Sam Heughan is dating Amy Shiels after a years-long ‘flirty friendship’

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Many people will swear up and down that Outlander star/heartthrob Sam Heughan is a gay man. Ever since he got the role on Outlander, people have been saying that. And ever since then, Sam has insisted that no, actually, he’s not gay. It even came up again during a recent interview he did to promote The Spy Who Dumped Me, and once again, Heughan was said the gay rumors are “not true” but he doesn’t really care one way or the other what people say about him. But… I think he does care? Because it feels like Sam is rolling out a new relationship… with a lady.

It’s official! Sam Heughan and Amy Shiels are dating, multiple sources exclusively reveal to Us Weekly. The Outlander star, 38, and the Twin Peaks actress, 37, have shared a flirty friendship for more than 10 years. Fans speculated they dated in 2014 and 2016, although neither Heughan or Shiels confirmed the rumors at the time. However, the Irish actress sent fans into a frenzy in October 2014 when she liked a message via Twitter implying that she and Heughan are a “beautiful couple” who could be the next Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s infamous couple name). Earlier this month, Shiels tweeted that Hueghan would be an “obvious choice” for the next role of James Bond.

Shiels was spotted supporting Heughan on Wednesday, July 25, at the L.A. premiere of his new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. Two days after the star-studded event, the pair were then seen hanging out at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. An eyewitness tells Us that the duo stood at the hot spot’s “small, low-lit bar with drinks in hand” but did not show PDA.

[From Us Weekly]

Hm… it’s sweet if they’ve known each other years and had a base of friendship before they got involved romantically. What I always think about the actors from Ireland, Scotland and England is that in their early days, they all knew each other and they all dated at some point. I know that’s probably not true, but I’m not shocked when I hear that So-and-So British actor once dated WhatsHerFace Irish Actress back in the day, in drama school. The British/Irish acting community is small and cozy, I’m just saying. So, are Sam and Amy really dating? Or are they just friends? Or are they exes with a complicated backstory? Hm.

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  1. Paperclip468 says:

    This dude is right up there with my other PERFECTIONS: Idris Elba, Timothy Olyphant, and 90s Denzel, Antonio, and Chow Yun-fat. All just yummy! Btw, he’s at his most ‘perfect’ in Outlander when he has bangs to cover that forehead, lol.

    • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      Chow Yun-fat… *swoon*
      I took an Asian Action cinema course in college, and the first day the prof was like, if you’re just here for an easy A, think again. It was me and a bunch of nerd-bros, and I aced every test, paper… watching Chow Yun-fat was the best part. (The second best was that this was my introduction to John Woo, and my movie tastes changed forever.)

      • H says:

        Back in the day, I would buy VHS Yun-fat movies from my local Sam Goody which were in Chinese to get my John Woo fix. I don’t speak Chinese. I loved those films.

    • K-Peace says:

      This blond guy does absolutely nothing for me; he looks extremely bland & boring. But maybe it’s because I haven’t seen him in any shows or movies. Chow Yun-fat–Now that is a HOT man. He’s been among my very favorite actors ever since I saw “Crouching Tiger” back in 2000.

      • Wood Dragon says:

        Me neither. He’s pretty…and that’s it. Maybe he’ll become a more interesting presence as he ages.
        Definitely NOT Bond material though.

      • KB says:

        I don’t typically like blond guys, but he’s definitely one of those that is better in motion.

      • Jess says:

        I agree with KB. I’d seen the story earlier about him and had no interest. The pictures aren’t that appealing and I normally don’t care for blonde dudes. But after seeing The Spy Who Dumped Me last night (loved it – the emphasis on the friendship made it a really uplifting movie), I’m hot for him. He is muy sexy in that role.

      • Another Anne says:

        He has a lot of charisma on screen. If you watched Outlander, you’d definitely get it.

    • Nicegirl says:

      90s Denzel, love it

  2. Xi Tang says:

    Sure he is.

  3. Squirrelgirl says:

    So… I’m confused. I follow his (now “ex girlfriend” I guess??) on Instagram and they literally celebrated their 3 year anniversary last month. If he’s rolling out a new girlfriend then…. Sure Jan.

    • KB says:

      Mackenzie Mauzy, right? They went to Oscar parties together this year and they’ve walked several red carpets. This post makes it seem like him dating a woman is a new thing.

      ETA: I looked at that post you were talking about and the comments are claiming it’s celebrating 3 years living in Santa Monica, which would be kind of weird, but who knows?

      • Squirrelgirl says:

        KB she posted a story about the two of them together as well… The Santa Monica post was so vague I wasn’t sure it was about Sam.

        I just think the whole situation is odd.

  4. Talie says:

    I honestly thought he had something going with Jenna Dewan the way they were flirting with each other on Kelly & Ryan the other day.

  5. T says:

    I don’t even get why anyone’s sexual orientation is a story. Who someone is attracted to doesn’t matter to me in the slightest – unless I’m interested in dating said person and they are into the opposite sex, then it would matter to me in that particular instance. That anyone feels that they cannot be open about who they are for fear of judgement, or worse!, is just one of many things wrong with our society that deeply troubles me. That being said, I think we should be talking about Sam as an actor – you may or may not like him, and as a person – every story I’ve ever read or heard about him is about a kind and generous man who is endlessly humble and always appreciative to his fans.
    And if you want to judge some suit he wears to an event, go for it. But I don’t care whether he has a man or a woman on his arm.

    • Jessica says:


    • Skippy says:

      Yes, this.

    • Gretchen says:

      Exactly. How many times does he have to answer this question? It’s incredibly rude to pester people about their sexuality.

      I’ll happily gossip about what celebrities do, say, wear and openly date etc, but their *private* romantic and sexual lives are none of my business.

  6. corrine says:

    I have no idea who these people are, I feel so out of the gossip loop. Truly never heard these names before!

  7. minxx says:

    I love his Jamie Fraser. Gay or not, he was born to play this role.

    • Tigerlily says:

      He really was! I had read Outlander before the series came out and he just seemed perfect as Jamie. I wasn’t quite as sure about Claire….

  8. Valiantly Varnished says:

    He had been in long term relationship with another actress before this. I follow him on Instagram and she was all over his page. I had no idea they had broken up. He definitely has a type. Blonde and non-descript.

    • YMMV says:

      He posted one photo with her while they dated on his IG. That is not my definition of being all over his page. YMMV though.

  9. Call_me_al says:

    Maybe it’s because I love Jamie Fraser and Sam Vaughan so much, but I do feel protective when people repeatedly question Sam’s stated orientation. It feels a little like harassment. If an LGBTQ person doesn’t feel ready to come out, can anyone judge that decision?