No one could’ve predicted that Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson would be dating by the end of 2021. Last year gave us our fair share of unexpected celebrity relationships that had us talking like Bennifer reuniting, a Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker engagement, and Adele and Rich Paul getting together, but Kim and Pete trump them all. The pair shocked everyone when they were spotted holding hands on a roller coaster at an amusement park on Halloween weekend. Their outing went down just weeks after she made her debut as a host on Saturday Night Live in early October, where the pair reportedly hit it off. The King of Staten Island actor and the Skims founder then spent a lot of time together within the span of a month. They did everything from having dinner in Staten Island, celebrating his birthday in Palm Springs, and going out on dates both on the East and West Coasts.
News that Kardashian and Davidson were officially dating came out in mid-November and it seems like a pretty big deal since the beauty mogul hasn’t stepped out with anyone ever since she filed for divorce from Kanye West in February, after a nearly seven-year marriage and four kids. While the seriousness of Kim and Pete’s romance is yet to be determined, dating someone like Pete amid her divorce makes sense. The comedian is a bit rough around the edges and nothing like the people she has dated in the past. She’s been involved with men like Kris Humphries, Reggie Bush, and Ray J—so trying something new this time around might be just what she needs.
Kim dating the SNL star might be confusing to some, but it’s not surprising at all based on his dating history. Davidson’s relationships have been talked about extensively in recent years, with people questioning how the funny guy can land top-notch women like Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, supermodel Kaia Gerber, and Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor. While there are many who don’t see his appeal, there are plenty of fans who openly thirst over him and his charm and it just so happens that some of the most talented, successful, and desirable women in Hollywood agree. Some men have been trying to find out what his secret is, and it might come down to a few things: his sense of humor, his eccentric good looks, but most of all, his personality. Beckinsale recently backed that theory by liking a tweet that suggested that it was his “nice personality” that won his partners over. Kim seems to agree and the pair are reportedly having so much fun together, and regardless of their 13 year age difference—she’s 41 and he’s 28—and living on opposite sides of the country, they’re making it work. These two are quickly becoming the latest couple fans can’t get enough of.
From their SNL reunion to their secret Staten Island dinners, here’s a complete timeline of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s unexpected romance and their eventual split.
Kim made her hosting debut on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Pete and Kim starred in their own sketch together
Date: Oct. 29
Three weeks after their SNL kiss, Kim and Pete were spotted holding hands while riding a roller coaster at Knott’s Scary Farm in California on Oct. 29. The reality star has previously shared how afraid of heights she is, so holding hands with the person next to her on a ride for comfort seems reasonable, right? Could’ve been, but if you look closely at the photos People obtained, their fingers are interlocked, which made the hand holding a lot more intimate than someone simply providing comfort to a scared friend.
Fans flooded social media with questions about the photos and the nature of their relationship, wondering if they were dating, or if it was just an attempt to get attention. A source quickly denied any romance rumors to the magazine, saying that they “hang in the same circles so they will be together from time to time. It’s just friends hanging out.” Another source told E! that their Halloween weekend outing was purely platonic. “They’re friends and she thinks he’s really fun and funny,” the source said then. “They have mutual friends in common, so they will probably hang out again, but everything is casual.”
The pair do have mutual friends, and this wasn’t the first time Kim and Pete hung out. Not only is Pete friends with Machine Gun Kelly, who is close friends with Kim’s brother-in-law-to-be Travis Barker, but Kim also attended Kid Cudi’s birthday celebration with Kanye in 2019. Based on the photos she shared on Twitter, Pete was also in attendance.
Date: Nov. 2
Pete made it difficult for anyone to question his power after reports surfaced that he managed to get the one and only Kim Kardashian to go to his native Staten Island in early November. Most New Yorkers avoid visiting the island by any means (no offense), but the beauty mogul made her way there just to have a private rooftop dinner with the proud Staten Island-born actor at one his favorite restaurants called Campania. They managed to avoid being photographed during the outing, but that dinner only intensified the rumors that things between them were progressing way past a friendship.
A source told E! that Kim wasn’t looking to date at the moment but that they were having fun and there was “no pressure” between them. “Pete is a very chill and casual guy, and she likes that. They have plans to see each other again while Kim is in New York City,” the source said. “Whatever is going on between them is exciting to her.” After they hung out a few times, another insider said the makeup mogul was starting to understand the actor’s appeal. “Kim thinks Pete’s hilarious. Pete is quite the charmer and she totally understands the allure,” the source said. “Kim loves that they just laugh the entire time they are together and she is really enjoying hanging out with him.” The Staten Island date proved to have been a hit after the pair was spotted out together the following night at Zero Bond in New York City on Nov. 3. According to insiders, the pair went their separate ways after spending time together at the private club saying Kim “left alone,” while Pete “snuck out” through a separate entrance.
Date: Nov. 16
Things started really progressing when Kim and Pete celebrated his 28th birthday together on Nov. 16. The pair appear to have visited her mom Kris Jenner’s Palm Springs home to bring in his new year, and Flavor Flav joined in on the celebration. It’s unclear why he was in attendance, but the rapper shared a post on Instagram from the gathering on Nov. 17, and in the pic, the pair and Jenner are wearing matching plaid pajamas from Kim’s SKIMS line. “Celebrating my adopted son Pete Davidson’s birthday [with] the legends @kimkardashian and @krisjenner,” the Public Enemy hype man captioned the post. “Pete, I never took a clock off my neck to give to someone and you will be the last person I do this for. It looks real good on you, happy birthday.” Bringing someone home to meet the family, spending birthdays together, and wearing matching pajamas is really taking things to a whole new level. The pair were also spotted holding hands in public while picking up food in Palm Springs on Nov. 18.
