Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke just became the duo we didn't know we needed—here's a debrief on *those* pics

Wondering what all the buzz is about concerning Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke? Let's get into it...

Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke pictured in a pink template - Olivia wears a fluffy black jumpsuit, while Joe is seen wearing a blue, velvet suit
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Worlds are colliding as pop-queen Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke—Heartstopper's very own Charlie Spring—were just seen partying together in London and naturally, fans need all the intel.

It's safe to say Olivia Rodrigo's dating life has been getting a lot of attention lately, following the release of her singles, "Bad Idea Right?" and "Vampire," thanks to their relationship and breakup themes. But now the rumor mill is going into overdrive over her connection to actor Joe Locke, after the pair were pictured out together on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

So, allow us to clear up any misconceptions about this new, unlikely pairing and share our favorite fan reactions...

What's going on with Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke?

We've just entered the Gen-Z multiverse is what! Fans just had their worlds well and truly rocked after the "Good 4 U" songstress jetted to the UK to hang out with the Heartstopper star—along with the likes of Amelia Dimoldenberg (who is one-half of another fan-favorite pairing with Andrew Garfield, we might add) and rapper Central Cee—for a dinner hosted by The Face magazine.

Olivia, who was wearing a very on-trend red dress, was then papped exiting the restaurant with Joe, before the pair got into a car together with some friends. 

Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke are seen leaving the Chiltern Firehouse on August 16, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

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The pair also went on to share a selfie together on Instagram and let's just say fans are obsessed. In fact, one tweeted: "The duo we never knew we needed."

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Another quipped: "Joe Locke and Olivia Rodrigo being besties is my favourite thing ever actually."

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Others are also manifesting a Joe Locke cameo in one of Olivia's upcoming music videos for her album GUTS.

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Are Olivia Rodrigo and Joe Locke dating?

Let us stop you right there: no, they are not dating. Despite some fans theorizing about something romantic going on between them, Olivia and Joe are just friends.

For those who don't know, Joe opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Teen Vogue on August 7, 2023, saying: "I have been openly gay since I was, like, 12." Joe and co-star Kit Connor have been the subject of dating rumors, but like in the case of Oliva and Joe, their relationship is purely platonic. 

In fact, some fans were baffled by dating rumors, as one tweeted: "I really can't believe people are actually speculating Joe Locke and Olivia Rodrigo are dating??? I need y'all to be so very serious."

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So there you have it, and fingers crossed we see these two reunite again real soon!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.