Why Zendaya and Tom Holland Probably Don’t Mind Dating Rumors

While some celebrities seem resigned to a life in the spotlight, others prefer to keep their personal lives under the radar. Some celebrities, like Tom Holland and singing sensation Zendaya, play both sides.

The pair co-star in the newest Spider-Man films, and while fans are convinced that they are romantically involved, both Holland and Zendaya have coyly denied the claims over the past several years. Still, the rumors persist, with the attractive couple adding fuel to the fire.

How did Zendaya and Holland first meet?

Tom Holland and Zendaya
Tom Holland and Zendaya | Karwai Tang/WireImage

When it was time to cast Marvel’s new Spider-Man, studio executives looked all over the world in search of the perfect Peter Parker. They found the perfect candidate in Holland, a young actor with a lot of stage experience, and a long-running part in the musical Billy Elliot. His dance moves and practice with difficult choreography meant that he could match Spidey’s quick footwork with minimal effort, and his natural charm would go a long way with fans.

The new MJ, Peter’s romantic interest, was Zendaya, a young singer and actress who first grew to popularity on the Disney Channel. The two co-stars first met early in the filming process, and by summer 2016, they were spending a great deal of time together.

Zendaya was even featured prominently in several of Holland’s Instagram posts. By the time Spider-Man: Homecoming was released in July 2017, the media had caught wind of the potential romantic interest between the two. 

Tom Holland and Zendaya like to tease fans

Prior to the film’s release, Holland and Zendaya did the promotional circuit together, visiting various red carpets and even posing together for magazine cover shoots. They each took every opportunity to rave about the other on social media and seemed to have nothing but admiration for each other. However, they never posted anything overtly romantic and following the release of People magazine’s report that they were dating, both openly denied the claims in a joking manner via Twitter. 

Zendaya opened up about Holland only a few months later, saying that he was her “best friend” and that she relies on him a lot to help deal with the difficult parts of life in the spotlight. However, she again denied that they were dating, and even spoke out against being in a committed relationship due to her young age. 

Are Tom Holland and Zendaya actually dating?

In spite of the denials, Zendaya and Holland continue to be spotted together going on day dates and spending a great deal of time together. Holland loves to post pictures of Zendaya to his social media account, and while he’s never captioned the photos with anything romantic, the admiration is certainly obvious. Fans certainly don’t believe their denials of a relationship, and with the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the romance rumors are ramping up once again.

Recently, Tom Holland posted a photo of himself and Zendaya to Instagram, tagging his co-star in his crotch region. Fans were quick to point out that what Zendaya claimed was a social media slip-up could actually be Holland teasing the public about his relationship status with the lovely singer.

Whether or not they are actually dating (and it certainly seems as though they are) the rumors are only helping to create positive press for the upcoming film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. If they were to announce that they were dating directly prior to the release of the film, it would send fans into a tizzy, and probably help to sell even more tickets for the Marvel blockbuster, which is already destined to be a huge hit.