Fans are convinced Paul Mescal and Ayo Edebiri have just soft-launched their ‘relationship’
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 18
Paul Mescal and Ayo Edibiri posted an adorable picture for St Patrick’s Day (Picture: Ayoedebiri/Instagram)

is an opportunity for Irish icons to celebrate together and Ayo Edebiri took the chance to party with fellow countryman .

The Bottoms star has leaned into her Irish heritage, giving shout-outs to Cork and in acceptance speeches after a meme erupted and she was adopted by the proud country.

It seems her love for Ireland may go further than just this meme as she posted a cosy snap with the star to celebrate St Paddy’s on her Instagram story.

The pair, both 28, sparked dating rumours as they sat closely together, laughing as Paul’s arm rested on Ayo’s leg and she wrapped her arm around his shoulder.

‘Happy St Paddy’s!’ wrote , who was previously thought to be dating actor and writer Colin Burgess.

Just weeks before meeting and posing with in a trio for pictures, Paul had been , 28.

The pair have sparked dating rumours (Picture: Ayoedebiri/Instagram)
They’ve met multiple times and seem to get on well (Picture: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images)

His dating life has been in the spotlight during the Normal People actor’s rise to fame, partly due to his high-profile relationship with Phoebe Bridgers.

Their two-year relationship is thought to have ended in late 2022 or early 2023 after engagement rumours, with the 29-year-old singer now dating Bo Burnham.

Paul has kept tight-lipped on the split but told he is over his relationships and said: ‘It’s nobody else’s business because it’s indecent.’

‘And it’s unkind,’ he continued. ‘Honest answer, it makes me angry… It’s the entitlement to the information that people expect that just drives me mad.’

While he has been quiet about his relationships, the actor has been keen to share his enthusiasm for co-star and

Ayo and Paul hung out with Andrew Scott and Alison Oliver at the Baftas (Picture: Carlo Paloni/BAFTA via Getty Images)
The Bear actress has been adopted by Ireland (Picture: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images)

‘To get to share the screen with him, to me, is one of the greatest professional and personal privileges of my life,’ he shared while on ’s .

‘He’s an extraordinary human being,’ continued Paul as Andrew blushed and told him to ‘shut up’.

Ayo’s celebration of St Patrick’s Day could simply be an indication that she is continuing the meme that she is Irish, which has been embraced by outlets in Ireland and beyond.

The American actress, who has Barbadian and Nigerian heritage, sparked the joke when she claimed she starred in The Banshees of Inisherin as the donkey, Jenny.

‘I lived in Ireland for about four months and I got really in character,’ she joked to Letterboxd in an Irish accent. ‘I was on all fours for four months and it was really painful, but beautiful as well.’ has reached out to Paul and Ayo’s reps for comment.