They’re both known for being sweet and down-to-earth, and who doesn’t love watching two gorgeous people fall in love?
With the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, everyone is talking about Zendaya and Tom Holland’s relationship. Here’s a quick timeline of their relationship from being “just friends” to one of the cutest couples in Hollywood.
Summer 2016: Zendaya and Tom Meet on the Set of Spider-Man: Homecoming
Like many celebrity couples, Zendaya and Tom met on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming in the summer of 2016. The two became fast friends, which came in handy for their roles as Peter Parker and MJ.
Tom spoke about his friendship with Zendaya in an interview with People. He said, “We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing.” He continued, “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.”
Summer 2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Released and Romance Rumors Swirl
When Spider-Man: Homecoming was released, fans immediately noticed the on-screen chemistry, and romance rumors began to swirl about the pair. A “source” close to both of them (we always take these “sources” with a grain of salt) told People they were dating. The source said, “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.”
Another source said, “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.”
Despite sources confirming their rumored romance, both Zendaya and Tom insisted they were just friends. Zendaya told Variety, "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."
2018-Summer 2019: Instagram Clues
Despite denying romance rumors, Zendaya and Tom kept fans on their toes in 2018 and 2019 through Instagram posts. Both posted pictures of each other for their birthdays and Tom posted a photo of Zendaya’s Joan of Arc-inspired look at the 2018 Met Gala with the caption, “All hail the queen. Killing it mate.”
For Zendaya's birthday tribute, Tom wrote, “Me, myself and the birthday girl. Happy birthday mate – keep killing it and paving the way for the rest of us.”
For Tom's birthday tribute, Zendaya wrote, “Happy birthday weirdo, thanks for being the wonderful person you are, we’re all very lucky to have you and your weirdness.”
Though it’s easy to interpret that they’re just good friends from these posts, we all know that you don’t wish just anyone a happy birthday on Instagram. That’s reserved for very close friends, and the chemistry between the two in the second Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home only made fans wish even more that they were together IRL.
Summer 2019-Summer 2020: Zendaya and Tom Are Allegedly in Different Relationships
Fans who were rooting to see Zendaya and Tom get together were crushed when Zendaya and Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi were spotted on vacation together in Athens in August 2019. Though Us Weekly confirmed they were dating, Zendaya neither confirmed nor denied the relationship. However, Jacob said that Zendaya was "like my sister," seemingly confirming that the two were just friends. Sources seem to have mixed reports on whether or not the two dated, but the speculation ended when Jacob began dating model Kaia Gerber in September 2020.
Tom reportedly started dating British actress Nadia Parkes in February 2020, and he seemingly confirmed their relationship by posting a picture of her on Instagram. However, it didn’t work out for them in the long run, as Tom was caught kissing a certain American singer-actress after Spider-Man: No Way Home wrapped in 2021.
July 2021: Kissing Photos Go Viral
Zendaya and Tom reunited on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home in early 2021, and it looks like they finally decided to move their on-screen romance off-screen. They were seen having dinner together at the end of June, and photos of them kissing appeared on Page Six only a few days later.
The photos went viral, and fans lost their minds on Twitter, and we don’t blame any of them because they look so happy together.
Many fans wonder why it took them so long to get together, and one reason could be that Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal told them not to date. We all remember Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst dating after the 2002 version of Spider-Man came out, only for them to break up and make filming the next two films awkward. Pascal told Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone not to date when they filmed The Amazing Spider-Man in 2011, but they didn’t take her advice and eventually broke up in 2015.
Understandably, Pascal didn’t want Zendaya and Tom to ruin their on-screen chemistry by taking by dating IRL, but we’re glad they finally gave in and started dating. They look so happy together, and here’s to hoping they break the Spider-Man dating curse!
Fall-Winter 2021: Zendaya and Tom Get Candid about Their Relationship and Future
Though fans were excited to see photos of Zendaya and Tom together, the two value their privacy and were uncomfortable with the paparazzi photos. In an interview with GQ, Tom 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.”
He continued, “We sort of felt robbed of our privacy. I don’t think it’s about not being ready – it’s just that we didn’t want to [talk about it].”
Zendaya echoed a similar sentiment. She said, "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.”
Though we understand why they weren’t thrilled with the photos getting leaked, we can’t help but love watching them together while working on press for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Tom’s comments in a recent interview with People show that he might take a break from acting soon, but he doesn’t plan on doing it alone. He said, “I’ve spent the last six years being so focused on my career. 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!”
Does this mean they plan on starting a family together soon? We don’t know for sure, but they both seem so happy together that we can’t help but wonder if they plan on taking their relationship to the next level. Either way, we love seeing them happy and together.
From meeting on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming to becoming one of the cutest couples in Hollywood, Zendaya and Tom Holland had an interesting start to their romantic relationship. Here’s to hoping they break the Spider-Man dating curse and continue thriving in their careers and personal lives because they’re just too darn cute.
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