Zendaya and Tom Holland’s Relationship Timeline

Few Hollywood love stories are as wholesome as Zendaya and Tom Holland’s.

Since they were cast as the leads of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2016, the two have established a long and endearing friendship that ultimately took a romantic turn.

Ahead, we track everything there is to know about their ultra-private relationship—from when they met to whom else they’ve dated, and what they’ve said about each other publicly.

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May 23, 2024: Zendaya supports Tom’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

The couple exits the Duke of York Theatre in London following Holland’s press night for his new Shakespeare production. While walking hand-in-hand, Zendaya once again embraces “method dressing” in a romantic black corseted gown by Vivienne Westwood. Meanwhile, Holland matches in his own all-black outfit composed of a Prada long-sleeve top and slacks.

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May 7, 2024: Tom admires Zendaya’s Met Gala look.

After missing out on fashion’s biggest night, Holland takes to Instagram to publicly admire the outfit of his girlfriend, who co-chaired the 2024 Met Gala.

Sharing a photo of Zendaya in her first look of the night—a dramatic royal blue and emerald green Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano gown—Holland captions the post with a string of heart-eye emojis.

April 11, 2024: The couple share a sweet kiss at the London premiere of Challengers.

Holland couldn’t look any prouder of Zendaya at the London premiere of her new movie Challengers. In a video posted to X, the couple appear so in love as they share a sweet kiss and embrace at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square. In another video, Holland is captured whistling and filming Zendaya as she is introduced in the theater.

Later in the day, the couple are seen in photos published by People smiling widely while enjoying each other’s company in London.

April 9, 2024: Zendaya gushes about Tom in a new interview.

In a new interview, the Challengers star opens up about her relationship with Holland, who is set to appear in a West End production of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.

Zendaya says she “could not be more proud” of Holland’s work in the play, adding, “I’m going to try to see as many shows as I possibly can.”

She also praises her actor boyfriend’s ability at handling overnight fame after the two were cast as MJ and Peter Parker in Marvel’s 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming. “We were both very, very young, but my career was already kind of going, and his changed overnight. One day you’re a kid and you’re at the pub with your friends, and then the next day you’re Spider-Man,” she says. “I definitely watched his life kind of change in front of him. But he handled it really beautifully.”

March 17, 2024: They go on a tennis date.

Zendaya and Holland are spotted sitting courtside at the Indian Wells Open in California. The Euphoria star wears a casual all-white tennis-inspired look: classic tank, pleated miniskirt, hoodie, and sneakers. The Spider-Man: No Way Home actor, meanwhile, looks cool in a maroon cardigan layered over a white tank; he accessorizes with orange-tinted sunglasses.

At one point during the match, the pair are spotted singing along to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and when the big screen flashes to them, they smile coyly.

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February 26, 2024: Zendaya mentions Tom during the Dune: Part Two press tour.

Zendaya mentions her boyfriend again during another interview for Dune: Part Two.

Asked by an IGV interviewer what is the one thing she would want to bring home from the U.K., she answers, “Erm … yeah, my boyfriend. I would just take him with me.”

February 22, 2024: Zendaya praises Tom’s “rizz” game.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Zendaya praises her boyfriend for his “natural gift.”

When asked who in the Dune: Part Two cast has the most rizz, Zendaya jokingly replies, “Me. Hello?” before admitting, “I don’t know. ‘Rizz’ is short for charisma, right? Everybody’s kind of got their own.”

She then uses her answer as an opportunity to gush about Holland. “I think someone who has beautiful charisma, not on the Dune cast, but I personally—works for me—is Mr. Tom Holland,” she says. “I’m more shy and kind of quiet, so it takes a little bit more to pull me out of my shell. But he’s great at just talking to people and getting to know people. You see him on talk shows and stuff like that. He’s just naturally very good at that. Whereas for me, I’ve definitely had to pull it out of me a little bit. So, he’s got that natural gift.

February 15, 2024: Zendaya and Tom attend the Dune: Part Two after-party.

The couple is captured holding hands and smiling leaving the Dune: Part Two world premiere after-party in London. In addition to all the PDA, they coordinated in monochromatic black outfits, with Zendaya looking elegant in a sweeping Mugler gown, matching Christian Louboutin pumps, and vintage Bulgari jewelry, and Holland looking suave in an open short-sleeved cardigan with pearl buttons, over a simple T-shirt and paired with dark trousers and matching dress shoes.

January 23, 2024: Tom posts a tribute to Zendaya’s Paris Fashion Week look.

