As if 2021 didn't already have enough twists comparable to a dramatic soap series, one final curveball in its final months came in the form of a blossoming relationship between Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson.
Rumours of the internet-breaking romance first surfaced in October 2021 when they were pictured holding hands on a rollercoaster at an amusement park in California. From there, the web of rumours (and surprisingly, solid truths) grew.
There was no denying we didn't see it coming, but going by the way the relationship progressed into 2022, we were starting to think this could be the real deal.
But nine months after they got together, it all came crashing down. Multiple reports claimed the pair had decided to call it quits—and the theories behind their reasoning are running rife.
Here, we deep dive into Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's complete relationship timeline, from its fiery start to its abrupt finish.
January 2019: Acquaintances at a party
On January 29, 2019 Kim and Pete spent time together at the birthday of American rapper Kid Cudi. Kim, who was married to Kanye West at the time posted several pictures to Twitter at the time featuring the birthday boy, her husband, Timothée Chalamet and, lo and behold, the Pete Davidson.
Early October 2021: A kiss
Saturday Night Live is a show that reserves itself for some good old-fashioned ribbing of the celebrities that invite it upon themselves—the Kardashians have been no exception over the years.
But the tables turned when Kim Kardashian herself guest-hosted the show on October 10, 2021 where she tore shreds off her own family (in a well-intentioned way, of course). But the real moment that stole the show was when she did a skit with SNL regular Pete Davidson, with whom she shared a steamy kiss with during their scene.
At the time, fans largely thought nothing of it—it's all in the name of acting, right? Well, maybe not. What came next made us rethink everything about the moment for a very good reason...
Late October 2021: *That* hand-hold
October 29 was quite the ride for fans of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson—the most unexpected (but somehow, kinda expected?) celebrity couple appeared to go public with a sneaky handhold that set the internet on fire.
While hanging out at Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, California the pair were pictured holding hands while they rode a rollercoaster. Of course, they looked incredibly uncomfortable at the time—being thrown around by a vessel that makes your insides feel like they've jumped into your throat will do that to you—but the hand hold was something else.
Thus, the watch for Kim and Pete's (Kete? Pim? Karvidson? Davashian?) courting began.
Early November: A not-so-secret dinner
As with any major celebrity news, every person and their dog was claiming they had the inside scoop about what was really going on between Kim and Pete. And some got some believable cut-through.
Per a source who spoke to E! News, the pair went for a quiet meal at Staten Island's Campania on November 2 where they enjoyed some private time together.
Elaborating on their potential romance, the source explained: "Kim isn't looking to date anyone right now.
"She's loving this time in her life and is having a lot of fun. There is no pressure between them."
They continued: "Pete is a very chill and casual guy, and she likes that. They have plans to see each other again while Kim is in New York City. Whatever is going on between them is exciting to her."
Mid-November 2021: The second hand-hold
There must be an ancient proverb somewhere dictating that a fortnight is more than enough time for a relationship to blossom, because Kim and Pete were case in point.
Shortly after that Staten Island dinner, the pair were pictured holding hands in Palm Springs on November 17. The images, which were obtained by the Daily Mail, revealed the pair looking very comfortable together.
Mid-November: Instagram official (kind of)
Like any budding couple, a relationship is never official without a grid post on Instagram. In the case of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, a picture of the pair alongside Kim's mum, Kris Jenner and rapper Flavor Flav seemed to suffice.
There was the tiny technicality that the picture in question wasn't shared to Kim nor Pete's official social channels—but it totally counts if Flavor Flav did it, right?
Let it also be known that the enormity of them wearing of matching pyjama sets is absolutely not lost on us. We guess that's one way to go public...
Late November 2021: The hickey
In more pictures obtained by The Daily Mail on November 23, Kim and Pete were seen exiting an Italian restaurant after enjoying a quiet dinner together. While there was nothing unusual about their general demeanours, one of the snaps appeared to reveal a sizeable hickey sported by Kim. Ah, young love!
Mid-December: The 'Spiderman' jaunt
Per multiple outlets, Kim and Pete were spotted in Staten Island once again on December 18 where they went to see the latest Spiderman movie.
Even more notable was the fact they were joined by Scott Disick, Kim's sister Kourtney's baby daddy. Clearly, Pete's well and truly got his ins with the Kardashian clan.
January 2022: A sneaky vacay
On January 5, 2022 Entertainment Tonight confirmed Kim and Pete were vacationing together in the Bahamas, marking their first getaway together as a couple (that we know of).
But per the outlet, the holiday was deliberately sought out by them both for a good reason.
"The two weren't able to ring in the new year since she was with her family in California and Pete was hosting his NYE special [with Miley Cyrus] in Miami," a source told the outlet.
"[They] know they have a busy couple of months coming up with her company rebrand and Pete filming various projects, so they wanted to take some time to spend together before things ramp up."
Ramp up is certainly one way to put it—because despite their busy schedules, it seems the pair are really turning up the dial on their relationship. Stay tuned for the next update...
February 2022: Pete calls Kim his girlfriend publicly
In an interview with PEOPLE's online talk show, Davidson discussed details about his life away from the Saturday Night Live cameras.
As he discussed his stance on social media, he let a big detail slip.
"Well, I don't really have Instagram, I don't have Instagram or Twitter or any of that stuff. So, most of my daily life is getting into cars and showing up to a set," he told the publication.
