So what’s the deal between Josh Richards and Nessa Barrett? The TikTok stars rank high on the list of internet power couples, but they’ve never officially confirmed their relationship status following their 2020 split! “I think that if we’re meant to be, we will be,” Josh told Entertainment Tonight during a March 2021 interview, noting that he and Nessa are still “best friends.”

Nearly a month later, he confirmed during an episode of the Barstool Sports’ “BFFs” podcast that he and Nessa are officially “broken up” following some drama that went down in the influencers’ world. “We are not together,” Josh admitted in April 2021. “I think me and Ness are, pretty much, 100 percent, for sure, never going to be together again. We’re definitely friends.”

Fans of the internet stars started speculating that they were more than friends when they were seen spending a lot of time together and sharing their outings via social media. When they celebrated their six-month anniversary in April 2020, it was revealed that they actually started dating in November 2019. When Josh and Nessa shared a video months later announcing their split, TikTok fans were heartbroken.

“There comes a point in relationships where you realize maybe it isn’t best to be together,” Josh said in their June 2020 breakup video. “We realized that we needed to mature and we needed to grow as people. We were in a very serious relationship but we weren’t ready for as serious as it was.”

Nearly a month after announcing their breakup, the pair were filming TikToks together sparking reconciliation rumors. At the time they denied getting back together, but they’ve been spotted cozying up multiple times since then. In fact, Nessa’s even made a guest appearance on Barstool Sports’ “BFFs” podcast alongside Josh more than once!


In a March 2021 interview on the Zach Sang Show, Josh opened up about the importance of companionship whilst in the public eye and said his relationship has grown “stronger” with Nessa since continuing to gain a following online. “I think, for sure, having somebody that you’re able to connect with or talk to at the end of the day share your story or just vent to. It’s definitely important, and I have that with her.”

When it comes to sharing their relationship online, Josh explained in the same interview that it’s something he doesn’t like to think about. “I don’t want … to make that the relationship, making it transactional,” he explained. “It just wrecks the beauty of it … Sometimes I just have videos that we’ll film together that won’t get posted.”

So, what’s really going down between these two and where do they stand now? Scroll through our gallery for a complete relationship timeline. 

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