Holland shares his love for Zendaya’s front-row look at Schiaparelli’s Spring/Summer 2024 haute couture runway show, where she wore an all-black ensemble composed of a long-sleeved turtleneck and a glossy gown with a twisted train.

On his Instagram Story, Holland posts a black-and-white portrait of Zendaya in front of the venue with an array of heart-eye emojis.

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He also reposts a photographer’s video of Zendaya soundtracked by the chorus of Gym Class Heroes and Patrick Stump’s “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America.” Specifically, the lyrics go: “Take a look at my girlfriend / She’s the only one I got.”

“This was made for me 😂,” Holland captions the video.

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September 4, 2023: Zendaya and Tom enjoy date night at Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour.

The couple is among the A-listers at Beyoncé’s Los Angeles show on September 4, which marked the singer’s 42nd birthday. Honoring Bey’s silver-themed birthday dress code, Zendaya wears a glittering silver sequined set consisting of a boxy blazer, a crop top, and Bermuda shorts. She finishes off the look with metallic heels and large silver hoop earrings.

Meanwhile, Holland wears an all-black outfit, which includes a graphic T-shirt, a leather bomber jacket, and slacks.

Fan-captured videos show the couple holding hands as they walk toward their section, accompanied by Quinta Brunson and Ayo Edebiri.

Another video shows the couple freezing in sync during Beyoncé’s onstage mute challenge during her performance of “Energy.”

August 25, 2023: Zendaya posts a sweet photo of Tom from a daytime outing in Oakland.

The actor shares a rare glimpse into the couple’s time in her California hometown, where they attended a community basketball event hosted by apparel brand Oaklandish and the nonprofits Project Blackboard and Hoopbus. In the pic, Holland prepares to dribble a colorful basketball while wearing navy pants and a black T-shirt from the Oakland Roots Sports Club.

In clips from the event shared on Instagram, Zendaya layers a blue-and-white striped button-down over a white tank top and beige pants. She also wears white sneakers and a circular pendant necklace.

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August 23, 2023: Zendaya explains why she keeps her relationship with Tom private.

In Elle’s September 2023 cover story, the actor opens up about the ways fame has disrupted her public life—including her highly publicized romance with Holland.

“Parts of my life, I accept, are going to be public,” she says. “I can’t not be a person and live my life and love the person I love. But also, I do have control over what I choose to share. It’s about protecting the peace and letting things be your own but also not being afraid to exist. You can’t hide. That’s not fun, either. I am navigating it more than ever now.”

July 20, 2023: Zendaya and Tom are spotted on a low-key dinner date in London.

The couple steps out for a casual date last night and are seen leaving eatery Novikov in London’s Mayfair neighborhood in paparazzi photos (which you can see here). Zendaya layers a long beige cardigan over a white T-shirt and tan trousers, while carrying a monogram Louis Vuitton bag. Meanwhile, Holland pairs his white tee with a navy cardigan, black jeans, and white sneakers.

July 3, 2023: Tom says he’s “lucky” to act with Zendaya.

Weeks after joking that his so-called “rizz” with Zendaya was getting to channel his romantic feelings with her onscreen (and “blur the lines a little bit”), Holland expands on this sentiment during an appearance on Wondery’s SmartLess podcast, when he says his shared experiences with Zendaya in Hollywood have been significant for their relationship.

“I’m lucky that I have someone like Zendaya in my life,” he tells hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. “It’s interesting being in a romantic relationship with someone that is in the same boat as you.”

Holland adds, “You can share your experiences and all that sort of stuff. And that’s worth its weight in gold.”

June 13, 2023: Tom talks about being “happy and in love” with Zendaya.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Holland jokes about his limited sense of “rizz” while hinting at his romance with Zendaya.

“I have no rizz whatsoever. I have limited rizz,” he tells the outlet. “I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work. So, long game. Probably making a movie with each other. Definitely helps when the characters you’re playing are falling in love with one another—you can sort of blur the lines a little bit. That’s kind of where my rizz is at. And I’m, you know, I’m locked up, so I’m happy and in love. So I’ve got no need for rizz.”

He also opens up about his and Zendaya’s digital communication style, revealing that the Euphoria star often spams him with memes.

“It’s nonstop,” he says. “She sends me too much, it’s like, I can’t keep up! I delete my Instagram for days at a time. I download it to post and then I have to check my messages, and I’ll have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of things from her.”

June 1, 2023: Zendaya celebrates Tom’s birthday.

