When news broke that Tom Holland and Zendaya were officially, definitely dating, it was long-awaited and joyous news to their fans, who have pretty much been manifesting this relationship since 2016, when they first bonded/showed the world their unmissable chemistry while filming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
If you need some help sorting out the details of their relationship, you are not alone and that’s totally fair—the couple has made a point of keeping things pretty low-key, making it tough to pin down *exactly* when they took the leap from just amazing friends who everyone not-so-secretly shipped to bona fide couple. Keep scrolling for all the answers the internet has to offer about Tom and Zendaya’s romance.
July 10, 2016
Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t come out until 2017, but fans got a sneak peek at their adorable vibes the year before when they started making cameos in each other’s IG posts, like this picture of them enjoying a pool day with a third friend that Tom shared in July 2016.[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/BHsRyzpDQqy/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
November 9, 2016
That fall, Zendaya gave an early look at just how close her bond with Tom was when she posted a picture of their Hollywood Reporter cover, along with a full-on aww-inducing caption. “Amidst all the chaos and sadness…this one good thing did happen to me today,” she wrote. “Honored to share it with the very best…Spider-Man himself @tomholland2013. 🙏🏽”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/BMnAba9AWg9/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
July 5, 2017
As part of the promotional blitz leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom and Zendaya appeared on Lip Sync Battle, and Tom’s mashup of “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrella” promptly went viral. The performance highlighted the pair’s sense of humor and also featured Tom briefly grinding on Zendaya (you know, like you do with all your most platonic friends).
Early July 2017
Within days of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s premiere on July 7, 2017, rumors started circulating that Tom and Zendaya were a couple IRL (not surprising, on account of the aforementioned incredible chemistry they shared in the movie).
“They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” a source told People of their alleged romance. “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.”
Another insider offered some insight into what made their rumored relationship work at the time, saying, “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.
Unfortunately, Tom had already shut down dating rumors around the same time, telling People he and Z were BFFs in an interview shortly before the movie premiered.
“We are, like, the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing,” he said 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.”
July 13, 2017
Zendaya and Tom publicly dragged the romance rumors in a hilarious exchange on Twitter that highlighted their shared sense of humor and, TBH, only made fans ship them harder.
“Wait, wait…my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA!” Zendaya wrote in reference to the People report. “I haven’t been on a vacation in years! Hbu @tomholland1996 ???”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/Bigp0QdF93t/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
October 12, 2018
In October, pictures of Zendaya holding on to Tom while the pair filmed scenes for Spider-Man: Far From Home made the rounds online, reminding fans just how much they wanted T and Z’s onscreen love to be real too. Can you blame them though? Look at her BEAMING smile:
May 9, 2019
Tom reignited more-than-friends rumors when people noticed his, um, interesting tag placement in this group picture on Instagram. Zendaya joined the masses in raising an eyebrow at the tag and commented, “I’m assuming because you don’t know how to work , that’s the reasoning behind my name placement.”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/BxQOITeFGz6/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
Still, when a fan asked her later if Tom’s tagging placement was a subliminal slip, Z insisted it wasn’t anything deeper than a mistake. “Nah, he’s just Instagram stupid,” she tweeted.[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CS6B3cAqHF3/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
September 1, 2021[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CTRzVkrq2wN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
Tom and Zendaya went Instagram official with their relationship on her birthday. Tom shared a behind-the-scenes picture from the Spider-Man set, captioned, “My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your [sic] up xxx.”
Five hours later, Zendaya commented on the post, “Calling now. ♥️”
October 12, 2021
Zendaya openly gushed about Tom in her cover interview with InStyle magazine, praising his passion about playing Spider-Man and his perfectionism on-set.
“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,” she explained. “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 also took a moment to share some of the things she loves most about Tom, who appears to be turning her into an honorary Brit.
“Yeah, he’s a fun time,” she added. “Very charismatic, can make anybody feel comfortable and have a good laugh and a good chat. A good chat—I sound so British.”
October 18, 2021
Tom showed his support for Zendaya’s latest movie, Dune, on Instagram, sharing a stunning picture of her from the movie’s premiere captioned simply, “Dune. 😍”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CVL3hxOqkac/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
October 20, 2021
During the Dune press tour, Timothée Chalamet was asked to name Zendaya’s celebrity crush and said, “Easy, Tom Holland.” Her reaction? Pretty much the cutest thing ever:
November 11, 2021
Tom took to Instagram again to show Zendaya some love after the 2021 CFDA Awards, sharing a picture of her gorgeous red carpet look, captioned, “Naaa stop it. 😍 An incredible achievement for the most incredible person. Congrats @zendaya and @luxurylaw you guys deserve every bit of this.”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CWIdBfBlO2s/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
November 17, 2021
Tom Holland was profiled in GQ and vaguely spoke about his relationship with Zendaya without name-dropping her, saying, “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.”
December 5, 2021
Tom spotted Zendaya on a red carpet and mused, “There she is, looking beautiful, I might add.”
December 13, 2021[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/reel/CXd7_23hoFP/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
Tom interrupted an interview when he spotted Zendaya on the Spider-Man premiere carpet. Honestly, you just have to watch.
December 16, 2021
Zendaya paid tribute to her Spidey on Instagram, writing, “My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you, some things never change and good thing.”[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/CXhuznGL0w9/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
January 6, 2022
In an interview with Access Hollywood about Euphoria season 2, Zendaya spills that Tom visited the set a few times and jokes about him having a lil season 3 cameo. “He keeps talking about it,” she said. “Maybe we can get him in the background of a shot eventually, but he definitely came by [the set].”
January 25, 2022
Tom and Zendaya were spotted in London at the end of January, and they were seen around his family’s home doing a bit of shopping and spending time with his mom and two younger brothers. For an evening, the whole family apparently went out together to the Palace Theatre in London’s West End to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Aww.
July 7, 2022
The New York Post reported that Zendaya and Tom’s relationship has reached new heights, aka they were spotted looking at notoriously pricey properties together in New York City. How pricey, you ask? A cool $5.35 million. After all, we’re talking about a 5-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot townhouse in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area here. “At 22 feet wide, it features plenty of indoor and outdoor space, along with earthy, stone-colored neutral, light-filled interiors,” the outlet wrote of the property, which dates back to the 1860s. *le sigh* To be an A-list actor!
Aaaaand that pretty much brings us to this duo’s ’ship at the moment! This timeline will be updated with the next chapter of Z and Tom’s romance, fear not.