Happy birthday, Zendaya! The actress, who we all know and love from Shake It Up, K.C. Undercover, Euphoria, the Spider-Man movies and more, is turning 25 years old on September 1, 2021, and in honor of her birthday, we decided to break down her love life once and for all!
Yep, for those who missed it, the star recently confirmed that she was actually dating her Spider-Man costar Tom Holland after years of speculation that there was something going on between them, and fans are pretty excited about it. But who did she dated before that, you ask?! It turns out, Zendaya has been linked to a bunch of famous faces over the years, and we went ahead and rounded up all the details for you. From her current boyfriend to her past relationships, here’s everyone the former Disney actress has ever dated and what went down between them…
Her First Boyfriend Is Rumored To Be Trevor Jackson
Back when she was the star of K.C. Undercover, many fans were convinced that Zendaya was secretly dating her costar Trevor Jackson behind-the-scenes, since they were seen spending a lot of time together. At the time, however, she denied the rumors.
“There’s going to be those [rumors],” she told HipHollywood in 2014. “But he’s my best friend in the whole world. I love him to death … That’s all it is.”
Jackson also spoke out about the situation.
“We laugh every time we hear it,” the actor explained. “I can understand why people think that because we are really close. But, no she’s just my friend.”
However, in 2017, the brunette beauty admitted to Vogue Magazine that she did have a secret boyfriend for four years, and many people are still convinced that it’s Jackson! She even opened up about their breakup to the mag, and it sounded like it wasn’t pretty.
“It was my first love. It wasn’t a good ending,” she said. “You know you’re OK in a breakup when your first thought is not, ‘What did I do wrong?’ It’s, ‘That was the dumbest decision of your life, and you’re going to regret it forever.’ Y’all know I’m not shy about telling you I went through a bad breakup last year. I’m hella over that but trust, it wasn’t easy. Here’s how I got through it… I started forcing myself to have a lot more fun. I tried new things — going out and just doing more stuff. A healthy relationship does not mean you need to be with that person 24/7. I got rid of old text messages, pictures and their clothing I still had. You don’t hang on to old Band-Aids. Throw that in the trash! You have to get rid of everything associated with them. It’s best to get rid of their number. Or if you can’t quite let go, at least change the title of their name in your phone.”
Next Up Came The Odell Beckham Jr. Date
In 2016, the entire internet went into a frenzy after Zendaya and Odell Beckham Jr. were spotted sitting together at a Knicks game. But according to the now-25-year-old, they didn’t go together and it was just a coincidence that they were seated next to each other!
“It happens all the time. Literally, if I show up anywhere with anyone, that automatically happens. It’s funny, because I didn’t go there with him, actually. He just happened to be there as well,” she told Extra. “I didn’t know he was going to be there. Immediately when I saw him I was like, ‘Oh, dang it!’”
Her dad, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, also squashed rumors that something was going on between them. While leaving a Grammys party a few weeks later, paparazzi asked him about his daughter’s possible new romance.
“There’s no relationship,” he said.
After That, She Was Linked To Jacob Elordi
Everyone was pretty excited when news hit the web that Zendaya and Jacob Elordi were dating in 2019. The Euphoria costars first sparked speculation that they were an item in August of that year, when they were spotted on vacation in Greece together. And after that, they quickly became inseparable! In the months that followed, the two stars were photographed spending a lot of time together, and get this — they were even caught kissing a few times!
Things heated up in November 2019, when they jetted off to Australia together to spend Thanksgiving with Elordi’s family. Plus, the actor had the sweetest things to say about his rumored girlfriend during an interview with GQ Magazine.
“Zendaya is an amazing creative, you know? She’s super dope to work with. She’s an incredible artist and a very caring person to all of us,” he gushed. “We’re all really close. There is not one weak link in that show. We’ve spent so much time together and everyone is just so cool to work with.”
It’s unclear what ultimately caused them to split, but the last time they were spotted together was in March 2020. But it looks like things are all good between them now because after Zendaya won her Emmy Award on September 20, 2020, the actor congratulated her on Instagram!
“Congratulations captain @Zendaya,” he wrote on his Stories. “Bravo.”
And Finally, Her Relationship With Tom Holland
Zendaya and Holland first met in 2016 when they were both cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Right away, they instantly hit it off and got super close — constantly hanging out and sharing tons of cute pics together online. They attended a bunch of red carpet events side by side, and there was no denying that the pair had a lot of chemistry on the screen. Plus, get this — they even appeared on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter together, and it got people wondering — were they more than friends?!
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By 2017, everyone was convinced that something was going on between them, which is why when People Magazine reported that they were indeed a couple, everyone was so happy about it!
“They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” a source told them. “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 added, “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.”
But according to Zendaya, it was all lies. She reposted the article on Twitter and claimed it wasn’t true, writing, “Wait wait… My favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years! [How about you] @TomHolland1996?”
She also told Variety, “We are friends. No [there’s no romance]. He’s a great dude. He’s literally one of my best friends. This past how many months we’ve had to do press tours together. There’s very few people that will understand what that’s like at 20 years old.”
Despite her denying the rumors, the costars continued to spend a lot of time together, and many people were still convinced that they were dating. Oh, and did we mention that their mutual friend Skai Jackson‘s mom seemingly confirmed that they were secretly dating in an Instagram comment?
“It’s true,” she wrote to a fan who asked if they were together. “They been on the low for a while.”
She then deleted it and denied that she ever wrote the comment, however, many fans were quick to take screenshots. The actor later opened up about how hard it is for him to date in the public eye to GQ Magazine, and many people thought that he was referring to his relationship with Zendaya. However this is still unconfirmed, of course.
“It is incredibly frustrating. It’s very nerve-racking. It means that if you are dating someone, you have to be really conscious of their feelings, because if something does happen between the two of you, it’s not just happening between the two of you, it’s happening in front of the entire world,” he told the outlet. “And it can be very complicated.”
Whatever was going on between them seemed to have fizzled out by 2019. How do we know? Well, that’s when Zendaya entered into a relationship with Elordi, while Holland was spotted kissing one of his childhood friends — a girl named Olivia Bolton — at the British Summer Time Festival. But then, in July 2021, the moment we had all been waiting for — Zendaya and Holland were spotted sharing in a steamy make out session while driving around Los Angeles, CA. In photos obtained by Page Six, the two stars could be seen packing on the PDA while riding around in Holland’s $125,000 Audi sports car. Earlier that day, they were also caught leaving a building with Zendaya’s mom, Claire Stoermer, so it appears that the actor has already met his girlfriend’s family! We can’t wait to see what’s next for them!