Kim Kardashian was photographed holding hands with Pete Davidson on Friday while riding a roller coaster at Knott’s Scary Farm in California, and now the world is left to wonder: Is the comic and originator of B.D.E. Kardashian’s rebound after her divorce from Kanye West? Did sparks fly when Kardashian recently hosted Saturday Night Live and kissed Davidson in an Aladdin-themed skit? Is hosting SNL an on-ramp for dating Davidson, who also met his eventual ex-fiancée, Ariana Grande, when she hosted in 2018? But mainly: Has cozying up to Davidson become a rite of passage for Hollywood women of all ages and sectors of the industry? That’s a rhetorical question.
For everything there is a season: a time to be born, a time to die, and a time, evidently, to date Pete Davidson. The comic is the Kevin Bacon of beaus, the Venn diagram in which Kardashian overlaps with Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor. (Wasn’t it only yesterday that they were canoodling at Wimbledon?) There have, of course, been others: Davidson famously frenched Kate Beckinsale at a hockey game in 2019, to the great entertainment of the internet and the horror of Antoni Porowski. There was his whirlwind engagement to Grande in 2018, including matching cloud tattoos on their fingers, and a four-year relationship with writer Cazzie David before that. And God forbid we forget about a smattering of short-lived—but also documented—moments with It girls Margaret Qualley, whom he accompanied to the Venice Film Festival in 2019, and Kaia Gerber, with whom he held hands in Miami (also in 2019).
Historically, dating Davidson is a short but sweet affair. He is almost as well known for speaking favorably about his exes as being well-endowed. According to People, Davidson and Kardashian are “just friends hanging out.” (In another six-degrees moment, Davidson knows Kourtney Kardashian’s new fiancé, Travis Barker, through their mutual friend Machine Gun Kelly, and Kourtney and Travis accompanied Kim and Pete on their roller-coaster ride.) But should they decide to cuff as fall turns to winter, it likely will end on a perfectly amicable note.