For everyone keeping track, it's finally official: Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker are together and in love. Though Cory has very rarely talked about his love life in the past, he sensationally admitted that he had a "boo" on radio show "The Breakfast Show" in February, and Rosario admitted weeks later to a TMZ reporter at the airport that, yes, the two are totally in love.
This couple are both politically active—Cory is literally running for president, and Dawson spoke out in support of candidates Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein in 2016—and they're both passionate about causes like voters' rights. So what do we know about the trajectory of this romantic relationship?
October 2017 (or thereabouts)
Apparently the two met at a political event, as previously suspected. Ben Jealous, gubernatorial candidate for Maryland, was having a fundraiser, and they both attended. "She didn’t give me the time of day,” Cory laughed. (At this point, she was in a relationship still, so that makes sense.) Cory didn't specify which fundraiser he went to, but he endorsed Ben Jealous for governor in October 2017, so a good guess is likely around then.
Cory told CNN at a Town Hall in March 2019, "So we met again, and I had one of those really awkward experiences. I’m a United States senator, and I had to get up the courage to walk up to her and ask her for her phone number. And this doesn’t make me nervous, but that made me nervous."
So it's unclear when the second meeting happened, but potentially at least a few months before January 2019, when Cory and Rosario are spotted together for the first time.
Rosario reportedly breaks up with her then-boyfriend Eric Andre, one of the first relationships she ever spoke publicly about. (To be clear, it's probably not because of Cory.)
Cory is still fueling rumors of being linked to on-and-off girlfriend Chanda Gibson. Chanda, an activist, worked with Cory on his 2002 campaign, and the two had known each other for a long time.
Rosario and Cory are spotted being "flirtatious" at the Broadway show "Dear Evan Hanson," fueling initial speculation that the two are together. The two pose with cast members backstage and Rosario is overheard telling Cory she loves him. "Dawson—who was walking across the empty stage on her way to the exit—began fooling around and singing a made-up song to Booker that went, “I love you; te amo [as in, the Spanish for ‘I love you’].”
Page Six explains that the two have known each other for "years" (maybe they met at a political event?).
A few days before that, the two had been spotted catching a movie together in New York.
Cory hilariously confirms that he is in SOME KIND OF relationship but doesn't say who it is. "[B]efore I declared president, I'm dating somebody really special," he told "The Breakfast Club." He added, "I got a boo."
Rosario confirms the relationship to TMZ, saying, "I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much." She added, "He's an amazing human being...It's good to spend some time together when we can."
At the CNN Town Hall where he talked about how they met, Cory also says, "I have an incredible girlfriend." He added, "She is just simply amazing and I am hopeful, as is my mother.”
Cory makes an appearance on Rosario's Instagram, in which they both geek out over their shared excitement for Avengers: Endgame.
Aside from loving the fact that the couple is nerdy like me, I love their sweet, enthusiastic, off-the-cuff energy. Cory's been busy on the campaign trail (per his Instagram), but they're obviously still making time for each other.
In an interview with RuPaul, both Rosario and Cory are incredibly effusive about their relationship. Rosario made a video in which she told RuPaul, "Thanks for inviting my boyfriend to be on your show so I could be in the audience and clap and cheer and scream for you." So, she was in the audience when RuPaul questioned Cory about their relationship. And Cory really brought it.
RuPaul, who's the real MVP in this situation, quizzed the presidential hopeful. "If elected, you would be the first unmarried president in a long, long time." Cory didn't miss a beat. "The swearing in isn't until the 21st of January, 2021. You never know what might happen between now and then," he said, cheekily. The camera panned to Rosario, who smiled. Amazing. Um, I would love for this to happen!
Cory makes another appearance on Rosario's Instagram. In it, Rosario tells Cory (the pair are riding in a car together), "Love you!" He replies, "I love you so much." She captioned the photo, "Psst...pass it on. #LetLoveRule." Awww.
Not only is this a sweet and demonstrative moment from the couple (and only the second time we've seen Cory on Rosario's feed, so it's a big deal) but it also may subtly connect to Cory's campaign messages about equality, an end to violence, and immigration reform, amongst other things that have shown up on his own Instagram lately as he campaigns for 2020. So it may also, quietly, be a show of support from Rosario for what Cory's doing, as well as their relationship. This isn't much of a stretch—as a politically active person, Rosario is on the same page around several shared issues with Cory. Next up: an official outing on the campaign trail. Please?
Also in July, Cory was interviewed by E! as part of a politicians' pop culture survey, and he alluded to some very sweet, family oriented values. Asked what his first wedding song was, he responded, "Guess we’ll have to wait and find out on this one." Bawwwww! And for a hidden talent, "It’s not too hidden and some probably don’t consider it a talent, but I’ve got a lot of dad jokes in my system. Not only do I tell the best dad jokes—I can tell a whole lot of them in a minute, as I recently discovered on a long road trip through Iowa." Marriage and babies lay ahead?? Yes please!
Well, this feels awfully silly to have to refute, but Cory and Rosario take to social media to prove that, yes, they are still dating, despite the fact that she hasn't been to every single one of Cory's campaign events. In response to a recent article that said Rosario's absence at the event was "noticeable," Cory texted Rosario to tell her, "You made it."
Rosario screenshotted the texts and captioned the photo: "I made it! To all the working mothers out there. Keep shining!" The sarcasm is perfection. Yes, Rosario has a kiddo and work of her own, and yes it is ok for her to do that while still supporting her politician boyfriend. It seems silly for them to have to reiterate it, but there we go. The two are still blissfully happy!
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