“I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private because I share so much of my life with the world anyway,” Tom admitted to GQ in November 2021.
The two sparked dating rumors back in July when they were spotted making out in a car in Los Angeles. In photos obtained by Page Six, Tom could be seen holding the Euphoria star’s face as he tenderly kissed her. Zendaya touched Tom’s chin in a separate shot. The dynamic duo — who were first romantically linked in 2016 — were also photographed gazing at each other lovingly with wide open-mouth smiles on their faces.
The U.K. native reflected on the duo feeling “robbed of our privacy” after the photos went viral. “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 explained to GQ.
Two months after the July photos circulated, the Cherry actor may have made their relationship Instagram official, when he posted a sweet birthday tribute for the Euphoria actress in September 2021.
“My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays,” Tom captioned the photo of the duo snapping a selfie in a dressing room mirror, with Tom in his Spider-Man costume. “Gimme a call when you’re up xxx.”
After another two months passed, the Impossible actor posted another photo of his rumored girlfriend after she was crowned Fashion Icon at the CFDA Awards in November 2021.
“Naaa stop it,” Tom captioned an Instagram photo of Zendaya wearing a red two-piece outfit, adding the heart-eyes emoji. “An incredible achievement for the most incredible person.”
The actors have been the subject of off-again, on-again romance rumors since they first started working together on the Spider-Man reboot film series. They appeared to grow closer as filming wrapped and the press tour for Spider-Man: Homecoming ensued.
That being said, don’t expect the duo to reveal much more about their lives together. “I don’t think it’s about not being ready — it’s just that we didn’t want to [talk about it],” Tom told GQ.
“It’s not a conversation that I can have without her,” he added. “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.”
In July 2018, reports seemingly confirmed Tom and Zendaya’s relationship. “They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” an insider told People magazine at the time. “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.”
Zendaya opened up about Tom’s support during the Euphoria: For Your Consideration event in April 2022. The HBO star revealed that he helps her detach from the negative headspace her character, Rue, is constantly in.
“This isn’t an easy job, so it’s good to have that to free you up from it every now and then,” she told Entertainment Tonight.