In early June, when TMZ posted the paparazzi footage of Pete Davidson taking Kim Kardashian’s 6-year-old son St. West out for a day at the Cheesecake Factory, the video was popular among Kardashian’s fans and on TikTok and Instagram. spread on the news account. .
Followers began to speculate whether this was a sign that Davidson, who had been dating Kim after his divorce from Ye (formerly Kanye West), was growing closer to the Kardashian family. Users commented that they thought Davidson would be the “stepfather” of the Kardashian kids.
This represents a huge shift in fans’ attitudes towards the relationship. When it was initially rumored that the pair were dating in late 2021, Kardashian supporters expressed shock, skepticism, and even some disdain. But following Ye’s high-profile attacks, the views of followers began to shift.
Insider spoke to five owners of Kardashian’s fan accounts, all of whom said they’ve been following her love life for years. They explain why the community has such a strong opinion of her relationship with Davidson, and why they’ve made U-turns over time.
Fans initially thought the pair were ostensibly incompatible
The rumors first sparked rumors when Davidson and Kardashian kissed during a skit on “Saturday Night Live,” the late-night show on which Davidson spent eight years as a comedian. screenshot On-screen kisses go viral on Twitter as people say they Yes be surprised Since they are more than just friends prospects.
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Kardashian fan @bravo_boo, 37, who spoke on condition of anonymity for privacy reasons, told Insider that the age difference was a key reason she was surprised by the dating rumors, which she posted on her fan account. rumor. (Kardashian is 13 years older than Davidson and joins the ranks of many female celebrities who have been criticized for dating younger men because of the pervasive social stigma around them.)
Zoe Oloya, a 26-year-old fan who runs a Kardashian TikTok account with 40,000 followers, told Insider there were other reasons fans also didn’t like Davidson early on.
“He didn’t look like someone she would normally date. He didn’t look like that cool guy,” she said.
Some Kardashian fans used terms like “stupid,” “funny,” and “full of tattoos” to describe Davidson, contrary to their descriptions of Kardashian, calling her “clean,” “appropriate,” and “tattooed.” charming”. Davidson even called himself a “diamond in the trash.”
Over the years, Davidson has also been in the news for dating other high-profile celebrities such as Ariana Grande and Kaia Gerber, causing headlines like “Why do so many babes love Pete Davidson?” Surround the Internet. But it’s not just his dating history that fans have reservations about.
Some fans also said they had reservations about Davidson’s humorous style
Oloa believes that Davidson is also not popular because of his controversial jokes in the past. In particular, she said a sex joke he made in 2019 about a baby and resurfaced on social media in early 2022 led to disapproval of Davidson and his relationship with the Kardashian kids.
Davidson has previously come under scrutiny for making jokes that some considered poor taste, and has apologized for past jokes that have aired.
Davidson did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
Fans’ sympathy shifts as Kanye West starts attacking Davidson on social media
According to Buzzfeed News, in February 2022, a year after Kardashian filed for divorce, Ye made a series of high-profile insinuations about Davidson, including calling him “trash” and “trash,” and posted a clip that appeared to depict him The music video buries a cartoon version of Davidson. According to screenshots shared by Yeh, Kardashian accused him of “creating a dangerous and terrifying environment” that could end up causing harm to Davidson.
The disaster became big news on social media, with various media reports claiming that an image the rapper shared about his outburst on social media had been made into a meme.
It also polarized Ye and Davidson’s fans. Adrienn Bellert, who has an Instagram account dedicated to sharing photos of Kardashian and Davidson’s relationship, told Insider that Ye’s fan base started attacking her and sending her death threats around this time. Other Kardashian fans also told Insider that they noticed Ye’s fans were making negative comments about Davidson and Kardashian on Instagram following Ye’s comments.
Representatives for Ye did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Jessica, a 27-year-old Kardashian fan who did not want to reveal her last name for privacy reasons, told Insider that many longtime Kardashian fans were worried about her during this time. “I don’t know if he’s trying to ruin her relationship, but it definitely feels like he’s trying to justify his status and say, ‘This is my wife,’ definitely not a fun time for a lot of Kardashian fans ,”she says.
This led to a lot of support for Davidson. Ayesha, an 18-year-old fan who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons, told Insider, “Kanye made all these allegations against him, but he handled all of them in a very calm way, and that’s mine Way gradually began to scoff at him. He looked like a tough guy, but in reality, he was a very sweet guy.
Since then, the tide has changed dramatically. The Kardashian fan community has been happily sharing “cute” photos of Davidson and the Kardashians traveling together since then, with many making clips linking Kardashian’s facial expressions in old photos and videos with Ye and Davidson of the current photo for comparison.
“It’s how they were talking and playing in the water in their vacation photos, he was taking a video of her. They looked so cute, like they were having a good time. I don’t remember seeing her like this when she was with Kanye, ” Bellett told Insider.
Fans now see Davidson as a great Kardashian sidekick
Some fan account owners told Insider they didn’t think the couple would marry or have a long-term relationship, but they believed fans would still support it.
“It wouldn’t be the end of the world if they didn’t work it out, but it was the perfect distraction from divorce for her, to get her out of this thinking and give her hope for the future,” Jessica told Insider.
For Olloa, the way Davidson won over Kardashian-skeptical fans taught her not to “judging a book by its cover” and shelving her reservations.
“If she makes him happy, if he makes her happy, what’s the big deal?” she said.
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