Netflix's hit romance, The Kissing Booth, is coming back with a sequel and they've already wrapped production on the fan-demanded film. In the original video announcing the sequel, fans couldn't help but notice that one person was missing: Jacob Elordi, who plays beloved bad boy Noah Flynn. After months of speculation, Netflix finally released another announcement video, with Jacob confirming that he would indeed be reprising his role. There was only one problem.
Fans were quick to notice that Jacob doesn't exactly look thrilled and seems "miserable" to be taking part in the sequel and promotion. It's a far cry from the lovestruck man who promoted the original film. Perhaps working with his ex is taking its toll. Which raises an important question: why did Joey King and Jacob break up?
Why did Joey King and Jacob Elordi break up? Fans might not have the full picture.
When Jacob and Joey met on the set of The Kissing Booth, it sparked a whirlwind romance. And the happy couple was not about to hide their new love. They were frequently spotted by paparazzi out together and the two posted about their relationship on social media constantly.
Back in late 2018, the couple sparked break-up rumors when Joey stopped posting about Jacob, who went on his own social media hiatus. The couple denied the break-up at the time, but in early 2019, Jacob relaunched his Instagram and this time no photos of Joey were posted. Joey went on her own deleting streak and now finding a photo of Jacob on her account is nearly impossible.
In March, Joey confirmed the break-up in an interview with Refinery29 and spoke about how she's coping. And one of the big themes of the discussion was about how social media played into their relationship. “When you're going through something and the world wants to go through it with you or to get every piece of detail from you about it, it's really difficult. Some of these things are just meant for you,” Joey said.
When asked about how fans have been engaging with the couple on social media, Joey said, "They can't understand; they can't grasp, that reality could be completely different and completely not the same as what you see. So I think that the reason why it was really difficult for them to let up on it is because they just have a fantasy idea of someone else's life, when it’s not like that at all.”
It does seem that the fanbase may have played a role in the break-up, whether they meant to or not. Joey seems to believe that the relationship wasn't as lovey-dovey as we saw on Instagram and, what the fanbase believed them to be, they might never have been.
Who are Joey and Jacob dating now?
Although it was rumored that Jacob was dating Zendaya, who he met on their show Euphoria, it appears that he's currently single.
Since the break up, Joey has been spotted with Steven Piet, an executive producer and director on her show The Act. She hasn't confirmed the relationship, which would make sense if making her relationship so public last time ended up being a reason why her last break-up happened.