OK, let’s get a show of hands — who else is obsessed with Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson‘s magical relationship? For those who forgot, the ladies were first linked back in May 2018, and since then, they’ve become serious couple goals. They’re pretty much always together, sharing adorable, PDA-filled pictures and showing off their love — and fans are seriously living for it!
Most recently, the Pretty Little Liars star posted an adorable tribute for her girlfriend on Valentine’s Day!
How cute?! Yeah, it’s pretty clear that these two are soulmates. But how did they meet and when did they realize they had feelings for each other? Not to worry, because J-14‘s got you covered. We went ahead and made a complete guide to their romance, and boy, is it adorable. They’ve seriously been through so much together, and we’re breaking it down from start to finish.
Scroll through our gallery to check out Cara and Ashley’s full relationship timeline.
Ashley also posted this photo with Cara a few days later, so it was clear that they were spending a lot of time together. A fan also claimed that they saw the girls kissing in a bar, and the internet quickly went wild.
Although it’s hard to say for sure sure, that definitely looks like Cara standing behind Ashley in this picture, which she shared to her Instagram account on May 22, 2018. The two stars were also photographed cozying up in Los Angeles in the same month. In the pictures, Cara had her arms around Ashley as she gave her a kiss on the cheek. So although they had yet to confirm their romance, it definitely seemed like they were more than friends.
Things for Ashley and Cara heated up even more in July 2018. They were practically inseparable! A friend posted this photo with the ladies on July 28, 2019, and the next day, another friend shared a video of them singing karaoke together at a party!
In August 2018, we got all the confirmation that we needed when the model and the actress were spotted kissing in London! Ashley also attended Cara’s birthday party, and it looked like they had an amazing time together.
Fans also noticed that the blonde beauty was wearing a necklace with the letter “C” on it. Coincidence? Probably not! In the same month, Ashley opened up about why she keeps her love life so private to People Magazine, explaining, “I think it’s the best way in any relationship. I’ve always been very private about them, and I think it’s just better. I mean it’s hard, I don’t know, you kind of can’t get away from that if you’re in the public eye. I just kinda try to keep myself as private as possible.”
In October 2018, they were spotted together once again. At least, we think. These pictures emerged of Ashley leaving a hotel in New York City with a girl that looks like Cara. But it’s hard to say for sure, since she’s, you know, covering their face with a stuffed animal, LOL. The rumored lovebirds also shared in some major Instagram flirting, when Ashley posted a picture of a neon sign that read, “You are magic.” Cara commented, “Yes you are,” on it. OUR HEARTS.
And a few weeks later, they were spotted in Las Vegas together! A source also told Us Weekly, “Ashley and Cara are dating. This is the first girl [Ashley’s] ever dated. This relationship with Cara is the first time she’s been in a healthy relationship and she feels as if it’s really easy with her.”
The insider also revealed that the girls met and fell for each other on set of their movie, Her Smell.
April 2019 was a monumental month for the couple! Why? Well, Cara actually referred to Ashley as her “true love” on Instagram! She clapped back at some nasty internet trolls who were hating on their relationship, and we are living for her response.
“You are f–king disgusting! If you have a problem with true love then come say this s–t to my face instead [of] pathetically hating through Instagram,” she wrote. “I genuinely feel sorry for you both, you are clearly not happy with your lives and have far too much time on your hands. Maybe get a hobby that doesn’t involve being homophobic and hating others for being happy.”
The ladies also shared some photos of a project they were working on together, and we couldn’t help but notice their PDA in the pics.
In June 2019, Cara made their romance Instagram official, when she shared this clip of her and Ashley sharing in a big ol’ smooch! She later revealed to E! News that she decided to post the video for a very special reason — their one year anniversary!
“I don’t know because it is Pride, it’s been 50 years since Stonewall happened and I don’t know,” she said. “It’s been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?”
Us Weekly also reported in the same month that the duo had taken the major step of moving in together. A source close to the Pretty Little Liars actress told the outlet that Ashley “sold her house in Los Angeles” and had “moved into Cara’s place there.”
While attending the TrevorLIVE Gala in June 2019, Cara gave her girlfriend a super special shoutout.
“I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are,” the model said, referring to Ashley. “She’s one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought. I love you, Sprinkles.”
