There’s nothing I love more than on-screen couples creating real-life love stories of their own, and Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things, aka Jonathan Byers and Nancy Wheeler, are no exception. If you thought the intense on-screen chemistry between these two just had to be real, you were right. They’ve been quietly dating since early 2017, and have kept their off-screen romance on the extra low DL. But that doesn’t make Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer’s quotes about each other any less sweet. In fact, they’ll have you rooting for them as hard as you root for Jonathan and Nancy.
The rumor mill started turning about Heaton and Dyer’s possible relationship when he posted his first picture with her on Instagram in September 2016. Granted, there was someone else in the picture, but anything is enough to cause fans to speculate about a romance brewing. A few days later Dyer posted her first picture of Heaton and trolled him in the caption, writing, "Wow congrats @charlie.r.heaton on his new one man show Stranger Wings!! Sure gonna miss you s2 but happy you’re doing what you love??❤️." Over the next few years, Dyer and Heaton continued to post pictures of or with each other on social media, but they never verbally confirmed their relationship to paparazzi or interviewers.
In March 2017, TMZ asked Dyer and Heaton if they were dating, and they responded as coyly as humanly possible. "Whether people are dating or just hanging out, I think our cast is just cool with each other," Dyer told the publication. A few months later, in October 2017, the two were spotted holding hands in New York, Cosmopolitan reports.
In January 2018, Dyer coyly told Us Weekly that Heaton is "all right, I guess. He doesn’t mess up our scenes too much! No, he’s great. He’s talented, like everybody in the cast. They’re all super, just great to work with." In the months that followed, they began attending red carpets together, and even held hands on a carpet in September 2018.
But it wasn’t until February 2019 that Heaton verbally confirmed his relationship with Dyer during an interview with V Man Magazine, saying, "Because we work in the same industry and have had similar trajectories, we’ve gone through it together. Sharing that does bring you closer."
See below for more adorably heartwarming things these two have said about each other.
She likes the fact that she gets to go home with him after a long day of filming.
— Natalia Dyer to Refinery 29
He feels the same way.
— Charlie Heaton to V Man
She likes to keep her private life private, hence the whole "not confirming it all those years" thing.
— Natalia Dyer to Refinery 29, on her personal life
Working together has brought them even closer.
— Charlie Heaton to V Man
If you needed any more reasons to love the real-life Jonathan and Nancy, there you have it. These two seem to be really happy together, and I’m living for it. I can’t wait to see what comes next, for both Heaton and Dyer, and Stranger Things Season 4.
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