In what felt like an instant, “My MJ” starts trending on Twitter as fans express their excitement about the unconfirmed couple.
September 11: It took a while, but Zendaya finally posts those Venice Film Festival photos of her stunning leather Balmain dress to Instagram, and we’re not the only ones who think she looked fire. On September 11, Holland comments on the image with three flame emoji (as he should). His comment has over 53,000 likes.
October 19: Holland posts a photo of Zendaya on a red carpet to promote her movie Dune to his Instagram grid. He captioned it with the heart-eyes emoji.
October 20: In a video for BuzzFeed News, Zendaya and Dune costar Timothée Chalamet test their friendship by answering questions about each other. When Chalamet is asked who Zendaya’s “biggest crush” is, he says, “Easy, Tom Holland!”
Zendaya immediately starts giggling. Sadly, this exchange is the closest thing to a confirmation that Zendaya and Tom Holland are dating that we’ve ever gotten in the press.
November 17: In an interview with GQ, Tom Holland opened up–kind of, sort of, not really–about his relationship with Zendaya.
“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,” Holland said.
Although the world knows they’re a couple, it’s still important to Holland to keep his private life private. “I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private because I share so much of my life with the world anyway,” he said. “We sort of felt robbed of our privacy. I don’t think it’s about not being ready—it’s just that we didn’t want to [talk about it].”
Holland also refuses to discuss details of his relationship without Zendaya present. “You know, I respect her too much to say…this isn’t my story,” he continued. “It’s our story. And we’ll talk about what it is when we’re ready to talk about it together.”
December 5: The pair practically make heart eyes at each other on the red carpet of a London photo call for their movie Spider-Man: No Way Home. During an interview on the carpet, Holland points out Zendaya, saying, “There she is—looking beautiful, might I add.”
He also opens up about their “companionship” and how they deal with fame: “Two friends coming together, experiencing this world, going through the same problems at the same time, having a shoulder to cry on, has been a huge thing for the pair of us, and with Jacob [Batalon] as well,” he says, per BuzzFeed. “We really are a family.”