Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber's Complete Relationship Timeline

The two were first linked in 2021 after they were seen taking a yoga class together.
Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler
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Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Feb 16, 2024

Are Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler engaged? It's one of the biggest romance rumors in Hollywood that fans can't quite debunk. While we haven't received confirmation that this famous it-couple will be heading to the altar any time soon, swirling reports that they've moved in together indicate the seriousness of their relationship. The Elvis actor, 32, began dating the 22-year-old model (who's the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber) in early 2021, and they've since embarked on a whirlwind romance full of jet-setting adventures, movie premieres, and red carpets around the world.

Here, we take a deep dive into Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler's relationship timeline, breaking down exactly when the couple began dating and where they stand today. Relive their romance here, along with our top predictions for what we think Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber's wedding could look like if they ever tie the knot.

Who is Austin Butler Dating?

  • Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber began dating in December 2021. They were first spotted holding hands and spending time together in LA.
  • After keeping a low profile at the beginning of their relationship, Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler confirmed their romance at W Magazine's Best Performances party in March 2022. They later made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala in May 2022.
  • Although we don't know for sure if Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber are engaged just yet, some publications reported that they moved in together in May 2023.
  • In February 2024, Kaia opened up about why she keeps her relationship private in a profile with WSJ. Magazine, saying, "Honestly, I feel like so few things in my life are private, and that is one of the things that I try to keep as sacred as possible."

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How Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler Met

Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber
Photo: Nina Westervelt/Variety | Getty Images

So, how did Austin Butler and his girlfriend Kaia Gerber meet? It's unclear exactly when or how these two initially crossed paths. Given their ties to the entertainment industry, it's likely that they met through mutual friends—but we don't know for certain.

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler's Relationship Timeline

Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber
Photo: Presley Ann | Getty Images for W Magazine

December 2021: Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber Ignite Romance Speculations

Whispers of a Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler romance first sparked when they were photographed taking a yoga class together in Los Angeles in December 2021. This sighting came one month after Kaia Gerber and Euphoria star Jacob Elordi broke off their year-long romance. (You might also wonder about the status of Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens at this time. The couple, who previously dated for nine years, officially called it quits in January 2020.)

Through the end of the year, Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber continued to spend time together. A source told People that the model "seems really happy. All of her friends think he's really cute."

January 2022: Austin and Kaia are Photographed Hand-in-Hand in LA

Amid the turn of the new year, Kaia Gerber and her boyfriend Austin Butler were photographed holding hands at the popular LA grocery store chain Erewhon while Gerber walked her dog.

January 2022: Kaia Speaks About Her Personal Life

While attending the L.A. Art Show Opening Night Gala benefitting St. Jude Hospital, Kaia Gerber spoke to People about how the pandemic made her re-evaluate her personal life—and although she didn't explicitly open up about her relationship with Austin Butler, her comments seemingly indicated that things were going strong. "I think, it's so important people are realizing how important their happiness is outside of work when you don't have all these outside resources to gain happiness from, where that internal happiness comes from," she said.

February 2022: Kaia and Austin Celebrate Valentine's Together

Marking their first Valentine's Day together, Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber celebrated the romantic holiday in London. The couple was photographed holding hands, grabbing coffee and walking around the neighborhood with Gerber's dog. The following month, Austin and Kaia were seen together in Paris (aka the City of Love) following Paris Fashion Week.

March 2022: Austin and Kaia Confirm Their Relationship

After months of being photographed by paparazzi, Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler confirmed their relationship by attending W Magazine's annual Best Performances party together. The publication later shared a photo of Austin kissing Kaia on the cheek inside the pre-Oscars celebration.

May 2022: Austin and Kaia Make Their Red Carpet Debut at the Met Gala

Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber at the Met Gala
Photo: Kevin Mazur/MG22 | Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Then, the Met Gala. Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler put their budding romance on display when they attended the biggest event in the fashion industry together on May 2, 2022. After walking the red carpet separately, they came together at the top of the Met steps for a kiss.

May 2022: Kaia Attends the Cannes Film Festival with Austin

Austin Butler's acting career soared to new heights amid the release of the highly-anticipated biographical drama Elvis, in which he starred as the titular character. Kaia Gerber supported her boyfriend when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022 by walking the red carpet with him.

