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Spider-Man: No Way Home co-stars Zendaya and Tom Holland finally confirmed they are in a romantic relationship after years of off and on rumors that they were dating. They’ve been playing love interests Peter Parker and MJ in the franchise since 2017, but met on set in 2o16. They’ve obviously been close, but it was in July of 2021 that the paparazzi caught them kissing at a stop light, giving those rumors some more legitimacy.

The couple still plays their personal lives very privately, but these are the notable moments in the timeline of their relationship so far.

July 2016

Holland was the first to post a photo of Zendaya, but soon they were appearing on one another’s Instagram feeds regularly. In July 2016, he shared a pic of them with another friend at the pool, captioned, “Summer Sunday’s.”

November 2016

Zendaya posted their shared Hollywood Reporter cover just a few months later, writing, “Amidst all the chaos and sadness…this one good thing did happen to me today. Honored to share it with the very best…Spider-Man himself.”

July 2016

Holland and Zendaya’s chemistry onscreen transferred easily to the red carpet, and photos of them being playful with one another at the San Diego Comic-Con were widely circulated by fans.

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May 2017

In May 2017, they start attending events together, possibly because of promotional opportunities, but photos taken of them show a more personal relationship, like this photo from the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

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June 2017

Throughout the month, they’re frequently photographed together as they promote Spider-Man, but it seems like the easy chemistry of two familiar colleagues.

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July 2017

In July 2017, a source confirms to People magazine that they are together.

“They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” the source said. “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.”

A second insider added, “They’re both really ambitious, and they challenge each other—but, most importantly, they make each other crack up. They seem to have a really similar sense of humor and love joking around together. They have great banter back and forth.”

Before the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere in June, Holland was gushing to People about his friendship with Zendaya, saying, “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.”

The pair addressed the dating rumors above by tweeting to one another about the idea they’ve gone on vacation together.

“Wait wait…my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years! hbu?” Zenday wrote to Holland.

He joked back, “Does the press tour count?”

August 2017

The next month, Zendaya denied the rumors again in an interview with Variety.

“We are friends,” she said. “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.”

September 2017

The next month, Zendaya told fans she’d been cheated on in the past and why it left her a bit skeptical about relationships early in life. The actress is currently 25-years-old, so at the time she was just out of her teen years.

“I’m so anti being in a committed relationship when you’re young and people are learning and growing, because when people are young, they make bad decisions sometimes because they don’t know any better,” she explained. “It doesn’t mean they don’t know the difference between right and wrong—it just means that they’re still in the experimental phase in their life where they haven’t made the right decisions yet…it’s very hard to be in a relationship when the both of you are still figuring out life. You cannot change anybody. You cannot make someone grow up faster than they’re supposed to.”

December 2017

At this point, Holland has met Zendaya’s parents, meeting them at a steakhouse in New York.

March 2018

In March 2018, the two stars sat together at the Oscars, though they walked the carpet separately. They were seen later that month at a comic book store in Los Angeles.

May 2018

Zendaya attended the Met Gala, wearing a Joan of Arc-inspired chainmail Versace gown, and Holland posted a photo of her to his Instagram writing, “All hail the queen. Killing it mate.”

June 2018

The next month, Zendaya posted a video of Holland goofing off with a lightsaber to wish him a happy birthday. She captioned the video: “Happy birthday loser…”

September 2018

In September, Holland celebrated Zendaya’s birthday with a paparazzi photo from their date at the comic book store and a statue of Spider-Man.

“Me, myself and the birthday girl. Happy birthday mate – keep killing it and paving the way for the rest of us,” he wrote adding a heart. (Seems like he likes calling her “mate” a lot.)

But then a few days later, Skai Jackson’s mother said on Instagram that they are, in fact, a couple.

“Yes. It’s true. They been on the low for a while,” she wrote.

She then denied she was the commenter using her screen name., “Nothing posted or said was me. I could [sic] care less or know who was dating who. Please stop asking.” Okay then!

May 2019

Holland and Zendaya begin their Spider-Man: Far From Home press tour, and when Holland posts an Instagram of himself, Zendaya, and co-star Jacob Batalon, he accidentally tags her name in a very suggestive place.

“I’m assuming because you don’t know how to work ig, that’s the reasoning behind my name placement,” she commented with five laughing emojis.

