Bella Hadid officially has a new boyfriend! Well, we can't exactly call them 'new' since they've almost been dating two years, but it definitely feels like news to the rest of the world who has known very little about their relationship up until now.
You'll probably remember that very cute photo which Bella posted in July 2021, showing her snuggling up with a mystery man in France. The 25-year-old model debuted her art director boyfriend via an Instagram gallery, captioning the photo:
"Time of my life ⏳🍾," she captioned her post. "Healthy, Working and Loved ❤️🔥🌹"
Naturally, we all wanted to know who it was, but she kept her cards very close to her chest.
Kalman's inclusion in the Instagram post, as well as the string of romance-related emojis Hadid used, were taken by many fans and media outlets as Hadid making her new relationship "Instagram official." The model's last significant public relationship with musician The Weeknd, so naturally fans were very curious as to who exactly her new beau was.
Below, ELLE's investigation into just who exactly Marc Kalman is, as well as the details of his and Hadid's relationship so far.
Despite having eyes on her 24/7, the model has managed to keep her relationship incredibly quiet, with the couple rumoured to have been dating since July 2020. Courtesy of the pandemic which means face masks, reduced travel and less public events, Bella and Marc have been sneaking around for quite some time, managing to fly under the radar.
Speaking to Page Six, a source explained the lengths they went to in order to keep things quiet.
"They hid it well. If they went out, he would come out first, get the car, and then she would get into the car. They would drive to a location, and he'd drop her off but not get out and go park the car", they told the outlet. "They were very diligent about not being seen on a public street at the same time."
Looking back, the pair were first photographed in July 2020 and again in September 2020 while having lunch with friends. Marc also attended Gigi Hadid's birthday party at her home in April 2021.
For Valentine's Day 2022, Bella shared a very loved-up snap of the pair with the caption 'To my bestie in a Tessie', which set the internet alight. It seems that she's much more comfortable with packing on the PDA and Instagram appearances, so fans will be keeping their eyes peeled for any and all Marc content.
Who is Marc Kalman?
Though certainly not as big a "name" as Hadid, Marc Kalman appears to run in similar young, famous and fashion-adjacent crowds. Kalman is an art director who has worked closely with superstar rapper Travis Scott for years.
Is Marc Kalman on Instagram?
Despite the intentional inclusion of Kalman in her Instagram post, Hadid did not actually tag Kalman. Fans made the connection from the blurry images themselves. Kalman's Instagram (@maarckaalman), like other high profile partners: Ariana Grande's Dalton Gomez and Olivia Rodrigo's boyfriend Adam Faze, is on private.
A quick check does reveal that Kalman and Hadid do follow each other, though.
Given the Kardashian connection—Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are co-parents (or dating?) and Hadid is close with Kendall Jenner, Kylie's sister—some are speculating the pair may have met through a mutual friend.
Kalman collaborates with artist Corey Damon Black on Scott's branding and a profile of the creative duo from 1985 describes Kalman as a good listener and more "cautious and calculating."
While Kalman is most notable and known for his creative output with Scott in the music industry, the art director's website also notes his work as a fashion assistant for T Magazine.
How long have Marc Kalman and Bella Hadid been dating?
Kalman and Hadid were first (publically) linked romantically on June 5, 2021. The Daily Mail published a video of Hadid at lunch with her "rumoured beau" Kalman.
Speculation also came earlier in the year when Instagram blind item and gossip account DeuxMoi claimed Hadid had a boyfriend in a since expired post.