Who Is Lewis Hamilton Dating? Inside His Love Life

We answer your burning Qs about the Mercedes driver's dating history.
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Sarah Hanlon
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Updated May 21, 2024

If you're well-versed in the world of Formula 1 racing, you definitely know who Lewis Hamilton is—and you're probably itching to know more about his personal life off the track. Does Lewis Hamilton have a wife? Who's he currently dating? Was he ever engaged to Nicole Scherzinger? All are questions that might have crossed your mind while watching the British F1 driver compete in Grand Prix races around the world.

Since we know you're wondering, we're breaking down everything to know about Lewis Hamilton's girlfriends and his dating history. While he doesn't have a wife, Lewis Hamilton has been linked to a few A-list singers and models over the years, which we explain here.

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Who is Lewis Hamilton Dating?

Currently, Lewis Hamilton is not married, and he does not have a girlfriend (that we know of). The racer was most recently linked to Brazilian model Juliana Nalu. Rumors of their relationship picked up in 2023 when she was spotted attending one of his Grand Prix races in Miami. The two also rang in the new year at a pre-NYE bash, but quietly split shortly after. In early 2024, Hamilton was reportedly spotted on the celebrity dating app Raya.

Despite his status as one of the most prolific F1 drivers today, Hamilton told Vanity Fair in 2022 that he prefers to keep the spotlight on his career, rather than his personal life. "I'm really just super focused on work," he said. "I've realized that I can't do two things or three things at once, I've got to focus on one. I really wanted to go through a growth process of getting myself to a point where I'm happy on my own, comfortable in my space. So that if I ever do meet someone, it's an addition, rather than 'I need you in my life.'"

Lewis Hamilton's Relationship History

While Lewis Hamilton doesn't have a wife, he does have a dating history that has fascinated fans over the years. Throughout his career, the F1 driver has been linked to stars like Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger, Rihanna, and even Sofia Richie. Here's a complete breakdown of Lewis Hamilton's (rumored) girlfriends, from the early 2000s to today.


Lewis Hamilton and Shakira
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Lewis Hamilton's most recent girlfriend was Shakira. After the singer attended the 2023 F1 Grand Prix in May, it was reported that she crossed paths with Hamilton at a restaurant following the race. A few weeks later, the two were photographed on a boat in Miami with a group of friends. In June, Shakira cheered for Hamilton from the stands at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Later that night, they were seen enjoying dinner with friends in an Instagram Story that made its rounds on social media. Despite hitting it off quickly, the two parted ways by the end of the summer.

Camila Kendra

One of Hamilton's most private relationships was with model Camila Kendra. The couple allegedly began dating in 2021 after being friends for years. Although they never made any public appearances together, Kendra reportedly posted photos from Hamilton's house in Colorado, thus tipping fans off to a potential fling.

Nicki Minaj

Lewis Hamilton and Nicki Minaj
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While the relationship was never officially confirmed, Lewis Hamilton and Nicki Minaj spent time together in 2018. The pair first met two years prior when they sat next to each other at an Alexander Wang fashion show. Murmurs of a potential romantic shift picked up when they arrived arm-in-arm at the 2018 TommyXLewis Launch Party in New York. Further fueling the buzz, the couple also posed for photos on an ATV in Dubai together.

Although neither celeb commented on their relationship status, Minaj played coy during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show around the same time: "Well, there was a new boy but he and I kind of fell back a little bit. And then," she said with a smile, "And then there's a newer...yeah, fairly new. He's been around for a couple wigs. But I don't have a boy."

Sofia Richie

Sofia Richie and Lewis Hamilton
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Did you know Lewis Hamilton was also linked to Sofia Richie? Long before she married Elliot Grainge, the model briefly dated the racecar driver. Things between these two picked up after they sat together at a January 2017 Balmain presentation during Paris Fashion Week. Not long after, cameras captured them getting dinner together in Beverly Hills.

Throughout the spring, the two continued to spend time together and were often photographed enjoying meals in LA. Things quickly fizzled out, though, and not long after, Richie went on to date Scott Disick.

