Thousands of fans have been linking Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe with each other despite the duo’s claims that they are nothing more than friends. Recently, the “Outlander” Season 3 lead actress came under fire after allegedly throwing shade to her on-screen partner.

‘Money Monster’ actress poked fun at her leading man

Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies sat down with Entertainment Weekly Canada recently for an interview wherein they were solicited to give comments on Sam Heughan’s latest magazine cover. “I think it’s all makeup,” the “Outlander” Season 3 actress teasingly stated while holding the latest issue of Men’s Health South Africa magazine.

Menzies added that Heughan’s photo could have undergone a series of editing via Photoshop. The statements of Balfe and her co-star infuriated some fans who quickly defended the Scottish actor from the STARZ artist’s remarks.

One of Sam Heughan’s follower said that his photo is legit. Another fan stated that his abs are not sham and said, “No way in hell that’s makeup … more like dedication, and maybe whiskey.”

However, Caitriona Balfe later clarified her statement and said that her leading man worked so hard to achieve his toned body. The “Outlander” Season 3 actress furthered that Heughan has been working out daily.

Sam Heughan did not take Balfe and Menzies’ comments personally.

In fact, the boyfriend of MacKenzie Mauzy retorted to his co-artists with two words: “Chicken makeup.”

Will Jamie, Claire Fraser reunite in the imminent third season?

Meanwhile, Caitriona Balfe has confirmed to Elle that the series’ lead characters are totally reuniting in “Outlander” Season 3. However, the leading lady of Sam Heughan teased fans that the get-together is going to be awkward and emotional at the same time.

For starters, Jamie and Claire Fraser got separated for 20 years after the latter decided to go back to the 20th century. Fortunately, the star-crossed lovers will still be reconnected with each other in the latter part of the third installment.

The 37-year-old actress added that fans should expect more steamy bed scenes in the upcoming season.

She furthered that the first few episodes of the third installment are going to feature the separation of Jamie and Claire Fraser; hence, fans are advised to stretch their patience as the highly-anticipated print shop reunion is reportedly happening in the finale.

Outlander” Season 3 is set to premiere in 2017 on STARZ channel. Stay tuned for more updates about Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.