Zendaya Reveals The Number One Thing She's Looking For In Her Next Love Interest

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Lauren Porter Feb, 07, 2018

Hollywood actress and singer Zendaya is opening up about her dating life and outlook on finding love.

Talking to music sensation Cardi B for CR Fashion Book, the Oakland-native detailed what she looks for in an ideal partner–and the one quality the guy who wins her heart must have. 

“Respect is my number one thing, and I think it shows in different ways,” Zendaya shared. “With anybody, you’re with, you have to have a layer of respect, courtesy, understanding, and tolerance. It’s also important to have somebody who makes you laugh. If someone can’t make me laugh, then that’s wack. And not just kind of laugh, but pee-my-pants laugh.”

In January 2017, the star revealed that she and her first love parted ways and shared how she survived a broken heart with fans. 

“I got rid of old text messages, pictures and their clothing I still had,” she wrote on her website. “You don’t hang on to old Band-Aids. Throw that in the trash! I tried my best to cut off communication. It was the best medicine for me. I started forcing myself to have a lot more fun. I tried new things—going out and just doing more stuff. Like if somebody invited me somewhere, before the split I would’ve been like, “No, I’m not sure.” But in recovery mode, I was like, “Yeah, sure. Why not? Let’s go hang out. Let’s go to dinner.” A healthy relationship does not mean you need to be with that person 24/7. You have to get rid of everything associated with them. It’s best to get rid of their number. Or if you can’t quite let go, at least change the title of their name in your phone. I dove into work and just started having more fun!!!”

As for her next relationship, Zendaya said that while being with someone in the entertainment industry isn’t a requirement for her, it might be easier.

“It’s definitely helpful,” she added. “There [are] just certain things in our lives that’s hard for people to understand if they don’t live it.”

The sentiment isn’t uncommon among actors who often have to balance their busy careers with maintaining healthy romantic relationships. The former KC Undercover star continued: Like if I have to explain what a call time is or why I have to start glam early. I’m not just sitting around all day. I’m on camera, I’m shooting, I’m working, I can’t have my phone. But that doesn’t mean somebody who’s not in the industry can’t understand it or wouldn’t want to learn or understand it.”