For months, rumors have circulated that Euphoria co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Elordi were secretly dating after they were seen on multiple vacations together. Neither said anything initially, but now Elordi is ready to set the record straight to GQ Australia.
When asked about the rumors about their relationship, Elordi friend-zoned Zendaya in the most loving and effective way. “She’s like my sister,” he said.
He proceeded to praise her like a proud little brother, making it clear the entire Euphoria cast is pretty close. “Zendaya is an amazing creative, you know?” he started. “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.”
Zendaya and Elordi were last seen in Sydney on Friday. According to Daily Mail, they took a walk in the city with Elordi’s parents and Zendaya’s bodyguards. Elordi is from Brisbane, Australia, but the two were in town for work. Both were honored by GQ Australia at its Men of the Year awards; Zendaya was the magazine’s Woman of the Year and Elordi was GQ Australia‘s TV Actor of the Year.
At the ceremony, Zendaya gave a poignant speech about embracing the moment you’re in. “I feel like sometimes I go, and I go, and I go—and I think a lot of us can relate to this—but you go so hard and sometimes you forget to just kind of stop and take in moments like this,” Zendaya said, via Buzzfeed. “Sometimes, I feel like I work so much I forget about life, and to actually be present in these kinds of moments where you can look around the room amongst people that you appreciate and just take it in. And just be happy…and just be alive for a second. So that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna take a second, look around, and be like ‘Holy shit, this is happening. Pretty cool.’ And please, everyone take a look around at just how beautiful everything is. And just enjoy it.”