After years of denial, Zendaya Coleman and Tom Holland have confirmed that they are an item – especially by being seen in Holland’s car.
What did the 24-year-old Emmy winner and the handsome Brit, 25, so tall? Watch the progress of the friendship between the “Spider-Man” co-stars below.
Shortly after it was announced that Zendaya and Holland would star in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” together, the pair began appearing on each other’s social media pages. The actors took the above pool photo in July 2016.
The photos instantly activated Spidey’s fans’ sense that the romance was blossoming between the two, who attended their first red carpet the same month.
In November, the duo graced the cover of The Hollywood Reporter together, with Zendaya calling it an “honour” to share the moment with her co-rising star.
“In the midst of all the chaos and sadness… this one good thing happened to me today. Honored to share it with the very 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 to a children’s hospital together in New York.
Throughout the summer of 2017, Holland and Zendaya walked together on several red carpets to promote “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” keeping their body language friendly in most cases.
“They started seeing each other while filming ‘Spider-Man’,” the source said at the time. “They have been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye, but they have vacationed together and are trying to spend as much time together as possible.
“They seem to have a similar sense of humor and love to joke around together. They have a lot of chatter back and forth,” she added.
Both actors denied these claims via Twitter, with Zendaya tweeting, “Hold on…my favorite is when it says we’re going on vacation together HA! I haven’t been on vacation in years! why?”
Holland replied, “Does the press tour count?”
Deny, deny, deny the
By 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 is literally one of my best friends. Over the past how many months we have had to do press tours together. There are very few people who will understand what that’s like at the age of 20.”
Meet the parents
Despite repeatedly denying they were a couple, Holland was spotted with Zendaya and her parents in Bobby Van’s Central Park South in December, where onlookers said Holland ‘charmed her parents’.
March 2018 found the thespians attending the Oscars together. As they walked the red carpet separately, they sat side by side during the ceremony.
‘All hail the queen’
Zendaya’s Jeanne d’Arc-inspired 2018 Met Gala look prompted her “boyfriend” to post a stunning image of her on his Instagram page, captioned “All hail the queen.” Killing it mate .”
The following month, she returned the favor when she wished her co-star a happy birthday and shared a video of him having fun with a toy lightsaber, captioning the clip “Happy birthday loser.”
When the “Malcolm and Marie” star’s birthday rolled around in September, the Netherlands was sure to recognize her as well, posting a paparazzi photo of the two next to a Spider-Man statue.
The mother of actress Skai Jackson, a friend of Zendaya, confirmed shortly after that the pair was an item.
“Yes. It’s true. They’ve been on the back burner for a while,” she wrote in the comment section of JustJared Instagram at the time.
She later denied writing the comment, writing, “Nothing posted or said was I. I could [sic] didn’t care or know who was dating who. Please stop asking.”
The pair chose to ignore the drama and soon after joined their former co-stars to work on the franchise’s sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
Holland stepped up the dating whisper during the May 2019 press run of the sequel, when he posted a photo of castmates tagging Zendaya in the photo just above his crotch.
“I assume because you don’t know how to operate, that’s the reasoning behind my name placement,” she wrote with five laughing emojis, further explaining to fans that her opponent is just “Instagram stupid.”
Zendaya also continued during an alleged hiatus from the English star, getting cozy with her “Euphoria” castmate Jacob Elordi several times between August 2019 and March 2020.
And last but not least!
After four years of speculation, the pair were finally caught kissing in the Netherlands’ car in July 2021, halfway through a passionate make-out session in Los Angeles.
They were seen in the Silver Lake neighborhood of LA, where we learned that Zendaya’s mother, Claire Stoermer, lives.