The truth about Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund’s relationship

Movie stars Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund were one celebrity couple who managed to mostly stay out of the public eye together. The couple met in 2010 while working on the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s acclaimed novel On The Road, in which they played a married couple. Though the co-stars eventually fell in love — and began dating in 2012 — their first romantic outing was anything but smooth. The TRON: Legacy star reminisced about their first date. “I took her on a 3 a.m. canoe trip,” Hedlund told Details in 2013 (via Us Weekly). “It was not a stable canoe. We fell out and had to swim back in muddy, dirty water, like golf pond water,” he added.

By 2015, their relationship was in full swing, and Dunst spoke about what drew her to Hedlund. “I love the male; I’ve dated guys who had more of a feminine side, and it didn’t work,” the “Melancholia” star told Net-A-Porter during an interview at the time (via the Daily Mail). Dunst explained how she enjoyed the traditional dating tropes. “I appreciate old-fashioned manners. I want a guy to pay for dinner and open the door for me,” she told the outlet, explaining that the couple prefer to occupy their time with low-key activities like visiting their mother.

As their love blossomed, it seemed like the A-list couple were headed for serious commitment.

Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund moved in together

Though Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund’s relationship didn’t dominate the headlines, the ‘Spider-Man 2’ actor gushed about her boyfriend when she opened up to the press. “We’ve been together for three and a half years, so, yeah, it’s going really well,” she told Town & Country in 2015 when asked about Hedlund. For Dunst, the relationship was perfect. “We are the same age. We have similar backgrounds. He feels like family to me,” she added.

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A year earlier, when the couple had been dating for about two years, Dunst announced that she was considering having children in the near future. “I’m in baby mode because two of my really good friends are pregnant right now,” she told Red magazine during a 2014 interview (via E! News). “Thirty-three is a good age to have your first baby,” she added. The ‘Midnight Special’ actress mentioned that the press often asked if she wanted to have children, and joked that she had already been pressured by her mother on the subject.

Dunst and Hedlund’s relationship turned serious in early 2015 when they decided to move in together. After three years of dating, the couple seemed destined to tie the knot. “The engagement is imminent,” a source told Us Weekly in 2015. Unfortunately, wedding bells didn’t ring in their future.

Both went out with other actors afterwards

After four years of dating, Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund split in April 2016. The Hollywood couple reportedly had a fundamental disagreement. “They have very different personalities and have disagreed when it came to their future,” a source told People at the time. The separation was not a spontaneous decision. “Their relationship has been rocky for a while so the split is actually a relief for them,” the insider added. Both continued to date other actors.

Dunst met her next partner, Jesse Plemons, while filming the second season of FX’s Fargo together in 2015. Though the duo were only romantically linked a month after her split from Hedlund in 2016, per People. Apparently, Plemons and Dunst had an instant connection. “I knew she would be in my life for a long time,” the “Windfall” actor told The New York Times in 2020. Dunst added that the couple bonded over being “two child actors.” The ‘Interview With the Vampire’ star and Plemons were engaged in 2017 and had two sons together.

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A few years after his split from Dunst, Hedlund began dating Emma Roberts in 2019. Much like Dunst and her new boyfriend, Hedlund and Roberts had a child together in 2020. Though the “Mudbound” actor and Roberts split in January 2022, per In Touch.