Here’s Who Joey King Is Dating After Her Breakup With Her ‘Kissing Booth’ Co-Star Jacob Elordi

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As the lead of The Kissing Booth, it’s understandable why fans have so much interest in Joey King‘s boyfriend and who she’s dating now, especially after her split from her co-star, Jacob Elordi.

King and Elordi play love interests Elle Evans and Noah Flynn in Netflix’s Kissing Booth franchise, which premiered in May 2018 and released its last movie in August 2021. The movies follow the romance between Elle, a quirky, never-been-kissed, late-blooming teenager, and Noah, a bad boy and the older brother of Elle’s best friend, Lee. Despite its mixed reviews, The Kissing Booth continues to be one of Netflix’s most-watched movies ever. King told Entertainment Tonight in 2020 that, while she understands the interest in her personal life after her role in The Kissing Booth, it’s still a difficult situation to navigate.

“In this world, everyone wants to know your business and what you’re doing,” King said. “And I think it’s very interesting when you go through things and people kind of feel like they’re owed an explanation, but I understand.” She continued, “For me, I’ve publicly gone through some things, privately gone through some things, it’s all about finding your balance, finding what makes you comfortable, and it can be brutal, but you know happy endings do come to those who are patient.”

So has she found her happy ending? Ahead is what we know about Joey King‘s boyfriend, and who she’s dating now. Read on for her relationship history post-The Kissing Booth.

Steven Piet (2019 – Present)

A source told E! News in September 2019 that King was dating producer Steven Piet, who worked with her on Hulu’s The Act. According to an eyewitness, the two seemed coupley at a screening of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets at Cinespia in Los Angeles that month. “They were very affectionate and were with her two sisters sitting watching the movie together. Joey and Steven cuddled the entire time and looked very happy together,” the source said at the time. “They had snacks and drinks and were laughing with her sisters.”

Piet, who is from Cjhicago, attended Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduation, he worked as an assistant editor before moving into advertising. He worked for four years in advertising before before he produced his first film, Uncle John, and premiered it at South by Southwest in 2015. Since Uncle John, Piet has directed episodes of Channel Zero, The Act, Briarpatch and been a co-producer on Nightflyer. In February 2021, King celebrated Valentine’s Day with Piet with a romantic Instagram post. “Two representations of how magical it is to be your valentine @stevenpiet,” she wrote at the time.

Jacob Elordi (2017 – 2018)

Jacob Elordi Heres Who Joey King Is Dating After Her Breakup With Her Kissing Booth Co Star Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of HBO Euphoria held at The Cinerama Dome on June 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Art Garcia/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

King and Jacob Elordi, who play love interests Elle and Noah, met on the set of The Kissing Booth in 2017. In a May 2018 interview with Bello, King revealed that, while she thought Elordi was attractive, the two started as friends before their relationship became romantic.

“Was it love at first sight? Well, I thought he was very cute when we first met, but it started as a friendship,” she said at the time.  “Right away we were talking about gross things with each other (laughing). But before long I started to realize, ‘Hey, I think I kind of like this person!’ It was such an interesting experience meeting your boyfriend on set because you spend so much time together and become so close so fast. We were spending 17 hours a day together, and all of us would hang out after work and watch movies together and stuff. It was great.”

Though it’s unclear when Joey King and Jacob Elordi’s relationship officially started, the Act alum revealed in an interview with Seventeen in May 2018 that a month into filming, around February 2017, was when she started to see the Euphoria actor as more than a friend.

“When we first met, me, him, and Joel went out to dinner and we had the best, most fun night ever,” she said at the time. “By the end of dinner, we had like six inside jokes. We were so close and throughout filming, I was just best friends with Jacob. I guess there was no moment, but I feel like the friendship kind of naturally was like, ‘Oh hey, this person is super frickin’ awesome. We have so much in common and we really love spending time together. Maybe there’s something more there.'”

She continued, “It was never like this moment of “Omg, I can’t let him see me like this.” You know what I mean? We were open books with each other. There was nothing we wouldn’t talk about. He’s just so great. After the first month, I was like, ‘Hmm, I think I like him.'” It seems like this is when Joey King and Jacob Elordi’s relationship started heating up.

Joey King and Jacob Elordi’s relationship became Instagram official in April 2017 when he posted a photo of them in front of the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles. King’s first Instagram post of Elordi came two months later on his 20th birthday on June 26, 2017. In August 2017, King opened up about her relationship to Elordi in an interview with Us Weekly at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. By that time, the couple had been dating for more than a year. In her interview with Us Weekly, King revealed that Elordi being an actor like her was a positive in their relationship.

“You know what, actually it does help,” she said at the time. “It helps to have somebody by your side, cheering you on, who knows what you’re going through and who’s been through it themselves.”

Three months after Us Weekly’s update on Joey King and Jacob Elordi’s relationship, fans theorized that the couple had broken up. The speculation started after Elordi announced on his Instagram Stories at the time that he was taking a break from social media.

“G’day! Like to take a moment to thank everyone for the support over the last year,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories at the time. “I’m incredibly grateful to be able to connect with so many of you. I’m going to be signing off on this whole social media shabang while I work. Cheers for everything, stay happy :).”

He later deleted his Instagram entirely. After that, King took to her Twitter with a cryptic tweet that convinced fans the two were over. “Thank god I have my dog tho,” she tweeted at the time.

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

"The Kissing Booth"

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If you love The Kissing Booth movies on Netflix, read The Kissing Booth book series by Beth Reekles. The young adult romance trilogy, which was first published in 2012, tells more to the story of the romance between Rochelle “Elle” Evans, a never-been-kissed teenage girl, and Noah Flynn, a badass and volatile player. After you read the first Kissing Booth book, read the two sequels—The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance and The Kissing Booth #3: One Last Time—which continue Elle and Noah’s love story and prove that even happily ever afters have their obstacles. And after you finish The Kissing Booth trilogy, read Reekles’ two spinoffs: Road Trip!, a novella about Elle’s adventure-filled road trip from California to Harvard to visit Noah, and The Beach House, a spinoff novel about Elle and Noah’s summer at his beach house with his brother, Lee, and Lee’s new girlfriend, Rachel. If you want to know more to what happened in The Kissing Booth movies, these five Kissing Booth books are must-reads.

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