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Dakota Johnson is seen on location in West Village, New York, working on her latest film, Materialists.

Dakota Johnson pictured on set as she spends time apart from Chris Martin in NY

The ultra-private couple have been together for six years 

Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
May 30, 2024
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Dakota Johnson looked deep in thought in new photos in New York where she's currently spending time away from her long-time boyfriend, Chris Martin, who has been busy in the UK. 

The Fifty Shades actress is filming her new movie, Materialists, in the Big Apple and was snapped on set on May 29.

Dakota's gorgeous emerald ring - reported to be an engagement ring from the Coldplay singer - was nowhere to be seen but was likely absent due to her being in costume.

The new photos come after Chris made headlines for a kind-hearted gesture in England. 

He surprised fan, Saundra Glenn, by giving her a lift to Radio 1's Big Weekend when he saw her struggling to make her way to the festival. 

Dakota Johnson removed her engagement ring to film in New York © Backgrid
Dakota Johnson removed her engagement ring to film in New York

Saundra - who has issues with osteoarthritis problems with her hip, knee, and ankle - shared the interaction on X and suggested Chris called himself "single".

"That moment when Chris Martin @Coldplay saw me struggling to walk, had his car stop and gave me a lift," she wrote. "Blooming amazing. Can't believe this happened. What a decent bloke."

Dakota spoke about how boyfriend Chris Martin offers support during her darker times© Neilson Barnard
Chris has been working in the UK

She then added: "We had a nice chat too. He is single and likes #Luton. Thx again @BBCR1. #BigWeekend #SeeMyLuton."

The pair took a plethora of selfies and Saundra said he was "a very nice person". 

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Chris didn't elaborate on his relationship status but he's been with Dakota since 2017.

They have enjoyed a romance out of the spotlight since they first got together after his "conscious uncoupling" from his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

In March 2024, it was reported that they had got engaged. 

dakota johnson chainmail dress madame web premiere la© Getty Images
Dakota and Chris keep details of their romance close to their chests

Dakota's mother, actress Melanie Griffith, has given her seal of approval over their romance. She gushed about him to People: "I adore him," she said. "But she is very private about her life and I respect that."

Gwyneth is also a huge fan of Dakota and during a Q&A on her Instagram in October last year, the Goop founder revealed her close friendship with her. "We're actually very good friends," she said. "I love her so much. She's an adorable, wonderful person."

Gwyneth Paltrow and Dakota Johnson at the front row for Guicci Love Parade on Hollywood Blvd on November 2, 2021© WWD
She's good friends with Gwyneth

Whilst speaking to ELLE in 2021, Dakota gave rare insight into her life with Chris and said that they love to spend quality time together at home. "We go out sometimes, but we both work so much that it's nice to be at home and be cosy and private," she said, adding: "Most of the partying takes place inside my house."

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