To kick off the Spider-Man actor’s 27th birthday, Zendaya shares some sweet, rare snaps of Holland to her Instagram Story.

In the first picture, Holland makes a heart gesture with his hands as he swims in the ocean. The Euphoria star edited the photo to include a red heart emoji next to him. In the second photo, Holland smiles for the camera as he poses on a rocky seaside shoreline. Zendaya added a tiny heart-eyes emoji in the corner.

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Holland later posts about his birthday on his own Instagram, sharing a photo of himself in a wetsuit, board shorts, a harness, and a helmet.

“Thank you for all the wonderful birthday messages,” he captions the hilarious pic. “A gift from me to you. I thought I’d share possibly the sexiest picture ever taken of me! #sexyiestmanalive.”

Zendaya lets her approval of Holland’s photo choice be known by simply commenting, “😍.”

May 15, 2023: Zendaya and Tom literally ride off into the sunset together.

Paparazzi photos (which you can see here) capture Zendaya and Holland enjoying a rare public date in Venice, Italy, where the two can be seen packing on the PDA with plenty of kisses and hand-holding. Zendaya wears an all-black ensemble composed of a black jacket, black top, and high-waisted black trousers. Meanwhile, Holland wears a jean jacket, dark gray trousers, and black shades.

At one point, the couple can be seen aboard a boat. There, Holland snaps photos of Zendaya carrying a black dog in her arms. The two also cuddle up close together as the boat jets away.

May 4, 2023: They go on a rare public date at an NBA playoff game.

The couple have a casual date night in San Francisco, where they attend Game 2 of the NBA Playoff match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. In the clip shared on the NBA’s official Twitter, Oakland native Zendaya pairs a black Golden State cap with a white T-shirt, gold jewelry, and glasses. Meanwhile, Holland wears a gray sweatshirt with a pair of black sunglasses perched on his head.

April 27, 2023: Zendaya posts a rare glimpse of date night with Tom on Instagram.

The two enjoy a night out at an Usher concert, where they are accompanied by friends. Zendaya shares a video from the show to her Instagram Story, in which she sings along to a song while standing close to Holland. In the clip, Zendaya wears a champagne halter top, large hoop earrings, and glasses. Meanwhile, Holland goes casual in a green hoodie.

“When I tell you we barely had a voice by the end of this,” Zendaya writes over the video. She adds, “Childhood dream came true, going to an @usher concert.”





April 19, 2023: Zendaya praises Tom for always supporting her.

Zendaya speaks to Entertainment Tonight about her heavy role in Euphoria, and why she has been glad to have boyfriend Holland in her corner.

“I think it’s great to have that support and love around you, because you need that,” she tells the outlet at Euphoria’s For Your Consideration event.

She adds that spending time with Holland keeps her grounded and helps her detach from the storyline of the HBO Max drama. “This isn’t an easy job, so it’s good to have that to free you up from it every now and then,” she says.

Holland told IMDb last December that he had visited the Euphoria set “at least 30 times” during season 2. And Zendaya confirmed to ET at the time that Holland “supported me through the whole season.”

April 8, 2023: They pose for photos during an England palace tour, and Zendaya admits that she “loves” Tom’s accent.

During an outing in London, Zendaya and Holland take a tour of King Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. In photos shared by the Queen Anne Boleyn Society on Instagram, the couple poses with historians Tracy Borman and James Peacock during an intimate tour of the 16th-century palace.

In the photos, Zendaya looks casual and elegant in a beige wool trench with black buttons, a gray sweater and a cozy matching scarf. Her accessories include a Louis Vuitton monogram bag and gold-rimmed glasses. Meanwhile, Holland wears a navy blazer, a white T-shirt, and blue jeans.

“One of the most special moments working at the palace being part of my phenomenal friend @tracy.borman smashing tour for @tomholland2013 and @zendaya, who were just the most lovely and down to earth people. [A] moment to treasure forever,” Peacock wrote in the caption.

In an interview published by The Sun that same day, the actress opens up about her boyfriend’s English accent.

“I love the ­British accent, but as much as Tom tries to explain it to me, I will never understand rhyming slang,” she tells the outlet. “Like I understand the concept—but what do apples and pears have to do with stairs?”

She continues, “It’s cute when he tells me all the different phrases—but I really don’t get it!”

April 2, 2023: Zendaya and Tom are spotted on a PDA-filled outing.

After a jam-packed weekend in Mumbai, the couple is photographed sweetly holding hands as they prepare to fly out of India.

In the photo, Zendaya wears a white button-down with a yellow sweater thrown over her shoulders. Meanwhile, Holland wears a black top.

