Why Zendaya’s Ex Jacob Elordi and Kaia Gerber Are Skipping the 2020 Emmys

Tonight, Euphoria‘s Zendaya is up for her first-ever Emmys nomination—as well as the show’s first—for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. But her co-star and off-screen ex-boyfriend Jacob Elordi opted not to be there for the virtual festivities. Elordi was not seen during the remote red carpet portion, nor was Elordi’s new rumored girlfriend Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter. In fact, Elordi and Gerber were last seen on vacation this Friday in Los Cabos, Mexico, with Gerber’s parents. They were photographed being cuddly in a pool there.

Elordi and Zendaya never confirmed their relationship but were photographed kissing in New York City in February 2020. A source told E! then that “Jacob and Zendaya have been seeing each other for months now. They started as close friends but it became romantic after their show ended.”

The source continued, “They have been inseparable since last summer and have been making time for each other in between projects,” adding, “Jacob has met Zendaya’s family, and everyone adores him. They have a lot of fun together and have a lot in common.”

When exactly that relationship ended is unknown. Elordi was first seen with Gerber in September 2020. They were photographed getting dinner together at Nobu Malibu on Tuesday—the same day as Zendaya’s 24th birthday.

A source told E! at the time that the two weren’t dating yet, but Elordi would love for something to happen. “Jacob definitely has interest in dating Kaia, but there is nothing serious going on there,” the source said. “They have many mutual friends and have hung out many times in the past. They both have very chill personalities and similar interests. Jacob makes Kaia laugh and her family adores him.”

No outlet has reported on Elordi and Zendaya’s current relationship status.

Back in January, before photos of them kissing came out, Zendaya and Elordi tried to play off dating rumors. Zendaya called Elordi her “best friend” when presenting an award to him at the American Australian Association Arts Awards.

Elordi said Zendaya was like family in an interview published in GQ Australia in December 2019. “She’s like my sister,” he said. “Zendaya is an amazing creative, you know? She’s super dope to work with. She’s an incredible artist and a very caring person to all of us. But we’re all really close. There is not one weak link in that show. We’ve spent so much time together and everyone is just so cool to work with. Sam Levinson is just a genius and working with him, it was just like electricity all the time. I was in awe. Like a kid in a candy shop.”

News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).

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