Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson have ended their nine-month relationship, bringing to an end an unlikely whirlwind novel that both captivated and confused fans — and spawned a seemingly never-ending supply of gossip drama.
rolling stone has learned that the reality TV mogul and former Saturday Night Live comedian broke up this week, citing the couple’s busy schedules and long-distance relationship as the reason behind the split. The breakup comes just weeks after a trailer for Hulu’s upcoming season The Kardashians had the Skims founder and her then-beauty jump in the shower together.
Kardashian, 41, and Davidson, 28, were first romantically linked in October 2021 after the pair were spotted holding hands at Knott’s Berry Farm Southern California theme park after Kardashian’s appearance on SNL, in which they shared an on-screen kiss in a script sketch. The two were later seen together several times after the outing, with Kardashian even throwing the comedian a birthday party in November. Davidson eventually acknowledged the relationship publicly in a subsequent podcast appearance in February, while Kardashian shared photos of Davidson on Instagram the following month.
The pair made a famous red carpet appearance at this year’s Met Gala, where Kardashian donned the iconic figure-hugging gown Marilyn Monroe wore as she sang her rendition of “Happy Birthday” to then-President John F. Kennedy in May 1962.
The relationship also angered (and provided significant creative fodder for) Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kanye West, who infamously called out Davidson in a song on his album Thursday 2 and unleashed numerous social media rants against the comedian, focusing on his past struggles with addiction and mental health issues.
In February, West posted a series of screenshots of alleged text messages between himself and Kardashian, with the reality star calling her former partner’s actions “scary” and claiming that “someone will hurt Pete.” [Davidson] and this will all be your fault.” West replied, “I will always do everything I can to protect you and our family forever. And I’ve listened to you and told everyone to make sure nothing physical happens to Skete,” referring to the derogatory nickname West gave the comedian.
On the song “Eazy,” released the following month, West boasted that he was saved from a near-death experience simply to “beat Pete Davidson’s ass,” and released a violent claymation video accompanying the song that featured a cartoon version of the rapper kidnaps and kills a character who resembles the comedian. The video ends with an on-screen message that reads, “Everyone lived happily ever after, except you know who,” with “Skete” conveniently crossed out. Another video for the track featured an animated version of the SNL star is beaten up by a monkey.
That same month, a friend of Davidson’s leaked a series of now-deleted screenshots that supposedly showed a text conversation between Davidson and West. “It doesn’t have to be that way,” Davidson is said to have written. “What she’s doing for those kids is amazing and you’re so lucky she’s the mother of your kids… It’s amazing what [rehab centers] do if you need help. You should try it. I’m in LA for a day if you want to stop being a little internet bitch boy and talk.’ Days later, West took to social media, boasting that Davidson had “a nervous breakdown after we chased him off the internet” and claimed that the actor would make Kardashian “addicted to drugs” because “he’s in rehab every 2 months”. Those messages eventually led to Instagram temporarily restricting West’s account.
Davidson addressed West’s constant harassment during a stand-up routine in May, calling the ordeal “a really weird thing to go through.”
While the split between the high-profile couple may seem amicable, one question remains: what will Pete do with the countless Kim-related tattoos he branded himself with earlier this year? I hope he has a good cover up artist with speed dial.