Just in case anyone missed it, here's a public service announcement: Dove Cameron has a boyfriend and it's her Descendants 2 co-star Thomas Doherty. And yes, these two are so head-over-heels for each other, it's simply the cutest. Watch our exclusive interview with Dove below to hear her gushing all about her bae. (Spoiler alert: They moved in together and have matching tattoos!)
Dove was dating her Liv and Maddie co-star Ryan McCartan for a few years and the pair was actually engaged. However, they broke off their engagement at the beginning of October 2016. Now, the starlet has officially moved on and isn't hiding her new relationship. Dove and Thomas have seemingly have a super passionate, yet fun relationship. Proof:
sitting in a white satin robe watching old episodes of the bachelor w my boyfriend as he gives me a scalp massage while my spray tan sets in & we sip red wine & this is exactly the life i had in my head when i was 7— Dove Cameron (@DoveCameron) November 15, 2017
See? And they're still going strong with to much love for each other.
Truly Goals all around. Besides being her Descendants 2 co-star, who really is Thomas and how does Dove really feel about him? How did they even start dating? Let's break it down.
Thomas and Dove were friends before anything romantic sparked.
As the saying goes, relationships are usually stronger when built off a good, solid foundation and that's just what happened with Dove and Thomas. These two were pals even when her and Ryan were still together. They were on set together during the making of D2 and really got close, although Dove doesn't really remember being swept off her feet right away.
"When we read the script, my first thought was not 'Who are these new actors?' My first thought was 'okay, how I am going to manage doing this.' Your focus is on your own job," Dove explained in an interview with On Demand Entertainment. "So when I showed up, and there were all these new dancers and we were looking at the set designs so the first day when I met him, I really didn't think much of it. I met him, I met Dylan [Playfair], I met all the new dancers, I met the people who were working behind the scenes. It was we're all doing a new project together, how fun. That was it. I don't remember when he started to stand out to me as somebody who I was going to love."
Aww, they really did take things super slow. However, one important thing to note about the Scottish cutie is that he lives in London! So, as of right now, they have a long distance relationship, but as Dove explained, it's something they both are invested in, so it's not really all that hard to make it work even with both of them being in the spotlight.
"I think when it’s the right person, it’s actually not that difficult. When something’s easy, it's just easy, no matter what your life circumstances are. When you're, like, super in love, you kind of find the time," she said.
Thomas and Dove tried to keep their romance top secret.
The couple attempted to keep things to themselves at first once their friendship grew to something more, but there is one person who always knew what was going on: their co-star Sofia Carson.
"Absolutely, from the very beginning, there was definitely chemistry there. It was secret to everyone else but me," Sofia said. "For a while, it was a secret that she wanted to keep. It was also kind of obvious. She was trying to keep it a secret, but it was very obvious as well. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy is what I always say."
Thomas admitted that they did keep things hush-hush though in the early stages, so he won't ever spill too many details about how they first got together.
"Me and Dove, on our first date, we went for dinner, and it was a bit of a secret at the start. So, can’t tell anyone!" he told RAW. He spilled more details about this first date that forever changed the course of their lives in his interview with Kode magazine too.
"Our first date was at a pancake cafe. It was one of those things were she was sat opposite me, drenched because it was raining outside, making terrible jokes that I was obliged to laugh at, and I kinda just fell in love with her," Thomas said. How precious is that?
Thomas came out to support Dove when she starred in Hairspray Live! in December of 2016, which at this point we didn't know if they were an item yet, although signs were starting to point that yes, they were all heart eyes over each other.
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They were still keeping things quiet then.
Thomas gave Dove a heart bracelet.
When Dove posted a photo of a silver heart bracelet with 'Chlo' on it (a nickname T has for her since her actual first name is Chloe) around Valentine's Day, fans thought it was beautiful. But, the real surprise was when people saw who she tagged – it was Thomas! He bought it for her which indicated that their new relationship might be more serious than everyone thought.
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The couple made their red carpet debut at the 2017 iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards.
Dove and Thomas attended their first major awards show together and simply looked as cute as ever.
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Although they didn't pose for any official pics together, Thomas wasn't shy at all when it came to showing his girl some affection, right in front of everyone.
Cuteness overload. Which brings us to out next point...
Thomas is never afraid to show PDA and be Dove's biggest fan.
Thomas likes to have fun, dance and sing, go to hockey games and isn't afraid to show how much he loves his girl. This isn't the first time a photo has surfaced of him kissing her on the cheek. Clearly, he makes her super happy and it's so good to see Dove genuinely smiling!
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And they want everyone to know how happy they are, even posing for an adorable shoot together. Plus, Dove isn't afraid to shout from the rooftops how lovely her dear Tommy makes her feel.
“you are THE princess of the world.” -my boyfriend— Dove Cameron (@DoveCameron) November 14, 2017
Plus during his chat with Kode, he couldn't help but gush over how lucky he feels to call Dove his girlfriend.
