The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Former Costar Emily Kinney Are Dating!

Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus at the Walking Dead season 4 premiere.
The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney are dating, sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Dawn of a Dead relationship! Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus, who met on AMC’s zombie thriller The Walking Dead, are seeing each other, sources reveal exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

"They had a connection early on in the show," says a source close to the duo, "but the romance developed recently. They're still pretty guarded about it."

After Kinney’s character, Beth, was shockingly killed off in 2014, she and Reedus, 46, who plays zombie hunter Daryl, stayed in touch through texts, appearances at fan conventions (the two are scheduled to appear at the Walker Stalker Con event in Orlando, Fla., on June 27 and 28), and at Kinney’s music gigs. Says the source, "He was one of the first to support her at her concerts when she was still on the show."

Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus - ComicCon
Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus attend AMC's "The Walking Dead" panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 25, 2014. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Recently, the dad of 15-year-old Mingus (his son with model Helena Christensen) cheered on the singer-songwriter, 29, at her May 21 show in Decatur, Ga. An eyewitness tells Us a few die-hard Dead fans noticed Reedus in the audience and got excited. "For some time everyone wanted two of the most beloved Walking Dead characters to be together, but of course, Beth was killed off," says the observer.

"She always called him the sweetest guy on the set," says the first source. When Kinney discovered she’d been written off the show, Reedus was among the first to be in touch, she revealed to Us in December 2014. "Everyone reached out, though I remember Norman texted me—he’s so sweet."

Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus - Walking Dead
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) – The Walking Dead Gene Page/AMC

Reedus and the rest of the Dead cast are in Atlanta filming Season 6 of the zombie drama and Kinney is on tour. But she told Us she travels with a keepsake from her Dead days. "I’m not as much of a collector as everyone else," she said. "(But) I have this turtle shell Norman gave me that I take everywhere."

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