Moms seem to always have opinions about their children’s relationships. And when they’re celebrity moms with celebrity kids, they tend to vocalize those opinions. Luckily for Dakota Johnson, mom Melanie Griffith has announced that she is fully on board with her dating Chris Martin. “I adore him!” Griffith said at the Global Gift Foundation USA Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on Thursday, according to People. She added, “But [Dakota] is very private about her life, and I respect that.”
Johnson and Martin first sparked dating rumors in October 2017, when they were spotted grabbing sushi together in Los Angeles. Since then, the duo have attended concerts together, traveled to Israel and Paris, and gone on many more romantic dinner dates. “Dakota and Chris are definitely dating,” a source told Us Weekly in December. “They’ve gotten to know each other really well and are very comfortable [with] one another. Chris sends Dakota his music to get her opinion. It’s more than just a fling.” Not long after that seeming confirmation, in February, Johnson and Martin attended Ellen DeGeneres’s huge 60th birthday bash in West Hollywood, at which Martin’s ex Gwyneth Paltrow was also in attendance with her own new partner, fiancé Brad Falchuk.
Johnson, who has previously been linked to Jon Hamm and Elon Musk, has spoken about her tendency to give and feel love freely. In the February 2018 issue of Allure, for which Johnson served as the cover star, the actress opened up about her willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve—even while not wearing anything else onscreen. “Fundamentally, I’m open and warm. At my core, I’m a bleeding heart. But when your life is exposed and when the movie that exposes your life is exposing your emotions and your body, it can be very scary,” she said. “Throughout this entire experience [with Fifty Shades], I’ve learned that I can expose my heart and my emotions and I can still protect myself. I can still be vulnerable and strong. It’s a constant ebb and flow and a battle and trying to figure out how to have those things coexist within me. That’s what I’m grateful for.”
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Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson during Focus Features, NBC Universal Television Group and Universal Pictures Golden Globes After Party in 2006.
Dakota Johnson attends Art of Elysium “Bright Lights” with VERSUS by Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane at Milk Studios on April 30, 2010 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson arrives at 2011 MOCA Gala, An Artist’s Life Manifesto, Directed by Marina Abramovic at MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2011.
LDakota Johnson attends the “Goats” Los Angeles premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on August 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the Fox 2012 Programming Presentation Post-Show Party at Wollman Rink Central Park on May 14, 2012 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere ’21 Jumpstreet’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala in L.A.
Dakota Johnson arrives at the 26th Annual BAFTA LA Garden Party at the British Consul-General’s official residence on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2014 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles.
Dakota Johnson in New York after The Today Show
Dakota Johnson backstage after the Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture show in Paris.
Dakota Johnson arrive at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell And Alejandro G Inarritu, Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.
Dakota Johnson arrives at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the official After Party Dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 14, 2016 in London, England.
Dakota Johnson attends at Vogue 100: A Century Of Style atNational Portrait Gallery on February 9, 2016 in London, England.
Dakota Johnson attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends the “Bad Times At The El Royale” New York screening at Metrograph on September 27, 2018 in New York City.
Dakota Johnson attends the premiere of 20th Century FOX’s “Bad Times At The El Royale” at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Dakota Johnson attends ‘Suspiria’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 1, 2018 in Venice, Italy.
Dakota Johnson walks the red carpet ahead of the ‘Suspiria’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2018 in Venice, Italy.