Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers are, no doubt, among the cutest couples of 2021. The Normal People actor and “Motion Sickness” singer appeared to confirm months (and months!) of dating rumors at the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 6, when they posed for pictures on the red carpet with their arms adorably wrapped around one another. And — though this was their first official public appearance as a couple — their romance stretches all the way back to a Twitter exchange in the spring of 2020. Which, much like their photos at the gala, is unbelievably sweet.
On May 11, 2020, Bridgers tweeted that she’d finished watching Normal People, the series in which Mescal starred as Connell Waldron (and, you know, made everyone wish their boyfriend wore a silver chain). “[Finished] normal people and now I’m sad and horny oh wait [sic],” Bridgers wrote. To which Mescal replied, “I’m officially dead.”
But their Twitter convo didn’t end there! Bridgers then replied to say, “noo don’t die your so talented aha [sic.]” And Mescal quipped back, “Too late… Dead,” accompanied by a GIF of a woman sliding off a couch.
It was silly and charming and the perfect digital meet-cute for this pair. Here’s a look at their relationship timeline in the months since.
May 2020: Bridgers & Mescal Host An Instagram Live Together
Later that month — on May 21, 2021 — Bridgers and Mescal teamed up to host an Instagram Live for Wonderland magazine, during which Bridgers interviewed Mescal (and his plant, Henry).
“I feel like I should be interviewing you because honestly, like, I think it’s well-documented that I love your music,” Mescal said, making Bridgers blush. I mean, have you ever heard anything cuter?
Rumor has it, once their Instagram interview was over, the two continued chatting and enjoying drinks over Zoom, as reported by The Mirror. And not long after that, Mescal reportedly invited Bridgers to visit Ireland, where she flew to see him that July.
June 2020: Bridgers Said Mescal Gave Her Heart “A Little Pitter-Patter”
In an interview with NME that ran the following month, Bridgers was quick to call Mescal “the cute boy” from Normal People and saying she “got a little pitter-patter in [her] heart” when she saw he’d followed her on Instagram.
July 2020: Bridgers & Mescal Hang Out In Ireland
While it’s unclear whether Bridgers flew to Ireland specifically to see Mescal or just to enjoy the Irish countryside, the two were spotted canoodling at a cafe in Kinsale that July, officially launching a flurry of dating rumors.
December 2020: Mescal Appears In Bridgers’ Music Video
Months later, Mescal and Bridgers publicly joined forces again to bring Bridgers’ new song, “Savior Complex,” to life. Mescal starred in the song’s music video, directed by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
February 2021: Bridgers Wishes Mescal A Happy Birthday On Instagram
On Feb. 2, 2021, Bridgers wished Mescal a happy 25th birthday on her Instagram story, saying, “Happy birthday pizza boy @paulmescal.” How deliciously sweet!
October 2021: Bridgers & Mescal Step Out For Halloween
For most of 2021, things were pretty quiet on the Bridgers’ and Mescal front, with little news of the couple making headlines. On Oct. 31, though, the two appeared in a photo dump on comedian Ziwe Fumudoh’s Instagram page, seemingly dressed as Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox in coordinated black ensembles.
November 2021: Bridgers & Mescal Make Their First Official Public Appearance Together
And then (and then!), on Nov. 6, Bridgers and Mescal gave us the greatest gift of all: A public appearance at the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles — locked in a loose embrace — essentially confirming that yes, they are indeed a couple.
That same day, Bridgers also tweeted that, “paul thinks thousand island is called hundred years sauce [sic].” Which is just so charming I can barely even handle it.
December 2021: Bridgers & Mescal Become Insta-Official
Posted without comment or caption, Bridgers shared an adorable selfie with Mescal (looking like he’s about to kiss her cheek!) on her Instagram page on Dec. 11, further verifying their relationship. And the internet subsequently lost its mind.
MTV commented to say, “i’m prying (pretty crying) [sic].” Same, MTV.
Now, goodness knows what’s to come from these two, but we’re looking forward to more little hints at their connection and revelations about Thousand Island dressing in the future.