlander fans have shipped the couple hard over the years. Their flirty social media behavior has also fueled rumors that the two were an item. But the co-stars have made it very clear that they are just friends.

“There’s a small vocal group that really wanted [Sam and I to get together], which is just a testament to the characters that we portray, that the love story is so inspiring and so aspirational that people just really wanted to believe in it. And that’s a nice thing,” Balfe told Parade in 2018.

Balfe married her longtime boyfriend – music producer Tony McGill – in August 2019. And, Heughan was on the guest list. The couple welcomed their first child this past summer.

The ‘Outlander’ star was once linked to Irish actress Amy Sheals

When Outlander first premiered in 2014, many fans believed that Heughan was dating Twin Peaks star Amy Sheals, even though they both denied the rumors. Shiels sent fans into a frenzy when she liked a tweet that declared she and the Scottish actor were a “beautiful couple” who could be the next Brangelina (the former couple name of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie).

Us Weekly reported four years later that Heughan was officially dating Sheals. At the time, multiple sources claimed that Heughan and Sheals had a 10-year “flirty friendship” that turned into something more.

Sam Heughan’s romance with Amy Sheals fizzled out

It became apparent in the summer of 2018 that something was, in fact, going on between Heughan and Sheals. They were spotted together at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood in the “small, low-lit bar with drinks in hand.” She also attended the premiere of his film The Spy Who Dumped Me in Los Angeles.

But since then, the duo hasn’t been spotted together. And, Heughan never publicly confirmed that he was seeing Sheals. There’s been no indication that they are still dating. So, it’s pretty safe to assume at this point that they are no longer in a relationship.

The ‘Outlander’ star was the subject of dating rumors with MacKenzie Mauzy

From late 2016 until early 2018, Heughan was linked to North Carolina native MacKenzie Mauzy. Marie Claire reported in February 2018 that Heughan and Mauzy made their first public appearance together at an Oscar Party the previous year.

The one-time couple proceeded to show up again at various events in New York City, and paparazzi occasionally caught them out together. She also showed up on his social media from time to time. But, all of that suddenly stopped in the spring of 2018, and there’s been no sign since that they are still together.

Sam Heughan doesn’t have time for relationships

Two other names that have come up in Heughan’s mysterious dating history are Cody Kennedy and Abbie Salt. But there are no public details available about those relationships because the Outlander star doesn’t talk about his private life.

Heughan has said, though, that his career has made it extremely difficult to be in a relationship. Even before he landed the job on Outlander. Ahead of season 5, Heughan told the Inquirer that he has always put his career first over his personal life.


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“Certainly, relationships are hard when you’re working in Scotland 10 months a year. I travel a lot and any downtime I have, I’m trying to do other projects, so very much, my career comes first. Maybe I will find someone eventually,” Heughan said.

Outlander season 6 premieres Sunday, March 6, 2022, on Starz.