Bella Hadid Licks Boyfriend Marc Kalman's Face In Adorable Birthday Shout-Out

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Bella Hadid and art director Marc Kalman are officially in a relationship, and we’re not sure we’ve been this excited for a new member entering the Hadid group since baby Khai’s arrival.

In recent years, the 25-year-old model has enjoyed an on/off relationship with singer The Weeknd, (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) and is rumoured to have dated Drake, but it appears the New York-based star is enjoying her new romance, after making things with Kalman 'Instagram official' in July 2021.

Despite keeping their relationship mostly private in recent months, to mark Valentine's Day 2022, the model surprised fans when she shared a series of images of herself and the art director on Instagram.

The posts came after the runway regular bravely opened up about her history of difficult relationships on the Victoria's Secret VS Voices podcast.

'I grew up around men—whether that was in relationships or family or whatever that was—where I was constantly told that my voice was less important than their voice,' she said. 'Then moving into relationships growing up, and not having the boundaries of being able to stick up for myself and have my voice being heard, affected me in my adult relationships very intensely. My nervous system would crash. It was fight or flight.'

In recent weeks, the art director and model have been spotted out and about in New York City holding hands, too.

Here's everything you need to know about the pair's relationship including a timeline of their romance:

What is Marc Kalman’s job?

Kalman has been working with the A-list set for quite some time.

In recent years the art director has collaborated with Kylie Jenner’s ex boyfriend Travis Scott and several fashion brands, creating logo art for Made Fashion Week, and working as a ‘fashion assistant’ for publications like the New York Times and T Magazine, according to his website.

In an interview with 1985, writer Periel Aschenbrand described Kalman as a ‘young Fabien Baron, Charles Saatchi and Steve Jobs all rolled into one’.

Does Marc Kalman have social media?

Yes, Kalman has an Instagram account but it’s set to private, so don’t expect to see his pictures of Hadid on your feed anytime soon.

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Photo credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto - Getty Images

A timeline of Bella Hadid and Marc Kalman's relationship:

May 2022: Bella Hadid shares a sweet pic of her and Marc Kalman to mark his birthday

Hadid marked Kalman's birthday by sharing a cute photo of them via her Instagram story.

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Photo credit: Instagram

The close-up screenshot of the pair shows Hadid licking his face while he remains poised with a subtle grin. It also hilariously shows the 'zoom out' tool notifier on the model's screen.

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

She accompanied the pic with a short and sweet message, writing: 'Happy birthday to my wooniiiiiii, [sic]' seemingly revealing her nickname for him.

The couple were spotted in Soho on May 10 and again while out enjoying ice cream together on Kalman's birthday.

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images


March 2022: Bella Hadid and Marc Kalman enjoy the sights in Paris

The model took a well-deserved break from her runway duties on the afternoon of Friday, March 4, hours after walking in the Isabel Marant AW22 show.

Hadid and her boyfriend were spotted grabbing lunch in the City of Love during Paris Fashion week with friends, days after they were seen together in Milan.

For their Parisian lunch the model wore a schoolgirl-esque look which consisted of black trainers, pulled-up white socks, a long checked skirt, a blue polo jumper, hoop earrings and glasses. The star accessorised the look with a white shoulder bag.

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Photo credit: Marc Piasecki - Getty Images

February 2022: Bella Hadid shares sweet photos of herself and Marc Kalman to Instagram

For Valentines Day 2022, Hadid shared a series of romantic snaps of herself and Kalman via her Instagram story.

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Photo credit: Instagram

Seemingly an ode to their burgeoning romance, the photos included one of her and Kalman snuggled up on the sofa, along with words which read: 'To my bestie in a Tessie.'

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Photo credit: Instagram

Another image showed them dining al fresco, which she accompanied with a short and sweet caption: 'Fav dinner date. [sic]'

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Photo credit: Instagram

And there was also photo of them holding hands and looking in awe of each other.

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Photo credit: Instagram

A short video clip also showed them cuddling in front of a mirror, with Kalman hugging a giddy Hadid from behind.

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Photo credit: Instagram

As well as celebrating her relationship with her fans, Hadid made sure to also emphasise the importance of self-love. She wrote: 'The most important relationship is with yourself,' before adding: 'Love shows up in so many forms. So if you are feeling left out today for any reason, here is a reminder that today may be Valentines Day but it's also just Monday [sic].'

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Photo credit: Getty Images

July 2021: Bella Hadid shared a photo of herself and a mystery man canoodling

In an Instagram post obtained by the account @peachypoolz, Hadid was seen looking loved up with a man, which fans suspected was Kalman. In the picture, she's seen wrapping her arms around his neck and leaning into kiss him.

Prior to the post, in April, the pair appeared to prove that their relationship had become more serious as Kalman attended Hadid's older sister Gigi's birthday party at her New York home.

September 2020: Bella Hadid and Marc Kalman are pictured having lunch together with another friend

Hadid and Kalman were spotted dining alfresco in New York City, along with another friend.

For the low-key occasion, Hadid was dressed casually, sporting a muted knit and wearing her hair up in a dishevelled bun. She accessorised her look with dark retro shades - her signature. Sporting a white T-shirt and dark jeans, Kalman looked similarly casual.

July 2020: Bella Hadid and Marc Kalman are spotted leaving a café together in lower Manhattan

There were early sightings of Hadid and Kalman back in the summer of 2020, with their first photo together being taken on July 2, 2020 when they were spotted leaving a café together in lower Manhattan.

At the time, Kalman was pictured right behind Hadid. The pair were actually believed to have started dating the same month, but snuck around together in New York when there were fewer public events and travel occurring due to the pandemic, according to Page Six.

'They hid it well,' a source told the news outlet, adding that they made an effort to ensure they weren't spotted together by paparazzi. The source explained: 'If they went out, he would come out first, get the car, and then she would get into the car. They would drive to a location, and he’d drop her off but not get out and go park the car.

'They were very diligent about not being seen on a public street at the same time.'

As for when the pair did actually go out together, they ensured there was 'never any PDA',’ according to the source.

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