Zendaya’s Dating History: A List of Boyfriends

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Zendaya is the queen of protecting her privacy with an elite-level of discretion. Until her publicized relationship with Tom Holland, we’ve known very little about the lucky guys she’s given her heart to. 

Before the Spider-Man actor, the actress and fashion diva has been linked to the likes of Jacob Elordi and even Timothée Chalamet, but she’s never made things official.

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Well, today we’re not holding anything back with a deep dive into a timeline of her love life. 

Here’s Zendaya’s dating history, including both rumored and confirmed relationships.

Ex: Trevor Jackson

Who is He? Actor & Singer
Dated In: 2012 – 2016

Zendaya and Trevor had a close relationship, having worked together on the set of his music video for Like We Grown. Fans constantly speculated about a potential romance, but they repeatedly clarified that they were only friends. 

In fact, Zendaya referred to Trevor as “her best friend in the whole world” in 2014. Similarly, Trevor laughed off dating rumors at the time, saying that they were just friends, despite their closeness:

“We laugh every time we hear it. I can understand why people think that because we are really close. But, no she’s just my friend.”

In a turn of events in 2017, however, Zendaya spoke about an anonymous ex “of four years” to Vogue:

“It was my first love,” she says. “It wasn’t a good ending.” 

Of course, fans have hypothesized that her longtime beau was actually Trevor.

Ex: Odell Beckham Jr.

Who is He? NFL player
Dated In: February 2016

Next up in Zendaya’s dating history is this NFL football player.

Zendaya and Odell Beckham Jr. were spotted leaving a party together in 2016, which caused a frenzy among fans. Although this led to dating rumors, the pair never officially confirmed their relationship. 

Instead, Zendaya’s dad, who was also seen with the couple, spoke to TMZ, insisting it was all platonic, “There’s no relationship,” he said. “When you see my daughter out on a date without me, it’s a relationship. It’s like an audition. It’s an interview.”

Anyway, Odell is dating Kim Kardashian now, so whether he hooked up with Zen or not is totally irrelevant from here on. 

Ex: Jacob Elordi

Who is He? Actor
Dated In: Aug 2019 – March 2020

zendaya with jacob elordi and hunter schafer
jacobelordi | Instagram

Euphoria co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Elordi have been very private about the nature of their relationship. However, their undeniable chemistry on and off-screen has left fans wondering about the depth of their connection. 

The gorgeous duo apparently went to Athens together for Zendaya’s birthday in 2019, and in the months ahead, they were snapped kissing, and even met each other’s family

Their romantic relationship fizzled out once the pandemic hit and they had to quarantine separately. But the two have remained close friends and continue to support each other’s careers.

“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,” Jacob gushed to GQ.

Regardless of their relationship status, fans of both Zendaya and Jacob can’t wait to see what the future holds for these rising stars. Unfortunately, love just wasn’t a part of that future for them.

Ex: Timothée Chalamet

Who is He? Actor
Dated In: 2020 – 2021

zendaya with timothee chalamet
instagram | Instagram

Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet’s onscreen chemistry in the 2019 sci-fi film Dune was so enigmatic, that onlooking fans were quick to suspect a romance.

They were even seen shopping together at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in previous years, which made the rumored fling even more exciting.

But the gossip was soon squashed when the duo joked about the stories of them dating in several interviews. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Zendaya said that Timothée had become one of her “closest friends” and that they have cute and strictly platonic dance parties in her room.

Gushing about her bestie, Zendaya described Timothée to British Vogue as “Awesome, someone who understands my jokes… He’s obviously a very talented actor, but just a wonderful person and a good friend to have…” 

Timothée, who is currently in a relationship with Kylie Jenner, also spoke kind words about the actress,  calling her “one of the most inspiring people” he’s met.

As much as fans stan this romance, it turns out Tim and Zendaya’s relationship history involved nothing but true friendship…

Boyfriend: Tom Holland

Who is He? Actor
Dated In: July 2021 – Now

Zendaya and Tom Holland hugging
zendaya | Instagram

Zendaya and Tom Holland have been at the center of romance rumors since meeting on the set of the Spider-Man movie Homecoming in 2016. 

Despite both celebrities denying any romantic relationship, sources close to the pair suggested they were keeping it under wraps.

Although Tom called Zendaya “a mate,” an insider told People in July 2017, “They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man. 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 to spend as much time as possible with one another.”

For years, the Hollywood co-stars refrained from confirming or denying their relationship…until some kissing photos did the work for them in 2021.

In an interview with GQ, Zendaya touched on her relationship, stating she wished it was kept private:

“The equal sentiment [we both share] is just that when you really love and care about somebody, some moments or things, you wish were your own. … I think loving someone is a sacred thing and a special thing and something that you want to deal with and go through and experience and enjoy amongst the two people that love each other.” 

By 2023, the power couple were officially confirmed, with sentimental mutual posts, a ring with the letters “ZH” engraved on it, and a few other public comments made through magazine interviews. 

Zendaya’s dating history has been up and down, and she’s had her share of Hollywood men in the past. But she was never committed to a guy until her current boyfriend, Tom Holland stole her heart.

She’s showing off her love to the world and we cannot wait to see where this love story goes. Will Zendaya and Tom’s love stand the test of time? We sure hope so. Stay tuned. 

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