Outlander fans have wanted Caitriona Balfe and her on-screen husband Sam Heughan to date IRL since season one.
However, the Irish actress has been tied to music producer, Tony McGill, for almost as long as the hit Starz show has been airing.
The couple first sparked romance rumours in January 2015 (per People) after a friend posted a video of them.
In the since-deleted clip, Balfe sits on McGill’s lap playing the flute for a group of friends in a bar.
The following year, the pair were seen together in public for the first time at Jodie Foster’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.
Balfe finally revealed something about their relationship two years later.
During a 2018 appearance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, Balfe explained how she and McGill met.
She said (per The Irish Independent): “I met him through one of my best friends. Which I think is the best kind of introduction you can get.”
McGill doesn’t seem to have social media and likes to keep his life private although he has accompanied Balfe to many events, including the Oscar Wilde Awards in February 2017, BAFTA-related events in 2018 and 2019, and the 2020 Oscars.
Balfe said: “He’s a very shy person and doesn’t like much talking about him.”
In August 2019, Balfe and McGill married privately in the U.K.
She told The Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2020: “What was most beautiful about it is that I had my very close family and friends there.”
On Aug. 18, 2021, the couple welcomed their first child together, having never revealed Balfe’s pregnancy.
Balfe, who filmed Outlander Season 6 while pregnant, announced the news of her son’s birth on Instagram.
She wrote that the couple were so grateful for their “little soul.”
The actress continued: “I’m in awe of him already and can’t help stare and wonder at all the possibilities of who he will become, where he will go and what he’ll do on the big adventure of his life.”
Balfe and McGill kept additional details about their son, including his name, private.
In 2022, Balfe told Vanity Fair: “When you have a kid, you become really protective.”
She added: “I don’t want those crazies — because that’s what they are — I just don’t want them talking about him,” referring to the “stans” who have conspiracy theories about her son’s true parentage.
Balfe, McGill, and their son lead a private life, and are clearly thankful for it.