"I am dating her, lucky girl. I’m joking, I am the lucky one. She’s just a wonderful human. She’s so kind and loving, funny, extremely talented, has the most beautiful eyes, and puts up with me being weird. She’s also weird - that’s why it works so well. Dove's very down to earth and real," Thomas spilled.
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Thomas was totally down to work with Dove again and she guest-starred on his TV show.
Thomas is one of the lead stars of Disney Channel UK's musical series, The Lodge and his GF appeared on Season 2 as a new character named Jess.
Of course, his character Sean used to Jess and they were almost biking partners. Take a look at their first scene together:
So cute to see them back on screen together.
Thomas is a lot taller than Dove.
Dove posted this photo on Instagram which is super intimate. But, her caption is really an interesting fact that every shipper should know about her bae. She wrote, "6'0" || 5'2" pc @bethanwrightuk." Sooo, he's really tall – 10 inches taller than Dove to be exact. AND he obviously gives really great bear hugs, judging by the photo!
Dove admits she obviously doesn't really ever think about the couple's height difference, since she's usually shorter than most people anyway but she appreciates how Thomas is able to carry her around and let her hide in his jacket.
Goals all around.
Dove has admitted she loves Thomas.
"I do remember that sort of absolutely terrifying feeling when you're starting to fall in love with someone and I was like, 'Nnnooo!' I was like going downhill with no brakes on. But I do remember that. He's the most beautiful human being on the face of the planet, not physically but emotionally. I am not shy about saying he's the most perfect thing under the sun," Dove said to On Demand Entertainment. "So when that started to happen, I do remember being like 'No' because there's nobody else who could break my heart like he could so that was scary. But we've been together for a hot minute now and I'm super in love with him and he's my best friend."
Dove also went on a Twitter spree expressing how she feels about life earlier on in their relationship and she wrote, "i am so happy and so in love and life is good and there are so many colors." This is when a fan asked if she was in love with life or Thomas and the Disney Channel star answered that she was in love with BOTH! Ahhh, how precious! She took to Instagram too to drop an "i love you" in his comments section too on a selfie he posted of the pair, so clearly she wants everyone know exactly how she feels about her man too.
After Dove and her ex-fiancé Ryan McCartan broke up, she revealed on Instagram via her comments section that she was miserable during that relationship, even though they may have seemed picture perfect on social media or red carpets.
Clearly, she's in a much better place now and her fans can see how much happiness is just radiating from her.
She even liked a fan's tweet that was all about how much Dove has grown in the last year and has entered such a positive space in her life, which Thomas has played a role in.
Thomas knows the exact moment he and Dove met before the filming of Descendants 2.
He said, "It was the first day of rehearsals. I didn’t know anyone and I saw this little blonde girl coming in, and I went up to her and said, 'Hi, I’m Thomas.' And she went, 'Hey, I’m Dove.' And I gave her a hug and that was it. The rest is history." ADORABLE.
Dove can pinpoint the exact time both she and Thomas knew they could fall for each other.
She said, "Me and Thomas Doherty had a staring contest for like ten minutes and that was the first time we were like 'oh my god, I could fall for you.'...We both ended up crying. (laughs) We both, our eyes started watering and we were like “whoa.” But you want to be in there, you know what I mean? I don’t want to do any activity. I just want to hang out with somebody."
There are three words Dove associates Thomas with.
'Love', 'Sexy' and 'Ugly'...LOL. She sure does have a sense of humor. Oh yeah, and she thinks he looks hot with or without facial hair. Same Dove, same.
Dove admits Kenny Ortega was the first person to say what a great couple her and Thomas would be.
She told J-14 exclusively, "You know what’s so funny. Kenny was like you can’t make it too intense, so we came up with this whole backstory. Kenny and I and Thomas came up with this backstory [for our characters in Descendants 2] in the first week of rehearsals. Me and Thomas' chemistry was so intense, even off camera, like just in rehearsals, but we didn’t know it. But people were like, 'When you guys walk into a room together, it’s insane. Have you ever talked to him?' And I’m like, 'No, not really.' And they’re like, 'You need to.' And they’re like telling him the same thing, like something needs to happen. And we’re like 'No, we’re fine.' But Kenny came up to me and was like, 'I think you guys would be really good together."
How cute is that? And while they were filming the movie, Dove admitted she and Thomas drew hidden hook tattoos unde their gloves to help create the backstory for their characters even further.
All. Thel. Feels. Thomas seems like a super great guy and he's got a lot of love for Dove. He already gave her a heart-shaped charm bracelet and like hello, have you seen that jawline? He's a freaking KEEPER. Jokes aside, Thomas is the true love of Dove's life and he continues to charm us and her every day with his kindness.
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This post was originally published on March 15, 2017 and has since been updated.