The Complete Timeline of Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson’s Romance

We look back on the couple's love story.
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Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin may be two of the most recognised names in Hollywood, however, their romance is one that has been kept largely out of the public eye. 

When rumours of Chris and Dakota’s new relationship first made headlines in 2017, fans were eager to uncover the inside scoop on the couple’s love story. 

Now, over six years later, the A-listers have reportedly taken their romance to the next level, with sources revealing that the pair are now newly engaged!

WATCH: Dakota Johnson spends Thanksgiving with Chris Martin. 

Despite being together for over six years, the A-listers have kept much of their relationship a closely guarded secret, with both Chris and Dakota only sharing a handful of rare comments on their relationship over the years. 

Keep scrolling to look back on the complete timeline of everything we know about Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson’s relationship. 

Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson’s Relationship Timeline

October 2017: Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson first spotted together

In October 2017, Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson were first spotted together on a romantic sushi date in Los Angeles.

While both representatives for Chris and Dakota declined to comment on their rumoured romance, an eye-witness told People that the pair were “cozy, laughing, and affectionate.” 

November 2017: Dakota Johnson spotted at Coldplay concert

Less than one month after they were first spotted together, Dakota was photographed by fans watching Chris perform on stage during his Coldplay show in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

January 2018: Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson photographed together in Los Angeles

As rumours of their romance continued to circulate, Chris and Dakota were spotted several times together throughout January 2018. 

Speaking to Peoplea source revealed that the new Hollywood couple were spotted together again at Malibu’s Soho House. 

“Chris and Dakota arrived together in Chris’ car. They met up with friends and had a fun night. They both seemed very happy. They were flirty, and also left the restaurant together,” the source shared. 

One week later, the pair were spotted on their first PDA-packed outing as they strolled arm-in-arm along the beach in Malibu. 

The pair have been frequently spotted out and about in Malibu. (Credit: Supplied)

September 2018: Dakota Johnson confirms her relationship with Chris Martin 

While the news may have not come as a surprise to many fans of the couple, Dakota seemingly confirmed her romance with the Coldplay frontman during an interview with Tatler, telling the publication, “I’m not going to talk about [my relationship], but I am very happy.” 

November 2018: Dakota Johnson celebrates Thanksgiving with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

After confirming their relationship, Dakota and Chris reportedly spent their Thanksgiving celebrations with Chris’ ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow and the former couple’s two children, Apple and Moses, alongside Gwyneth’s new husband Brad Falchuk. 

“They’re a total modern family and had a great time celebrating together,” a source told People. 

August 2019: Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson holiday with Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk

After keeping their relationship out of the public eye for over one year, Chris and Dakota were snapped swimming together at the beach in the Hamptons, New York alongside Gwyneth and Brad.

“They’re a total modern family.” (Credit: The Image Direct)

January 2020: Gwyneth Paltrow comments on Chris Martin’s relationship with Dakota Johnson 

Speaking in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Gwyenth opened up on her relationship with her ex-husband Chris following their divorce, including her relationship with Dakota. 

“It’s a lifelong commitment to constantly reinvent your relationship with your ex, which you do presumably because you have children together. I don’t see a reason to do it if you don’t have children together,” she told the publication. 

Discussing her relationship with Dakota, Gwyneth said, “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.”

December 2020: Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson spark engagement rumours

Over three years after being first spotted together, Chris and Dakota sparked engagement rumours after images were released that showed Dakota sporting a large emerald ring on that finger. 

“I just adore her,” Gwyneth said of Dakota. (Credit: Instagram)

January 2021: Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson move in together

According to People, Chris and Dakota moved in with one another in January 2021, with the couple sharing their new home together in Malibu, California. 

“She seems to enjoy [Malibu] as much as Chris does. They both love the outdoors and often take beach strolls,” a source told the publication.

November 2021: Dakota Johnson’s father opens up on Dakota’s relationship with Chris Martin 

Discussing the couple’s engagement rumours, Dakota’s father Don Johnson told Good Day New York, “If she’s happy, I will be happy, and he’s a lovely guy, and if she decides to get married, I would imagine that there would be grandchildren not too far out for that.”

December 2021: Dakota Johnson opens up on her relationship with Chris Martin

Speaking in an interview with Elle, Dakota shared a glimpse into her day-to-day life with Chris.

“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 home and be cozy and private.” 

The couple sparked engagement rumours in December 2020. (Credit: The Image Direct)

March 2023: Chris Martin shares Dakota Johnson’s impact on Coldplay concerts

While Coldplay concerts are known for their innovative energy-generating solutions, such as kinetic dancefloors and cycle stations, Chris shared that Dakota contributed to making Coldplay concerts more accessible for those who are hearing impaired. 

Speaking on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Chris shared that Dakota gifted him a SubPacs device, which he described as “kind of like a body armour that you put on” that connects to the bass output and allows the concertgoer to better feel the vibration. 

“We started using [SubPacs] and it’s been so amazing and it should get better and better. We have ten or twenty now of those packs so if you’re hearing impaired, we have an area where you put on the pack and you can feel the show.” 

October 2023: Gwyneth Paltrow comments on her friendship with Dakota Johnson

During an Instagram Live, Gwyneth responded to a fan who asked about her relationship with Dakota, with Gwyneth telling her audience, “We’re actually very good friends. I love her so much. She’s an adorable, wonderful person. 

“We’re actually very good friends.” (Credit: Getty)

March 2024: Sources report Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson are engaged

Following her recent press tour for Marvel’s Madame Webb, sources speaking to The Mirror revealed that Chris and Dakota are reportedly engaged!

Speaking to the publication, the insider source claimed that Chris popped the question “a while ago” and have since kept the news under wraps. 

“They have been besotted with each other from day one so taking this next step was inevitable. They are in no rush to plan the wedding but are just enjoying making their commitment official.”

The publication also reported that Chris and Dakota’s engagement comes with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow’s blessing. 

Shortly before news of their engagement made headlines, Dakota opened up on her experience co-parenting Gwyneth and Chris’ two children, Apple and Moses. 

“I love those kids like my life depends on it. With all my heart… If that’s meant to happen for me, I’m totally down for it. We’re not here for very long, so if I’m meant to be a mother, bring it on,” she told Bustle. 

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