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Mark Grossman began portraying Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless in March of 2019, and his first scenes came in May. Sharon Case has been playing Sharon Newman on the CBS soap since 1994. Not long after Grossman took over the role as the bad boy Newman, he and Case began dating in real-time.
The couple has been together for going on 3 years, and although they have not confirmed it, their followers believe they are engaged. This is because Case began sporting a huge diamond that looks like an engagement ring. You can see it on her hand in the following photo. Grossman 34 and Case 50 have not said anything one way or the other, but they appear very much in love.
While they are holding steady off-screen, their fans are troubled by their lack of proximity on the CBS soap. The Young and the Restless has been teasing the viewers who want to see Shaddam together by getting their hopes up and then repeatedly dashing them. Sharon Case has had chemistry with all the men who portrayed Adam, but viewers could see there was something more with the man who now has the role.
A Ride on the Wild Side
Grossman recently took Case on a motorcycle ride in Arizona and introduced her to his father. You can click on the link to see the images. This excited fans and sparked the rumors of an engagement. The couple is still going strong, but some fans are now concerned.
Courtney Hope, who portrays Sally Spectra on The Young and the Restless, and Chad Duell, who plays Michael Corinthos on General Hospital, had dated for 5 years and were living together. They were married in October 2021 and have split up after only 2 months.
One couple's actions have no bearing on the other, but some devotees wonder if marriage will break up Mark and Sharon.
The Shaddam Effect
Shortly after Mark Grossman began portraying Adam Newman, Sharon and his character slept together. They went their separate ways, but he continued to let her know that he loved her. Last year the couple kissed, and fans thought they would see a Shaddam reunion.
Devotees of the couple were expecting the real-life partners to heat up the screen. Instead, they again backed away from each other, and Sharon recommitted to Rey. While the couple is moving along with their real romance, things seem to have hit a snag on The Young and the Restless.
Recently, Adam spent some time getting to know Sally Spectra, and some spoilers indicate the two might start dating. This will not deter the many fans who believe that Saddam would ultimately be together. Chloe has been afraid that Chelsea and Adam might get back together. Still, Melissa Claire Egan will soon return from extended maternity leave, and her character may find Adam and Sally Spectra are an item.
Mark and Sharon
Earlier this year, Sharon Case did an interview with Soaps in Depth where she said the only reason she and Mark went public with their relationship was because of social distancing. The actress said that because she and Grossman were in quarantine together, they could be in close proximity on The Young and the Restless. For whatever reason, the soap did not take advantage and place the two in love scenes.
Loyal fans are still anxious for the powers that be to put the two actors together on screen, but they seem at this point to be toying with the viewers. Everyone believed that Adam saving Faith's life would have sealed the deal, but it did not. Sharon seems focused on her marriage to Rey, although many viewers suspect she will always love Adam. It's good that Mark and Sharon don't have the same obstacles as their characters.
The Future Is Uncertain
The only thing fans of Mark Grossman and Sharon Case can do at this point is to watch and wait. If the couple really is engaged, they will undoubtedly announce their wedding date at some point. As far as the onscreen relationship, no one believes that Adam and Sally will work out and that if anything happens between them, it will be a temporary distraction.
Spoilers had said that Rey would hook up with Chelsea when she returns, which would be interesting. It was also said that because of COVID that Grossman and Case would get together on screen so they could have romantic scenes during social distancing, but it did not happen.
Whatever the future holds, fans of the couple are hoping they are engaged and that somehow their The Young and the Restless characters will eventually find their way to each other. As of this update on December 9, 2021, there has still been no official confirmation on the couple's status but stay tuned.
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© 2021 Cheryl E Preston
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on August 17, 2021:
I like the concept of "reel and real-time."