Taylor Zakhar Perez
When Joey and Taylor were spotted getting cozy in a few social media posts in July 2020, fans quickly started to speculate that they were more than friends. Yep, in honor of The Kissing Booth 2 premiering on Netflix, the two stars reunited to celebrate, and they shared so many adorable pics from their hang out session! And get this, you guys — the actress even had her arms around the star in one of them.
Taylor also posted a super sweet birthday tribute for Joey, fueling the rumors even more.
“Happy friggen birthday @joeyking. Honestly I could write about this woman all day. She is the reason I joined the KB2 family, she welcomed me with open arms and love, she supported me, she pushed me, she made me laugh (like pee my pants laughter and had to check my underwear), she inspired me to be a better actor, she shared her family with me, THE LIST GOES ON. Grateful for you forever,” he gushed.
They also went on a vacation together days later, and boy, did it look like they had a fun time! Naturally, fans quickly started to wonder what was going on between them. We mean, it’s no secret that their characters in the sequel had a lot of chemistry, so did they take their love off the screen and into real life too?
Well, Taylor spoke out and set the record straight once and for all.
“I know, we went away this weekend for some friends’ birthdays, and her birthday, and everyone kinda freaked about it. I will say that we are not dating,” the actor told Access. “We just became really close during filming, but then we became even closer after filming because we live really close to each other. I think we’re like a three or four minute drive from each other. We’re kind of each other’s accountability partners during quarantine. So we got to hang out, make sure that we weren’t seeing anybody outside of the circle of people that we trusted.”
He also told Entertainment Tonight, “We just kind of hit it off. When we were in South Africa, we had dinner together. I cooked for her, she cooked for me. We just became kind of like the best of friends. When we got back to Los Angeles we just kept hanging out. We live really near each other. And then the quarantine hit and we kinda just needed someone to trust during that time, like, ‘OK, I know you’re not going out. I know who you’re seeing.’ So we just became really close.”
“Last weekend we went to celebrate her birthday and a friend of mine’s birthday. We just went together and had a good time,” he continued. “I love her. I love her dearly. I’d do anything for her. We’re not dating. I’ll end it with that.”
The star also explained to on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, “We were quarantine buddies so I would see her all the time because we lived five minutes away from each other. We know what our relationship is, we love each other dearly. It’s been interesting how everyone has been trying to make something out of it but it’s fine. I mean, I would love to be dating Joey King, she’s dope.”
OK, so they may not be dating yet but maybe they will enter into a relationship in the future.
“I’m a huge fan of dating your friend, someone that you know and you trust because that’s where it all starts… with that trust. For me, non-sexual intimacy is so much more important to me at first. I’m all about the sensitive stuff,” Taylor continued. “But it’s like, what’s the return on investment. If I’m investing this much time into someone I’m gonna be dating, I’m gonna make sure this is more than a three-month thing. I’m more into long-term goal wise when it comes to work and relationships and everything. Life’s short and you want to make sure you are spending it with the best people. I’m so much more turned on by emotional intimacy than sexual intimacy at first. It makes things so much easier, there’s less fights and everything.”
Whether they’re just friends or boyfriend and girlfriend, we are so here for their relationship!