Madison Bailey Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Net Worth, Family, and More

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 12, 2024 | Updated on: February 12, 2024
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Madison Bailey is an American actress best known for her role as Kiara “Kie” Carrera in the Netflix teen drama series Outer Banks. Beginning her career in the year 2015, the 25-year-old actress has been able to give several hit TV shows and movies over the course of her career. 

Her professional accomplishments are well documented by the media outlets, but what about her personal life? Is she in a relationship at present?

Know everything about the promising actress in this writing.

Key Takeaways

  • Madison Bailey, the Outer Banks famed actress, is the adopted child of Alex Bailey and Mary Katherine Bailey.
  • Her mom Mary died due to Sepsis on August 9, 2018, at the age of 65.
  • She is the youngest among seven siblings.
  • Madison aspired to be a singer initially but later became an actor.
  • Madison now resides in Los Angeles, California with her partner.

Birth Details And Early Life

She was born on January 29, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was adopted by Alex Bailey and Mary Katherine Bailey who raised her in Kernersville, North Carolina. Unfortunately, info about her biological parents is not revealed as of yet.

As for education, she went to East Forsyth High School in Kernersville. While her adoptive parents are of white descent, Madison who stands the height of 5 feet and 8½ inches is reported to have African and Italian ancestry.

Madison Calls Her Adoptive Parents An Angel

She is not the only child whom her mom and dad adopted but there are five more. Giving a real home to six adopted children and loving them as their own child is not a small thing, isn’t it? And that might be the reason why the Black Lightning actress calls her parents an angel.

Madison was raised by her adoptive parents
Madison with her parents

Back on September 1, 2020, in an exclusive talk with V MAGAZINE, she talked about her parents and said,

 “My parents are angels. They had one kid after trying multiple times, fostered dozens of kids, and then adopted six.”

As of now, while her dad Alex is still with his children, her mom Mary passed away due to Sepsis back on August 9, 2018. She was 65 at the time of her death.

Maddie Grew Up With Her Six Siblings

Madison is the youngest child of her parents. She has six older siblings among which three are her brothers Vance, Ricky, and Greg. The other three are sisters Amanda, Kristine, and Katie.

Madison has six siblings
Young Madison with her siblings

Except for Vance who is her parents’ biological child, all others come from different households, however, they share a close relationship. Her sister Katie works with her as her stunt double in OBX for the first two seasons.

Aspired To Be Singer But Switched To Acting

From a very young age, Madison wanted to be a singer. But when it comes to pursuing her career, she chose acting. What changed her mind?

Well, talking to L’Official, the promising actress revealed the reason why she landed as an actor. She said,

“I always wanted to be a singer until I hit 13 and 14 and realized I’m actually really scared of singing in front of people. It makes me really nervous! I don’t think I’d ever pursue it on its own”

Though she is now a professional actress, she hasn’t left music totally. She is still active but more like a hobby.

Bailey Is An Accomplished Actress; How Did She Get Into Acting?

Madison has already become a big name in the American Showbiz industry. With her different characters, she has already won billions of hearts worldwide establishing herself as an accomplished Hollywood actress.

But back then she was really not interested in acting gigs. In fact, she once declined her modeling agents’s proposal to sign up for acting. But later she changed her mind. So, what made her give thought to an acting gig?

Actually, it was her high school friend who forced her to audition for their school’s musical show in her freshman year and Bailey got a part in it. With her first experience, she instantly fell in love with it and pursued acting as her profession.

TV Shows And Movies

Madison’s debut acting project was the 2015 TV series Constantine, in which she appeared as Caroline in one episode. Since then, she has been consistently working in the entertainment industry.

As of now, she has already been in more than 15 projects. Let’s have a look at some of her movies and series.


  • Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020)
  • Discarded Things (2020)
  • Nightclub Secrets (2018)

TV Shows

  • Black Lightning
  • Murder Chose Me
  • Council of Dads
  • American Horror Series

Her most acclaimed acting gig is one of the most hit Netflix drama series, Outer Banks, where she appeared alongside Rudy Pankow, Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Jonathan Daviss, Austin North, Nicholas Cirillo, & others.

