The romantic saga of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie has easily become one of my favorite celebrity love stories over the years. It all began when I first watched Game of Thrones and Harington's curly-locked Jon Snow stole my heart with his brooding demeanor and quiet confidence. His talents eventually made me a fan and as a fan of a new male celebrity, I naturally got a bit heartbroken when I heard that he was possibly dating... anyone. But my heart was eased when I found out his supposed girlfriend was his GoT co-star Rose Leslie way back in 2012. That said, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's dating history throughout the years has been anything but easy to follow.
While the two have remained fairly tight-lipped about the status of their relationship, they haven't been shy in sharing how much they love each other as friends and co-stars, so their connection runs very deep. Leslie and Harington have not always been together as a couple, but they've remained close friends throughout most of that time, which gives me hope that true love and soul mates are real and will always find each other in the end. Since I am obviously very happy that they've recently been more open about being together, here is a short primer on Harington and Leslie's on-and-off dating history, because relationships are always a bit complicated.
August 2012: On?
The two first met while getting cozy on set as Jon Snow and Ygritte, but over a year after the show premiered, TMZ was the first to report on and post photos of the blossoming couple when they were seen eating dinner in London together. Leslie and Harington looked very comfortable with each other and were holding hands while across the table from one another, so it definitely looked like something was happening between them.
March 2013: On?
In a 2013 interview with GoT fansite, Winter Is Coming, Harington opened up about his friendship with Leslie. He said,
"We’re very, very close, me and Rose. We’re very good friends. We instantly got on. We’re very, very lucky in that way, because obviously we’ve got a lot to do in Seasons 2 and 3... You know you are going to get on with someone when you share their same sense of humor. So we just laughed as much as we could and actually had a great time..."
At this point, it was tough to tell whether they were really "just friends" or also friends and lovers.
August 2013: Off?
Even though they hadn't ever confirmed they were dating themselves, reports surfaced that they had broken up in August 2013, which came as a shock to many. The Stir reported that a source claimed Leslie had a new boyfriend who was not in the public eye and was "eager to keep this relationship out of the spotlight."
May 2014: Off
Harington acknowledged the rumors of his relationship with Leslie and made it very clear that there was nothing romantic going on. He told the Evening Standard, "All rumour and myth. Me and Rose [Leslie] are very, very close and very good friends. And continue to be, actually. She’s wonderful. But no, no love affair."
August 2014: On?
Just a few months after claiming they were only good friends, Harington was spotted with Leslie in fan shots throughout London in June and July, and in August, Us Weekly reported that they were back together. A source said, "They've been back on for about three months. That said, it's casual right now and they're having fun. They're not moving in together or anything like that yet."
January 2015: Off
In an interview with GQ, Harington and Leslie's status was still a mystery and he said, "I'll never talk about any particular relationship I've been in. But I will say I'm single at the moment." Well, OK then...
August 2015: On?
A fan posted a photo on Instagram of the couple traveling through Heathrow Airport and holding hands!
January 2016: On
A full year passed before Harington and Leslie were photographed together again, and this time they were holding hands and kissing in public.
April 2016: On
The couple made their relationship red carpet official and everything seemed to get more serious for them from there on out.
Considering Leslie and Harington were spotted in NYC walking hand in hand this past September and out in London, it's safe to say that this couple is finally official and not wanting to hide it anymore.