Chad, who still starred alongside both of them at the time, said of the romance, "Sophia and I are both professional and mature enough to get through it." Sadly, it wasn't a long-term relationship — the two ended things amicably in April 2009.Sophia & Austin were first linked in January 2006, but it wasn't too serious of a relaysh.(After all, her marriage to Chad had only recently been finalized.) By 2008, he joined the series as Julian because he wanted to be with her.But, in case you forgot, Sophia & James dated from May '08 to April '09. In May 2010, Sophia admitted that she and Austin had been on and off for 4 years, but seemed co-stars — Chad's longtime love, Kenzie, was an extra on the show.It lasted nearly a year before James reportedly called it off. In 2010, soon after her split with James, Shantel began seeing her on-screen love, Robert, who played Clay, in real life.In December 2005, shortly after the demise of his marriage, Chad began dating Kenzie.3 months later, the two announced their engagement.
While their on-screen characters had a tumultuous relationship, their off-screen relationship seemed like a dream, getting engaged by May 2004, and marrying on April 16, 2005.
But the fairy tale for Lucas & Brooke was short-lived both on the show and IRL, as they separated 5 months later after Chad reportedly cheated on Sophia with Nathan & Brooke hooked up once on the show, so it's only fitting that James & Sophia gave love a try in real life as well.
While that may seem fast, they certainly weren't itching to run down the aisle, as the two remained engaged until they called it quits in March 2013... James must've not been too upset about his breakup with Sophia 'cause 2 months after they split, he was hooking up with his on-screen sister-in-law, Shantel.
Shantel joined the series as Quinn in 2009, and almost immediately began dating James.
Like, come on, look how good looking they are — how could they not test the waters?
In May 2008, more than a year after Sophia's marriage to Chad was finito, J & S were an item.