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Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers' relationship timeline explored

The All of Us Strangers actor was first linked to the singer-songwriter in 2020 

Phoebe Bridgers and Paul Mescal at the 2022 Met Gala
Megan Bull
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Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers were once the internet's favourite couple, before going their separate ways in 2022. We're taking a closer look at their relationship timeline…

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Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers met through social media

April 2020 – Phoebe reveals she's a fan of Normal People

By April 2020, Paul was propelled into the spotlight. Starring alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the hit romantic drama, Normal People, the actor gained an overnight fanbase, which included Phoebe. 

After tuning into the series, the 'Kyoto' singer penned her admiration on Twitter, sparking a flirty exchange with Paul. 

May 2020 – Phoebe and Paul interview each other 

A month after they'd connected on Twitter, the pair were asked to interview one another for Wonderland Magazine. While they weren't thought to be dating, their chemistry was off the charts. 

"I think it's well documented that I love your music," Paul gushed. "Well, that makes me blush," replied Phoebe. 

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July 2020 – Phoebe and Paul are spotted in Cork

While it's unclear when they became an item, by July the Lemon Leaf Cafe in Cork had posted photos of the duo on Twitter. "Fan- Tas- Tic day thanks to @mescal_paul and @phoebe_bridgers for calling to our café this morning for breakfast. Such amazing talented young people," read the caption.

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November 2020 - Paul mentions his mystery 'girlfriend'

Phoebe and Paul kept fans guessing for a year, although the Normal People star did mention his "girlfriend" in a November interview with GQ. Describing his mystery woman as "a lifesaver," the actor shared how grateful he'd been for her support. 

"To have someone to lean on through such a mad, mad time has been invaluable. Really, I don't know where I'd be without her," he said. 

December 2020 - Paul stars in Phoebe's 'Savior Complex' music video

Adding further fuel to the fire, Paul went on to star in the music video for Phoebe's hit song, 'Savior Complex', which was released in December 2020. But, it wasn't until the following year that they made their first red carpet appearance as a couple. 

November 2021 - Phoebe and Paul walk the red carpet as a couple

Pictured in Los Angeles, Phoebe and Paul attended the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala in November, where they cuddled up together and shared a few laughs. 

Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers at the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala © Getty
Paul and Phoebe at the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala

December 2021 - Phoebe posts about Paul on Instagram

After confirming their romance on the red carpet, Phoebe began posting photos of the two on social media. In December 2021, she made their relationship Instagram official. 

May 2022 - Paul and Phoebe attend the Met Gala

The couple attended the 2022 Met Gala together, where they put on another loved-up display. 

The former couple attended the Met Gala together in 2022
The former couple attended the Met Gala together in 2022

December 2022 - Phoebe's lyrics in Ghost in the Machine spark concern

While Phoebe and Paul appeared to go from strength to strength, by December 2022, fans began speculating that they'd broken up. After contributing an emotional verse to SZA's 'Ghost in the Machine', it was thought that Phoebe's lyrics – which referred to an explosive fight – could have been inspired by an incident with Paul. 

February 2023 - Paul addresses breakup rumors 

While Phoebe and Paul each remained tight-lipped about their relationship and subsequent breakup, by February 2023, the latter remarked to Vanity Fair, that addressing rumors doesn't "serve" him.

"Moving forward as much as I can, that's going to be my life that is private," he said. "That's a difficult thing to achieve. But giving strangers an answer about my life doesn't actually help me. It's like a quick boost of serotonin, being like: 'I've said what I need to say.' And then it's just Twitter fodder."

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Fans began speculating that Paul and Phoebe had split in December 2022

That same month, The Hollywood Reporter questioned Paul about the alleged breakup. Refraining from commenting, he simply replied: "Maybe at some point. But just not now. It's just difficult territory. Yeah."

Following the split, Phoebe has found love with American comedian and musician, Bo Burnham, while Paul appears to be single. 

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