Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson have been dating for almost five years, but they tend to keep many aspects of their relationship private.
Martin started dating Johnson sometime in 2017 after he and his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow “intentionally uncoupled” in 2014 and finalized their breakup in 2016.
Since then, the two have maintained a highly private relationship that seems to involve a lot of intimate dates, beach walks, and trips with Martin and Paltrow’s kids.
The couple hasn’t said much about one another, but they have provided a few glances into their shared lives. During a Coldplay concert in October 2021, Martin openly dedicated his song “Universe” to his girlfriend. She’s here, and this is about my universe, he added.
Johnson also made a brief mention of her connection with Martin in December 2021. She said to Elle, “It’s good to be at home and be comfy and private.”
The couple hasn’t responded to the rumors of their engagement, despite them circulating.
Here is all you need to know about Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson’s romance, from a modest sushi date to their peaceful life together in Malibu.
Continue reading for a look back at Martin and Johnson’s whirlwind romance!
Johnson and Martin were first seen out together in Los Angeles’s sushi district in October 2017 on what appears to be a romantic date.
A source told PEOPLE that they were “comfortable, laughing and hugging.” The couple’s representatives were silent at the time of the sighting.
Johnson was spotted at a Coldplay event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a month later. Numerous admirers shared photographs of Johnson taking in the event on social media, as PEOPLE reported at the time.
Early in 2018, the couple kept up their relationship and was seen out on a number of intimate dates in Los Angeles.
The two were observed dining together on a Friday night at Malibu’s Soho House in January. “Chris’ car brought Dakota and him there. They got together with friends and had a good time, “According to a witness, PEOPLE. “Both of them exuded happiness. They exited the restaurant together and were playful.”
Martin and Johnson were seen walking arm in arm on the seashore later that month. They spent “the majority of the weekends together in Malibu,” an insider claimed.
Later, the couple debuted in front of the public at Stella McCartney’s Autumn 2018 Collection. The couple opted to use a private entrance rather than make their red carpet entry, as PEOPLE reported.
Despite possibly being camera-shy, they appeared to show their love during the event. A witness stated, “They entered holding hands and Dakota was not letting go – she was extremely into the PDA.” She put her arm through Chris’ when he let go of her hand.
During an interview with Digital Spy in January, Johnson’s father, Don Johnson, also seemed to corroborate the allegations of his daughter’s connection. “Yes, that is, er, alarming, isn’t it? No, she’s a big girl and is capable of managing herself! “said he.
In a 2018 interview with Tatler, Johnson finally appeared to recognize her connection with Martin after over a year of rumors.
She reportedly stated just, “I’m not going to talk about it, but I am very happy,” according to E! News.
Over Thanksgiving dinner in November 2018, Johnson first met the family, which in this instance included Martin’s ex-wife Paltrow, her current husband Brad Falchuk, and their two children, Apple and Moses.
They are a very modern family and had a terrific time enjoying altogether, a source told PEOPLE.
Johnson and Martin were caught swimming in the New York Hamptons in August 2019. Paltrow and Falchuk then joined them, and the three of them spent some time at the beach together.
In a Harper’s Bazaar interview from 2020, Paltrow discussed her ex-new husband’s relationship in detail.
She and Martin remained close even after getting divorced, as Paltrow recounted. “To constantly remake your relationship with your ex—likely because you have kids together—is a lifetime commitment. If you don’t have children together, I don’t see a reason to do it “She spoke.
She clarified how Johnson had blended into their household. “I love her. 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,” she said. “I always start to think of the ampersand sign — what else can you bring in, instead of being resistant to or being made insecure by? There’s so much juice in leaning into something like that.”
Martin and the rest of Coldplay worked together professionally on Coldplay’s “Cry Cry Cry” music in February 2020, with Johnson serving as the band’s director.
But Johnson assured Marie Claire that she received no preferential treatment as a result of their connection. Like every other filmmaker, I wrote the story and submitted it to the band, and they chose mine — not because they were favoring me in any way, she added.
After pictures of the actress were released showing her with a sizable emerald ring on her left hand, rumors started to spread that Johnson and Martin were engaged in December 2020. The representatives for Johnson and Martin were silent at the time.
Early in 2021, Johnson and Martin relocated into a Malibu joint residence. While Johnson “would seem like more of a city girl” in the early stages of their relationship, a source told PEOPLE shortly after their relocation that she was loving life in Malibu.
She seemed to be enjoying it equally as Chris, according to the insider. “They frequently stroll the beach since they both like being outside. They also assist neighborhood eateries.”
Martin rarely discusses his relationship with Johnson in public, but in 2021, when Coldplay performed in London, the singer lovingly recognized Johnson.
Martin said, “This is about my universe, and she’s here,” in a fan-filmed introduction to the song “My Universe.” Then Johnson may be seen dancing in the front balcony row.
In the beginning, Don Johnson could have been skeptical of his daughter’s relationship with Martin, but by November 2021, he seemed to be a big supporter of her boyfriend.
On Good Day New York, he responded to a question regarding the rumors of an engagement by saying, “Oh goodness. My thoughts are limited to the next seven to eight seconds.”
But he’s a nice guy, so if she’s happy, I’ll be happy too, he said. “Additionally, I would assume that there will be grandchildren available for that if she decided to get married in the near future. That portion would excite me quite a bit.”
Martin briefly interrupted a Sundance Film Festival Zoom event in January 2022, giving viewers another look at Johnson and Martin’s friendship.
Johnson spoke with interviewer Charlie Sextro, co-star Vanessa Burghardt, and director and writer Cooper Raiff during a Zoom interview for the movie Cha Cha Real Smooth. There was a slight pause while Johnson tried to connect when Sextro introduced her to the line.
A short while later, Martin’s video connected to show her laughing with him. He had evidently assisted his girlfriend with some technical issues. As he swiftly exited the room, Martin flashed a peace sign.
Johnson and Martin assisted Barbra Streisand is celebrating her 80th birthday with a tea gathering in April 2022. Streisand shared a picture from the event with the pair, along with her husband James Brolin and stepson Josh Brolin, who was also present.