EXCLUSIVE: Zendaya 'Expected' Tom Holland Dating Rumors, Talks 21st Birthday Plans

She spoke with ET's Denny Directo at Variety's Power of Young Hollywood event on Tuesday.

Zendaya isn’t sweating the rumors surrounding her love life! The Spider-Man: Homecoming star was recently linked to her British pal and co-star, Tom Holland, but refuted the claims both on social media and in Variety’s new “Power of Young Hollywood” issue.

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The stunning actress opened up to ET’s Denny Directo at Variety's Power of Young Hollywood event, sponsored by H&M, on Tuesday, noting that the reports don’t bother her after years in the business.

“It happens all the time, and of course we expected it,” Zendaya dished. “I mean, it comes with the territory. It comes with the job, so it's all good.”

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In the magazine, the Disney Channel star made it clear that she was not dating Holland, adding, “We are friends. He’s a great dude. He’s literally one of my best friends. This past how many months we’ve had to do press tours together. There’s very few people that will understand what that’s like at 20 years old."

Zendaya also told ET that “of course” dating is hard as a young actress in Hollywood, but that’s not the only limitation that she and others face.

“It's hard to date at any age. It doesn’t matter where you are, either,” she said. “It's just hard to date in general, you know? Sometimes it’s hard to find people that you really click with or really understand you, and add on top of that the fact that my lifestyle is very different, so it’s tough, but I'm chillin’.”

And as she prepares to turn 21 in early September, Zendaya has a laid-back approach to the milestone birthday.


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“[I’m] doing nothing,” she insisted. “I know you're supposed to do something big for your 21st, but I don’t know, that's not really my style. So I'll probably just hang out with my family you know do something really chill.”

For more from Variety’s event, watch the clip below!