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Tom Holland explains why his relationship with Zendaya is 'worth its weight in gold'

The 'Spider-Man' actor, 27, and costar, Zendaya, 26, have been officially dating since September 2021.

Tom Holland explains why his relationship with Zendaya is 'worth its weight in gold'
Cover Image Source: Tom Holland and Zendaya attend the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' on December 13, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Tom Holland and Zendaya have been pretty low-key about their relationship since going Instagram official in September 2021. They have been rumored to be dating for years, right from the time they co-starred in 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Now, the actors can not be more in love as Holland recently revealed what keeps their relationship strong.

Tom Holland and Zendaya attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 10, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Tom Holland and Zendaya attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 10, 2021, in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

In Monday's episode of Wondery's Smartless podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, the 27-year-old shared that it's all about understanding each other. "I'm lucky that I have someone like Zendaya in my life," Holland said. "It's interesting being in a romantic relationship with someone that is in the same boat as you. You can share your experiences and all that sort of stuff—and that's worth its weight in gold."


 
 
 
 
 
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Holland also spoke about his relationship in a recent chat with BuzzFeed while answering a question about his "rizz" (a.k.a. charisma or charm). "I have no rizz whatsoever; I have limited rizz," the actor said, addressing the "secret to" his supposed rizz. "I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work."

"The Crowded Room" actor added, "I'm happy and in love so I've got no need for rizz." Holland also admitted that Zendaya was always his celebrity crush and that now she's not just his girlfriend but also his meme partner. "She sends me too much, it's like, I can't keep up," he shared. "I delete my Instagram for days at a time. I download it to post and then I have to check my messages, and I'll have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of things from her."

The couple appeared on The Graham Norton Show in December 2021, where they talked about how their height difference created some issues while filming stunts. The two were supposed to land together on a bridge as part of the stunt, with MJ (Zendaya) in Spider-Man's arms before he placed her down. But because she's taller, the actress' feet hit the ground first. Holland joked, "She would land, and then I would sort of land like this, and then my feet would swing from underneath me, and she would catch me. It's so nice to be caught for a change."



 

Moreover, the couple previously discussed the public's fixation over their height disparity at a Sirius XM Town Hall event. After calling height stereotypes "ridiculous," Holland told host, Jessica Shaw, "I remember when we were doing the Spider-Man screen tests... but every girl that we tested for both roles was taller than me. I wonder whether that was a decision [director] Jon [Watts] had made. There was no one that tested that was shorter than I was. To be fair, I am quite short. So maybe that was a decision Jon Watts made and something he was aware of and wanted to break the stereotype. I think it's great."



 

In a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Holland confessed that the couple prefers to keep their relationship private and are "two very busy people" in their careers. "Our relationship is something that we are incredibly protective of and we want to keep as sacred as possible," Holland told the publication. "We don't think that we owe it to anyone, it's our thing, and it has nothing to do with our careers."


 
 
 
 
 
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