Winnie Harlow

Lewis Hamilton and Winnie Harlow
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Lewis Hamilton's relationship with model Winnie Harlow is perhaps one of the biggest mysteries. Although they never publicly commented on their relationship status, the two were often photographed together at events and on lavish vacations around the world from 2016 to 2017. They were first linked when Harlow attended Hamilton's Grand Prix victory party in the UK. By the time they attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards later that fall, various outlets reported they had secretly been seeing each other for months.

The following year, rumors heightened as the two were spotted together in London, Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Greece. The two maintain that they've never dated, though, and have remained friendly over the years. In 2018, they smiled for cameras at the CFDA Fashion Awards, and in 2019, Harlow voiced her support for Hamilton at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, which he won.

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin and Lewis hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton was also linked to Barbara Palvin in 2016. After they were photographed sitting next to each other at a Paris Fashion Week event, witnesses saw the model talking to Hamilton at the Cannes Film Festival later that spring. They enjoyed each other's company in Venice, and Palvin cheered for him at the F1 Grand Prix in Hungary. After a few months, things cooled off, and they ultimately parted ways.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora and Lewis Hamilton
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One of Lewis Hamilton's most high-profile relationships was with singer Rita Ora. The two were photographed together at an amfAR gala in 2015, shortly before they appeared on The Graham Norton Show as guests at the same time. After the racer helped Ora celebrate her birthday in the fall, rumors of a relationship gained traction in 2016 when they were seen on a handful of dates. Things reached a fever pitch when Ora rooted for Hamilton at the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.

Ora chose not to elaborate when explicitly asked by paparazzi about the dating rumors, but she did respond by sharing a video of the two singing a karaoke duet together. (The IG post has since been deleted.) Although this relationship fizzled out, the pair remained friendly over the years. In 2017, they smiled for photos at London Fashion Week together.


Rihanna and Lewis Hamilton
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While some believe that Lewis Hamilton and Rihanna dated in 2015, he maintains that their relationship was strictly platonic. "You know, I've known Ri for a long time," he once told E! News. "We've been friends for a while. We get to hang out every now and again but otherwise we've just been friends."

This hasn't stopped fans from speculating that there may have been more to the story. Hamilton spent time with the singer in her home country of Barbados, where they were photographed attending a carnival and enjoying a yacht outing with friends. They also spent time partying at clubs together in NYC and have been known to leave comments on each other's social media posts over the years.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner and Lewis Hamilton
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Also in 2015, some thought that Hamilton could have been romantically entangled with Kendall Jenner. When she and pal Gigi Hadid attended the Formula 1 World Championship in May, eagle-eyed fans spotted Jenner wearing Hamilton's gold necklace in photos shared on social media. Despite hanging out in London and New York City, Hamilton confirmed to E! that there was nothing more going on: "Me and Kendall have been friends for a while, so we're just friends," he told the outlet. "She's doing incredible, she's very focused, very level-headed, and she's just—for such a young woman, she's very grown up."

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid and Lewis Hamilton
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Here's where Lewis Hamilton's dating history gets tricky. While some believe Hamilton was dating Jenner, others claimed he was spending time with Gigi Hadid. The rumors started as the two began hanging out in social settings in early 2015, including an amfAR gala in which they were seated next to each other.

Ultimately, the rumors were just that: rumors. The two never commented on their relationship status, Hadid went on to date Joe Jonas after this alleged fling.

Nicole Scherzinger

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Sherzinger
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Lewis Hamilton's most well-known relationship was with Nicole Scherzinger. The driver dated the Pussycat Dolls singer on-and-off for about seven years, from 2007 to 2015. They first met at an MTV awards ceremony, and from then on, Scherzinger was often seen supporting Hamilton at races.

Despite rumors of an engagement (particularly after Hamilton's father was misquoted about it in the media), Scherzinger confirmed that a proposal did not take place. Allegedly feeling pressure from their families to take the next step in their relationship, the couple called it quits for good in 2015.

During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Scherzinger shared a positive outlook on their breakup. "I don't see anything negative; I think it's quite natural when people separate and go their own ways," she said. "You just have to be adult about it and just always wish the other person happiness, success and love — like, sincerely — and I do."

Jodie Ma

One of Lewis Hamilton's first public relationships was with model Jodie Ma. The two reportedly met through mutual friends at their school, Cambridge Arts and Sciences College. It's believed that they dated from 2004 to 2007.

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