Madison Is A Bracelet Designer For Pura Vida

In 2021, the young actress teamed up with a bracelet company named Pura Vida to launch her line of bracelets. The company was first started by Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman back in 2010 in Southern California.

In a partnership with the company, Bailey designed biodegradable jewelry that decomposes automatically after 180 days if buried.

Identifies Herself As Pansexual

Madison came out as pansexual in 2017, however, it gained wide media attention back in May 2020 when the Supercool actress opened up about her sexuality in a TikTok video.

Regarding her sexual identity, she once said,

[Being pansexual is] basically just loving people for people, regardless of gender or any type of sexuality or any type of anything.

According to her, she was quite confused if she was gay or bisexual before knowing who she exactly was. She was 18 when she dated a girl and considered herself gay but she used to like boys as well. So Madison thought she must be bi. In this respect, she further added,

 I went a couple of months feeling like I was bi, then I worked with a trans boy on a show and we dated.

After all this, she finally came to the conclusion that she’s instead pansexual.

Bailey Is In A Relationship With Mariah Linney 

The Outer Banks star has been dating her girlfriend Mariah Linney since 2020. They came across each other through TikTok and announced their love affair publicly through the same platform lipsyncing in a song, “I’m not falling, I’m not falling, I’m not falling … OK, I’m falling.”

Madison is in a relationship
Madison with her girlfriend

Ever since the young couple made their relationship public, the two have been sharing a lot of pictures on their socials. On Feb 26, 2023, on the occasion of Mariah’s 24th birthday, Madison wrote a beautiful note to her girlfriend on her Instagram that read,

“My girl is nothing but love and light and my favorite person to celebrate. I’m so lucky to know you. Always keeping life light and fun and reminding me to see joy in the little things. You make my world so much brighter. Happy Kobe year angel”

Before Linney, she dated a Charmed famed actor JJ Hawkins. 

Who Is Madison’s Partner, Mariah?

Mariah is a former basketball player. Madison’s partner played guard for the University of North Carolina Charlotte women’s basketball team.

Before, she was named Miss Basketball in the state of South Carolina in high school. Linney also received other titles such as Charleston’s Post and Courier Player of the Year and the USA Today High School Sports State Player of the Year.

Talking about her early life, Mariah was born on Feb 26, 1999, to Amanda Short, and OJ Linney. She did Sociology as her major subject with minors in American studies and women’s and gender studies.

Did Madison Previously Date Her Outer Banks Co-Star Rudy Pankow?

The onscreen couple Madison and Rudy never dated each other in real life. Still, there’s a rumor that they were in a relationship for some time before breaking up quietly. But yes, they always have been good friends ever since they met on the set.

At present, while Bailey is happily in a relationship with her girlfriend Mariah, Rudy has been dating Elaine Simek since November 2020.

Was Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder

In 2021, Madison talked about the mental suffering that she went through in her teenage years. In a YouTube video shared on Hi Anxiety, she said that she once had a massive breakdown and she approached her parents to take her to therapy. After that, she was clinically diagnosed with BPD.

I got my diagnosis, and that’s what I needed — a word to call it other than ‘crazy.’ I started realizing my own triggers.

She suffered mental illness and was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
Madison was diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Knowing the little things about her own anxiety matter and with a commitment to overcome it, she is living her life fully. Besides, Madison also said that BPD came as a kind of a blessing in disguise as it helped her connect with people. She also added that the condition made it easier for her to portray another character.

Is She Related To Halle Bailey?

No, Madison and Halle are not related to each other. Having a connection to the entertainment industry and a common surname made people question if the two have any family relation, however, they’re not related by blood. The only other similarity between them is they both have roots in Arizona.

Net Worth

She is reported to have a net worth of $1 million in 2024. No doubt that she earned the amount from her acting career. Further, Madison is believed to be the third-highest-paid cast of the Netflix hit show Outer Banks.