Dakota Johnson's Relationship History Includes Speculation She Dated a Woman

Dakota's first significant relationship was with Noah Gersh, her childhood sweetheart.


Mar. 11 2024, Updated 4:50 p.m. ET

Dakota Johnson attends the World Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Madame Web'.
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Although the Fifty Shades franchise helped put Dakota Johnson on the map, she has since starred in plenty of other large roles, making her name one you can't forget. Some of her latest projects include Madame Webb (2024), Daddio (2023), and The Disappearance Of Shere Hite (2023).

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As her celebrity status rises (and we might add that it's moving at a rapid rate), a spotlight has been shone on her dating life, including her current years-long relationship with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. Some fans have questions, though, about who Dakota dated before she and Chris were an item. Let's get into Dakota's dating history.

Who has Dakota Johnson dated?

Dakota Johnson at the 'Daddio' screening at the 48th Annual Toronto International Film Festival.
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Dakota's first significant relationship was with Noah Gersh, her childhood sweetheart. The two started dating when Dakota was either 16 or 17 years old, and he was described as her "anchor" through high school and for several years after she left school. The relationship between the two of them ended around 2012, as Dakota got more and more famous.

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After the end of her relationship with Noah, there were rumors that Dakota started dating Jordan Masterson. Jordan is the half-brother of That '70s Show star Danny Masterson, and he reportedly dated Dakota in roughly 2013. The relationship didn't last long, though, and would be followed by two longer relationships that involved Dakota dating musicians.

Dakota Johnson dated Matthew Hitt from 2014 to 2016.

Matthew Hitt and Dakota Johnson pose at The Opening Night of 'The Last Ship;.
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From 2014 to 2016, Dakota was in an on and off relationship with Matthew Hitt, the lead singer of the indie rock band Drowners, that started in September of 2014. They decided to end things in early 2015, but eventually renewed their relationship later that year. The couple called it quits for good in 2016, and apparently spent large swaths of time apart from one another because of the Fifty Shades franchise.

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“Dakota and Matthew have dated on-and-off for the past two years,” a source told Just Jared at the time. “They didn’t get a chance to see much of each other recently because their work schedules didn’t align. She’s been up in Vancouver shooting the Fifty Shades trilogy.” 

After the end of her relationship with Matthew, Dakota was hit by another round of rumors. 

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Did Dakota Johnson date Cara Delevingne?

Although she's only ever publicly dated men, rumors have dogged Dakota for years that she is bisexual. These rumors center around her close relationship with fellow actress and model Cara Delevingne. Some fans thought that the two of them were in a relationship back in 2016, although neither Cara nor Dakota ever said they were. For now, then, it's just speculation.

Dakota Johnson is engaged to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at Optus Stadium
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Dakota's been in a steady relationship with Chris since 2017. In 2020, rumors began swirling that the couple had gotten engaged largely because Dakota was spotted wearing a giant emerald ring on her finger while shopping in West Hollywood. Although the couple have done a good job at keeping the details surrounding their romance a secret, in March 2024, a source revealed to People that Dakota and Chris had been engaged for years!

Turns out, that emerald ring Dakota was sporting in 2020 was, in fact, an engagement ring but the two "were in no rush to get married," a source told People. Chris was previously married to Gwyneth Paltrow from 2003 to 2016, and they share two children. In a 2020 interview with British Vogue, Gwyneth admitted, "We just didn't quite fit together."

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