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Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton — Inside Their Relationship Timeline

Bettina Dizon
Jul 04, 2022
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Actors Zawe Ashton and Tom Hiddleston live private lives, protecting their romantic relationship from the media since it began in 2019. They are now happily engaged and expecting a baby.

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Zawe Ashton made the special screening of "Mr. Malcolm's List" more memorable with the news of her pregnancy with Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston. Although the evening was not graced by the "Thor" star's presence, Ashton was accompanied by her co-stars.

The couple began their love story in 2019 when they met for a stage play. It didn't take long for them to fall in love and start dating. However, Ashton and Hiddleston kept their relationship on the down-low and away from the press.

Zawe Ashton and Tom HIddleston during the "Sea Wall / A Life" Broadway Opening Night at the Hudson Theater in New York | Source: Getty Images

Zawe Ashton and Tom HIddleston during the "Sea Wall / A Life" Broadway Opening Night at the Hudson Theater in New York | Source: Getty Images

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Ashton and Hiddleston are over the moon as they anticipate the arrival of their first child. The actor is yet to make a statement about his journey toward fatherhood.

AUGUST 2019

Hiddleston and Ashton met in August 2019 while starring in "Betrayal" alongside Charlie Cox. The trio moved to New York City when the play went to Broadway, and while living together, they became closer than ever.

The play revolved around Hiddleston and Ashton's love story and the affair that plagued their relationship. Hiddleston landed the role of Robert, while Ashton played his on-stage love interest, Emma.

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 Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton during the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 dinner red carpet arrivals in London, England on March 13, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton during the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 dinner red carpet arrivals in London, England on March 13, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

The storyline for "Betrayal" is summarized in the title and centers around Emma's infidelity as she cheats with her husband's best friend. Although their stage roles did not have a steady relationship, the actors were already falling in love behind the scenes.

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The same month, Hiddleston and Ashton were spotted at the US Open, sparking romance rumors. Still, they remained quiet about their status and kept their love under wraps.

SEPTEMBER 2021

It wasn't until September 2021 that they made their relationship public at the Tony Awards, where Hiddleston was honored with a Best Leading Actor nomination for his performance in "Betrayal." This event marked their public debut as a couple.

Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton during the first gala performance of "Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club" on December 11, 2021, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton during the first gala performance of "Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club" on December 11, 2021, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Throughout their relationship, Hiddleston and Ashton kept their relationship private. "Everyone is entitled to a private life," the actor previously said. "My work is in the public sphere, and I have a private life, and those two things are separate."

Fans were thrilled for their favorite Marvel character. "I'm very happy," Hiddleston said in June when asked about his engagement.

DECEMBER 2021

About a year after Ashton was cast as the "Captain Marvel 2" main antagonist, she posed for a photo with Hiddleston's "Avengers: Endgame" co-star, Brie Larson.

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MARCH 2022

Ashton and Hiddleston have not yet tied the knot. However, they got engaged after three years of dating. Rumors about their engagement started when the actress was seen with a beautiful ring on her finger as she attended the 2022 BAFTA Awards.

It didn't take long before Us Weekly confirmed the news of their engagement. Fans were thrilled for their favorite Marvel character.

JUNE 2022

In June 2022, Vogue confirmed that the pair was expecting their first child. Shortly after the pregnancy news came out, Hiddleston spoke about his engagement. "I'm very happy," Hiddleston said.

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TOM HIDDLESTON ON WHY HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ZAWE ASHTON IS SO PRIVATE

Hiddleston and Ashton have kept their relationship private from the beginning, but it isn't the first time the actor has been quiet about his personal life. According to a source:

"Tom has always been a very, very private person. Behind the scenes, they would just privately be affectionate and hugging and sitting next to each other and holding hands."

The source also revealed that both Hiddleston and Ashton enjoy the quiet life away from the scrutiny that comes with the entertainment industry.

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Tom Hiddleston drops by the Build Series to discuss his Broadway debut on "Betrayal" at Build Studio on November 07, 2019, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston drops by the Build Series to discuss his Broadway debut on "Betrayal" at Build Studio on November 07, 2019, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

"Their lives are typically very busy," the insider said. "So spending time together while not working has been something they have both embraced."

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Meanwhile, Hiddleston revealed that his previous dating experiences taught him how to value his privacy. The "Kong: Skull Island" star knows that each person deserves to have a private life, and although he loves and is committed to his craft, he does not want conflict between his personal and professional life.

Despite attempts to keep quiet about his personal life, news outlets continue to write about the actor, especially with every sighting of him. As a result, reports about his love life continue to circulate on the internet. Among them was news that he had moved in with Ashton and was ready to settle down.

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WHO DID TOM HIDDLESTON DATE BEFORE ZAWE ASHTON?

Hiddleston famously dated several high-profile celebrities in previous years. In 2008, he met Susannah Fielding on the set of "Wallander" and pursued a romantic relationship with her. Unfortunately, their short-lived romance only lasted for three months.

It wasn't until years later that Hiddleston was linked to another actress, Jessica Chastain. Although the duo never confirmed their relationship, Chastain revealed that she no longer wanted to date actors in 2013. She said:

"I have dated an actor before, at Juilliard, but since then, I've only been on a couple of dates with one, and I was so freaked out someone was going to take pictures of us because they were famous."

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 Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain during the "Crimson Peak" New York premiere on October 14, 2015, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain during the "Crimson Peak" New York premiere on October 14, 2015, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

The same year, Hiddleston was linked to Jane Arthy. He didn't talk about their relationship much but said in an interview that he hoped to one day be able to discuss it "when there's really something to write home about."

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Hiddleston's sisters significantly impacted his life, particularly how he understands and supports women. Due to his matriarchal upbringing, he knew more about injustices toward women.

In 2015, Hiddleston sparked dating rumors with his "I Saw The Light" co-star, Elizabeth Olsen. According to an insider, although the pair was seen out together on several occasions, it was just casual.

The "WandaVision" actress later addressed the rumors and said they were friends who had known each other for years. It just so happened that they were having dinner when people saw them.

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Hiddleston famously dated award-winning singer Taylor Swift in 2016 after they met at Anna Wintour's pre-Met Gala party in New York. However, like his previous relationship with Fielding, they called it off after three months.

His next known relationship was with Ashton, and she is now his fiancée. Unfortunately, her dating history is not publicly known.

As a celebrity, Hiddleston's private life always sparks curiosity among his fans. However, he is not the only Hiddleston to watch out for in the entertainment industry.

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The "Crimson Peak" star grew up surrounded by strong women – his mother and two sisters – who were all independent and hardworking. One of his sisters, Emma Hiddleston, also pursued an acting career. She is known for her stints in "Endeavour," "Wolf Hall," and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt."

Emma studied anthropology at the University of Cambridge and starred in several productions there. Meanwhile, the other Hiddleston sibling, Sarah Hiddleston, chose a career in journalism. She currently lives in India, her husband's home country.

"I have family in India," Hiddleston once said. "My sister stays in Chennai, and I've been to India about four times so far."

Tom Hiddleston and Emma Hiddleston at Wimbledon on June 25, 2012, in London | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston and Emma Hiddleston at Wimbledon on June 25, 2012, in London | Source: Getty Images

Hiddleston's sisters significantly impacted his life, particularly how he understands and supports women. Due to his matriarchal upbringing, he knew more about injustices toward women.

The world could certainly learn a thing or two from Hiddleston. Ashton is undoubtedly lucky to have him as a future husband, as he is lucky to have her as a soon-to-be bride.

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