'Stranger Things' Couple Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton Are So in Love IRL

Are you counting down the days to May 27? Do you find yourself strangely attracted to Hopper? Have you taken to dressing like you’re living in the 1980s? Do you drink only New Coke even though it’s objectively disgusting? Diagnosis: You’re obsessed with Stranger Things and fully wish the show were real. Sadly/thank-god-because-monsters, it’s not—but! Nancy and Jonathan are dating IRL and have been since season 1. And considering season 1 started filming in 2016 and season 4 is about to drop, that means they’ve been together for six full years. Which also means we have a lot of ground to cover.

While Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton relationship is extremely low-key, much like my smoldering attraction to Billy’s mullet, it’s also extremely cute. Let’s dive in!

September 9, 2016

This is the first time Natalia shows up on Charlie’s Instagram account!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKJ6pluAvai/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

Fine, they’re with friends, but still—fans are immediately like:


September 14, 2016

A few days later, Charlie shows up on Natalia’s IG. In other words, the plot thickens.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKVM2QLhkR4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial)

September 22, 2016 (and July 16, 2017)

At this point, the fandom is thirsting, much like the Demogorgons thirsted on everyone’s internal organs in season 2, so Charlie and Natalia start trolling the world with matching IG posts (a year apart, but still).

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKruK6fhcsx/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWnieBAhvMl/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

October 29, 2016

They even do Halloween together! Although, fine, it was technically a group costume.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMK_UEZBLEN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

January 9, 2017

Natalia and Charlie are spotted leaving LAX and naturally, everyone is like, SEE I KNEW IT, RECEIPTS!

January 11, 2017

Charlie has fans even more convinced they’re dating when he posts a photo of himself wearing Natalia’s shoes:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPIV2l4BlnX/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

March 16, 2017

Natalia and Charlie post pics on the same day and everyone assumes they’re hanging out.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRuLZJghiMD/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRuZP5whEV1/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

At this point, it’s like, friends…let’s stop this charade. The game is up.

March 23, 2017

TMZ catches Natalia and Charlie at the airport (the video has since been deleted), and—due to having zero chill and not knowing how to read a room—asks point-blank if they’re dating. Natalia’s non-answer? “Whether people are dating or just hanging out, I think our cast is just cool with each other.”

LOL, kay.

October 4, 2017

Natalia and Charlie essentially confirm they’re a couple when they’re photographed holding hands while walking down the street:

November 7, 2017

And then they’re spotted looking deeply emo in Paris:

November 10, 2017

And then they’re spotted kissing, which quite literally seals the deal.

December 4, 2017

Charlie and Natalia make their first public appearance as a couple, looking v. glam:

January 13, 2018

Charlie wishes Natalia a happy birthday with the cutest, flirtiest post ever:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd5yrr8B69d/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

March 14, 2018

Tabloids report the couple has broken up, with a source telling Life & Style, “Charlie broke it off with Natalia. She’s heartbroken. She doesn’t know what went wrong.”

Well, L-O-freaking-L, because that same day, Charlie and Natalia are spotted at the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump event at Poppy in Los Angeles. (Sorry, no pic, but they were there!)

April 14, 2018

And then the next month, they hit up Coachella together, along with literally every other celebrity ever.

Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer at Coachella on April 15, 2018 pic.twitter.com/LaEUS7zBLQ

September 18, 2018

And finally, they go IG-official on Charlie’s feed.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn4wz44hkho/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

September 14, 2018

And then they show up on a red carpet doing whatever this cute thing is with their hands:

February 27, 2019

Now that the floodgates are open, Charles talks about dating Natalia to V Man, saying, “You can break the walls down with your partner. Because we work in the same industry and have had similar trajectories, we’ve gone through it together. Sharing that does bring you closer. They understand something that maybe no one else would. You go into high-pressure situations together but you can share those insecurities or whatever they are. The great, happy times too…really fucking sweet!”

July 1, 2019

Natalia gives a rare quote about Charlie, telling Refinery29, “It’s an interesting thing to work with somebody who you go home with. It’s always really fun. We’re really comfortable with each other. So we can play and feel more free, and we can talk about it before.”

July 4, 2019

Charlie and Natalia show up for the premiere of Stranger Things 3, looking very much like a couple:

January 13, 2020

Charlie wishes Natalia a happy birthday with THEE SWEETEST PHOTO EVER? (Sorry, I’m deep in my feelings rn):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7R2AWYJyVo/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton)

January 19, 2020

They couple show up at another carpet together looking all kinds of glam:

December 9, 2021

After a long stretch with no public appearances due to the pandemic of it all, Charlie and Natalia are spotted attending a party in London, an appearance that can best be described as flawless.

May 6, 2022

Natalia tells Cosmo UK that she doesn’t really get why everyone is so invested in her and Charlie’s relationship:

Fair! And she also talks a bit about how she and Charlie started dating, saying, “We were colleagues first. It’s a standard, natural thing that would’ve happened either way. We work on the same show—naturally we would do interviews together and things like that. The weirdest thing about [our relationship] is other people’s perception and reaction to it. Everything else just feels very human.”

And that’s it, but fear not, we’ll be updating this timeline with new developments as they come.

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