2016 was a rough year for the girls of Glee. Despite Dianna Agron & Becca Tobin‘s respective weddings, there were far more breakups to discuss, including Naya Rivera‘s sudden divorce from husband Ryan Dorsey, Lea Michele‘s two splits (first from Matthew Paetz; second from Robert Buckley), Melissa Benoist‘s separation from husband/former Glee co-star Blake Jenner and Lauren Potter‘s called-off engagement to longtime love Timothy Spear.
But, perhaps, 2017 will be a better year for the ladies of the Fox dramedy. After all, it looks like love might be in the air for one of ’em: Melissa Benoist.
Following the late-December announcement of her divorce from her 24-year-old hubby, the 28-year-old Supergirl actress is reportedly taking things to the next level with one of her co-stars from her CW superhero television series, Chris Wood. You probably remember the 28-year-old hottie as the guy you hate to love and love to hate on The Vampire Diaries, Kai Parker.
The cutie, who was once linked to Nina Dobrev, reportedly broke up with his Containment co-star/longtime girlfriend, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, earlier this year. Since then, he’s been featured opposite Melissa on her TV show — the two even lock lips on occasion on the program. So, when she was recently spotted walking her dog, as well as his dog, Drift, in Vancouver, the new-couple buzz surged.
Though she could have simply been doing a nice thing for a friend, fans are hopeful. And if they are a couple, then this wouldn’t be the first time a Glee girl and a Vampire Diaries guy got together. Remember, back in the day, Jenna Ushkowitz & Michael Trevino had a long-term relationship, before they called it quits in 2014.
The Glee cast is all about spreading the love. Here are eight pairs of Glee co-stars that gave love a try in real life:
Lea Michele & Cory Monteith
The year Glee first aired, Lea began dating Theo Stockman, a star of Broadway's American Idiot, and Cory was still dating model Julie Vardalos. But, after Cory & Julie called it quits in 2010, and Lea & Theo called it quits in 2011, the on-screen love interests gave off-screen romance a try.
The beautiful pair known as Monchele (or Finchel, on the show) stayed together until Cory, unexpectedly, passed away in July 2013.
Lea Michele & Matthew Morrison
No, Cory wasn't the first Glee guy to hit it off with Lea off screen.
Circa 2007, long before Glee was even a glimmer, the young woman who brought Rachel Berry to life on the small screen began seeing the man who brought Mr. Schu to life on the small screen!
"When we shot the [Glee] pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time," she recalled in her 2014 book, Brunette Ambition. "I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years." Wait, here comes the kicker: "In fact we'd actually dated back in the day."
Melissa Benoist & Blake Jenner
Marley & Ryder's real-life counterparts hit it off instantly, starting a relationship practically when he arrived on set after his Glee Project win.
The two reportedly kicked off their coupledom in February 2012 — 9 months before his first episode ever aired — got engaged in July 2013 and TIED THE KNOT in April 2015!
Mark Salling & Naya Rivera
The relationship between Puck & Santana's alter egos is one for the books.
From February to May 2010, the two had somewhat of a ~thing~; supposedly, it was never exclusive... but that didn't keep Naya from getting jealous of the attention he was giving other women.
So, what's a jealous girl to do? She took a note from Carrie Underwood and dug a key into the side of his pretty little souped up four-wheel drive. That's right, she reportedly keyed, as well as egged, his car!
When Ryan Seacrest asked Mark about the report, he didn't deny it, but joked that he wished she'd thrown "some mushrooms" on there, too. "They should throw a cheeseburger at my car. I'd appreciate that!"
Naya Rivera & Chord Overstreet
Post-Mark, there were rumors swirling that Naya started hooking up with another one of her on-screen love interests, Chord (a.k.a. Sam Evans), after the two were spotted holding hands at her birthday party.
Naya denied the claims, saying, "Don't interlock fingers with your friends! That's the moral of the story." But, let's be honest, people pull the "just friends" card all the time.
Kevin McHale & Jenna Ushkowitz
Before Jenna began her 4-year relationship with The Vampire Diaries' Michael Trevino, she was heavily rumored to be hooking up with her first Glee love interest, Kevin, especially after they were spotted getting cozy on the beach in Monaco in 2010.
A romantic relationship between them wasn't built to last, but at least Artie & Tina's real-life counterparts remained great friends afterwards.
Kevin McHale & Dianna Agron
During the episode in which New Directions headed to New York City, Kevin & Dianna were spotted holding each other and whispering in one another's ear on set, leading some members of the public to freak out over a real-life love affair between Artie & Quinn.
And get this — when host Billy Bush asked Dianna which of her co-stars she found to be most dateable, she responded, "I'm gonna go with Kevin. I love him." Whether or not it actually happened is up in the air, but there was definite potential.
Amber Riley & Kevin McHale
We never heard this before researching, but there are actually some reports that the real-life versions of Mercedes & Artie gave a go at a relationship around the time the show first premiered. No details; simply "Kevin McHale and Amber Riley had a relationship." WOW.