After years of denial, Zendaya Coleman and Tom Holland have confirmed they are an object, primarily by being seen kissing in Holland’s car.
What took the 24-year-old Emmy winner and the handsome 25-year-old Brit so long? Check out the ‘Spider-Man’ co-star friendship progression below.
Shortly after it was announced that Zendaya and Holland would be co-starring in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the couple began appearing on each other’s social media pages. The cast took the above pool photo in July 2016.
The photos immediately activated Spidey’s sense of fans that romance was blossoming between the two, who attended their first red carpet together that same month.
Cover the stars
In November, the duo covered The Hollywood Reporter together, with Zendaya calling it an “honor” to share the moment with her fellow rising star.
“In the midst of all the chaos and sadness… this good thing happened to me today. Honored to share it with the best… Spider-Man himself @ tomholland2013 🙏🏽 Thank you for this beautiful cover @THR, ”she wrote at the time.
Weeks later, she also shared a video of their visit together to a children’s hospital in New York City.
Throughout the summer of 2017, Holland and Zendaya walked several red carpets together to promote “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” keeping their body language friendly in most cases.
In July, however, People released a report claiming the two were an item.
“They started seeing each other while filming ‘Spider-Man’,” the source said at the time. “They’ve been very careful to keep it private and out of public view, but they’ve gone on vacation together and are trying to spend as much time with each other as possible.
“They seem to have a very similar sense of humor and love to joke around. They have a lot of jokes back and forth, ”they added.
Both actors have denied these allegations via Twitter, with Zendaya tweeting, “Wait, wait… my favorite is when he says we’re going on vacation together HA! I haven’t been on vacation in years! hbu? “
Holland replied, “Does the press tour matter?
Deny, deny, deny
In the fall, Zendaya made it clear that she and Holland were just “friends.”
“He’s a great guy,” she told Variety in August 2017. “He’s literally one of my best friends. For how many months we’ve had to go on press tours together. has very few people who will understand what it is at 20 years old.
Meet the parents
Although they have repeatedly denied they were a couple, in December Holland was spotted hanging out with Zendaya and her parents at Bobby Van’s Central Park South, where onlookers said Holland “charmed her. parents”.
March 2018 found the actors attending the Oscars together. As they walked separately on the red carpet, they sat next to each other during the ceremony.
“Hail to the queen”
Zendaya’s 2018 Joan of Arc-inspired Met Gala look prompted her “friend” to post a stunning image of her on her Instagram page, captioning the photo, “Hi Queen. Kill that buddy 🙌🏻.
She returned the favor the following month by wishing her co-star a happy birthday, sharing a video of him having fun with a toy lightsaber, captioning the clip, “Happy Birthday Loser.”
When the “Malcolm and Mary” star’s birthday took place in September, Holland was sure to recognize her as well, posting a paparazzi photo of the two next to a Spider-Man statue.
Zendaya’s friend, actress Skai Jackson’s mother, confirmed shortly after that the couple were an item.
“Yes. That’s right. They were at their lowest for quite some time,” she wrote in JustJared’s Instagram comments section at the time.
She later denied writing the comment, writing, “Nothing posted or said was me. I could [sic] worry less or know who was dating whom. Please stop asking.
Choosing to ignore the drama, the couple soon after teamed up with their former co-stars to work on the franchise sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
Holland escalated dating rumors during the May 2019 sequel press, when he posted a photo of his castmates while tagging Zendaya in the photo just above his crotch.
“I guess because you don’t know how to work, that’s the reasoning behind my name placement,” she wrote with five laughing emojis, further explaining to fans that her co-star is just “Instagram stupid”.
Holland shot down more romance rumors during an interview with Elle in July 2019 and was even romantically linked to a mysterious woman, whom Page Six identified as Olivia Bolton soon after.
Zendaya also moved on during a supposed hiatus with the England star, getting comfortable with her castmate “Euphoria” Jacob Elordi on several occasions between August 2019 and March 2020.
After four years of speculation, the couple were finally pictured kissing in Holland’s car in July 2021, in the middle of a passionate makeup shoot in Los Angeles.
They were seen in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where Zendaya’s mother, Claire Stoermer resides.