Sprinkles?! How cute?! Ashley posted a video of the sweet moment to her Instagram Stories, writing, “Love you @CaraDelevingne. Proud of you.”
In July 2019, rumors hit the web that the ladies were engaged after they were spotted wearing matching rings while vacationing in Saint Tropez, France. Obviously, until the two confirm anything, we can’t say for sure — but we seriously hope that they are!
In the same month, Ashley revealed that she had gotten a tattoo for Cara! While announcing her new sunglasses collection, she posted a photo that showed off a giant “CD” ink design on her rib cage. Naturally, everyone quickly assumed that it stood for Cara’s initials. And want to know the best part? The Paper Towns actress reportedly has Ashley’s initials tattooed on her in the same spot. Ugh, find us a love like their, please.
In August 2019, rumors started swirling that the actress and the model had a secret wedding. You see, The Sun reported that the couple tied the knot in Las Vegas on August 3. But according to E!, it was just a “friendship ceremony,” as there isn’t a marriage license found for the two in Las Vegas public records.
OK, so it appears that they may not be married after all. And in the same month, Cara also finally spilled some tea on their relationship and how it all started.
“We weren’t looking for it,” she told Marie Claire. “It was really just very authentic and natural.”
And a few weeks later, the PLL star professed her love for Cara in a big way. Get this, you guys — Ashley got another tattoo for her girlfriend! Yep, she got the word “squish” inked permanently onto her lower abdomen in cursive, which, as fans know, is Ashley’s nickname for Cara. Awww!
In Elle Magazine‘s September issue, Cara revealed that she’s in love with Ashley!
“I’m just better when I’m in love,” she said. “It just feels incredible when you’re not alone, when you’re facing the world with someone else.”
OUR HEARTS. She also opened up about why they tried to keep the relationship private at first and why they decided to finally go public with it in the end.
“It’s sacred,” Cara shared. “I get why people care so much, and I don’t want to be so secretive that people think I’m ashamed of anything. But I’ve never been in a relationship where things are so public, or where I posted pictures of someone else. This seemed different. We had gotten to the point where we had kept it a secret, or at least not wanted attention, and now I feel like I’m not going to not be proud. Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either. People make their own assumptions and that’s what worried me. Because if it is something that is so good, you don’t ever want anyone to ever change it, even though people shouldn’t have that power.”
The model also told Porter Magazine, “I’d never truly let anyone in before, for fear of them leaving. I never really trusted people, or felt worthy of it, and I always pushed them away. She’s the first person that has said, ‘You can’t push me away. I’m going to be nice to you, I love you.”
She also explained that their busy schedules are definitely not going to tear them apart.
“Long-distance relationships are always tough,” she continued. “We make it work, though. We have to. And it definitely makes me a better, happier person.”
But the internet went into a frenzy on December 9, 2019, when the model announced on Twitter that she and the actress had decided to go their separate ways.
“Me and Ashley broke up,” Cara wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
But it turns out, the blonde beauty may have been hacked. After further investigation, fans quickly noticed that she had also posted a series of tweets including iPhone giveaways and links to shady websites, so it’s safe to say that the message didn’t actually come from her.
The blonde beauty also took to Instagram on December 10, 2019, to let everyone know that the couple was still going strong! When a fan asked if they had broken up, she replied, “Nope.”
Cara also put the rumors to rest when she posted the sweetest tribute for Ashley’s birthday on December 18, 2019.
“Happy birthday @ashleybenson. There is so much I could say but something I love and cherish most about us is that I don’t need to because YOU KNOW and that’s all that matters,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s you and me which is my favorite. My safe place. You let me be silly, you let me be wild, you keep me free, secure and curious. I feel like I’ve known you my entire life and I am so proud of watching you grow into the woman that you always dreamt of being. I love you beyond words my sprinkles, choonchi, angel face, grumpy a**, sweet cheeks, never boring, buttmunch, Benson.”
And get this — Cara actually surprised Ashley with a trip to Morocco for her birthday!
“Morocco has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I faced so many fears and took on new adventures with my best friend by my side,” Ashley captioned a bunch of photos from the romantic getaway. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I love you @caradelevingne. Thank you for making my birthday the best yet.”
The pictures showed the two on a hot air balloon ride, on a dune buggy, enjoying the desert and more.