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April 1, 2023: They enjoy a low-key couple trip to Mumbai, India.

Zendaya and Holland are spotted arriving at the Mumbai airport together on Friday, and have a low-key yacht outing on Saturday afternoon. They are featured on the Instagram account of Blue Bay Marine, a yacht charter service, which captioned a group photo with the actors, “Hosted Zendaya & Tom on our yacht.”

In the photo, Zendaya wears a vibrant red maxi dress with balloon sleeves. She pairs the casual piece with white ankle-strap sandals, a brown cross-body bag, and gold earrings, while wearing her hair back in a sleek bun.

Meanwhile, Holland wears a white graphic tee, light-wash jeans, yellow-and-blue sneakers, and a white baseball cap.

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Later that day, the couple attends the launch of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre at the Jio World Centre, though they don’t walk the red carpet together. Zendaya wears an ornate navy-and-gold sari by Rahul Mishra, while Holland wears a classic black tux.

March 27, 2023: They give a rare glimpse at their date night style.

Zendaya and Holland have a rare date night out at Jamavar, an Indian restaurant in London.

In a photo shared on Instagram by executive chef Surender Mohan, Zendaya looks elegant in a slate gray slipdress layered underneath a light brown trench coat with matching shearling lining. She finishes the look with sheer black tights and black knee-high leather boots.

Meanwhile, Holland wears a white collared shirt layered underneath a blue sweater with multicolored stripes on the front, a long brown tweed blazer, dark brown trousers, white sneakers, and a cream knit beanie.

“Was a pleasure having @zendaya & @tomholland2013 dine with us @jamavarlondon this afternoon,” Mohan writes in the caption.

March 19, 2023: They wear each other’s initials.

In new symbolic tributes to their romance, the actors are captured wearing each other’s initials in recent outings.

During a nail appointment, Zendaya is seen wearing a sweet new signet ring featuring Holland’s initials—“TH”—per a video shared by her manicurist on Instagram Stories.

Holland, meanwhile, is spotted out on multiple occasions wearing pants marked with the letter “Z” (presumably for “Zendaya”) on the top-right corners of his back pockets.

March 2023: They have a rare PDA-filled outing.

The couple are spotted on a low-key grocery shopping trip in London. In some of the photos, published by the Daily Mail, Holland pushes the shopping cart as Zendaya walks ahead of him. In others, the two sweetly hold each other’s hands in a rare display of PDA. Some photos also capture the moment a little girl poses for a picture with the Spider-Man actor as Zendaya smiles at them.

The two both wear casually stylish outfits. The Euphoria star looks effortlessly cool in a black zip-up bomber jacket, light-wash straight-leg jeans, and black boots. Meanwhile, Holland wears a gray Saint Laurent hoodie with a graphic illustration printed on the front, caramel-colored trousers, multicolored sneakers, and a maroon baseball cap worn backward.

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December 1, 2022: Zendaya’s mom addresses recent engagement rumors.

Zendaya’s mother, Claire Stoermer, subtly clears the air on Instagram after pop culture page Pop Hive tweeted over the weekend that the pair got engaged in secret.

On her Stories, Stoermer shares a simple screenshot of CoSchedule’s dictionary definition of clickbait, which reads, “Clickbait typically refers to the practice of writing sensationalized or misleading headlines in order to attract clicks on a piece of content. It often relies on exaggerating claims or leaving out key information in order to encourage traffic. The term is generally used in a dismissive sense.”

Neither Zendaya nor Holland have addressed these rumors directly.

September 3, 2022: They celebrate Zendaya’s birthday.

For her 26th birthday, the Dune actress is spotted enjoying a celebratory dinner at MAMO Italian Restaurant in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, accompanied by her boyfriend Tom Holland; her mother, Claire Stoermer; and her Euphoria costar Hunter Schafer.

August 2022: Tom flies more than 4,000 miles to hang out with Zendaya in Budapest.

Holland reportedly flies from New York City, where he’s currently filming The Crowded Room, to Budapest, where Zendaya is filming the Dune sequel—ultimately clocking in more than 4,000 miles just to visit his girlfriend.

He is spotted knitting while aboard his commercial flight. Later, Holland and Zendaya are seen sightseeing in the city, according to footage captured by a fan. In the video, Zendaya looks stylish in an all-black outfit, composed of a racer-back tank top, pleated trousers, and loafers. Meanwhile, the Cherry actor looks casual in a navy blue T-shirt, jeans, and gray Nike sneakers.

