Zendaya and Tom Holland: Navigating Romance in the Spotlight


Sep. 25 2023, Published 7:24 p.m. ET

Ever since Spider-Man: Homecoming was released in 2017, fans have speculated that something was going on between Tom Holland and Zendaya. Years later in 2021, after countless other rumors spreading, the two young stars finally revealed that they were indeed in a relationship.

This news, while unsurprising to many, brought tremendous amounts of attention to the two star-crossed lovers. However, both Tom Holland and Zendaya have decided to try to keep the relationships as private as possible.

Early Rumors From ‘Spider-Man’

The rumors started from the moment the film was released. Tom Holland and Zendaya had an unusually good chemistry on screen, something that it was hard to imagine they were just acting out. The same banter, jokes, and chemistry also existed between the actors in interviews after the show, which got people thinking they were more than just friends.

Some insider news even came out that while shooting Spider-Man, Tom and Zendaya would go dating in between sets. However, both Tom and Zendaya kept denying all rumors. Tom Holland even went so far as to tell GQ in an interview that the speculations were “frustrating.”

But that didn’t stop the rumors from coming. With the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home fans couldn’t resist reigniting the rumors due to the overwhelming chemistry between the two. But still, the speculations were denied.

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Revealing the “Secret”

In 2021, a paparazzi photo of the two stars making out was released, all but confirming the rumors that ran for years. Shortly after, Zendaya revealed in an interview with Elle magazine that the two were indeed in a relationship.

"Parts of my life, I accept, are going to be public,” she said. "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.”

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Aside from that, both Tom and Zendaya have posted on their Instagram pages sweet messages for one another, which got fans going crazy about how “perfect” the couple looked.

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Staying in Private

There’s no doubt that being in a relationship with a fellow co-star has a unique set of challenges. With so much public attention given to the two, finding time to be alone in private is a challenge. But the two are committed to keeping their relationship as private as possible.

While the two have already admitted in interviews to being in a relationship, they bring up very few details about it to the public.

“It’s about protecting the peace and letting things be your own but also not being afraid to exist,” Zendaya added. “You can’t hide. That’s not fun, either. I am navigating it more than ever now.”

Meanwhile, in a rare moment, Tom shed some light on his relationship with his co-star, telling People, “I’m lucky that I have someone like Zendaya in my life. It’s interesting being in a romantic relationship with someone that is in the same boat as you.” he said on the SmartLess podcast. “You can share your experiences and all that sort of stuff. And that’s worth its weight in gold.”

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So while the relationship is no longer a secret, it’s clear that both of them wish to keep it mostly private.

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