In a bold public display of affection, Kim, 41, and Pete, 28, were seen holding hands on Wednesday while celebrating his birthday in Palm Springs, California, DailyMail.com’s exclusive photos reveal.
Neither Kim nor Pete could hide their beaming smiles as they took a stroll near her momager Kris Jenner‘s $12m mansion where they have been staying together, leaving little doubt their relationship is more than a passing fling.
It is the first romantic partner for the reality star since she filed for divorce from estranged husband Kanye West in February this year.
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Kanye, 44, who has now legally changed his name to Ye, was briefly linked to model Irina Shayk in June.
Meanwhile, Pete, who turned 28 on Tuesday, has previously been romantically involved with a slew of celebrities including Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor, Kate Beckinsale, and his former fiancé Ariana Grande.
Ariana once famously gave Pete a very naughty reputation by commenting on the size of his manhood in a Twitter exchange, which coined the popular phrase ‘big d**k energy’ or ‘BDE.’
No denying it! In a bold public display of affection, Kim, 41, and Pete, 28, were seen holding hands on Wednesday
Love is in the air: Pete grinned like a lovestruck teenager as he clung on to the beauty’s hand
It’s ON! Neither Kim nor Pete could hide their beaming smiles as they took a stroll near her momager Kris Jenner’s $12m mansion
In DailyMail.com’s exclusive pictures, mom-of-four Kim can be seen showing off her famous curves in a white leotard and a pair of oversized grey sweats, as she holds hands with Pete who is wearing her SKIMS pajama trousers and a black T-shirt.
Interestingly, Kim decided to wear a pair of white Yeezy sneakers – designed by her ex Kanye – for the public outing.
Later, the comedian, who was sporting dark nail varnish, was seen smoking what appeared to be a pre-rolled marijuana joint, which is legal in California.
A new era: Both Kim and Pete appeared to be on cloud nine as they glanced at each other smiling
Fun times ahead: Romance rumors between the pair were sparked after they kissed on SNL
Hot new couple alert: Their pairing has been causing quite the star over the last month
The confirmed couple were then spotted leaving Palm Springs on a private jet, though it was unclear if they boarded the plane together.
Pete’s trousers are from Kim’s holiday collection of lounge wear, which they were both been seen wearing the day before in a Instagram photo of the pair posted by hip-hop legend Flavor Flav, at Kris’s compound.
In that image, Kim wore the SKIMS bottoms while Pete rocked a matching top, teasing their fans by already wearing matching outfits together.
Ride or die? Kim was beaming with a smile as she and Pete were seen near their vehicle in Palm Springs
Already matching! Kim and Pete have been wearing her SKIMS pajamas sending fans into a frenzy
The post comes as multiple reports have suggested that Kim and Pete have now fallen for each other.
A source close to Kim exclusively told DailyMail.com recently that Pete is ‘very aggressive’ with her as he often ‘grabs her waist, compliments her butt and touches her hair’ when they are together.
‘He is extremely sexual and in her face. He is making it crystal clear he likes her,’ the confidant said.
‘He definitely is not being aloof or playing coy, he is just going for it. And she seems to be loving the attention. It’s nice to see her happy.’
Rumors of a possible romance were first sparked when the two kissed during an early October SNL skit as she played Princess Jasmine and he portrayed Aladdin, and while initial reports claimed they are just friends, fans believed something more significant was brewing.
Weeks later, she was spotted at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California for the theme park’s annual Halloween event with a group of friends, including Pete, her sister Kourtney and Kourtney’s new fiancé, Travis Barker.
Twinning: Pete’s trousers are from Kim’s holiday collection of lounge wear, which they were both been seen wearing the day before in a Instagram photo of the pair posted by hip-hop legend Flavor Flav, at Kris’s compound (seen above)
Pete and Kim reportedly enjoyed a private rooftop dinner at Campania in Staten Island earlier this month, followed by a group outing at club Zero Bond the following night.
The couple were said to have been alone the entire time with private security standing outside.
Pete — whose exes also include Margaret Qually and Kaia Gerber — made light of the dating rumors while promoting his new show, The Freak Brothers, on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this month.
‘I want to address something. I feel like I want to confirm if it’s real,’ Seth said, referring to his various sightings with Kim.
Cutting in, Pete joked: ‘There’s a lot of people I walk by, people are like whispering, and, you know, making eyes at me. And, you know, but it is true. I do have a show on Tubi coming out.’