Holland edits the tag and writes, “Thanks @zendaya for making me aware of my obvious blunder.”

June 2019

Holland shoots down the Zendaya dating rumors again. The actor tells ELLE in an interview that he is single and not romantically involved with anyone. He admits he is “definitely a relationship person. I’m not the fleeting type at all; it’s not my way of life.”

August 2019

Zendaya is seen with her Euphoria costar Jacob Elordi and they are spotted together on vacation in Greece. Again, Zendaya never confirms she’s dating Elordi, but paparazzi did catch Elordi giving her a kiss in New York City in February 2020. By September of that year, Elordi seems to be dating Kaia Gerber (but they broke up in November 2021.)

July 2020

Tom Holland appears to go Instagram official with his girlfriend Nadia Parkes, who he was supposedly spending lockdown with in London.

July 2021

Then, two years after denying they’re a couple, the Spider-Man co-stars were spotted together in Holland’s car sharing a kiss at a red light in LA. They were then seen in the Silver Lake neighborhood the same day, leaving Zendaya’s mother Claire Stoermer’s residence.

August 2021

Holland and Zendaya are photographed at a friend’s wedding for an Instagram story. In the photo, Zendaya is leaning into Holland and he has his hand on her sleeve in an intimate gesture.

September 2021

Tom Holland shares a mirror selfie of himself with Zendaya on the set of Spider-Man, captioning it, “My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your [sic] up xxx.”

Later that month, Zendaya posts photos of herself on the red carpet for the Venice Film Festival in her Balmain dress, looking stunning. Holland commented with three flame emojis, because she’s definitely looking hot hot hot.

October 2021

Holland once again posts Zendaya to his timeline, this time with a photo of her on the red carpet for Dune, captioned with a hearts-eye emoji.

A day later, Zendaya was also promoting Dune, this time with co-star Timothée Chalamet. The pair were testing one another’s friendship knowledge for a BuzzFeed video when Chalamet was asked who Zendaya’s biggest crush is.

“Easy, Tom Holland!” Chalamet answers immediately, setting Zendaya off into a fit of giggles.

November 2021

In an interview with GQ, Tom Holland talks to about relationships and the importance of privacy.

“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,” Holland said.

Zendaya told the outlet something similar, saying, “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.”

December 2021

During the London photo call for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Holland is interviewed and points to Zendaya, saying, “There she is—looking beautiful, might I add.”

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On December 13, the Los Angeles premiere of the film includes this adorable moment when Holland sees Zendaya walk in and gets stopped in his tracks. They do look stunning together on the red carpet, too.

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Later that week, Zendaya posted photos of Holland as Spider-Man at two different ages, writing, “My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you, some things never change and good thing.”

January 2022

Zendaya came to meet Holland’s family in London, attending with his brothers Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on West End on January 22. The next day, Holland and Zendaya were at Holland’s family’s house in casual clothing.

February 2022

Tom Holland and Zendaya seen in New York City as Holland promoted his new film Uncharted, and held hands as they left their hotel together. Matching in dark tones, Zendaya wore a belted gray shirt dress while Holland wore a light gray suit and black top. Both wore black masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Later that month, Holland flew to Rome to surprise Zendaya with a date at Antica Pesa in the city’s Trastevere neighborhood, Page Six reported. Multiple sources told the outlet about the couple’s date, which started at 7 P.M. there and went until 10:30 P.M.

One eyewitness said, “She seemed visibly thrilled. They sat in a corner by the fireplace and were adorable together. They looked in love.” Insiders described the two as being “in deep conversation” there.

“Zendaya looked stunning, even as simply dressed as she was. They are adorable together,” the source said, adding they were later joined by friends. “[They] laughed all night while being cute with each other.”

The restaurant shared a photo of Zendaya and Holland with chef Francesco Panella on its Instagram.

“Thank you @tomholland2013 for coming back again to @anticapesa for your surprise night with @zendaya & friends,” he captioned the shot.

March 2022

Holland also traveled to Boston to visit Zendaya as she was shooting the romantic drama The Challengers in the city, Boston.com reported. The couple were seen having a coffee day date together at Tatte on Boylston Street. Zendaya was dressed down in a white top and glasses, and in one shot shared on Instagram, was seen looking adoringly at her partner:

September 2022

In early September, Zendaya celebrated her her 26th birthday in Manhattan with Holland at MAMO Italian restaurant. The actress looked casual and chic in low-waisted denim jeans and a black crop top with long sleeves and a V-neck, which was held together with a few buttons in front. Zendaya dressed the outfit up a bit with suede pumps and a pair of diamond earrings and a pendant.

