After months (actually, years) of speculation, Spider-Man stars Zendaya and Tom Holland confirmed they were dating when they were spotted kissing in a car. Here's a look back at their relationship history, from the rumours to the kiss to their recent couple-y outings, starting with the latest update. OH YOU GUYS.
1st December - The internet is rife with Zendaya and Tom Holland engagement rumours.
One look at Twitter reveals fans of the celebrity couple think they're getting married, after speculation that they're engaged emerges. Account Pop Hive, which has more than 160k followers, tweeted, "Tom Holland and Zendaya are reportedly engaged!" with a picture of the couple, which has now gone viral.
So far, neither Tom or Zendaya have commented on the claims, but considering there seems to be no official source or proof of the engagement, we're taking it all with a pinch of salt.
And, here's the rest of their relationship timeline...
2016 - Tom calls Zendaya his best friend
The pair meet while filming for Spider-Man: Homecoming in summer 2016, and Tom tells People the actress is his BFF. "We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing. I’m a little worried [about dealing with fame…but] Zendaya is super famous and she’s been through this, and I just call her up and say, ‘How do I manage being famous?’ I’m very glad I have a friend like her.”
2017 - The pair look cosy on a press tour, but deny they're dating
Ahead of Spider-Man's release on 5 July 2017, the pair partake in a global press tour and are photographed multiple times getting on like a house on fire. Another source tells People, "They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man. They’ve been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye, but they’ve gone on vacations with each other and try and spend as much time as possible with one another.”
Zendaya takes to Twitter to shut down the speculation, writing, "Wait wait…my favourite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years! hbu @TomHolland1996???” to which Holland responds, "Does the press tour count?"
"It happens all the time, and of course we expected it," Zenaya tells Entertainment Tonight of the romance speculation. "I mean, it comes with the territory. It comes with the job, so it’s all good."
May 2018 - Tom praises Zendaya's Met Gala get up
"All hail the queen. Killing it mate 🙌🏻" he writes on Instagram, in a post that had over 2.5million likes.
2019 - 2020 - The pair seemingly date other people
Zendaya reportedly starts dating her Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi in summer 2019, when they were photographed holidaying in Greece and later spending Thanksgiving together in Australia.
"Jacob and Zendaya have been seeing each other for months now," a source told E! in February 2020 . "They started as close friends but it became romantic after their show ended. They have been inseparable since last summer and have been making time for each other between projects."
They were also photographed sharing a kiss that same month, while on a stroll in New York City.
Tom, meanwhile, went Instagram-official with girlfriend Nadia Parks in July 2020, after the pair reportedly quarantined together during the lockdown. "It was early days for Tom and Nadia when the lockdown was announced in London," a source told Daily Mail.
"They made the decision to isolate together, and things have been going great between them. Tom has told friends and family they're in an official relationship and living together so soon into their romance has only made them stronger."
Tom calls the constant speculation around his love life 'incredibly frustrating', after he accidentally tags Zendaya in one of his Instagram posts and the internet goes wild. "You mean, because I tagged Zendaya over my groin in an Instagram post?” Holland quipped to British GQ when asked about relationship speculation.
"That was so funny; it was obviously a mistake. But in all seriousness, it is also incredibly frustrating. It’s very nerve-racking. It means that if you are dating someone, you have to be really conscious of their feelings, because if something does happen between the two of you, it’s not just happening between the two of you, it’s happening in front of the entire world.
"And it can be very complicated. It’s one of the things I worry about most, of all the things in my career.”
2nd July 2021
But wait! Zendaya and Tom are a thing! The pair send Twitter into a meltdown when Page Six publish photos of them making out in Tom's car during a drive in the LA suburb of Silver Lake. Tomdaya is real, people!
23rd July 2021
According to a Us Weekly source, the pair make a good match because they balance each other out. "They both challenge each other and balance each other out," the source says, adding that Tom "makes her laugh," while Zendaya "really helps guide him through the world of celebrity."
22nd August 2021
Fans are treated to another dose of their new favourite couple, when the Spider-Man co-stars are photographed attending a friend's wedding together. Note the super cosy lean-in pose, eh?
1st September 2021 - Tom and Zendaya go Instagram official to celebrate her birthday.
One month after they were pictured kissing in his car, Tom wishes Zendaya a happy 25th birthday with a sweet mirror selfie on his grid. The cation is pretty adorable, too.
"My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when you're up xxx" he wrote, referencing the fact Zendaya plays the Michelle Jones to his Peter Parker in Spider-Man. SO cute.
12th October 2021 - Zendaya speaks about Tom for the first time
Zendaya opened up about Tom for the first time in a *very* public way, and it's the sweetest.
In an interview with InStyle, Zendaya shared what she loves about Tom's work ethic, as well as his personality off-screen.