Date: Nov. 18
Kim and Pete were officially confirmed to be dating by multiple reports, just a little over a month after she hosted SNL. A source close to the reality star confirmed on Nov. 18 that Kim and the Big Time Adolescence star were ready to take things further in their relationship and that “they are really happy and seeing where it goes.” The mother of four and the comedian have reportedly agreed to be exclusive after seeing each other regularly since their reunion. “Pete has told her he doesn’t want to see anyone else,” a source told E! News. “She is telling some people they aren’t super serious but she isn’t seeing anyone else… She’s trying to not make a big deal about it but is super into him.”
The insider said that while she is trying to keep things casual, she is “smitten over him” and that their relationship is “very exciting to her,” adding that she is “completely enthralled by him.” Even though he lives in New York because of work and she lives in California, that won’t stop them from continuing their romance. “They are making the distance work and have plans to continue seeing each other,” the source said.
Date: Nov. 21
TMZ reported that the couple grabbed a quiet and cozy dinner, sitting side by side, at celebrity hot spot Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, California on Nov. 21. But that’s not what got people talking. The pair were spotted outside of the restaurant, holding hands and laughing with each other inside their car, and fans pointed out that the actor was sporting a pretty visible mark on his neck that left little to the imagination. Their relationship is so new and based on their latest sightings, they seem to still be in the thick of their honeymoon phase.
Date: Feb. 7
The pair hadn’t publicly acknowledged their relationship until February when he mentioned having a girlfriend. While speaking with People Davidson used the term when describing his life. “I don’t really have Instagram—I don’t have Instagram or Twitter or any of that stuff. So, most of my daily life is getting into cars and showing up to a set,” Davidson said. “Or, if I’m off, I just either hang with my friends or chill with my girlfriend inside. So I don’t do much.” During a headlining talk at the University of Rochester’s Winterfest that same month, Davidson cleared the air about their relationship to appease the students who were curious about them. “This is what I’m going to say because I’m not going to answer Kim K shout-out questions all day, okay, just because I want to be respectful of privacy, But it’s going great, and we are very happy,” he said.
Date: Mar. 9
Kardashian and Davidson had been keeping their relationship private, aside from the comedian’s public feud with her ex. But during an interview with Variety, the Skims founder talked about if Davidson will make an appearance on her new reality show The Kardashians on Hulu. “I have not filmed with him,” she said. “And I’m not opposed to it. It’s just not what he does. But if there was an event happening and he was there, he wouldn’t tell the cameras to get away. I think I might film something really exciting coming, but it wouldn’t be for this season. It wouldn’t reach until next season.” While the comedian might not appear on the show, they will cover it on the show. “You’ll just have to see, but I’m always open and honest and I’ll never not be, so you’ll definitely get that honesty and openness when it comes to the relationship that I’m in,” she said. “I definitely explain how we met and who reached out to who and how it happened and all the details that everyone wants to know. I’m definitely open to talking, and I definitely explain it.” The Kardashians will hit Hulu on April 14.
Kim posts Pete on Instagram for the first time
Date: Mar. 11
The moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived in March. Kardashian, who is one of the most-followed people on social media, made her relationship with Davidson Instagram official. After she opened up about their relationship in her interview with Variety, the makeup mogul shared a carousel of photos in a post seemingly wearing the outfit she wore during their pre-Valentine’s Day dinner in February. The SNL star appears in two of the photos, and she also shared a screengrab from Ben Affleck’s movie The Town. She also used a line from the movie as her caption, which read, “Whose car are we gonna take?!”
Pete has multiple Kim K inspired tattoos
Date: Apr. 3
Kardashian and Davidson reached yet another milestone in their relationship. The mom of four, who had been dating the comedian for six months, reportedly introduced her new boyfriend to her kids. TMZ shared a video of her eldest daughter North West and Davidson riding around in a pink Moke electric car around Scott Disick’s gated community on Apr. 3. The comedian was in the driver’s seat with the child sitting on his lap. West previously spoke out against the I Want You Back star meeting his kids when he shared a text conversation he said he had with the actor. Ye’s captioned the now-deleted post, writing: “No, you will never meet my children.”
Davidson is also integrating the beauty mogul into his life. TMZ reported earlier in April that she had met his grandparents after visiting him on a movie set. His mother, Amy, also seems to be on board with the relationship and even expressed enthusiasm about the pair possibly having a baby together. “She will be pregnant with his child by the end of the year. @amyymarie118,” a fan commented on an Instagram photo of them kissing in a car in March and tagged his mom. She reportedly responded writing, “yayyyy!”
Date: Apr. 6
Kardashian opened up about her relationship during an interview with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an ABC News primetime special, which premiered on Apr. 6, and said she is “very happy” with her new guy and made it clear that this isn’t just a fling to her. “I mean, I am a relationship kind of girl, for sure,” she said. “And I wouldn’t be with someone if I didn’t plan on spending a lot of my time with them.” She added: “Obviously I wanna take my time, but I’m very happy and very content and it’s such a good feeling just to be at peace.” Her family also seems to approve. Her little sister, Khloé shared her thoughts on Davidson, saying: “He just makes her laugh and she laughs all the time.” Their mom agrees, saying the comedian is “great” and “a really nice guy.”
Date: Friday, Aug. 5
The pair seemed to be making the most of their relationship by attending events together like the Met Gala, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, vacationing together, and traveling all over the world to see each other. He was also spotted spending time with her kids, and reportedly had their initials tattooed on him.
All of those efforts still weren’t enough to keep the relationship afloat. E! News reported that sources close to couple said that the couple have called it quits after nine months of dating. They reportedly made the decision earlier this week to be “just friends” going forward after nine months of dating, saying that their busy schedules and long distance “made it really difficult to maintain a relationship.” The source suggested the breakup was amicable, and that they have “a lot of love and respect for each other.”