"Or, if I'm off, I just either hang with my friends or chill with my girlfriend inside," he continued.
Well, if that's not confirmation, we don't know what is.
Later in the interview, Davidson was asked about a sneaky accessory seen behind him in his home—a candle featuring the face of his girlfriend.
"Is that a Kardashian candle on your other shoulder?" the host asked Davidson, who replied directly, "Yes, it is. That is exactly what that is."
Spot the candle below.
March 2022: Kim and Pete make their relationship Instagram offical.
It was the moment we've all been waiting for. After months of dating Kim finally cemented their relationship by making the couple Instagram official.
In the social media post, Kim shared a series of images of the pair, including them posing together on the floor of what seems to be a hotel with Kim (complete in a full Balenciaga ensemble) pouting at Pete alongside a selfie of them in an elevator.
The caption read, "Whose car are we gonna take?!" which is a nod to the 2010 crime thriller The Town.
April 2022: Pete Meets Kim's Children
After vowing not to introduce Pete to her children until it was serious, Davidson was spotted hanging out with North West in Scott Disick's gated LA community. While it's unclear if Pete met her other three children, there's no denying that it's a major step forward for the couple. Then, in an interview with ABC News, Kim said she feels "at peace" with where things are at in her life right now, after being declared legally single last month. "Obviously I wanna take my time, but I'm very happy and very content and it's such a good feeling just to be at peace," she mused.
april 2022: 'the kardashians' premiere
Pete and Kim jointly attended the premiere of her new show, The Kardashians. Arriving hand-in-hand, the pair looked very loved up and happy for their first formal appearance together.
"I'm just so happy he's here," Kim told E! News while walking the red carpet.
April 2022: the white house dinner
The happy couple stunned once again while attending the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. This was their first red carpet debut, marking an important milestone in their relationship.
A few weeks earlier, Kim had gushed about how happy she was with Davidson while speaking on the Make Space with Hoda Kotb podcast.
"It feels good just to know that, like, we have this connection and we have our little bubble of a relationship world that we live in that, like, not a lot of people know about," she said. "We were driving in the car yesterday and I just, like, looked at him and I was like, 'Thank you.' And he was like, 'What?' And I was like, 'For running errands with me, like, this is so much fun just to go to a doctor's appointment or go to the dentist and just, like, run errands. I'm having so much fun.'"
May 2022: the met gala
From the moment we heard Kim and Pete would be appearing at the biggest fashion event of the year, everyone was holding out for the photos. Kim, who emerged in Marilyn Monroe's iconic 'Happy Birthday Mr President' gown, stunned alongside a dapper-looking Pete who donned a black suit and sunglasses for the occasion.
The couple couldn't stop beaming at one another, and it was a major moment for any naysayers who had previously doubted the legitimacy of their connection.
June 2022: the tropical vacay
A tropical getaway produced plenty of PDA-filled snaps, with the pair seen kayaking, kissing and exploring the island together.
Earlier that month on an episode of The Kardashians, Kim finally revealed how she and Pete initially sparked.
"So, this is how it went down with me and Pete. I did Saturday Night Live and then when we kissed in a scene it was just a vibe. I was like, 'Oh s–t. Maybe I just need to try something different.' But Pete does not come to my afterparty and everyone was at my afterparty. He is not giving me the time of day," she revealed.
"So, a few days later I called the producer at SNL and was like, 'Hey, do you have Pete's number?' I text him," she added. "I wasn't even thinking, 'I am going to be in a relationship with him.' I was just thinking, 'Heard about this BDE, I need to get out there.' I was basically DTF [down to f–k]."
july 2022: the Aladdin tattoo
Kim's Instagram post revealed that Pete had got yet another tattoo to commemorate their relationship, which reads 'Jasmine and Aladdin.'
Inspired by their Saturday Night Live sketch (where they had their first kiss), the new ink is right underneath the "knscp" tattoo that's rumoured to be a tribute to Kim and her kids — Kim, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
Oh, and he also has 'my girl is a lawyer' tattooed on his collarbone, so his entire chest area is basically a love letter to Kim at this point.
August 2022: The break up
Nine months after the pair were first linked, the relationship came to an abrupt end.
Sources spoke to multiple outlets claiming different reasons behind their split. According to one who spoke to Page Six, their age difference was the clincher.
"Pete is 28 and Kim is 41—they are just in very different places at the moment," the source explained.
"Pete is totally spontaneous and impulsive and wants her to fly to New York, or wherever he is on a moment's notice. But Kim has four kids and it isn't that easy. She needs to focus on the kids."
Meanwhile, another source who spoke to Entertainment Tonight claimed that the spark between them had faded.
"They had tons of chemistry, and still do, but she kind of wants to be single and date. Kim still adores Pete and will always be friends with him. She still thinks he's the nicest and sweetest guy in the world and there's no drama or anything weird between them now," the source claimed.
"She initially thought it would be a fun fling, but then it got more serious when they were spending so much time together. Kim wasn't feeling like she was willing to settle down with him just yet."
Other sources claimed that the pair had been struggling to meet in the middle with their busy schedules. Davidson had recently flown to Australia, and Kim briefly met him for a whirlwind trip, according to reports. But apart from that, it seems the couple were spending far more time apart than they were together.
"Pete being away for so long was hard for them. Kim is doing well and she knows she has a lot going on. Pete has been super busy as well," the source added.
At the time of writing, both parties are yet to officially comment on the break up.