It’s not secret that 2020 has been quite a difficult year for so many people, but amidst the chaos, some of our favorite stars have flourished in new relationships. While the coronavirus lockdowns around the world took a toll on a lot of couples, these new celebrity pairs seem to be stronger than ever after starting their romances during trying times.
Rihanna & A$AP Rocky
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, both 32, reportedly turned their longtime friendship into something more in 2020. Rihanna invited him to spend the holidays with her in Barbados, a huge sign of how happy she is with him.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were even photographed holding hands amid a romantic stroll in Barbados, where Rihanna grew up, amid the holiday season. Long before they were lovers, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were also collaborators; Rocky is featured on Rihanna’s 2013 track “Cockiness (Love It),” and the rapper also opened for RiRi’s U.S. performances on her Diamonds World Tour in 2013.
Simone Biles & Jonathan Owens
Simone Biles, 23, became Instagram official with Houston Texans player Jonathan Owens, 25, in August. The happy new couple has continued to show off their affection for one another on Instagram, and even celebrated Christmas together. They started dating after Simone Biles split from fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr.
Cody Simpson & Marloes Stevens
Four months after his split from Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson became Instagram official with model Marloes Stevens. Before the romance was confirmed on Cody Simpson’s mother Ashley Simpson, Instagram, the couple were first spotted together in Malibu on Nov. 4. Marloes Stevens was pictured giving Cody a kiss on the cheek at lunch, making it clear that Cody had officially moved on from his last relationship.
Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox
Following her shocking split from actor Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox was spotted getting cozy with Machine Gun Kelly in May. The pair were seen out and about on Megan Fox’s 34th birthday, and grew even more close as the summer went on. In July, the two became Instagram official “Waited for eternity to find you again,” Machine Gun Kelly captioned a black and white snap with Megan Fox. After months of dating, the two also made their red carpet debut at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22 — and they looked SO happy together.
Kaia Gerber & Jacob Elordi
Fans first speculated that something could be going on between Kaia Gerber and Jacob Elordi after they were spotted together in fan photos on Twitter during Labor Day Weekend in September. Once the news of their relationship was out in the open, they didn’t try to hide it anymore. They were photographed out and about constantly after that, and at the end of September, he even joined her family on vacation. Jacob Elordi was pictured soaking up the sun in Mexico with Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber — so it appears the parents approve.
Rebel Wilson & Jacob Busch
Rebel Wilson spent a lot of 2020 focused on herself and garnering a healthy lifestyle. In the midst of working to reach her weight loss goal, she also fell in love. News of Rebel Wilson’s new relationship with Jacob Busch went public in mid-September when they posted their first Instagram photo together. That same day, they made their red carpet debut as a couple. Since then, they’ve been spending a lot of time together, and have been heating up social media with more steamy pics, as well.
Katie Holmes & Emilio Vitolo Jr.
Katie Holmes is absolutely smitten with her new man, Emilio Vitolo Jr., who she started dating in 2020. Katie was super private about her last relationship, with Jamie Foxx, which ended in 2019. However, with Emilio Vitolo Jr., she isn’t hiding anything. The two have been photographed making out, holding hands, going on dinner dates and more. They’ve been spending their time together in New York City, and can’t seem to get enough of one another.
Jordyn Woods & Karl-Anthony Towns
After months of dating rumors, Jordyn Woods and Karl-Anthony Towns went public with their relationship during her 23rd birthday vacation in September. Once the romance became Instagram official, the lovebirds continued to post pics and videos together on social media. Jordyn Woods and Karl-Anthony Towns have actually been friends for quite some time, but she explained that the friendship turned into something more after the death of the NBA star’s mother earlier this year. Jordyn Woods lost her father to cancer in 2017, so she and Karl-Anthony Towns were able to connect on a deeper level than ever before.
Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas sparked romance rumors as far back as February 2020. The pair went on a trip to Ana de Armas’s native Cuba after they met while filming Deep Water in November 2019. The onscreen chemistry clearly contributed to their offscreen romance because the two have been inseparable ever since. They’ve enjoyed walks through Ben Affleck’s Los Angeles neighborhood, coffee runs, and Ana de Armas even met Ben Affleck’s kids, whom he shares with Jennifer Garner. If that’s not a sign of a serious relationship, we’re not sure what is.
Skylar Astin & Lisa Stelly
Pitch Perfect alum Skylar Astin had a bit of a rocky start to 2020. The end of 2019 saw Skylar navigating his divorce from his former co-star Anna Camp, who also went on to find new love with Michael Johnson. Fortunately, the Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist star found love with Lisa Stelly. He went Instagram official with the entrepreneur on July 11, posting a sweet pool selfie with the accomplished businesswoman.
Ariana Grande & Dalton Gomez
After a very public relationship, engagement, and split from Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande chose to keep her next relationship under wraps. But during the debut of her music video “Stuck With U,” featuring Justin Bieber, Ari revealed her new love with Dalton Gomez! The two finally went Instagram official in a series of photos for her 27th birthday on June 26. Of course, Dalton Gomez provided major inspiration for Ariana Grande’s latest album, Positions, which dropped earlier this year.
Lady Gaga & Michael Polansky
Lady Gaga was ready to show off her love all over Instagram after getting together with businessman Michael Polansky at the start of 2020. The two were first pictured cuddling up in a boat in a Feb. 3 post Lady Gaga shared to Instagram. Since then, the Grammy-winner has shown off her love across social media.
Liam Hemsworth & Gabriella Brooks
Just after the start of the new year, Liam Hemsworth got together with fellow Aussie Gabriella Brooks. Given the attention on Liam Hemsworth following his high-profile split from Miley Cyrus, the two have kept things pretty quiet, only being seen out and about in Los Angeles and Australia from time to time. Clearly, however, the two are very close and their romance has blossomed as the year has gone on.