Tom Holland Makes Rare Comment About His “Sacred” Relationship With Zendaya

Tom Holland got candid about his relationship with Spider-Man: No Way Home costar and girlfriend Zendaya and how the pair approach sharing their romance with the public.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Jun 14, 2023 4:20 PMTags
Watch: Tom Holland Talks His "Sacred" Relationship With Zendaya

Tom Holland's glimpse into his romance with Zendaya will have fans feeling euphoric.

While the pair have largely kept their relationship private over the years, the Crowded Room actor recently gave rare insight into why he and the Euphoria star have made an effort to keep their personal lives out of the spotlight.

"Our relationship is something that we are incredibly protective of and we want to keep as sacred as possible," Tom told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published June 14. "We don't think that we owe it to anyone, it's our thing, and it has nothing to do with our careers."

That's not to say they're not supportive of each other's professional endeavors, as he pointed out that they have attended events together. That is, when their schedules allow it. As for why Zendaya was absent from the New York premiere of Tom's new Apple TV+ series earlier this month?

"She's visiting her grandma," he explained. "We're two very busy people, and we're on the opposite sides of the world at this present time, so she couldn't come."

Zendaya and Tom Holland's Cutest Pics

And though the 27-year-old didn't reveal too much more about their relationship, he did share that, as an avid golfer himself, he and Zendaya sometimes hit the course together. 

"I've given her a few lessons," he explained. "She's very naturally talented, a real athlete, so she picked it up really quickly."

While Tom and Zendaya didn't spark romance rumors until 2021, they were no stranger to crushing on one another onscreen in the Spider-Man films, where the pair play Peter Parker and MJ.


And Tom made it clear to The Hollywood Reporter that he's her no. 1 fan onscreen and off.

"She's wonderful to work with," Tom gushed in the June 14 video accompanying the profile. "She's arguably the most talented person I've ever met. She's amazing." 

In fact, he also shared his first impression of the Dune star after seeing her audition for 2016's Spider-Man: Homecoming, noting, "I was so blown away by how unique her performance was."

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"And also just so interested," he continued, "in the fact that as soon as she left the room, there was a unanimous decision that she was our MJ."

For Tom, it was a decision that ultimately worked out quite well for him—a fact he is happy to concede. With a cheeky smile, he added, "And obviously I'm very happy that she came in and tested that day. I'm sure you can guess why."

Keep reading to see sweet pics from the couple's romantic May 2022 trip to Italy:

That's Amore

The Euphoria actress and the Onward star were spotted embracing each other while on the dock.

All Aboard

The two were among the few that were seen climbing aboard the boat for a magical trip.

Sightseeing for Two

The pair were photographed enjoying their ride out on the water, as Zendaya was seen taking in the view.

Cuddled Up

The Spider-Man stars were seen sitting by side-by-side during their excursion, with Tom's arm around wrapped around his girlfriend.

Pure Euphoria

The Greatest Showman actress was smiling ear-to-ear while chatting with Tom.

Three's Company

The duo weren't the only ones that went along for their boat ride, as Zendaya cradled her beloved puppy, Noon.

A Shoulder to Lean On

The Malcolm & Marie star was seen with her arm draped around her boyfriend as they stood on the dock.

Moment of Magic

The two were seen engrossed in conversation as they sat together at the back of the small boat.

A Ride to Remember

The couple was seen looking out into the water during their quick ride.

Close Companions

Tom is seen snapping a pic of Zendaya and her best buddy during the trio's trip.

Not Ones to Let Go

The duo held hands while standing side-by-side.

Hitting Their Stride

The actors were photographed walking hand-in-hand while on the dock.

Leaning Into Love

Zendaya appeared to lean in to give Tom a quick kiss on the cheek as they stood together.


At one point, the couple was seen gazing into each other's eyes as they held hands.

Time for Two

Zendaya was seen chatting it up with Tom as they took in the sights.

Sailing Away

Tom and Zendaya appeared as close as ever during their smooth-sailing time out on the water.

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