In a year of already truly thrilling celeb pairings - Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, Channing Tatum and Zoe Kravitz, Zendaya and Tom Holland - as we enter 2021’s final months could Kim Kardashian, and comedian and actor Pete Davidson have wiped the floor with them all? A photograph of the pair riding a rollercoaster at Los Angeles theme park Knotts Berry Farm emerged on Saturday night, so far so innocent - except for the fact they were HOLDING HANDS. Romance rumours are swirling - and a source has exclusively revealed to Grazia that they ‘wouldn’t rule it out’. However, People - who published the rollercoaster photograph on Saturday night - reported that a source close to Kim has stressed that she and Pete are ‘just friends’ who have a similar social circle. So what’s really going on?
Let’s back up a bit, to October 10th, when Kim was in New York taping her guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, the longstanding NBC comedy show. We all know how she and Pete became acquainted, as millions of us have now seen the skit in which they played Aladdin and Princess Jasmine - and kissed (this moment has now gone viral again as people search it for signs of early chemistry).
Since then, says Grazia’s source, Kim, 41, and Pete, 27, have reconnected thanks to Kourtney and Travis, who knows Pete through their mutual friend Machine Gun Kelly. ‘There’s no way that Pete wasn’t interested in Kim following their SNL appearance, they got on very well,’ says Grazia’s source, who adds that the pair have each other’s contact details (Pete isn’t on social media so there was no ‘DM slide’).
As for the now infamous Halloween theme park outing on Friday night, Grazia’s source says that there would have been little reason for the group (which included Kourtney, Travis, and Kim’s former assistant Stephanie Shep) to believe that Kim and Pete’s attendance wouldn’t have been noted once video footage and imagery of them together surfaced. ‘This wasn’t a date,’ says the source. ‘But Kim is enjoying hanging out with Pete and there could be something there- although he's not traditionally her type.’ A UK report today has claimed that Pete is perhaps more into things than Kim, and is 'hopeful' that she could become his girlfriend because he 'loves the attention'. The pair had been at the same event at least once before, they hung out at Kid Cudi's birthday party in January 2019, along with Timothée Chalamet and Kanye though it's not thought they stayed in touch then.
Of course, as with all things Kardashian, nothing is left to chance - and news of this potential pairing will have now been carefully vetted from a PR perspective. Pete is the first person Kim has been remotely linked to since quietly filing for divorce from husband Kanye West in February (meanwhile the rapper was briefly linked to model Irina Shayk earlier this summer). ‘In recent weeks we’ve been seeing a more fun, laidback Kim - thanks in particular to her appearance on SNL which was a huge hit. If she were to date Pete it wouldn’t be a PR disaster, he’s a really well-loved and very funny guy which definitely isn’t the worst thing in the world for a woman who’s just been through a very public and high profile split. On the other hand, Kim is a mother of four who takes her family and her career very seriously.’
On Pete’s part, being linked with a hugely famous woman isn’t exactly unusual. Earlier this year he enjoyed a romance with Bridgerton actress Phoebe Dynevor, and has also been linked with Kate Beckinsale, Ariana Grande, Margaret Qualley and Kaia Gerber. He has kept quiet about his romantic life, though ex-girlfriend Ariana cemented his position as Number One Hollywood Lothario when she claimed that he possessed ‘BDE’ aka Big Dick Energy.
Grazia’s source concludes that while this is still very much a potential romance that is ‘in the ether’ rather than set in stone, there’s something about it which might appeal to Kim in a crazy way: ‘He’s very charming and like no one she’s ever met before, and she wants to let her hair down. Stranger things have happened.’ What else have you got up your sleeve 2021?!