Zendaya denies dating Tom Holland: ‘He’s literally one of my best friends’

Zendaya is one of three young actors with their own Variety cover for the upcoming Power of Young Hollywood edition. The other two are John Boyega and Chloe Grace Moretz, whom we’ll cover separately as they each had decent interviews. Zendaya’s editorial is gorgeous as she’s such a chameleon but they also styled her cleverly with mixed 70s prints, soft lighting and undone curly hair. She’s one of my favorite actresses to see on the red carpet as she loves fashion and makeup and it really shows.

Variety’s profile of Zendaya, 20, centers around her strong work ethic, her smart choices for her career and the fact that she’s been in show business for a long time. I learned that her parents are teachers, which was probably well known but was the first I’d heard it. Her dad seems very protective of her, as evidenced by the fact that he chaperoned her on a date with Odell Beckham Jr. last year, but that isn’t mentioned. She does talk about the rumors, which were practically confirmed by the major celebrity outlets, that she was dating her Spiderman costar, Tom Holland. Zendaya claims that’s not true and that he’s just a close friend with whom she bonded while working.

On carefully considering movie roles until finding Spiderman
“There were a lot of opportunities that weren’t really what I wanted to do. I think a lot of people look at me in a certain way because I’ve been on the Disney Channel a long time. I would much rather have one line in a great movie than be the lead of a s—-y one. I wanted to wait for the right thing.

She thought she wouldn’t land the role in Spiderman because she’s biracial
“A lot of time, the thought process of an actor of color is ‘I’m going to go and give it my best shot, but they are probably not going to go with an actor of color for this. We all think it. I didn’t know they were going to switch up the characters and really cast the best people for the roles, instead of what’s most like the comic book. I think that was the coolest part for me, knowing they embraced the diversity.”

On her rumored romance with Tom Holland
“We are friends.” So there’s no romance? “No,” she says firmly. “He’s a great dude. He’s literally one of my best friends. This past how many months we’ve had to do press tours together. There’s very few people that will understand what that’s like at 20 years old.”

On training to play a trapeze artist in The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman
“Now mind you, I have no muscle tone, no upper body strength. I don’t work out ever. I just have a metabolism and look like I’m in shape.” She started to enroll in a daily aerial boot camp. “It was extremely scary.”

[From Variety]

Ok so E! and People ran the story about Zendaya and Tom’s relationship complete with insider quotes and it sounded legit and everything. My guess was that it was a marketing ploy for Spiderman: Homecoming as the news came out exactly one week after Spiderman premiered, as if it was aimed to boost second weekend box office. That’s a bummer, I was rooting for these two. It’s also possible that something was cooking for them and that it never got off the ground because she has protective parents, or maybe she wasn’t into Tom. This is pure speculation of course, but I picture Zendaya as the one not being into dating at this point.


Here’s Zendaya at Vanity Fair’s Power of Young Hollywood event last night. Damn she looks good.


Photos credit: WENN and Vanity Fair

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  1. jumblebumble says:

    Huh dunno why but I thought she was gay all this time. Glad she’s getting more attention, much prefer her to the “oh this career just happened upon me” actresses who make it sound like they didn’t have to hustle.

  2. Jillian says:

    CDAN revealed they were dating, for about a year now. I think they would be a cute couple. They seem to enjoy each other’s company and have chemistry in interviews.
    How accurate is CDAN?

  3. Dem says:

    That Variety cover is killer! Just gorgeous.

    Anyway I guessed them dating was bs. It would basically make it three for three for the Spiderman lead to then date his co-star given that Tobey and Andrew did too.

  4. Tiffany27 says:

    I think they are dating. She’s notoriously private and was dating someone for 3 years and denied it every single time.

  5. Nicole says:

    Eh they both laughed off the rumors directly on twitter which is why I put zero stock into it. I think they have a lot of fun together and the cast clearly bonded. They probably are best friends at this point. Their reps probably let the buzz continue for the movie.
    However IF they were to date we would never know. Homegirl kept an almost 5 year relationship under wraps from the general public.

    • Jillian says:

      I thought their response was cute on twitter but they didn’t deny it….

      • Nicole says:

        It was a non denial denial. Which could be because she’s private or because the buzz helps the movie.
        Like I said we will never know if they date until they break up or get married lol

  6. FishBeard says:

    Okay, I don’t understand exactly why she’s so popular? Not being snarky, but am genuinely curious, because I thought she was one of those Disney/Nickelodeon products. She’s gorgeous, but what is she famous for?

    • Originaltessa says:

      Her beauty and fashion sense mostly. She’s like an insta model, but also has a day job as a Disney actress. She’s also very smart and thoughtful, and has a lot of interesting commentary on race and feminism. She’s a cool kid.

    • Nicole says:

      She totally is. However Zendaya is one of those people that is using her Disney background to propel herself forward. She changed her KC character to be more well rounded. She well spoken. She speaks up on important issues and she’s a fashionista to boot.
      Sometimes I forget that she’s still actively on Disney

      • Megan says:

        She is really smart and thoughtful about her career. I can see her having a huge career.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        I wish more of the Disney girls would transition to adulthood this way. The method promoted by old dirty male of power in Hollywood is that you have to be naked in a movie or semi-nude in a magazine to be seen as an adult woman. Nudity= female adult.

        For boys, they just have to be in a movie killing people. Violet behavior = proof of male adulthood.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        I wish more of the Disney girls would transition to adulthood this way. The method promoted by old dirty male of power in Hollywood is that you have to be naked in a movie or semi-nude in a magazine to be seen as an adult woman. Nudity= female adult.

        For boys, they just have to be in a movie killing people. Violet behavior = proof of male adulthood.

        Actually J.Law is another young person who transitioned to playing an adult woman without doing nude scenes. But yeah she did do the sexy red swimsuit layout in a magazine.

    • Merritt says:

      You just answered your own question. She is famous for being on two Disney shows. She is branching sort of with Spider-Man, but Marvel is owned by Disney.

    • Ayra. says:

      Honestly..it’s the fact that she’s pretty and has a good stylist. Then comes her “activism” online on race, feminism ect..
      After all of that, comes her Disney work.

  7. Originaltessa says:

    I remember being 20… There were guys that were super fun to hang out with when you were in the same place at the same time, maybe even get a little tipsy and flirty with, maybe even end up in the same bed after a night of fun… But that was it. It never got deeper than that. You never dated, or talked about being together romantically. I imagine that happens a lot with kids in Hollywood.

  8. Avery says:

    Zendaya is known for denying a relationship for 4 years. There were some pictures of them being very cozy. I can see Tom is very taken with her. I can see Zendaya trying to put the breaks on this to try to keep everyone out of her business….which seems very smart at this point.

  9. Ayra. says:

    Again, she did this EXACT thing with her ex, whom she dated for 4 years. Denied everything until they broke up. Even when there were pictures proving it.
    So yeah, she doesn’t have the bestbtrack record when it comes to this.