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Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson's Relationship Timeline

It’s “Us Against the World!” Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson have kept their romance relatively private — but their story is as sweet as any love song.

Us Weekly exclusively confirmed in December 2017 that the Coldplay singer had moved on with the Fifty Shades of Grey star less than two years after his divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow was finalized in July 2016. The exes — who share daughter Apple and son Moses — announced their “conscious uncoupling” in March 2014 after a decade of marriage.

The unlikely couple had been spotted out together on multiple occasions in late 2017 before a source told Us that they were “definitely dating” and getting serious. “They’ve gotten to know each other really well and are very comfortable with one another,” the insider added at the time. “Chris sends Dakota his music to get her opinion. It’s more than just a fling.”

A separate source at the time noted that Martin was drawn to Johnson’s free spirit. “Chris is very young at heart so it makes sense for him to be with someone younger,” the insider said. “He likes creative types so it makes sense that he dates actresses. That’s just one of the ways Dakota is very much his type.”

Much of their relationship was kept under wraps, but the “Fix You” singer and the Texas native hit a rough patch in the summer of 2019. At the time, rumors surfaced that Martin had packed on the PDA with Dua Lipa at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K., sparking speculation that he and Johnson had split. (A rep for Martin later denied the kiss had ever happened.)

Shortly after reports of their breakup made waves, the British musician supported Johnson at a handful of press events in August 2019. All signs pointed to a rekindled romance — and Paltrow played a big part in their reunion. “Gwyneth is the one who pushed them to do it,” a source exclusively revealed at the time. “Gwyneth is happy if Chris is happy. She only wants the best for him.”

The Politician actress, for her part, tied the knot with Brad Falchuk in September 2018. While the two couples have a friendly rapport, Paltrow previously admitted that coparenting with her ex-husband hasn’t always been simple.

“Chris and I committed to putting them first and that’s harder than it looks because some days you really don’t want to be with the person that you are getting divorced from,” the Shakespeare in Love star said on The Drew Barrymore Show in September 2020. “But if you’re committed to having family dinner then you do it. You take a deep breath, and you look the person in the eye, and you remember your pact, and you smile, and you hug and you recommit to this new relationship that you are trying to foster.”

Keep scrolling for a look back at Martin and Johnson’s whirlwind love story!

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December 2017

Us exclusively confirmed in December 2017 that the pair were “definitely dating” after they jetted off to Israel for a romantic getaway. The duo had also been spotted together at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. “It’s more than just a fling,” a source revealed.

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May 2018

Melanie Griffith, Johnson’s mom, gave her daughter’s new beau a major seal of approval while speaking to Us and other reporters at a women’s empowerment event. “I adore him!” Griffith gushed. “She is very private about her life and I respect that.”

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September 2018

The Suspiria star made a rare comment about her romance during an interview with Tatler, admitting that she was “very happy” with the “Yellow” crooner. A source later told Us that Martin was “head over heels” and was already considering engagement.

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June 2019

Nearly two years into their relationship, the duo sparked rumors that there was trouble in paradise. At the time, Martin was rumored to have locked lips with Dua Lipa at Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. — but his rep denied the reports. “They were both in the same area of the festival with a larger group of friends,” the rep told the Daily Mail.

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August 2019

Less than two months after their connection cooled off, Johnson and the “Something Just Like This” singer rekindled their spark. Martin joined his girlfriend at the Los Angeles premiere of The Peanut Butter Falcon days after the duo hit a wrap party for The High Note.


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January 2020

One big, blended family! During an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Goop founder revealed her true feelings about her ex-husband’s new flame. “I love her,” Paltrow said. “I can see how it would seem weird because it’s sort of unconventional. But I think, in this case, just having passed through it iteratively, I just adore her.” A source previously told Us that Paltrow “pushed” the pair to reconcile after their brief 2019 split.

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May 2020

Johnson directed the music video for Coldplay’s 2019 single “Cry Cry Cry” — but she insisted that there wasn’t any special treatment. “I wrote the story and pitched it to the band like every other director did, and they chose mine,” she told Marie Claire of the experience, joking, “Not because they’re partial to me at all.”


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December 2020

Next steps? Johnson was photographed sporting a huge emerald ring on her left hand while shopping for the 2020 holidays, instantly sparking speculation that Martin had proposed. Neither star commented on the rumors at the time.


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January 2021

The “In My Place” artist and the Lost Daughter actress dropped millions on a Malibu mansion in January 2021 and were “making it their primary residence,” per a source. “They are really thrilled and happy with their purchase,” an insider exclusively revealed, adding that the twosome were “very excited to move in” together.


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