Holland arrived at the restaurant in a blue plaid button-down, dark teal pants, and white sneakers. They were joined by several of Zendaya’s co-stars, including her Euphoria cast mate Hunter Schafer. Zendaya’s mother Claire Stoermer was also in attendance.

Later in September, Zendaya spoke about Holland when she was interviewed by E! News just after winning an Emmy Award for her performance as Rue on Euphoria. After they asked who she texted first after winning she replied, “Well, I didn’t have to text my mom because my mom was already there, she’s here tonight, which is very special. And I texted my boyfriend.”

October 2022

Zendaya and Tom Holland visited the Louvre in Paris, walking hand-in-hand through the famous museum’s galleries. They were both dressed casually for their day out, Zendaya wearing a large light blue blouse with her sleeves rolled up, her hair up in a bun with a few curling tendrils around her face. She wore a pair of glasses for the tour, a black bag, and carried a small camera.

Holland was in a white and black striped shirts with long sleeves and black pants, his short hair tousled. Zendaya was in the city for Paris Fashion Week, which ended on October 4.

November 2022

Just before Thanksgiving, a source tells US Magazine that the two Spider-Man stars are getting closer all the time and seem “serious and permanent.”

“They’re both in settling-down mode and are absolutely planning for a real future together,” the source added.

December 2022

After taking a break from social media over the summer, fans noted Holland’s exploring Instagram again. A fan edit of Zendaya looking fantastic in a million outfits was popular on the algorithm, and it eventually reached her boyfriend. The clip is captioned, “just zendaya owning the camera,” and clearly he agreed because he hit the like button.

Fans noted his “heart” on the images and were thrilled to see he is as in love as ever.

Earlier that month, they made an appearance on Instagram together after Holland accompanied Zendaya on a visit to her old high school in Oakland. Pictures of the meet-and-greet were shared by her theatre teacher Tavia Percia.

March 2023

Neither Zendaya nor Holland attend any award season shows with each other, but during Oscars weekend, the couple is seen in London, where Holland’s family is based, and days later together at a grocery store in the city.

Fans noticed later that month that Zendaya was wearing a ring with Holland’s initials. They also noted that Holland has been wearing pants with a “Z” initial on the back pocket in sweet sartorial tributes to each other.

May 2023

In May, the couple were visiting Venice together, and photographed getting into a private boat as they left the Gritti Palace hotel. Holland was wearing khaki pants and a white button down with the top button open to reveal a thin gold chain. His girlfriend wore a grey body-hugging knit dress with a thigh slip under a black jacket. On her feet were matching black leather boots, and she was also wearing a gold necklace for the Italian outing. Holland got into the boat ahead of his girlfriend and she navigated it a bit more slowly.

June 2023

Tom Holland joked about his “rizz” during a BuzzFeed, slang for “charisma,” and why he’s glad he already has a girlfriend.

“I’m happy and in love, so I’ve got no need for rizz,” he said. “I have no rizz whatsoever; I have limited rizz… I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work.”

He added, “So, long game. Probably making a movie with each other — it definitely helps when the characters are falling in love with one another; you can sort of blur the lines a little bit.”

He also shared that his girlfriend Zendaya was was also his childhood celebrity crush.

“Zendaya. Easily,” he replied after they asked for names.

Holland appeared that same month in a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, and he discussed why the couple keeps their life private. It’s partyly because they are “two very busy people.”

“Our relationship is something that we are incredibly protective of and we want to keep as sacred as possible,” he explained. “We don’t think that we owe it to anyone, it’s our thing, and it has nothing to do with our careers.”

He also joked about how his Spider-Man co-star sends him constant content on social media.

“She sends me too much, it’s like, I can’t keep up,” Holland said. “I delete my Instagram for days at a time. I download it to post and then I have to check my messages, and I’ll have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of things from her.”

July 2023

On the July 3 episode of the Wondery podcast Smartless, Holland spoke with hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett about why he and Zendaya work so well.

“I’m lucky that I have someone like Zendaya in my life,” Holland said. “It’s interesting being in a romantic relationship with someone that is in the same boat as you.”

