Sophia Bush and Ashlyn Harris Step Out as a Couple at Elton John Oscars Party

PEOPLE confirmed back in October 2023 that Bush and Harris had taken their friendship to the next level, following splits from their respective partners

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Sophia Bush and Ashlyn Harris made their debut as a couple at a major red carpet event, five months after PEOPLE first confirmed that the pair's friendship had evolved into something more.

Bush, 41, and Harris, 38, both attended the Elton John AIDS Foundation's annual Oscars viewing party, and were snapped together with actor Eric McCormack inside the event. The actress wore a strapless wine-colored Marmar Halim gown with a high slit, matching heels and a sparkling choker. the two-time World Cup winners wore a suit over a sheer ivory shirt and tons of sparkling jewels.

The new couple has been seen out together multiple times since the news of their relationship first broke in October 2023, though Thursday marks their first official photo together at a red carpet event.

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Last fall, an inside source from Bush and Harris' social circle confirmed that the two had taken their friendship to the next level following splits from their respective partners.

"After being friends for years, and running in the same social circles, Sophia and Ashlyn went out on their first dinner date a couple of weeks ago. This is so recent, and they are both beginning new chapters," the source said.

<p>Bruce Glikas/WireImage, Roy Rochlin/Getty</p> Sophia Bush (left) and Ashlyn Harris

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Sophia Bush (left) and Ashlyn Harris

The news came after Bush and husband Grant Hughes separated after 13 months of marriage in August. Harris filed for divorce from wife and fellow soccer pro, Ali Krieger, in September 2023.

In early January, Bush reflected on her year that “changed everything" in a lengthy Instagram post.

“No more playing small. No more turning my back on myself. No more settling for what falls short because ‘who am I to ask for more?’ This year put me back in my body. I left it a long time ago, in such a way that I forgot what it felt like to inhabit my own skin. I feel my whole self from the tops of my ears to the tips of my toes now. It’s breathtaking. Life giving. Affirming," said Bush.

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