June 2022: Kaia Supports Austin Amid His Elvis Release

When Elvis officially released in theaters that June, Austin and Kaia held hands as they attend a screening in New York City. In an interview with GQ that month, Butler was asked about his relationship with Gerber, a topic the actor gracefully avoided. "I don't think there's anything I want to share about that," he said, "but thank you for providing the space."

July 2022: Kaia Appears in a Photo Shoot with Her Boyfriend

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler's romance continued to heat up through the summer. When the actor posed in a photo shoot for men's fashion magazine VMAN, he was joined by his girlfriend for a few sultry snaps. In the images, taken from behind, a pair of arms can be seen draped around Butler's neck—and eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out they were Kaia's thanks to the tattoo on the left wrist.

December 2022: Kaia Attends Austin's SNL Debut

Before the end of the year, Austin Butler had the opportunity to host Saturday Night Live amid the wildly-popular success of Elvis. Although photos from the weekend were sparse, it was reported that Kaia Gerber watched the show from the audience with her parents, supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber.

Early 2023: Austin and Kaia Enjoy Awards Season Together

It was a busy 2023 awards season for Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler. The couple kicked off the year by attending the Golden Globes in January, where Butler won the award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture. The following month, they attended W Magazine's Best Performances party for the second year in a row in matching black outfits.

The fun continued at the Oscar Awards in March, where Butler was nominated for Best Actor. Although he didn't take home the trophy, he and Gerber were all smiles at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty. Following this busy stretch of events, Austin Butler and his girlfriend enjoyed some R&R on vacation in Mexico at the end of the month.

April 2023: Austin and Kaia Attend the Time100 Gala

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler at the Time 100 Gala
Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic | Getty Images

The accolades kept coming for Butler, who was named one of Time Magazine's most influential figures of the year. He attended the prestigious event in New York City with Gerber on April 26.

May 2023: Austin and Kaia Double Date With Her Parents

The parents approve! On May 25, Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler were spotted getting dinner with her parents at Roberta's, a popular pizzeria in Culver City, California.

October 2023: Austin Supports His Girlfriend at Paris Fashion Week

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler at Paris Fashion Week
Photo: Jacopo Raule | Getty Images

When Kaia Gerber opened the Valentino Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show at Paris Fashion Week, her boyfriend wasn't far away. During the presentation, Austin Butler was photographed sitting in the front row. They were also seen holding hands outside the French venue before the event began.

February 2024: Kaia Shares Why She Keeps Her Romance Private

Why are Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler so private? The model exclusively spoke to WSJ. Magazine about why she keeps her romance with the actor low-key. "Honestly, I feel like so few things in my life are private," she explained, "and that is one of the things that I try to keep as sacred as possible."

She added that the internet plays a role in her choice to stay offline. "I'm very sensitive, so I don't keep social media on my phone," she shared. "And that's just something I've learned about myself, because it is hard to stay off of it." Plus, she said, "I personally haven't found a time in the last three years where I've gone on something like Instagram and left feeling better than I did before."

Are Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler Engaged?

In the spring of 2023, rumors began swirling that Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler were engaged and moving in together. As of now, we have yet to receive official confirmation of either claim—but we wouldn't be surprised if the couple advances their relationship in the near future.

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler's Wedding Predictions

While they're happily dating right now, we can't help but imagine what Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler's wedding might look like one day. Given their private nature, these two would likely get engaged in secret, and only share the proposal news a few weeks (or even months) after the fact.

When it comes to the wedding day, we predict they might follow in the footsteps of Kaia Gerber's parents. Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber got married at an ultra-casual destination wedding celebration in the Bahamas in 1998, swapping vows in front of just 90 guests. A stark contrast to her glamorous runway style, the laid-back bride opted for a relaxed wedding look, wearing an off-the-rack white lace John Galliano mini dress (with no shoes!).

In her 2015 memoir Becoming, she reminisced on the big day, writing, "Rather than have my dad walk me down the aisle and give me away, Rande and I chose to walk each other down the stairs that led to the beach and the ceremony." We wouldn't be surprised if Austin and Kaia also choose to revamp tradition in their own way should they decide to get married in the future.

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