Outlander's Caitriona Balfe Got Engaged During The Show's Hiatus

Fans across the world ship Jamie and Claire's romance on the Starz series Outlander, but if you were hoping that romance might extend further than the TV series, your hopes are definitely going to be dashed in short order. During the 2018 Golden Globes, Outlander actress Caitriona Balfe revealed she is engaged, flashing her sparkling new ring on the red carpet. She also revealed the engagement happened while Outlander was on hiatus.

Of course, those in the know about Caitriona Balfe's personal life should already know she has been dating Tony McGill for a couple of years. The two have kept their relationship fairly under wraps, and McGill really hasn't popped up too often when Caitriona Balfe is in the limelight. Their public relationship even began rather innocuously, as Balfe was seen sitting on McGill's lap in a clip on social media. They later attended Jodie Foster's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony and have been seen in public together a few times.

During the Golden Globes, Balfe told People that the proposal came during the time that Outlander was taking a break from filming. That's rather a bit of a feat. Outlander is known for its long filming times. When two seasons were commissioned for the show, it shot for 11 months straight, in locations as exotic as South Africa. Then, there are the interview and awards responsibilities that also come with starring on a popular and critically acclaimed TV series. It's hard enough maintaining a relationship with such a busy schedule, much less start moving forward with wedding plans during this time in her career. Nonetheless, she seems pumped to make it happen. Per the actress,

It happened over the break. I'm very happy.

We can't help but be excited for the Outlander actress. As Claire Fraser, Caitriona Balfe gets to live out an epic, moving and steamy romance on our TV screens each week, and it's also perfect that she gets to live out a fulfilling relationship in her personal life, as well. We'll let you know as soon as any information regarding the upcoming nuptials of Caitriona Balfe and Tony McGill are revealed. Although, considering how private the two have been so far, we may want to expect the trend to continue.

If you're still more interested in shipping Jamie and Claire, that TV-oriented relationship won't be going anywhere, anytime soon, either. Outlander was renewed for Season 4 quite some time ago, and spokespeople for Sony TV have been talking about hopefully announcing the show for Season 5 very soon. In total so far, eight books have been written in Diana Gabaldon's book series, a series the Starz drama is based on. A ninth book is also reportedly on the way, so Outlander should be around for a long while, yet.

Jessica Rawden
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