Kim – who shared four children North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm with Kanye, is now gearing up to film her family’s new reality show for Hulu.
This year, she was included in Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires list for the first time, which cited her businesses, KKW Beauty and SKIMS, as well as cash from reality TV and endorsement deals for her vast wealth.
Kim’s worth increased from $780 million last October to $1 billion after she cashed in on KKW Beauty by selling 20 percent of the business to Coty for $200 million.
Pete joined the cast of SNL in the 40th season at the age of 20 as one of the youngest cast members, and has since earned a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in addition to a host of movie and television roles and accolades.
Pete Davidson’s relationship history
Carly Aquilino (2014-2015)
Prior to his rise to fame on Saturday Night Live, Pete dated Carly when they starred together on MTV’s Guy Code and Girl Code. Although the romance didn’t work out, Pete and Carly stayed friends and he later described her as ‘one of the coolest chicks I’ve ever met’ and said they still ‘hang out all the time’ following the split.
Cazzie David (2016-2018)
Pete dated Cazzie, who is the daughter of comedian Larry David, for two years and made several public appearances together. He went on to date Ariana Grande soon after they parted ways.
Following their break up, Cazzie penned a emotional essay About Their Breakup, in which he revealed Pete ended things via text.
Ariana Grande (2018)
In the same month he split from Cazzie, Pete began dating singer Ariana. The relationship progressed quickly and the couple were engaged after only a matter of weeks. They broke up in November, with Pete admitting he ‘knew it was over’ after Ariana was left grieving the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Ariana later mentioned Pete in her hit single ‘Thank U, Next’.
Kate Beckinsale (2019)
Pete then moved on with actress Kate Beckinsale, who was twenty years his senior. They were first linked with that January and dated until at least April. Pete admitted the age difference ‘never bothered’ the couple. A source told In Touch that Pete was ‘an exciting breath of fresh air’ for Kate.
Margaret Qually (2019)
Shortly after parting ways with Kate, Pete was linked to actress Margaret Qually. A source told Us: ‘They’ve been seeing each other for a couple of months and Margaret is really excited about him.’ It didn’t appear to be a serious romance however, with the pair reportedly dating for just two months between August and October 2019.
Kaia Gerber (2019-2020)
Pete quickly moved on from Margaret to date model Kaia Gerber, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford. The pair were seen holding hands a few times but the whirlwind romance came to an end after just three months in January 2020.
Shortly after he sought treatment Sierra Tucson treatment center in Arizona.
When asked about their split during an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, he confirmed they dated ‘for a few months’ but said she was ‘very young’ and he was going ‘through a lot.’
Phoebe Dynevor (2021)
Bridgerton star Phoebe and Pete confirmed their romance in April 2021 when they were spotted on a stroll in Stoke.
Rumours were swirling in about their relationship status in weeks before the sighting. A source told People that Pete is ‘telling friends he is serious about Phoebe’.
Speculation of the relationship began in March when Pete was snapped visiting Phoebe’s native Manchester while she visited New York, where he lives, in February.
In August, they broke up after trying to make things work long distance ‘put a strain’ on their relationship.
As the reality star is linked to SNL funnyman Pete Davidson, DailyMail.com takes a look back at Kim Kardashian’s relationship history and her celebrity romances.
Damon Thomas (2000-2004)
At just 19, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star married producer Damon Thomas, who is ten years her senior. Their short-lived marriage only three years before she filed for divorce, which she later revealed to be quite turbulent as he allegedly subjected her to physical abuse.
The KKW Beauty mogul, who admitted to being high on ecstasy when they eloped during a chat with Scott Disick back on her reality show in 2018, claimed in divorce papers he ‘punched’ her, to which he has denied.
She also accused him of slamming her against a wall and throwing ‘throw her across the room, leaving her bruised and battered.’ Additionally, he reportedly made her quit her job, according to their divorce papers, which were filed at Los Angeles Superior Court back in 2003.
Toxic relationship: At just 19, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star married producer Damon Thomas, who is ten years her senior (pictured)
Ray J (2003 to 2006)
Just one year after her divorce, she began a relationship with singer Ray J after working as a stylist for his sister. While the pair’s relationship only spanned less than three years, it remains one of her most notable romances as a sex tape of them leaked, which propelled her to stardom.
