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'Chicago PD's Jesse Lee Soffer's 'Super-Close' Romance with Sophia Bush Was Hid behind On-Screen Feelings

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 23, 2022
09:00 P.M.
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The relationship between Sophia Bush and Jesse Lee Soffer's characters on "Chicago P.D." kept fans intrigued and coming back for more. However, there was more to the actors' relationship off-screen.

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Jesse Lee Soffer's character as Detective Jay Halstead in "Chicago P.D." is a handsome and rugged officer who always keeps viewers locked on their screens. However, the star's life off-screen is surprisingly and unexpectedly equally as enthralling.

The busy actor tends not to have much time for his personal life outside of work, so it isn't surprising that Soffer has found love on-set in the past. He and a co-star had an on-screen and off-screen romance.

Jesse Lee Soffer as Detective Jay Halstead and Sophia Bush as Detective Erin Lindsay on season 3 of "Chicago P.D." on April 14, 2016 | Photo: Matt Dinerstein/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

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SECRETLY DATING

Soffer initially met fellow actor Sophia Bush on the set of the series "Chicago P.D." Their characters later started seeing each other on the show.

Then in August 2014, an E! News source claimed Soffer and Bush had been "secretly dating" for more than three months. The insider revealed that only the stars' closest friends knew about their relationship.

Jesse Lee Soffer and Sophia Bush visit "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 19, 2014, in Universal City, California | Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

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The source also noted how Soffer was sweet and that the couple was cute together. However, a second insider disputed the claims saying the actress was single at the time.

The informant claimed that the "Chicago P.D." cast was just "super-close," and they loved "spending every waking moment together." The source said the colleagues just had good chemistry together.

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GROWING APART

According to E! News, Soffer, and Bush tried to keep their romantic relationship a secret for the first few months, but word eventually got out. By June 2015, it appeared the relationship had run its course.

The publication confirmed that the actress and actor had ended their relationship after dating for almost a year. Just Jared broke the news with their source alleging that the couple "grew apart."

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Besides Bush and Soffer's real-life relationship, the pair also had a romantic one on-screen. Their characters were a big part of each others' lives, and Lindsay had frequent scenes with Halstead.

Sadly, Bush left the series, and Soffer confessed that it was hard adjusting to her departure, mainly because the "Chicago P.D." cast was like family. The actor said it was "difficult" losing Bush on the show.

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SPARKING RUMORS

In September 2015, Bush and Soffer sparked rumors that they'd rekindled their relationship when seen on an outing over the weekend in New York City. The duo was photographed holding hands as they walked together.

The two stars allegedly also gave onlookers some innocent public displays of affection during their stroll. The sighting had fans hopeful that Soffer and Bush had gotten back together.

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It wasn't clear if the former couple was back together, but they seemed to be in each other's lives. In July 2015, Soffer shared an Instagram photo of him having dinner with "Chicago P.D." creator Dick Wolf at the Palm Restaurant.

The actor credited Bush as the photographer in the post's caption, meaning she was included in the outing. In September 2015, Soffer shared an image of him and Bush on-set in a police uniform on Twitter.

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Again in October 2016, Soffer took to his Instagram account to share how close he still was with Bush. He uploaded a photo of them with two friends at a World Series baseball game.

The star revealed that he and Bush were both Chicago Cubs supporters and were rooting for the team. The group was all kitted out in Chicago Cubs caps, with one person sporting the team's sweater.

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Despite the many sightings and shared images, there was never any confirmation that the former couple was dating again. However, Bush wasn't the only co-star that Soffer started dating while working with them.

DATING ANOTHER CO-STAR

In August 2018, an Us Weekly source, who claimed to be a friend, revealed that Soffer and Torrey DeVitto were dating. The insider said the "Chicago P.D." star and the "Chicago Med" actress "complement each other beautifully."

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The couple confirmed the news on their own when they shared social media images together. During that same month, Soffer and DeVitto traveled abroad all the way to Scotland.

On August 9, 2018, the "Pretty Little Liars" actress shared an Instagram photo of her embracing Soffer. About two weeks later, the actor shared a flashback Friday photo of himself with the actress recalling their trip to Scotland.

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CONFIRMING THE RELATIONSHIP

On September 6, 2018, Soffer confirmed that he was indeed seeing DeVitto. He confessed while at an NBC press day in New York City where he happily revealed how the relationship was going, stating:

“It’s great, it’s awesome.”

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Later that month, DeVitto also admitted that she was dating Soffer. She told Us Weekly that it felt great for them to finally be open about their relationship and that everything was going well.

The former couple [Torrey DeVitto and Jesse Lee Soffer] had chosen to remain friends but were now  both single.

The actress shared that she was happier than she'd ever been. She revealed that she and Soffer would stay home and watch a good show together on date nights because they were homebodies.

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Soffer's character on "Chicago P.D." was also slated to have a crossover appearance on "Chicago Med." His character's brother Will, played by Nick Gehlfuss, was set to propose to DeVitto's Natalie at the end of the last season.

Soffer said he was doing a lot of appearances on DeVitto's series, but he wasn't going to star alongside his girlfriend. He shared that he and the actress were barely on set simultaneously.

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Instead, most of the time, Soffer was working with Gehlfuss. He admitted that it was completely different from when he worked with the actor compared to when Devitto worked with Gehlfuss.

REMAINING FRIENDS

Sadly in May 2019, Us Weekly revealed through a source close to DeVitto and Soffer that the couple had ended their relationship eight months after they started dating. The former couple had chosen to remain friends but were now both single.

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