Happy birthday Tom Holland! The legendary Spider-Man star is turning 25 years old on Tuesday, June 1, and to celebrate, we decided to break down his entire love life for you from start to finish. Yep, the actor has actually kept his relationships pretty private over the years, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been linked to a few famous faces throughout his career.
Just take Zendaya, for example. A lot of people are convinced that she and Holland secretly dated after they met on set of Spider-Man. So what went down between them? Who else has he been linked to? And is he currently in a relationship? Here’s everything you need to know about Holland’s love life…
He Started Dating Nadia Parkes In May 2020
Back in May 2020, the world was pretty shook when news hit the web that Holland was in a relationship with actress Nadia Parkes. At the time, Daily Mail reported that they were spending the coronavirus lockdown together and that they were in “an official relationship after dating for over three months.”
“It was early days for Tom and Nadia when the lockdown was announced in London. They made the decision to isolate together and things have been going great between them,” a source explained. “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.”
As for how they met, the outlet reported that they were introduced by mutual friends Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas! Then, in July 2020, Holland confirmed their relationship when he shared a snap of Parkes to his Instagram. He didn’t caption the pic, which showed the blonde beauty starring into the camera with ominous clouds behind her.
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A few days later, he posted another photo of Parkes on a golf field, writing, “How stunning… Are those golf clubs?”
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That was the last we heard of the couple, so it’s unclear whether or not they’re still together, but Holland did speak about his love life during an interview with Access in February 2021, and he talked about being in love in past tense, hinting that they may have broken up.
“I love romance, and you know, I look back at the times I was in love, and they’re the happiest of my life,” he said. “And, you know, I’m in no rush – I am 24. But then again, if it happens, it happens.”
Before That, He Was Linked To Olivia Bolton
Before that, the 25-year-old was in a year-long relationship with one of his childhood friends — a girl named Olivia Bolton. He and Bolton were caught packing on the PDA at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park in July 2019, and boy, did they look cute together. A source close to the pair told The Sun at the time, “Tom and Olivia’s family have been friends for years but it took some time for Tom and Olivia to realize the connection between them. Tom’s been dogged with rumors about who he’s dating so finally being public with Olivia has been a massive relief for him. All their friends and family think they make a lovely couple. He is totally smitten”
He later opened up about the pics, which showed him and Bolton holding hands and cozying up, and he admitted that he didn’t like the whole world talking about his relationship.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever kind of been in the tabloids. It’s the first time something like this has ever really happened to me,” he told GQ, adding that the whole thing was like a “shock to the system.” “But it’s something that you look at and you go, ‘Oh, well, I just don’t put myself in that situation again.'”
Holland continued, “If you do a Google Search, I’m not a tabloid person. I don’t like living in the spotlight. I’m quite good at only being in the spotlight when I need to.”
But in April 2020, after almost a year together, they reportedly called it quits.
“Tom and Olivia remain very close but decided recently it was best for them to be just friends rather than a couple,” an insider dished. “It was all very amicable and they both think it is for the best.”
He Was Spotted Cozying Up To Ella Purnell
There was brief speculation that Holland and actress Ella Purnell were dating after The Sun reported that the two stars were “attached at the hip” during a BAFTA after party in February 2017.
“Tom and Ella were very close inside the Weinstein party and it looked really obvious that he was taken by her,” an onlooker revealed, noting that Tom was “leading her around the dance floor by the hand.”
Things must have fizzled out after that, however, since it was the last time they were spotted together.
His First Public Relationship Was With Elle Lotherington In 2015
Although he never publicly spoke out about the romance, there are reports that claim Holland dated director Elle Lotherington back in 2015. They kept things pretty private, but when news hit the web that he had been cast as Spider-Man, Lotherington tweeted, “Couldn’t be a more proud girlfriend right now. Tom Holland, I love you. #SpiderMan.”
Couldn't be a more proud girlfriend right now.. Tom Holland, I love you. #spiderman— elle (@Ellicia_) June 23, 2015
So cute! It’s unfortunately still unclear why they split in the end, but the two unfollowed each other in May 2016, leading many fans to believe that’s when they ended things.
Fans Are Convinced He Secretly Dated Zendaya
After the first Spider-Man movie came out, so many people started to wonder if Holland and Zendaya were secretly dating. Why? Well, besides having a ton of chemistry on set, the costars used to constantly hang out off the screen, post super cute pics together and gush over each other in interviews. But they both insisted that they were only friends.
“We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing,” Holland told People at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere. “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.”