Simu Liu and Actress Jade Bender Confirm Their Romance on the 2022 ESPYS Red Carpet

Barbie’s Simu Liu and Senior Year star Jade Bender previously sparked romance rumors after being photographed together on multiple occasions, including a dinner in Los Angeles.

By Mike Vulpo Jul 21, 2022 11:33 AMTags
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One of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors appears to be off the market. 

On July 20, Simu Liu attended the 2022 ESPYS at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to present one of the biggest awards of the night. But before handing out any trophy, the Barbie star walked the red carpet with a special someone. The actor was photographed posing with Senior Year star Jade Bender.

In addition, the duo was spotted at the Backstage Creations Suite backstage at the ESPYS where Jade helped Simu try on faux fur coats from SpiritHoods to select the perfect style.

While the pair hasn't publicly commented on their status, romance rumors between the two surfaced in June when Simu and Jade were photographed leaving dinner at Catch in West Hollywood, Calif.

The speculation only continued when Simu taped an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 28. Jade was spotted with the actor arriving to the studio in Hollywood. While it's unclear how the pair first met, Simu and Jade were first photographed together at the Unforgettable Gala all the way back in 2019.

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One person Simu is definitely not dating is Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause. After viewers watched the pair collaborate on an episode of the Netflix series, some thought they spotted some chemistry between the pair.

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But during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in February, the Oppenheim Group real estate agent politely set the record straight.

"I get this question a lot," she told Andy Cohen when responding to the dating rumors. "I have to say, Simu is just a friend of mine...No one ever believes me." 

Romance rumors aside, Simu is having quite the sporty week. In addition to presenting at the ESPYS, the actor also participated in the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game at Dodger Stadium.

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"On this account we post baseball content and baseball content only," Simu wrote on Instagram after the game.

For more red carpet moments from the 2022 ESPYS, keep reading below

Steph & Ayesha Curry

Ayesha in Mônot with Jimmy Choo shoes; styled by Jason Bolden
Stephen in Bottega Veneta with Vacheron Constantin watch and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Jordan Chiles

In Rani Zakhem Couture

Allyson Felix

In Greta Constantine with René Caovilla shoes

Chloe Kim

 In Versace

Ciara & Russell Wilson

Russell in Dolce & Gabbana

Hannah Waddingham


Hannah Ann Sluss & Jake Funk

Jake in Mander By Karn

Dikembe Mutombo


Simu Liu & Jade Bender

Simu in David Yurman jewelry

Mikaela Shiffrin

Styled by Alexandra Mandelkorn 

Val Chmerkovskiy & Jenna Johnson


Terrell Owens


Kristi Yamaguchi


Mookie Betts


Aly Raisman


Mickey Guyton

In Andrew Gn

Quina Brunson

In Prabal Gurung; Styled by Bryon Javar

Katie Ledecky


Bryce Young


Lindsey Vonn

In Gucci

Grant Williams


Aubrey Plaza

In Et Ochs

Chari Hawkins

In Ines Di Santo

Brandi Chastain

Jay Pharoah

Sunisa Lee

In David Yurman jewelry

Alison Brie

In Roberto Cavalli

Megan Rapinoe


Evander Kane


John Boyega

In Paul Smith

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