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Breaking news to no one, but me: Jack Antonoff and Margaret Qualley are the low-key Hollywood couple that may or may not be my new favorite OTP (hear me out, okay).
ICYMI, the Midnights producer has been dating the Maid actress since 2021, and less than a year later, the pair are seemingly tying the knot (are those wedding bells I hear?). They were first linked in August 2021 when they were spotted packing on the PDA while grabbing ice cream in Brooklyn, per People. And while the couple had been seen sharing a kiss or two on more than one occasion throughout the year (exhibit A and B), they didn’t go public with their relationship until March 2022 when they attended this year’s AFI Awards Luncheon together in Los Angeles.
That same month, the pair became Instagram official when Margaret shared a photo of the couple at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress was nominated for best actress in a movie/miniseries for her role in Netflix’s Maid). “Date night,” Margaret captioned the now-deleted post.
Fast forward to May 2022: A source confirmed to People that Jack and Margaret were officially engaged after the duo sparked engagement rumors at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival when the Death Note actress was spotted wearing a show-stopping diamond ring. Margaret was there promoting her new film Stars at Noon, which she stars in alongside Taylor Swift’s beau Joe Alwyn (a sort of Taylor Swift cinematic universe inception if you will).
And while the Solar Power producer (the man has an extensive resume, folks) and My Salinger Year actress like to keep their romance private, their few public appearances (and, uh, PDA) surprisingly says a lot about their ‘ship. WH tapped body language expert Karen Donaldson to analyze the couple’s hand placements and gestures over the last year. Ahead, she shares what Jack and Margaret’s body language reveals about their relationship.
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Jack and Margaret feel the most like themselves when around one another.
In this image, Jack and Margaret are completely in each other’s intimate space and fully comfortable with it. “This signals the feeling of oneness that they have in their relationship,” says Donaldson.
Also note how Margaret’s entire upper torso is turned inwards and her shoulders are slightly slouched. Donaldson explains that this shows that she’s comfortable in Jack’s presence and knows she can be herself around him. In return, “Jack embraces Margaret with such an ease as their bodies meld together.” In other words, there’s a lot of love and care in this ‘ship.
There’s no separating these two when they’re together.
While Jack’s body is squarely facing the camera, if you look closely, he’s leaning slightly towards Margaret’s chest, which signals the level of closeness in their relationship, explains Donaldson. “He wants to be as close to her as possible, as does she!”
Margaret, on the other hand, is squarely facing Jack and she’s pulling him into her by holding him by the arm and placing her right hand in his left. According to Donaldson, this indicates that she has a deep desire to connect with him. “A palm-to-palm hand hold is an intimate hand hold with couples,” she says. “It mimics physical connection by maximizing the amount of skin-to-skin contact.” (The more you know!)
In addition to being lovers, they’re also BFFs.
In this image, Jack is in a sort of Superman pose while holding Margaret quite firmly. “This signals a deep commitment to her safety,” says Donaldson.
At the same time, Margaret is giving Jack a side hug around the neck. “This is a hug often shared with friends,” says Donaldson. Meaning, they’re in a good spot in their relationship and there is a sense of friendship between them in addition to romance.
This pair feels safe and supported in this ‘ship.
The way Margaret leans into Jack and rests her head on his chest here tells us that she trusts him and feels close to him, says Donaldson. “She feels safe, secure and supported both physically and emotionally.”
That tracks since Jack’s body language shows he’s protective of Margaret. “The way Jack places his hand around Margaret’s back is like a protective shield,” says Donaldson. “He’s her protector.”
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