He continued, “You can share your experiences and all that sort of stuff — and that’s worth its weight in gold.”

August 2023

Zendaya spoke to ELLE about whether fan liking her and Holland as a couple so much makes it easier to accept the public’s interest in them.

“Parts of my life, I accept, are going to be public,” she replied. “I can’t not be a person and live my life and love the person I love. But also, I do have control over what I choose to share. It’s about protecting the peace and letting things be your own but also not being afraid to exist. You can’t hide. That’s not fun, either. I am navigating it more than ever now.”

September 2023

For Zendaya’s 27th birthday on September 1, Holland shared a tribute to her on his Instagram Story. “My birthday girl 😍,” he captioned a shot of her getting ready to scuba dive.

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October 2023

Zendaya and Holland spent some time cuddling up with newborn puppies in early October…and Holland shared an Instagram grid post from the outing featuring both him and his girlfriend. “Puppies,” he captioned it. “🫠🥺,” Zendaya commented.

On Sunday, October 8, Zendaya and Holland were photographed out on a very PDA-heavy stroll in a West London park. Holland in particular was captured kissing Zendaya’s hand in one shot.

January 2024

On January 4, Zendaya unfollowed everyone she was following on Instagram, including boyfriend Tom Holland. Holland still followed her account at the time. This led to speculation that the couple had split, though it didn’t seem personal—more like a strategic brand move.

On January 12, Spider-Man star clarified his relationship status with co-star Zendaya, telling reporters that they are “absolutely not” split up in a video shared by TMZ.

February 2024

Holland and Zendaya have their first date night of 2024. The couple was photographed holding hands in London after the Dune: Part Two premiere after-party on February 15. Both wore black ensembles, Zendaya in a stunning asymmetrical gown.

In late February, Zendaya went out of her way to bring up Holland in an interview. She complimented his charisma. The actress had been asked which Dune cast member had the most “rizz.”

“Rizz is short for charisma, right?” she started. “Everybody’s kind of got their own. I think someone who has beautiful charisma, not on the Dune cast, but I know personally, works for me, is Mr. Tom Holland. I’m more shy and kind of quiet, so it takes a little bit more to pull me out of my shell. But he’s great at just talking to people and getting to know people. You see him on talk shows and stuff like that. He’s just naturally very good at that. Whereas for me, I’ve definitely had to pull it out of me a little bit. He’s got that natural gift.”

March 2024

Holland and Zendaya had a day date at the BNP Paribas Open final day in Indian Wells, California, on March 17. The couple was photographed in the stands together in their biggest public appearance together of the year so far:

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April 2024

Zendaya spoke a little about Holland in her Vogue interview. She praised how Holland handled overnight fame when Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in 2017. “We were both very, very young, but my career was already kind of going, and his changed overnight,” she said. “One day you’re a kid and you’re at the pub with your friends, and then the next day you’re Spider-Man. I definitely watched his life kind of change in front of him. But he handled it really beautifully.”

She also addressed Holland’s new gig in a London production of Romeo & Juliet: “[I] could not be more proud. I’m going to try to see as many shows as I possibly can.”

While Zendaya doesn’t share much about her life with Holland, she did open up about a date they had in Paris when they had wanted to go to the Louvre in October 2022. They were told “it’s already busy. You might make it worse,” but went anyway.

“It was actually fine,” Zendaya said, despite them getting attention from fans. “You just kind of get used to the fact that, Oh, I’m also one of these art pieces you’re going to take a picture of. I just gotta be totally cool with it and just live my life.” They were allowed to stay after closing time, too. “It was one of the coolest experiences ever. It was like Night at the Museum,” she recalled.

On April 25, a source told People that Holland and Zendaya’s relationship had privately become very serious. “There has been talk of marriage, and that is a reality,” the source said. Their priority is their careers for the moment, they added: “Work is important to both and that keeps them busy now.”

To celebrate Challengers’ opening weekend, Holland shared an Instagram Story with the movie’s trailer, writing, “CHALLENGERS IS OUT NOW! LET’S GOOOO!!!” and tagging his girlfriend.

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A source told People during the film’s opening weekend, “They are proud of each other’s successes and totally supportive. This is a plus in their relationship making it equal. They are each caring toward the other. It’s not a case where one is caring and the other isn’t so much. They are great people and are there for the good and bad. As busy as they are, this is super important.”

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