Tom Holland And Zendaya Discuss Going Public With Their Relationship For First Time

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Photo credit: Carlos Alvarez - Getty Images

Spider-Man fans are elated after paparazzi pictures have emerged appearing to show Tom Holland and Zendaya kissing.

The actors have played love interests on screen in the Marvel films, in which the British actor plays the titular character and Emmy-winning Zendaya stars as Peter Parker's classmate, MJ.

Zendaya has appeared in three Spider-Man films with Holland, the latter of which Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently slated to be released later this year.

Here's everything we know about these co-stars turned couple, starting with the latest update:

November 2021: Tom Holland opens up about his relationship with Zendaya

In a new interview with GQ, Holland opened up about his and Zendaya's relationship.

'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,' he said.

'I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private, because I share so much of my life with the world anyway. We sort of felt robbed of our privacy.'

When asked by the journalist whether the pair weren't ready to go public with their romance, the actor replied: 'I don’t think it’s about not being ready. It’s just that we didn’t want to.'

Photo credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo - Getty Images

'It’s not a conversation that I can have without her,' he added. '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.'

Speaking about going public with their relationship, Zendaya noted: '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.… 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.'

Tom Holland compliments Zendaya on Instagram

The marvel star shared a photo of Zendaya at the The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Instagram, where she wore a vibrant red custom look designed by Vera Wang.

He wrote: 'Naaa stop it. An incredible achievement for the most incredible person. Congrats @zendaya and @luxurylaw you guys deserve every bit of this,' in the caption accompanying the photo.

October 2021: Zendaya responds to Tom Holland's Dune tribute on Instagram

The Spider-Man actor took to Instagram on October 18 to share a photo of his rumoured girlfriend Zendaya, dressed in a Rick Owens sequinned column gown, at the London premiere for her new film Dune.

'Dune 😍,' he captioned a black-and-white photo of the 25-year-old, to which she replied with a tearful emoji.

Zendaya Is Interviewed About Tom Holland's Fame After Spiderman

Zendaya has been revealed as InStyle’s November cover girl and has opened up about her relationship with, well, at least her close proximity to rumoured boyfriend Tom Holland.

When asked about that behind-the-scenes photo of her and Holland, from the Spider-Man set, Zendaya said: 'We were shooting in New York, and you can’t block off streets because it’s public space. It’s difficult for Tom, who has to be in the full Spidey suit; it’s not like he can be incognito. He has to take his spider eyes out just to drink water. I don’t remember if he’s drinking water in that picture, but I think his eyes are popped out.'

Elaborating on what it's like to be spotted together as both of their public profiles soar to ever increasing heights, the actor continued: The paparazzi can be wherever they want. Even our holding area was a vitamin store with glass everywhere, so it wasn’t super private. I’m assuming someone was looking through the window, trying to scare us or something. So that was my face.'

In the remainder of the interview, Zendaya was pushed a few more times to make comments about Holland, though she tried to keep it as professional as possible, relating most of her answers to his acting chops and dedication to the role of Spider-Man.

'I appreciate that he really loves being Spider-Man. 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,' she said.

September 2021: Tom Holland shares candid photo with Zendaya on her birthday

Tom Holland has seemingly gone 'Instagram official' with his rumoured girlfriend Zendaya to celebrate her 25th birthday.

On September 1, the actor shared a never-before-seen photo of himself and the Emmy winner from the set of their hit film franchise Spider Man. In the snap, Holland can be seen in his costume staring into a mirror while Zendaya crouches behind him, resting her chin on his shoulder and taking the photo.

'My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your up xxx,' Holland cheekily captioned the snap.

'Calling now,' she replied.

August 2021: Zendaya and Tom Holland attend wedding together

The co-stars-turned-couple took another couple step, according to reports and social media, over an August weekend by attending a wedding together.

In photographs and videos share by fellow wedding guests and then captured by fan accounts, Zendaya is seen wearing a high-neck light brown dress while Holland looks dapper in a suit.

In one particular snap taken with friends, Zendaya adorably rests her head on the British actor's shoulder while posing for a photo:

Naturally, fans were thrilled by this latest update:

July 2021: Zendaya Discusses Bond With Tom Holland

The actor has opened up about her relationship with her Spider-Man co-stars in a recent interview, telling E!'s Daily Pop that she's 'grateful' for her character MJ in the franchise..

Speaking of filming the series' forthcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home with her rumoured boyfriend Holland, Zendaya noted: 'We were all just absorbing and taking the time to just enjoy the moment, being with each other and being so grateful for that experience.

'When I did the first movie, I was 19. It's pretty special to have grown up all together,' she added, noting that she and the series' cast, which also includes actor Laura Harrier, are 'so close'.

Tom Holland and Zendaya spotted kissing

In photographs obtained by Page Six, the Spider-Man stars are seen kissing while sat in a car in Los Angeles. They were later seen with Zendaya's mother, Claire, according to the outlet.

Many outlets and fans have taken their sighted kiss as confirmation to longstanding rumours that the pair (who have since been dubbed #tomdaya) were more than just friends and the reaction on social media is quite something:

Have there been rumours about Tom Holland and Zendaya before?

Yes, which isn't a surprise when people play love interests in films. Especially when it comes to Spider-Man (need we mention Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, or the rumours about Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst becoming an item?)

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Photo credit: MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Reports first circulated that the couple were dating in 2017, however Zendaya soon downplayed those stories when she took to Twitter to respond to rumours that the co-stars had holidayed together:

In July that year, Holland temporarily caused fans to skip a breath when he was asked who his first celebrity crush was in an interview and he responded with: 'Zendaya'....

..going on to joke: 'No it wasn't Zendaya, my first growing up was probably Jennifer Aniston', but still!

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

In August that year, the Euphoria star flat out denied the relationship rumour in an interview with Variety saying: 'We are friends. He’s a great dude. He’s literally one of my best friends. This past how many months we’ve had to do press tours together. There’s very few people that will understand what that’s like at 20-years-old.'

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