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The Real Reason Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson Split - Are Public Relationships a Good Thing?
Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson Split

The Real Reason Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson Split - Are Public Relationships a Good Thing?

After only nine months together, Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson have called it quits. Their relationship was controversial from the start, but many warmed up to the unique pairing. What caused the split and what did ex-husband Kanye West have to say about the whole ordeal?

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson began dating in October 2021 soon after the socialite and SKIMS founder hosted Saturday Night Live. Pete Davidson is an SNL alumnus, known for his humor and very chilled-out personality, which is what initially attracted Kim – that and their shared on-stage kiss. Although an insider recently unveiled that the couple has split after nine months together.

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After a complex divorce from now ex-husband Kanye West, Kardashian's goofy and fun-loving relationship with Davidson was like a breath of fresh air. While many were convinced that their relationship was a publicity stunt, they also had fans rooting for them. Davidson was featured on a few episodes of the hit reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians where their audience got more insight into their somewhat unconventional dynamic.

What exactly did the insider have to say about the real reason Davidson and Kim split and what did West, the father of Kim’s four children, comment on the whole situation? Let’s talk about their relationship so far and if we can expect to see a friendship in the future!

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s Relationship Timeline

Kardashian and Davidson’s relationship was hot and heavy from the start. After their Jasmine and Aladdin sketch on stage that ended in a brief smooch, Kardashian felt drawn to the comedian and actor. Even though they initially claimed that they were simply friends, it was confirmed in November that they were in fact dating.

The couple’s relationship immediately took off. Davidson was featured in episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians where we caught glimpses of the couple in their natural habitat. Davidson also accompanied her on many red carpets including the MET Gala. The duo had no shortage of Instagram content and the @kimkardashian page was instantly filled with photos of the two on vacation, sharing kisses and sweet moments.

Throughout their relationship, Davidson managed to sprinkle some anticipated ink on his body for his girl. He’s known for getting tattoos from prior relationships and then covering them up post-breakup. We’re curious to see how he covers up his “My girl is a lawyer” tattoo and his Aladdin tattoo alluding to how the two met.

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An insider told People magazine that the two reached a mutual and natural end. “They’ve definitely been slowing down,” the insider said, “Things heated up quickly in the beginning when he could travel back and forth to see Kim and spend time with her, but his schedule has gotten so packed.”

With Davidson in Australia for work, it’s understandable that the distance disrupted regularly scheduled programming between the two. “Pete is still super bummed, though, about the breakup,” the insider continued, “They really hit it off and had a ton of fun together, but it feels like it ran its course.”

To further confirm the breakup, a second source told People, "It was an amicable split. They had discussed ending their relationship for a bit. It wasn’t sudden, and it was a mutual decision. Getting back together is not in the cards right now.”

Pete Davidson’s Relationship With Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Children

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson walking down a hallway holding hands

On the topic of tattoos, the most controversial one that Davidson has in regard to his relationship with Kim features her and her four children. The tattoo reads “KNSCP” which are the initials of Kim, North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm in chronological order of birth. That’s not the only time we’ve seen Davidson warm up to her children.

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He was photographed hanging out with North, letting her sit in his lap while he drove Kim’s Pink Moke electric car. His willingness to participate in their lives is not a surprise given his recent interview with Kevin Hart in his Peacock series Hart to Hart. Davidson told Hart that he’s “definitely a family guy.” “My favorite thing ever, which I’ve yet to achieve, is I want to have a kid. That’s like my dream,” he tells Hart. Hart asked about the role marriage plays in that dream to which Davidson replied, “I mean, that’s the way I hope it goes, yeah.” At the time that this was filmed, Davidson and Kim were together and thriving.

While Kim’s kids were certainly not Davidson’s biologically, it was clear that he cared about them. Given his dream of fatherhood and the way he described wanting to find purpose through that, this breakup feels like heartbreak for anyone who was rooting for their family to grow.

Kanye West Vs. Pete Davidson Feud Explained

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wearing all black and holding hands

Kanye West has said many questionable things online. While some of his posts are direct and unwavering, some of his comments are cryptic. After Kardashian and Davidson’s relationship announcement, West entered into a very public online battle with Davidson. The rapper accused Davidson of destroying his family and constantly berated him online. He even went so far as to post private messages between Kim, Davidson, and himself.

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Given West and Davidson’s rocky history over the last year, the public was on edge waiting for his response to the breakup. Unsurprisingly, West took to Instagram to share a photoshopped image of a New York Times newspaper with the headline: “SKETE DAVIDSON DEAD AT AGE 28.” This is a reference to West’s slightly disturbing music video for “Eazy” in which he depicted Davidson’s death rapping that “Everyone lived happily ever after except Skete”

The post has since been deleted and neither Kim nor Davidson have commented on West’s post or the breakup as a whole.

Can We Expect Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson to Remain Friends Post-Break Up?

Kim Kardashian dressed in black heading into a club with comedian Pete Davidson.

The story of Hollywood exes is never-ending. There will never be a shortage of both amicable and chaotic splits between entertainers. While some breakups have been dramatic, ending with court custody battles and nasty comments online, there have been some really wonderful friendships to come out of them.

Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow are just one example of how you can overcome the ending of a romantic relationship to forge a new and improved friendship. The two have remained in contact and have fond memories of their time together. They’ve recently collaborated for Paltrow’s brand Goop, showing that it’s possible to move forward after a breakup.

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Another example of celebrity exes who have come together as friends after splitting up is Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift. The two dated in 2008 when Jonas allegedly broke up with her over the phone. Swift regrets calling him out and the two have reconciled over the years. Not only have the two been seen together hanging out, but Jonas’ wife and actress Sophie Turner is a major Swiftie! She even attended Swift’s SNL performance of “All Too Well”.

It can be challenging to get over a relationship that was amplified by media coverage. Having your business made public can put a strain on anyone. It gets even more complicated when children as involved. That being said, we’ve seen celebrities overcome these challenges and prevail as friends. Kim and Davidson have yet to address their breakup in the media, but it’s with high hopes that they will use their time together to bond as friends for life.


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