Are Outer Banks stars Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow dating in real life?

Outer Banks. (L to R) Madison Bailey as Kiara, Rudy Pankow as JJ in episode 304 of Outer Banks. Cr. Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022
Outer Banks. (L to R) Madison Bailey as Kiara, Rudy Pankow as JJ in episode 304 of Outer Banks. Cr. Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022 /

We can’t wait to see our favorite Pogues journey on a new adventure in Outer Banks season 3. We’re even more excited to see what new romantic pairings will emerge this season. Based on the sneak peek video, Cleo and Pope (Carlacia Grant and Jonathan Davis) may have a thing going on. But they aren’t the only ones. Kiara and JJ (Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow) might also get together this season. They share an intimate moment in the sneak peek video and are even almost about to kiss in the trailer. Move out of the way, John B and Sarah (Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline). A new couple might be on the rise!

Kiara and JJ are best friends but have always had a flirtatious relationship. In fact, JJ has even tried to get together with Kiara in the past but was denied. They’ve been there for each other in their most challenging times and are very protective of each other. However, romantic feelings have never been discussed because there’s the whole rule of Pogues not being able to be with other Pogues. Then, it was unclear who Kiara really liked out of John B, Pope, and JJ.

But it looks like JJ will be moved out of the friend zone in Outer Banks season 3, and it’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out. While we don’t know if Kiara and JJ will actually get together in the new season, we do know whether the actors behind the characters are together in real life.

If you’re curious about the Outer Banks stars’ relationship status, all you have to do is continue reading because we shared whether Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow are dating.

Are Outer Banks stars Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow dating?

I hate to be the person to break the news to all the Madison and Rudy shippers, but the gifted actors are not together in real life. They’re just really good friends who have great chemistry. Actually, they’re currently in relationships with other people.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Mariah Linney and Madison Bailey attend the Netflix Premiere of Outer Banks Season 3 at Regency Village Theatre on February 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix) /

Who is Madison Bailey dating in 2023?

Sorry guys and gals, but Madison is off the market. She’s currently in a relationship with former UNC Charlotte basketball player Mariah Linney. They met through the popular video-sharing app, TikTok, in 2020. Madison saw Mariah’s TikTok videos, and then found her on Instagram and messaged her about meeting up. They met in person and the rest is history. They often post cute couple photos on their respective Instagram pages, make cute TikToks together, and leave flirty comments under each other posts. We’re so happy to see Madison happy!

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 22: Rudy Pankow and Elaine Siemek attend as Vanity Fair Hosts Vanities Party: A Night For Young Hollywood at Musso & Frank on March 22, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/WireImage) /

Who is Rudy Pankow dating in 2023?

Rudy is also not available. He’s been in a relationship with film photographer and assistant on OBX, Elaine Siemek since November 2020. They met on the set of the teen series and things moved right along from there. While they may not be as open about their relationship as Madison and Mariah, they do post photos of one another on their social media pages every now and then.

So there you have it, folks! Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow are not dating in real life. They are currently in loving relationships with their girlfriends.

Be sure to catch Outer Banks season 3, landing on Netflix on Feb. 23.

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