Rumors that Holland and his Spider-Man costar Zendaya were dating began flying as early as July 2017, despite the pair claiming they were purely platonic at the time. Holland and Zendaya humorously denied rumors they had vacationed together in July 2017, with Zendaya tweeting, "Wait wait...my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven't been on a vacation in years!😂😭🤣hbu @TomHolland1996 ???" Holland responded, "Does the press tour count?"
The pair's denials didn't stop speculation, however, with reports that they were simply trying to keep their relationship under wraps adding fuel to the fires of speculation. "They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man," a source told People in July 2017. "They've been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye..." A now-deleted Instagram comment made by Zendaya's close friend Skai Jackson's mother, Kiya Cole, in September 2018 is believed to have confirmed the rumors as well. After JustJared posted about Zendaya celebrating her 22nd birthday with her "rumored real-life boyfriend" and a fan mocked the caption, Cole responded with, "Yes. It's true. They been on the low for a while."
Holland and Zendaya continued to laugh off the rumors, with Holland posting an Instagram soon after Cole's comment insisting Zendaya was just a "mate."
When Zendaya began dating her "Euphoria" costar Jacob Elordi in August 2019, fans wondered if, perhaps, the Spider-Man costars had been telling the truth about their friendly status the whole time, but Zendaya's relationship with Elordi ended after a few months, and by July 2021, Holland and Zendaya dating rumors were back, courtesy of the pair having been spotted kissing in a car.
They have been dating happily ever since. But Holland told GQ in November 2021 that they would continue to stay as private as possible about their relationship, particularly when it comes to discussing it in interviews. "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 . . . We sort of felt robbed of our privacy," he told GQ. "It's not a conversation that I can have without her. I respect her too much . . . This isn't my story. It's our story. And we'll talk about what it is when we're ready to talk about it together."
But fans don't need interviews to peep Holland and Zendaya's chemistry. The pair hit the red carpet for his movie "Uncharted" together in February 2022 (pictured above), and he's regularly spotted visiting her in Boston as she films her new movie "Challengers."