"In an actor way, I appreciate that he really loves being Spider-Man," she began. "It's a lot of pressure — you take on the role of a superhero wherever you go. To the little kid who walks by, you are Spider-Man. I think he handled that so well. And seeing him at work, even though he's not a Virgo [laughs], he is a perfectionist."
She then touched on what it's like hanging out when the cameras aren't rolling. "He's a fun time. Very charismatic, can make anybody feel comfortable and have a good laugh and a good chat. A good chat — I sound so British."
Zendaya later revealed the pair watched Love Island together while shooting for five months in the UK, adding, "I was so against it too — I was like, 'Guys, this is ridiculous. You can't watch this every day.' Then I was sucked in."
19th October 2021 - Tom has an adorable reaction to Zendaya on the red carpet for new film Dune
Zendaya took to the red carpet for the premiere of new movie Dune in London, and Tom had the sweetest reaction to her appearance - despite not actually being there himself.
Celebrating his GF from afar, Tom shared a picture of the actress looking *stunning* at the premiere on his Instagram account, simply adding the caption, "Dune 😍".
Meanwhile, Zendaya responded in an equally as adorable way, commenting with just a "🥺" emoji. Aw, you guys.
Clearly, we weren't the only ones to think the moment was unbearably sweet, with actor Tuwaine Barrett also commenting, "This is so f***ing cute. ❤️". Agreed.
11th November 2021 - Tom praises Zendaya on his Instagram grid
After Zendaya became the youngest recipient ever of the CFDA's Fashion Icon award, Tom took to Instagram to congratulate his girlfriend. This is the sweetest.
"Naaa stop it 😍." he wrote in the caption. "An incredible achievement for the most incredible person. Congrats @zendaya and @luxurylaw you guys deserve every bit of this."
We can't with these two.
17th November 2021 - Tom opens up about his romance with Zendaya being leaked
Tom and Zendaya generally remain pretty private as a couple, with the Spider-Man actor recently opening up about how it felt when their relationship was leaked back in July.
News of the couple's relationship officially began to spread after the pair were pictured kissing in a car in the summer.
Discussing the leak, Tom told GQ in a new interview, "One of the downsides of our fame is that privacy isn't really in our control anymore, and a moment that you think is between two people that love each other very much is now a moment that is shared with the entire world."
The actor continued, saying he and Zendaya felt "robbed" of a private moment. "I've always been really adamant to keep my private life private, because I share so much of my life with the world anyway," he explained. "We sort of felt robbed of our privacy."
Tom also spoke about his decision not to discuss his and Zendaya's relationship publicly, saying, "It's not a conversation that I can have without her. You know, I respect her too much to say … This isn't my story. It's our story. And we'll talk about what it is when we're ready to talk about it together.
Zendaya also shared her feelings on the leak, telling the publication, "It was quite strange and weird and confusing and invasive. The equal sentiment [we both share] is just that when you really love and care about somebody, some moments or things, you wish were your own."
She added, "I think loving someone is a sacred thing and a special thing and something that you want to deal with and go through and experience and enjoy amongst the two people that love each other."
29th November 2021 - Tom and Zendaya look adorable on the red carpet together
Tom and Zendaya are back being adorable again, this time during a red carpet appearance together in Paris. Very fancy.
The pair looked *super* glam, both wearing all black, as they posed with their arms around one another - and it's safe to say fans are pretty obsessed.
A third chimed in to call the pair "a power couple" and, yep, seems like everyone's on the same page when it comes to these two looking fabulous.
The pair were also joined on the red carpet by Tom's younger brothers, Sam and Harry Holland, as they attended French annual football awards Ballon d’Or at the Parisien Theatre du Chatelet.
1st December 2021 - Tom gushes over Zendaya's "amazing" fashion sense
No one is a bigger Zendaya fan than Tom Holland. We've seen him publicly complimenting the actress a tonne in recent months, and he's back at it again with more cute comments, this time about Zendaya's fashion sense.
During a joint interview on French TV show Quotidien, the pair discussed Zendaya's Fashion Icon award at this year's CFDAs (the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards), going on to watch a video montage of her most iconic looks featuring her best Met Gala and red carpet 'fits.
Gushing about Zendaya's style, Tom grinned and sweetly complimented his fellow Spider-Man star, saying, "It's unreal though, it's amazing." Agreed.
Later on in the segment we saw another adorable moment from the duo, featuring Tom spilling water down his jumper and Zendaya laughing at him. These two ❤️.
All round wholesome vibes, if you ask us.
3th December 2021 – They address their height difference
Both Tom and Zendaya appeared The Graham Norton Show on Friday, December 3. Loved-up and speaking candidly about their movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, and their relationship – the pair also addressed their height difference.