February 2022: Tom denies reports that they bought a house together.

The actor sets the record straight during a guest appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan.

“I’ve had so many people call me up because, apparently, I bought a new house in South London? Which is completely false!” Holland says of the rumors. “I didn’t buy a new house. I’m like, ‘Wow, what a surprise, I wonder when I’ll get the keys.’”

Winter 2021: They make multiple fashionable appearances together while promoting the last Spider-Man movie.

While promoting the third installment of their Marvel franchise, Spider-Man: No Way Home, the couple makes headlines for their various fashionable red-carpet appearances together.

Zendaya wears outfits that seem to pay homage to the iconic comic series, from a custom Valentino Haute Couture gown with embroidered cobwebs to a dazzling Alexander McQueen ensemble with crystal spiderweb stockings.

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November 2021: Tom talks privacy in his dating life as a celebrity.

In an interview, Holland reflects on the paparazzi photos that captured him and Zendaya kissing in a car over the summer.

“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,” he tells GQ. “I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private, because I share so much of my life with the world anyway. We sort of felt robbed of our privacy.”

He also says he can’t speak on their relationship without Zendaya next to him. “It’s not a conversation that I can have without her,” he continues. “You know, I respect her too much to say … This isn’t my story. It’s our story. And we’ll talk about what it is when we’re ready to talk about it together.”

Zendaya echoes her boyfriend’s sentiments. “It was quite strange and weird and confusing and invasive. 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,” she tells the magazine. “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.”

October 2021: Zendaya gushes over Tom in a new interview.

Speaking with InStyle, Zendaya praises Holland’s work ethic since he’s stepped into the role of Peter Parker.

“There are many things, obviously, that I appreciate. In an actor way, I appreciate that he really loves being Spider-Man. It’s a lot of pressure—you take on the role of a superhero wherever you go. To the little kid who walks by, you are Spider-Man. I think he handled that so well,” she says. “Our director allowed me to come in every day [of the shoot], and it was cool to see how he cares so much about his work and making it right. I watched him do a fight scene all day, which is exhausting. He’d do a move, come back to the monitors, watch it, and say, ‘I can do that better.’ I’d be like, ‘Dude, you got it.’ But he wants us to be perfect, and I really appreciate that.”

She adds that Holland is “a fun time. Very charismatic, can make anybody feel comfortable and have a good laugh and a good chat. A good chat—I sound so British.”

September 2021: They seemingly make their relationship Instagram official.

For the actress’s 25th birthday, Holland posts a sweet tribute on Instagram featuring a behind-the-scenes film photo of their time on the Spider-Man set.

“My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays,” he writes in the caption. “Gimme a call when your up xxx.”

August 2021: They attend a friend’s wedding as each other’s dates.

Though they remain tight-lipped about the status of their relationship, the two are seen attending a friend’s wedding seemingly as each other’s dates. In photos taken at the event, Zendaya and Holland pose with their heads leaning against each other.

July 2021: Paparazzi photos capture the two kissing in a car in Los Angeles.

Photos emerge of the Spider-Man costars and longtime friends kissing in a car while stopped at a red light. Other photos show the two of them exiting Zendaya’s mother’s house in the L.A. neighborhood of Silver Lake.

2019–20: They reportedly date other people.

In 2019, Zendaya reportedly begins dating her Euphoria costar Jacob Elordi. The two are spotted on a PDA-filled outing in New York City and later embarked on a Greece vacation together.

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Zendaya and Jacob Elordi.

Meanwhile, in 2020, Holland debuts his relationship with British actress Nadia Parkes on Instagram. The two reportedly quarantined together during the early days of the pandemic, per Daily Mail.

2017: They embark on a press tour for the first Spider-Man movie and deny dating rumors.

While promoting their new movie, Zendaya and Holland become subject to a whirlwind of dating rumors—all of which they vehemently deny on social media.

Responding to a tweet that suggests the costars have gone on holiday together, Zendaya writes, “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 ???”

Holland tweets back, “Does the press tour count.”

2016: Tom Holland and Zendaya are cast as Peter Parker and MJ in Marvel’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.

The two are cast as the iconic comic book couple for Marvel’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The first installment, Spider-Man: Homecoming, begins production in June 2016 and is released in July 2017.

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Tom Holland and Zendaya attend a 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming photo-call.

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As an associate editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey keeps a finger on the pulse on all things celeb news. She also writes on social movements, connecting with activists leading the fight on workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, rewatching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or buying yet another corset.