Actress Dakota Johnson‘s romance with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has been so private that fans rarely know what their current status is. In more than four years together, they’ve never walked a red carpet, and have only been photographed in each other’s presence a handful of times. But the Fifty Shades of Grey star gave a rare update on how the pair are doing.

In an interview for the February 2022 issue of Elle UK, the 32-year-old beauty confessed, “We’ve been together for quite a while, and we go out sometimes. But we both work so much that it’s nice to be at home and be cozy and private.”

The couple often host their entertainment industry friends for gatherings at their home on Malibu’s point dume. “Most of the partying takes place inside my house,” Dakota revealed.

The two were spotted hand in hand during a sushi date in May 2022. Chris, 45, and Dakota seemed blissful and in love while filling their stomachs at Sushi Park in West Hollywood, California.

Dakota and Chris started dating in 2017, more than three years after his “conscious uncoupling” from ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow. The Iron Man actress is a total fan of her former husband’s partner, as she’s gushed in the press about Dakota more than Chris himself has.

“I love her,” Gwyneth shared about Dakota in the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “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.”

While Chris rarely speaks about his romance with Dakota, he credited her for his band’s partnership with Subpac during a July 2022 appearance on CBS Mornings. 

“My partner, she said, ‘I got you a Christmas present, a Subpac,’” he said. “She said, ‘It’s like what Finneas [O’Connell] wears on stage when he’s with Billie [Eilish].’ And it vibrates, so it’s useful for someone like Finneas to hear where the one is on the bass drum.”

The British singer has also made his presence in Dakota’s life known in several videos. In March 2020, shortly after COVID-19 home lockdowns began, Dakota did a hilarious Instagram tutorial on how to properly wash one’s hands in front of her kitchen sink. But the arms and hands shown in the video were Chris’, as he stood behind her off camera and put his limbs in the frame.

Chris made hilarious gestures as Dakota tried to keep from bursting out laughing, as she ad-libbed along to his over-the-top handwashing and countertop drenching antics. The video proved how fun and adorable the pair are together without having to even show Chris’ face.

More recently, the “Sky Full of Stars” singer was there to play AV tech when Dakota did a virtual discussion with the team behind the film Cha Cha Real Smooth for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2022. Her video screen popped in at the last minute after an apparent technical difficulty, and showed Chris seated next to Dakota, helping fix whatever had gone wrong. The pair smiled and burst out laughing, as the musician then got up and left the room, flashing the peace sign on the way out and letting Dakota go about her work.

The Black Mass actress opened up about her desire to keep her relationship private — attributing it to her upbringing as the daughter of two celebrities — during an interview for the cover of Vanity Fair’s July/August 2022 issue. “Maybe I think about relationships like that differently because I grew up in my family,” she said.


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