Zendaya said, "There's a particular stunt where Spider-Man swings us on top of a bridge, and he places me there. He's supposed to gently rest MJ on the bridge and walk away from her. Because of our height difference... we were attached, so I would land before him. My feet obviously hit the ground before he does."
"So, what would happen?" she teased Tom, who then said the pair were practising a safety measurement known as 'bottom mark'.
He said, "The 'bottom mark' is a thing that they do in stunts that is basically designed to stop you from shattering your kneecaps. I'm the superhero. I'm supposed to look cool."
Getting up, the couple then demonstrated what they were talking about.
Tom said, "She [Zendaya] would land, and then I would sort of land like this, and then my feet would swing from underneath me, and she would catch me."
Zendaya then said: "You were like, 'Oh my gosh, thank you.'"
To which Tom laughed and said, "It's so nice to be caught for a change."
SO. DAMN. CUTE.
6 December 2021 - Zendaya and Tom walk the red carpet for Spider-Man: No Way Home
Months after going public with their relationship, Tom and Zendaya - who play love interests MJ and Peter Parker in the latest Spider-Man film walk the red carpet. And, *obviously*, it's absolutely adorable to see them together. Check out some highlights:
13th December - Zendaya and Tom continue to delight fans with insights into their relationship during the Spider-Man: No Way Home press tour.
During an interview on Sirius XM's town hall, Jessica Shaw began asking the couple about their visible height difference during their onscreen kiss. "[Zendaya's] not that much taller," Tom replied. "Let's put this out there. Maybe like an inch or two at best. It's not like, people say like, 'How did you guys kiss? It must have been so difficult.'
"I remember when we were doing the Spider-Man screen tests... but every girl that we tested for both roles was taller than me. I wonder whether that was a decision [director] Jon [Watts] had made. There was no one that tested that was shorter than I was."
Zendaya added, "This is normal too. My mom is taller than my dad. My mom's taller than everyone."
Tom also revealed he accidentally farted on Zendaya during filming. "I farted. Yeah, I farted on [Zendaya], unfortunately. It’s tough, the suit’s tight. The harness squeezes it out. I ‘fessed up. I immediately was like, ‘Ugh, sorry about that. That’s my bad.'"
She added, "It was very obvious. I felt the rattle.”
13th December 2021 – Tom stops an interview to watch Zendaya arrive on the red carpet
Well, if this isn't couple goals, we don't know what is.
During the world premiere of their new movie Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tom halted an interview he was giving so that he could watch his girlfriend and fellow co-star walk the red carpet.
On Monday, December 13 Tom was being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight at the world premiere when he got giddy when his girlfriend arrived at the event. "Sounds like Zendaya just showed up," he said excitedly, Tom watched on as the fashion icon walked the red carpet.
Wearing a sheer web-effect gown, Zendaya posed for the paparazzi while Tom looked on. After watching his girlfriend for a split second, Tom got straight back into the interview like a true professional.
Speaking to the publication he said that he felt a "little bit numb," and that "This [Spider-Man: No Way Home] has been the most incredible experience. This whole journey from the day I got cast."
After touching upon how amazed he was that he landed such a role, he said, "I am blown away. To share it with my friends and my family. Honestly, this means the world."
Fans were quick to comment on the video, with one saying: "I love this couple and I hope they last forever ❤️🔥."
Another penned, "This man loves this woman so deeply!!!! Pure excitement! 🙌🏾💕."
While a third wrote, "Omg the way he looks at her ❤️❤️😍."
15th December 2021 - Zendaya shares a public display of love for Tom.
The usually-very-private actress shared a sweet message of support for her co-star and boyfriend to celebrate the release of their new film, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
She wrote to her 113million followers, " My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you, some things never change and good thing♥️ @tomholland2013"
The photos included show one behind the scenes photo of Tom on set, presumably from the last 18 months, while the second shows him as a toddler wearing a Spider-Man outfit. This is the cutest thing ever.
16th December 2021 - Tom Holland shares his hopes of starting a family. OMG.
Zendaya and Tom have been everywhere lately thanks to the promotional tour for Spider-Man: No Way Home. In a new interview, 25-year-old Tom opened up about his desire to start a family, and fans are already fantasising about mini Zendayas running around.
"I've spent the last six years being so focused on my career," Tom told People. "I want to take a break and focus on starting a family and figuring out what I want to do outside of this world.
"I love kids. I can't wait to be a dad — I can wait and I will, but I can't wait! If I'm at a wedding or a party, I'm always at the kids' table hanging out. My dad's been such a great role model for me."
25th January 2022 - Zendaya is spotted visiting Tom's family home in London
Meeting the parents is a pretty huge step in any relationship, and it looks as though Zendaya has been hanging out with Tom's family - with the couple visiting his home in London.
The pair were pictured together outside Tom's family home in London over the weekend, seen walking down the street with their arms around one another and getting into Tom's car. See pictures here.
