Tom Holland and Zendaya go Instagram official on her birthday

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

After months (actually, years) of speculation, Spider-Man stars Zendaya and Tom Holland confirmed they were dating when they were spotted kissing in a car. Here's a look back at their relationship history, from the rumours to the kiss to their latest couple-y outings, starting with the latest update. OH YOU GUYS.

1 August 2021 - Tom and Zendaya go Instagram official to celebrate her birthday.

One month after they were pictured kissing in his car, Tom wishes Zendaya a happy 25th birthday with a sweet mirror selfie on his grid. The cation is pretty adorable, too.

"My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when you're up xxx" he wrote, referencing the fact Zendaya plays the Michelle Jones to his Peter Parker in Spider-Man. SO cute.

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2016 - Tom calls Zendaya his best friend

The pair meet while filming for Spider-Man: Homecoming in summer 2016, and Tom tells People the actress is his BFF. "We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing. I’m a little worried [about dealing with fame…but] Zendaya is super famous and she’s been through this, and I just call her up and say, ‘How do I manage being famous?’ I’m very glad I have a friend like her.”

2017 - The pair look cosy on a press tour, but deny they're dating

Ahead of the Spider-Man's release on 5 July 2017, the pair partake in a global press tour and are photographed multiple times getting on like a house on fire. Another source tells People, "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 and spend as much time as possible with one another.”

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

Zendaya takes to Twitter to shut down the speculation, writing, "Wait wait…my favourite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years! hbu @TomHolland1996???” to which Holland responds, "Does the press tour count?"

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It happens all the time, and of course we expected it," Zenaya tells Entertainment Tonight of the romance speculation. "I mean, it comes with the territory. It comes with the job, so it’s all good."

May 2018 - Tom praises Zendaya's Met Gala get up

"All hail the queen. Killing it mate 🙌🏻" he writes on Instagram, in a post that had over 2.5million likes.

2019 - 2020 - The pair seemingly date other people

Zendaya reportedly starts dating her Euphoria co-star in summer 2019, when they were photographed holidaying in Greece and later spending Thanksgiving together in Australia.

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Photo credit: FilmMagic - Getty Images

"Jacob and Zendaya have been seeing each other for months now," a source told E! in February 2020 . "They started as close friends but it became romantic after their show ended. They have been inseparable since last summer and have been making time for each other between projects."

They were also photographed sharing a kiss that same month, while on a stroll in New York City.

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Tom, meanwhile, went Instagram-official with girlfriend Nadia Parks in July 2020, after the pair reportedly quarantined together during the lockdown. "It was early days for Tom and Nadia when the lockdown was announced in London," a source told Daily Mail.

"They made the decision to isolate together, and things have been going great between them. Tom has told friends and family they're in an official relationship and living together so soon into their romance has only made them stronger."

February 2021

Tom calls the constant speculation around his love life 'incredibly frustrating', after he accidentally tags Zendaya in one of his Instagram posts and the internet goes wild. "You mean, because I tagged Zendaya over my groin in an Instagram post?” Holland quipped to British GQ when asked about relationship speculation.

"That was so funny; it was obviously a mistake. But in all seriousness, it is also incredibly frustrating. It’s very nerve-racking. It means that if you are dating someone, you have to be really conscious of their feelings, because if something does happen between the two of you, it’s not just happening between the two of you, it’s happening in front of the entire world.

"And it can be very complicated. It’s one of the things I worry about most, of all the things in my career.”

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2nd July 2021

But wait! Zendaya and Tom are a thing! The pair send Twitter into a meltdown when Page Six publish photos of them making out in Tom's car during a drive in the LA suburb of Silver Lake. Tomdaya is real, people!

23rd July 2021

According to a Us Weekly source, the pair make a good match because they balance each other out. "They both challenge each other and balance each other out," the source says, adding that Tom "makes her laugh," while Zendaya "really helps guide him through the world of celebrity." Cute

22nd August 2021

Fans are treated to another dose of their new favourite couple, when the Spider-Man co-stars are photographed attending a friend's wedding together. Note the super cosy lean-in pose, eh?

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Photo credit: Instagram/estebancamarillo

Can't wait for their red carpet appearances to promote Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is out 17 December 2021.

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