Despite never initially suing Vivid Entertainment to prevent its release, they came to an agreement and settled for a ‘financial arrangement’ the company’s co-chairman told TMZ, at the time.
While the former couple have rarely spoken about their relationship, Ray J described Kim as ‘the same kind of player’ as him and they they ‘were both cheaters’ on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
Three years together: She and Ray J dated on and off from 2002 to 2006 (seen together in March 2006)
Nick Lachey (2006)
Next, she began seeing Nick Lachey, who stated in 2019 they were never serious. While speaking of their ‘one date together’ to watch The Da Vinci Code in 2006, the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson said calling her an ex of his would be ‘a little bit of a liberal use of the term.’
‘She left about halfway through and went to the restroom and then shockingly there were 25 paparazzi when we left the theater,’ he said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. I ‘think there were other things in play on our little rendezvous.’
Regardless, he said Kim couldn’t have been ‘a nicer girl’ and they had a ‘great time.’
Casual: Next, she began seeing Nick Lachey, who stated in 2019 they were never serious as they only went on one date; seen in 2009 at Derby Spectacular Celebration in Louisville, Kentucky
Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon (2006 to 2007)
Despite describing the mother-of-four as ‘one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,’ they ended things over a discussion about her sex tape, which he claims Kim denied entirely.
During an interview on The Howard Stern Show, the ex-husband of Mariah Carey said: ‘This was my issue. We talked about this tape…And she told me there was no tape.’
‘The fact that she lied and told me that there was no tape?’ he said was his deal-breaker. ”I still think she might have even had a part to play with [its release].’
Hurtful: Despite describing the mother-of-four as ‘one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,’ they ended things over a discussion about her sex tape, which he claims Kim denied entirely; seen in 2006
Reggie Bush (2007 to 2010)
Kim and the NFL star were on-and-off from 2007 until 2010, as her fame rose on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Despite a promising romance, they ultimately parted ways because they weren’t able to spend enough time together.
Toward the end of their relationship, he made the decision as Kim began ‘pushing for marriage’ after seeing younger sister tie the knot with then-husband Lamar Odom, according to RadarOnline.com.
At the time, he reportedly told her that he wants a wife ‘that is a support system to him’ and ‘stay at home mom to his children.’ Knowing her ‘drive and ambition,’ Bush knew she was ‘just not the right kind of girl for him to marry.’
Kim and Reggie Bush were on-and-off from 2007 until 2010, as her fame rose on KWUTK. Despite a promising romance, they split because they weren’t able to spend enough time together; seen in 2010
Miles Austin (June 2010)
Kim and Miles Austin embarked on a brief summer romance, which fizzled out pretty quickly due to long distance.
Most of their relationship was spent apart due to his schedule with the Dallas Cowboys and hers to filming KUWTK. By September, they mutally went ‘their separate ways,’ according to People.
A week before the breakup, however, they were said to be ‘the real deal’ and stronger than ever, which raised eyebrows.
What could have been: Kim and Miles Austin embarked on a brief summer romance, which fizzled out pretty quickly due to long distance
Kris Humphries (2010)
Kim infamously wed basketball star Kris Humphries for 72 days in 2011.
During the Keeping Up With The Kardashians reunion, which aired in June 2021, she admitted to having cold feet the night before the wedding, but felt it was too late to back out.
The aspiring lawyer said she feared that if she left that she would be known forever as the runaway bride and that ‘it will be a huge joke.’
She then confessed that the TV wedding did push her down the aisle as she didn’t want to ‘let everyone down.’
Humphries, evangelical Christian, petitioned for an annulment after Kardashian filed divorce papers because he felt defrauded.
Regrettable romance: Kim infamously wed basketball star Kris Humphries for 72 days in 2011; seen in 2011
Kanye West (2012-2021)
In February, Kim filed for divorce after six years of marriage from the father of her four children North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and two-year-old Psalm.
They had reportedly been living separately for some time and have plans to share legal and physical custody of their youngsters.
A source also confirmed to DailyMail.com that Kim has filed for divorce. ‘The split is amicable and there is no drama,’ the insider shared.
The tension reportedly started in July 2020 when he decided to run for President of the United States and ranted he wanted North aborted, but Kim refused. He also called Kim’s mother Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong Un.’
Tragic: In February, Kim filed for divorce after six years of marriage from the father of her four children North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and two-year-old Psalm; pictured in 2012