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Timothée Chalamet Just Confirmed That Tom Holland Is Zendaya's Celebrity Crush

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Even before Spider-Man: Homecoming hit theaters in 2017, it wasn't hard to tell Zendaya and her co-star, Tom Holland, had a bit of chemistry. For years, the two denied they were dating, but thanks to some paparazzi shots of them smooching in a car, they can no longer ignore the rumors. Tom's sweet birthday shoutout for Zendaya's 25th birthday put the icing on the cake when he called her his "MJ." With mounting evidence confirming this adorable couple, let's take a look back to see how we got here in the first place.

October 20, 2021

Z's bestie and Dune co-star Timothée Chalamet called her out for her relationship with Tom in a recent interview and her reaction was priceless. In a video for Buzzfeed Celeb, Zendaya and Timothée were tasked with answering questions about each other for the BFF Test. When asked who their biggest celebrity crushes were, Timothée answered with no hesitation. "Easy, Tom Holland," he said before looking over at Z, who reacted with a giggle before moving on. To be honest, she said so much by saying so little.

But wait, there's more — Tom also called Zendaya his celebrity crush in a 2017 interview for Pop Buzz, and a fan took to Twitter to remind us all how it went. Although it was a joke at the time, you can't deny it's a full circle moment with Zendaya's latest interview.

October 18, 2021

Tom took to Instagram celebrating his rumored bae's latest film Dune. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star posted a black-and-white photo of Zendaya attending the London premiere of the film and captioned the post "Dune 😍." Zendaya simply replied, "🥺."

October 12, 2021

Zendaya gushed over the things she appreciates most about Tom during an interview for InStyle magazine's November 2021 cover story. "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. And seeing him at work, even though he's not a Virgo [laughs], he is a perfectionist."

Spilling the tea on what it was like watching him on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zendaya continued, "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 went on to share the sweetest list of things she appreciates about him on a personal level. "Yeah, he's 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 6, 2021

While she didn't mention Tom by name, Zendaya joked about her family's protective nature when it comes to the guys she dates. During her British Vogue cover story, Zendaya said, "My dad, my brothers, it's a whole thing. Good luck to whoever wants to take that on."

September 1, 2021

What's a birthday celebration without an adorable social media shoutout from your bae? Tom Holland shared the sweetest message for Zendaya as she celebrated her 25th birthday. Posting an usie from the set of Spiderman, he gushed, "My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your up xxx."


August 22, 2021

After weeks without any new Tomdaya pics, fans were finally fed when the rumored couple attended a wedding together. Fellow wedding guest, Estaban Camarillo, shared a photo featuring Tom and Zendaya at the festivities to his Instagram Stories.

In the pic, the pair is sitting very close together with their heads touching. Zendaya is wearing a long tan dress and a glow stick around her neck, while Tom is kept it simple in a white button-down and black pants.

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

July 23, 2021

According to Us Weekly, Tom and Zendaya's relationship is going so well because "they both challenge each other and balance each other out." As fans of the couple know, the pair initially started as good friends before becoming romantic. In addition to that, Tom and Zendaya's relationship is working because they're "keeping it light" and "he makes her laugh."

Us Weekly's source added that Zendaya has been helpful with guiding Tom "through the world of celebrity." Zendaya has been in the spotlight pretty much since Shake It Up premiered in 2010, so she has a lot of practice with fame, and she has given Tom a helping hand.

July 9, 2021

In an interview with E! News, Zendaya opened up about what it has been like to work with Tom and her other Spider-Man co-stars over the past five years. "It's pretty special to have grown up altogether," the actress said.

Both actors were cast in the franchise five years ago, when they were just 19, and they have been close since. Now, though, Zendaya doesn't know if the upcoming movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home, will be their last together. "We don't know if we're gonna do another one," she said. "Is it just gonna be three and done? Like, kind of normally you do three movies, and that's pretty much it."

Zendaya emphasized the bond she has with her co-stars while talking to Entertainment Tonight. "I can't wait for everybody to see Spider-Man when it does come out," she said. "And you know, we all work so hard, and we're all so close from that. I'm excited! We're gonna have a good press tour, I think."

Um, can that press tour please come soon!

July 1, 2021

In photos published by Page Six, Zendaya and Tom are seen making out in a car together while at a red light in Los Angeles, seemingly confirming their relationship.

June 30, 2021

The day before paparazzi caught them locking lips in the car, Zendaya and Tom were spotted having dinner in Los Angeles.

September 2020

Zendaya and Jacob Elordi reportedly broke up. Jacob was seen getting dinner with his now-girlfriend, Kaia Gerber, on September 1, which just so happens to be Zendaya's birthday.

February 2020

Tom reportedly started dating actress Nadia Parks, though news of their relationship didn't come out until around July 2020 after Tom posted a picture of Nadia on Instagram.

According to the Daily Mail, Nadia moved in with Tom, his brother, and a friend, not long after London went into lockdown because of COVID.

"They made the decision to isolate together, and things have been going great between them," a source said. "Tom has told friends and family they're in an official relationship and living together so soon into their romance has only made them stronger."

August 30, 2019

Rumors started swirling that Zendaya was dating her Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi after the pair was seen vacationing together in Greece.

May 9, 2019

Tom raised some eyebrows when he tagged Zendaya in a very...interesting place in an Instagram post.

Zendaya then commented on the post, saying, "I'm assuming because you don't know how to work [Instagram], that's the reasoning behind my name placement."

When some fans tweeted at Zendaya, asking if the tag was subliminal, Zendaya repeated that it was unintentional. "Nah, he's just Instagram stupid," she said.

May 8, 2018

Tom was as much in awe of Zendaya's 2018 Met Gala look as you were. In fact, he even posted about it on Instagram. "All hail the queen," he wrote. "Killing it, mate 🙌🏻."

December 16, 2017

According to Page Six, Tom met Zendaya's parents are reportedly "charmed" them.

August 8, 2017

Zendaya spoke to Variety about her relationship with Tom, once again denying relationship rumors. "We are friends," she said. "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."

July 13, 2017

Reports started coming out that Tom and Zendaya were dating. "They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man," a source told People. says the source. "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."

The source continued, 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."

Zendaya, though, later tweeted out, denying the reports, explicitly pointing out the quote about them going on vacation together.

"Wait, wait...my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA!" she wrote. "I haven't been on a vacation in years!hbu @TomHolland1996 ???"

Tom then responded, asking, "does the press tour count?"

July 7, 2016

Tom spoke about his relationship with Zendaya to People, though he did use the f-word (friend) quite a lot.

"We are like the best of friends. She's so great and amazing," he said. "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."

November 9, 2016

Zendaya shared a photo of herself and Tom on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter with a very sweet 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 🙏🏽."

July 10, 2016

Not long after Zendaya and Tom were cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the pair started popping up in each other's Instagrams. Tom posted one photo of him and Zendaya in the pool with a friend with the caption, "Summer Sunday's."

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