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Well, Look Who Made Their Red-Carpet Debut

Apropos of nothing, here are Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers. Photo-Illustration: The Cut; Photos: Getty Images

It’s a question that’s plagued humankind for generations, or at least since last year: Are Phoebe Bridgers and Paul Mescal dating, or what? Despite the two being linked since summer 2020, neither has publicly confirmed (or denied!) their relationship. However, all signs seem to point to yes. (Especially this one that says the two were “quite tactile” during a June 2021 trip to London.)

One telltale sign was a couples’ Halloween costume the duo wore to a Johnnie Walker–sponsored Halloween party in October. Comedian and actress Ziwe posted photos, including Emily Ratajkowski as witch, the guy from Hot Ones as an astronaut, and, most importantly, photographic evidence of canoodling between Phoebe Bridgers and her (maybe?) boyfriend Paul Mescal, who is best known for his role in Normal People.

Look! At! Him! Look! At! Her!!! When I close my eyes, all I see is the left half of this photo. Also, is it wishful thinking, or are they dressed as Horny Weed Couple Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly? Wearing a couples costume is basically confirmation of a relationship, but a couples costume where you’re dressed as two of the horniest people in existence? They may as well have literally winked at the camera.

Further evidence of an imminent little kiss from this couple: an appearance they made at Sunday’s 2021 LACMA Art+Film Gala, where Mescal’s arm made notable contact with Bridgers’s waist, which is basically having sex if we’re going by the royals’ standards. Even by American metrics, they certainly looked cozy, and might we interpret Bridgers’s tartan skirt as a little wink to her Irish boyfriend?

Bridgers and Mescal have already hit all the major (alleged!) relationship milestones — the Quite Tactile stage, the Couples Costume stage, the Red Carpet stage — save for actually, you know, confirming that they’re dating. They are, of course, not obligated to tell anyone about their respective (or collective?) love lives. Except for me, whose life depends on knowing whether they are together. Please, Phoebe! Do tell!

This post has been updated.

Well, Look Who Made Their Red-Carpet Debut