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While Zendaya and Tom Holland have not confirmed nor denied their relationship just yet, those July kissing photos may have done the work for them. Here's everything you need to know about the supposed couple, from the rumors that started it all to where they stand now.
The pair meet on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming. “We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing,” Holland tells People at the time. “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.”
Rumors first surface thanks to the chemistry they display during the Spider-Man press tour. Though they deny dating rumors, sources say they are keeping their relationship quiet. “They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” a source tells People in July 2017. “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.”
In the same article another source claims they share a sense of humor: “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.”
That shared sense of humor is eventually utilized to shoot down the dating rumors. “Wait wait…my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years! hbu @TomHolland1996 ???” Zendaya tweets, to which Holland responds, “Does the press tour count.”
Holland posts a pic of Zendaya in her 2018 Met Gala ensemble, writing, “All hail the queen. Killing it mate 🙌🏻.”
Zendaya and her Euphoria costar Jacob Elordi spark dating rumors of their own in August 2019, when they are spotted together on vacation in Greece. They never actually confirm they are dating, but paparazzi catch Elordi giving her a kiss in New York City in February 2020. By September, however, he seems to have moved on to Kaia Gerber.
Meanwhile, Holland goes Instagram-official with girlfriend Nadia Parks on July 27, 2020, when he posts a photo of the actor on Instagram.
According to a source speaking to the Daily Mail, Parks moves in with Holland after London went into lockdown. “They made the decision to isolate together and things have been going great between them,” its source says. “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.”
July 1: Plot twist: It looks like Holland and Parks are no more! On this important day for Zendaya and Tom Holland shippers, the pair are photographed kissing in Holland's car while stopped at a red light in Los Angeles. According to Page Six, which shares the photos, the actors are spotted in the Silver Lake neighborhood with Zendaya's mom, Claire Stoermer, that same day.
Fans on Twitter are undeniably excited. At pub time, not only is Zendaya trending worldwide on the app, but Tom Holland, “Peter,” and “#SpiderManNoWayHome” are listed as trending topics as well. “FUCKING FINALLY. TOM HOLLAND AND ZENDAYA ARE OFFICIALLY TOGETHER,” one excited user tweets. Another adds, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
July 23: A source tells Us Weekly that Zendaya and Holland keep each other grounded. “They both challenge each other and balance each other out,” the source says, adding that Holland “makes her laugh,” while Zendaya ”really helps guide him through the world of celebrity.”
August 22: Tom Holland and Zendaya were photographed attending a friend's wedding together. Zendaya wore a floor-length brown dress while Holland looked cool in a buttoned-down white dress shirt and black pants. But more important, peep their pose:
While they may not be holding hands, Holland's hand is definitely getting pretty close. Plus, that head touch screams, “This is my date.”
September 1: In honor of Zendaya's birthday, Tom Holland shares a mirror selfie of the alleged couple on the Spider-Man set on Instagram. In the caption he writes in character as Peter Parker: “My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your [sic] up xxx.” If Holland is trying to be discreet about their real-life romance by doing a birthday tribute in character as Peter Parker, it's not working.
In what felt like an instant, “My MJ” starts trending on Twitter as fans express their excitement about the unconfirmed couple.
September 11: It took a while, but Zendaya finally posts those Venice Film Festival photos of her stunning leather Balmain dress to Instagram, and we're not the only ones who think she looked fire. On September 11, Holland comments on the image with three flame emoji (as he should). His comment has over 53,000 likes.
October 19: Holland posts a photo of Zendaya on a red carpet to promote her movie Dune to his Instagram grid. He captioned it with the heart-eyes emoji.
October 20: In a video for BuzzFeed News, Zendaya and Dune costar Timothée Chalamet test their friendship by answering questions about each other. When Chalamet is asked who Zendaya's “biggest crush” is, he says, “Easy, Tom Holland!”
Zendaya immediately starts giggling. Sadly, this exchange is the closest thing to a confirmation that Zendaya and Tom Holland are dating that we've ever gotten in the press.
November 17: In an interview with GQ, Tom Holland opened up–kind of, sort of, not really–about his relationship with Zendaya.
“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.
Although the world knows they're a couple, it's still important to Holland to keep his private life private. “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 said. “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].”
Holland also refuses to discuss details of his relationship without Zendaya present. “You know, I respect her too much to say…this isn’t my story," he continued. "It’s our story. And we’ll talk about what it is when we’re ready to talk about it together.”
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour