Cue the swooning.
Newly public couple Zendaya and Tom Holland just had an adorable exchange on Instagram, and fans are totally here for it.
Zendaya, who has been in show biz nearly her entire life since kicking off her career as a child model and scoring a role on Disney sitcom Shake It Up, took to social media to give a shoutout to her beau ahead of the release of their new movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Euphoria star shared two photos that served as a sort of then/now comparison, with one pic showing a toddler-aged Holland posing for the camera in a Spider-Man costume and a second photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of their highly anticipated new flick.
In the caption, Zendaya wrote, “My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you. Some things never change and good thing [heart emoji].”
It’s a surprisingly public show of affection for the notoriously private couple. Despite long-standing rumors the two 20-somethings had taken their friendship to the next level, it was only recently the two seemed more comfortable showcasing their romance while out and about.
Back in July, paparazzi caught Zendaya and her English-born sweetheart smooching at a red light while tooling around town in Holland’s pricey Audi sports car. They’ve also been spotted hanging out with each other’s families, sharing dinners, and visiting each other’s homes.
In 2017, an unnamed source told People magazine that Spider-Man: Homecoming cast members were together but keeping their connection under wraps. “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.”
At the time, both Holland and Zendaya scoffed at the reports, laughing with each other on Twitter about how long it’d actually been since they’d had a vacation and suggesting the only time they spent together was for work. Indeed, Holland was found holding hands with fellow Brit Oliva Bolton during a stroll through Hyde Park just a few months after fans went gaga over the idea of a Zendaya-Holland pairing.
Whether the couple is on-again off-again or just took their time evolving from friends to partners, it appears that things are more solidified these days — but don’t expect to hear that straight from the horse’s mouth.
Neither actor has confirmed their relationship status, and according to Holland, that’s the way it will stay. “I’ve always been really adamant to keep my private life private because I share so much of my life with the world anyway,” said Holland during a recent interview with GQ. “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.”
“This isn’t my story; it’s our story. And we’ll talk about it when we’re ready to talk about it together.”