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. Check out which stars heated things up in hot new relationships this year:
Rihanna & A$AP Rocky
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, both 32, reportedly turned their longtime friendship into something more in 2020. News that they were now “dating” surfaced in a report from PEOPLE on Nov. 30, and then “Rihanna invited him to spend the holidays with her in Barbados,” which a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife ahead of Christmas. “It’s a huge sign of how happy she is with him,” the source added.
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.
Tayshia Adams & Zac Clark
Zac Clark walked into Season 16 of The Bachelorette expecting to woo over Clare Crawley. But when she left the show to date contestant Dale Moss, Tayshia Adams stepped in to take over as The Bachelorette lead: thus, Tayshia and Zac’s love story was born. Before the final rose ceremony even took place, Tayshia went ahead and ended her relationship with runner-up Ben Smith, because she knew Zac was the right man for her. Tayshia, 30, and Zac, 36, are still happily engaged, and Tayshia even brought Zac to Laguna Beach to spend Christmas with her family.
Simone Biles & Jonathan Owens
Simone Biles, 23, became Instagram official with Houston Texans player Jonathan Owens,25, in August! “It’s just us,” the Olympic gold medalist captioned the PDA photos above. 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 split from fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr., which Simone revealed happened in early March during her cover story for Vogue.
Cody Simpson & Marloes Stevens
Four months after his split from Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson became Instagram official with model Marloes Stevens. Well, neither Cody or Marloes posted the cute photo of themselves — rather, Cody’s mom Angie Simpson did, a day after Christmas. “Swipe as Twas a magical day,” Angie wrote under the holiday photo, which showed her famous 23-year-old son receiving a sweet hug from the pretty model.
Before the romance was confirmed on the ‘gram, Cody and Marloes were first spotted together in Malibu on Nov. 4. Marloes was pictured giving Cody a kiss on the cheek at lunch, making it clear that Cody had officially moved on from his last relationship.
Chrishell Stause & Keo Motsepe
Chrishell Stause and Keo Motsepe‘s romance didn’t enter the public radar until the very tail-end of 2020. The Selling Sunset star, 39, and Dancing with the Stars pro, 31, first sparked romance speculation after they were pictured on a trip to the gym, their arms intimately wrapped around each other’s backs, on Dec. 2. Chrishell, who previously competed on Dancing with the Stars (but not with Keo as her partner), didn’t let fans speculate too long over their relationship status.
“The internet has absolutely zero chill. So I guess you saw this already, but I’m just gonna leave this here,” Chrishell playfully captioned a sweet PDA photo of her and Keo, which confirmed that they were indeed dating. Chrishell and Keo started dating after Chrishell’s ex-husband, This Is Us star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in Nov. 2019 (which Chrishell learned through a TMZ article).
Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox
Following her shocking split from actor Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox was spotted getting cozy with Machine Gun Kelly (born Richard Colson Baker) in May. The pair were seen out and about on Megan’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,” MGK captioned a black and white snap with Megan. 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 was pictured soaking up the sun in Mexico with Kaia, 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’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.
Teresa Giudice & Louie Ruelas
After divorcing her husband, Joe Giudice, earlier this year, Teresa Giudice has moved on with a new man! Teresa confirmed the relationship with an Instagram post in November, but is keeping the romance low-key for now. In an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she revealed that she’s “taking things slow” with the hunky businessman.
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, 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 and Karl-Anthony 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 lost her father to cancer in 2017, so she and Karl-Anthony were able to connect on a deeper level than ever before.
Ben Affleck & Ana de ArmasBen and Ana sparked romance rumors as far back as February 2020. The pair went on a trip to Ana’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’s Los Angeles neighborhood, coffee runs, and Ana even met Ben’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.
Peter Weber & Kelley Flanagan
Peter Weber‘s journey to find love on The Bachelor was met with a lot of turbulence. Fortunately, after the series wrapped, he journeyed to Chicago and reconnected with former contestant Kelley Flanagan. The pair quarantined together in Kelley’s apartment and, naturally, one thing led to another and the two have been inseparable ever since! In fact, they regularly post about their relationship on social media.
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 provided major inspiration for Ariana’s latest album, Positions, which dropped earlier this year.
Lady Gaga & Michael Polansky
Lady Gaga was ready to show off her “stupid 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 Gaga shared to Instagram. Since then, the Grammy-winner has shown off her love across social media.
Liam Hemsworth & Gabriella BrooksJust after the start of the new year, Liam Hemsworth got together with fellow Aussie Gabriella Brooks! Given the attention on Liam 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!