Six Years Prior to Engagement Rumors, Zendaya’s Father Was Forced to Step In to Clarify Dating Rumors Between His Daughter and Odell Beckham Jr

Published 11/24/2022, 5:13 AM EST

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Rumors are afloat about actress Zendaya’s engagement with Tom Holland. The rumors are yet to be confirmed or denied. But when rumors of her dating NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. came up, her father shut them down with just a few words.

Paparazzi spotted Zendaya and OBJ leaving the 2016 Grammys party together. But as soon as they suggested the duo was dating, Zendaya’s father instantly had an answer.

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Zendaya’s father clarifies her relationship with Odell Beckham Jr.

When Zendaya and Odell Beckham Jr, then with the New York Giants, left the Grammys party in 2016, the actress’ father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was with them. And he came in handy when the paparazzi asked both of them about their relationship.

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When Zendaya did not answer any questions, the paparazzi asked her father if he approved of the relationship between the two.“What relationship? There is no relationship, we’re just friends,” Coleman said at the time. He then told them about the scenario when it could be called a relationship. When you see my daughter out on a date without me, it’s a relationship,” he said. Coleman also added that at that moment, it was just an audition. “It’s like an audition. It’s an interview,” the father said, and the trio drove away.

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Zendaya, in an interview the same year, laid out a process for dating her. She said anyone who wanted to date her would have to go through her father.

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Tom Holland met Zendaya on the sets of Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2016. What initially started as a friendship developed into instant chemistry. And it was evident by 2017 that the duo was dating. They have since appeared in two more movies of the Spiderman series together. The on-screen Peter Parker and MJ became a real-life couple.

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Much has changed for Odell Beckham Jr. too. He won the Super Bowl title last season with the Los Angeles Rams. OBJ is looking for a new franchise to make a comeback from an ACL injury he sustained during the Super Bowl. And he is the most sought-after free agent in the NFL right now.

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OBJ started his NFL journey with the Giants. The Giants snapped the LSU alumni in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. After five seasons with the Giants, he went to the Cleveland Browns in 2019. The Browns released OBJ halfway through the 2021 season. But it became a blessing in disguise for the WR because he joined the Rams and lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy with them. He hasn’t played in the NFL since then. 

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Many franchises want to sign him when he returns. It is rumored that the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants are leading the race. Where will the fans see him?

Watch This Story: Dallas Cowboys pull off a rather disappointing WR trade after getting the fanbase riled up for Odell Beckham Jr

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Shivam Pratap Singh

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Shivam Pratap Singh originally hails from Punjab, India. After completing his Master's degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, he joined the world of media with a stint at Opoyi. While he was there, he started to follow the NFL.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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