Zendaya and Tom then reportedly went on to visit the theatre in the capital (apparently watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), with Tom's mum Nikki Holland and his brothers, Harry, 22, Sam, 22, and Paddy, 17, also joining the couple, according to reports.
7th February 2022 - Tom shuts down reports he and Zendaya have bought a house in London together
After reports suggested the Spider-Man pair invested in a property in South West London together, with six bedrooms, a gym, and much more, Tom shut down the claims.
Firstly, a source at The Mirror said: "They are over the moon about the property and getting their first home together… They are very much in love and wanted their first home to be in London where Tom grew up. Everyone is thrilled for them.
"Tom has made it clear he wants hi-tech security all around the premises, starting with an eight-foot steel security gate on the drive. He was also very specific about his man cave and the cinema room."
The actor then set the record straight on Live with Kelly and Ryan, saying "I've had so many people call me up because, apparently, I bought a new house in South London? Which is completely false! I didn't buy a new house. I'm like, 'Wow, what a surprise, I wonder when I'll get the keys.'"
19th February 2022 - The couple wear matching outfits
Just when we thought Zendaya and Tom Holland couldn't get any cuter, this week they went and proved us wrong by wearing matching outfits while out on a date. Talk. About. Romantic.
The duo, who have been dating since last year (we think), headed out to New York's Madison Square Garden on Thursday for date night. But, that's not all, they both wore matching hockey shirts with each other's names on – with Tom's shirt reading 'Zendaya' across the back, while her's said 'Holland'.
Photos of the couple (and their adorable matching outfits) can be seen here, via Metro. In the pics, the 25-year-olds can be seen cosying up in the stands as the Detroit Red Wings played against the New York Rangers.
20th April 2022 - Zendaya opens up about the sweet way Tom supports her
Just when we thought Zendaya and Tom Holland couldn't be any more #relationshipgoals, the couple have pulled it out of the bag once again thanks to Zendaya's latest comments about their romance.
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Zendaya opened up about the ways Tom supports her as her boyfriend, and it's all very sweet.
Discussing her hit HBO series Euphoria, Zendaya was asked what it means to have somebody like Tom as a partner to help pull her out of the "dark moments" while playing her troubled character on the show, Rue.
The actress responded, "I think it's great to have that support and love around you, because you need that." She went on to add, "You, know, this isn't an easy job, so it's good to have that [support] to free you up from it every now and then."
During the interview, Zendaya also finally addressed whether Tom was really an extra in an episode of Euphoria, after endless fan speculation claimed he was spotted in the audience of Lexi's play.
The 25-year-old casually responded, "Who knows. The world may never know." Agh, these two!
1 June 2022 - Zendaya takes to Instagram to wish Tom a happy birthday in the sweetest message we've ever seen. To celebrate the star turning 26, she posted a black and white selfie of them to her grid, along with the caption, "Happiest of birthdays to the one who makes me the happiest <3"
16th June 2022 - Zendaya responds to fake rumours that she's pregnant, after a TikTok video recently went viral of an ultrasound that was made to look as if the 25-year-old had posted it on her own Instagram grid. Only to obviously look like a hoax when a video of Kris Jenner dancing to 'Lady Marmalade' cuts in at the end.
The Euphoria star didn't find the video funny, and took to her Instagram Stories to sternly clear up the gossip. "See now, this is why I stay off Twitter," she wrote. "Just making stuff up for no reason…weekly."
Tom reportedly flies from New York, where he's filming The Crowded Room, to Budapest, where Zendaya is filming for Dune 2, to spend time with his girlfriend.
Pics show him on a commercial flight en route, before the pair are spotted out and about in the city by fans. In a video shared on socials, Zendaya wears a black tank top with pleated trousers and loafers, while Tom wears a navy T-shirt and jeans.
14 September 2022
Zendaya has revealed the sweet Emmy Awards reaction she shared with boyfriend Tom Holland, and it's making us love these two even more.
Picking up the award for lead actress in a drama series for her role in Euphoria, Zendaya attended the Emmys with her mum, Claire Stoermer, with some fans speculating on why Tom didn't make an appearance.
During a backstage interview, Zendaya was asked who the first person she texted was following her win. She replied, "I didn’t have to text my mom because my mom was already there, she’s here tonight, which is very special," adding, "And I text my boyfriend."
Tomdaya usually remain pretty private, so hearing Zendaya refer to Tom publicly as her "boyfriend" is all kinds of cute. Congrats to Z!
25th November 2022
Tom and Zendaya are in "settling-down mode" according to a new report, and are getting closer all the time, apparently. A source tolf US Magazine that the two Spider-Man stars seem "serious and permanent", adding that they're "both in settling-down mode and are absolutely planning for a real future together."
Love to see it.
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