Ever since going public with their relationship this year, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have been seen out more frequently, exchanging a little PDA. The couple, who starred in the 2018 film Her Smell, have done a few red carpets together, attended sporting events, and even made a joint appearance at Zoe Kravitz's wedding in the spring.
Through it all, they've had to put up with a pretty intense rumor mill. Engagement chatter sparked after the two were spotted wearing matching rings on vacation. “I get why people care so much, and I don’t want to be so secretive that people think I’m ashamed of anything,” Delevingne told Elle UK. “But I’ve never been in a relationship where things are so public, or where I posted pictures of someone else. This seemed different. We had gotten to the point where we had kept it a secret, or at least not wanted attention, and now I feel like I’m not going to not be proud. Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either. People make their own assumptions and that’s what worried me. Because if it is something that is so good, you don’t ever want anyone to ever change it, even though people shouldn’t have that power.”
Here's a compete timeline of how it all started.
May 2018: The relationship rumors kicked off when Delevingne and Benson were seen out and about together. Someone saw them at a bowling alley, and another fan noticed them near a parking meter in Hollywood.
Benson posts her first photo with Delevingne, but doesn't say anything that implies a relationship.
August 2018: Things heated up when a photo circulated of the couple kissing at London's Heathrow Airport. Benson also hung out at Delevingne's 26th birthday party alongside Margot Robbie and Sienna Miller. That month, Benson also took a selfie wearing necklaces with the letters “A” and “C,” which many people thought referred to her and Cara.
September 2018: Delevingne and Benson both went to the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere Her Smell, which they appeared in together. While they posed on the red carpet separately, photographers captured them hanging out with some of their co-stars at a cocktail party later.
That month, they also attended Paris Fashion week together.
December 2018: Delevingne reportedly rented out the Natural History Museum in London for Benson‘s birthday. The news was never directly confirmed, but Delevingne did post a shot on Instagram later and wrote that she “had a whale of a time @natural_history_museum... it was over-whale-ming.”
March 2019: Stylist Jami Mizrahi shared one of the most public photos we‘d seen of the couple, apart from paparazzi snaps. The shot sees them cuddling in the back of a career after Karl Lagerfeld's final Chanel show during Paris Fashion week.
That same day, Benson posted a picture with Mizrahi and Delevingne's sister Poppy.
April 2019: Despite still not speaking directly about the dating rumors, both Delevingne and Benson stood up against trolls on Instagram. Two people suggested that they shouldn't be together, and Benson chimed in by saying, “You need to mind your own business. Stop making things up.”
Delevingne had a lengthier comment and said the commenters had a problem with “true love.”
“You are fucking disgusting!” she wrote. “If you have a problem with true love then come and say this sh*t to my face instead [of] pathetically hating through Instagram. I genuinely feel sorry for you both, you are clearly not happy with your lives and have far too much time on your hands. Maybe get a hobby that doesn't involve being homophobic and hating others for being happy.”
May 2019: The tabloids swarm the couple after pictures emerge of the two of them hauling a “sex bench” into their LA home.
June 2019: The rumors finally get a confirmation. Delevingne shared a clip of the two of them kissing on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “#PRIDE.” Later, she explained why she wanted to address the relationship.
“I don't know because it is Pride, it‘s been 50 years since Stonewall happened and I don't know,” she told E! News while accepting an award at the TrevorLIVE gala. “It's been just about our one-year anniversary so, why not?”
“I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are,” Delevingne said. “She's one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought.”
Later, they attended Zoe Kravitz’s wedding in Paris together. The paparazzi got a few shots of the couple heading into Kravitz’s rehearsal dinner.
July 2019: Fans collectively freak out as the two are spotted vacationing in Saint Tropez with identical gold bands on their fingers. Some immediately think this is a sign that the couple are engaged and/or planning a secret wedding.
The rumors intensify when it appears Benson has gotten the letters “C.D.” tattooed to her side.
August 2019: The Sun reports that Delevingne and Benson tied the knot during a ceremony in Las Vegas. A source shuts that down and tells E! News, “Delevingne and Benson are not legally married, but did have a fun friendship ceremony about a year ago.”
September 2019: The couple exchange PDA while watching the U.S. French Open.
Delevingne also talks to Elle U.K. about why her relationship is sacred: “People make their own assumptions and that’s what worried me. Because if it is something that is so good, you don’t ever want anyone to ever change it, even though people shouldn’t have that power.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour