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Pete Davidson is technically a comedian, but most people know him for his other, more prolific career: dater of famous women. Since 2016, he has been photographed with an impressive parade of women both more famous and, by many accounts, more attractive than him. The world turns, seasons change, but all of us — even Ted Cruz — can agree on one thing: Pete Davidson pulls.
How Davidson’s dating resume came to read like the ensemble cast of Taylor Swift’s next music video, I do not know. While there are many theories about how this asparagus-stalk-shaped man has managed to score partners of such stature (most of them revolving around his dick size), I believe the mystery of Davidson’s allure is not for us to figure out. No, we are here to observe, judge, and analyze. In pursuit of that, and also to celebrate (?) Davidson’s emerging romance with Emily Ratajkowski, I’ve embarked on a cursed journey to the center of the earth (Pete’s Raya profile) and chronicled his full dating timeline, something only Pete and his tattoo artist know by heart. Please, follow me down this dark path.
Do you know who this woman is? I don’t, but Davidson apparently has since at least 2015, when the two comedians dated for a few months while Aquilino starred on MTV’s Girl Code and Davidson appeared on its brother show, Guy Code. Her TikTok handle is currently @fashiongirl42069, which explains their connection. They appear to still be friends and occasional co-workers — she had a role in his autobiographical 2020 movie, King of Staten Island. Good for them!
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It’s May 2016. “One Dance” is playing everywhere, the Snapchat dog filter is huge, and you just bought your first pair of straight-leg jeans. Also, two celebrities you never really thought about are in a committed relationship: Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson and Larry David’s daughter, Cazzie David. Davidson and David (it’s impossible to create a couple moniker from these near-identical last names) dated for two years. According to David, Davidson broke up with her over text, and she found out 24 hours later via Instagram that he had covered up his David-centric tattoos and was dating Ariana Grande. Here’s Davidson talking about the breakup in Complex: “Very talented girl, she’ll be great and she’ll be fine. Yeah, I think she’ll be okay.”
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The ponytail that put Davidson on the map. This was Davidson’s first true high-profile relationship, and no one talked about it much. Ha ha ha. To know this couple was to know every cutesy, PDA-heavy detail of their relationship: their couple tattoos, their pet pig, their tattoos of their pet pig, their “dope” kissing, that photo. They got engaged in June 2018 after three weeks of dating and reportedly called it off in October of that year in one of the most mature breakups of the century. At least we’ll always have “Pete Davidson” (the song).
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After several public sightings together, Davidson and Beckinsale seemingly confirmed their relationship by engaging in some passionate tongue play during a hockey game in early 2019, to the distress of their seatmate Antoni Porowski. They were together for almost five months, which is pretty long for a rebound relationship, and also for Davidson generally.
Qualley and Davidson’s brief fling in 2019 was pretty uneventful as far as Davidson’s romantic endeavors go: They hung out with each other and some pigeons in Venice, and Qualley’s mother, Andie MacDowell, called their relationship “nice.” They broke up after two months. C’est la vie.
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Pete’s third nepo baby! In the fall of 2019, Davidson started publicly holding hands with model and actress Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford. He appears to have actually put on hard pants at some point in this relationship, which is huge. In a more characteristic move, he and Gerber touched tongues next to a pool in Miami. But a relationship cannot survive on denim alone, and these two broke up in January 2020. Davidson said several months later that he was “going through a lot” while they dated and checked into a rehabilitation center shortly after the breakup. He suggested he wasn’t a great fit for Gerber, who was 18 and “should be having fun.”
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We have entered Davidson’s Bridgerton era, by which I mean the time he romped through a field in the English countryside with Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor. For several months in the spring of 2021, these two enjoyed a sexy little dalliance, which included wearing matching necklaces of their initials and watching some tennis. Refreshingly, no tongues were shown in public during the course of their courtship. They broke up in August 2021, with tabloids citing their long-distant status. Ta for now!
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Kim and Pete: A relationship that can succinctly be described as “too much.” They were first seen holding hands on a roller coaster, a telling indication of where things were headed. Kim was not the first girlfriend to venture to Staten Island for Davidson, but she was certainly the most famous woman to do so. They got pizza. They took a vacation. They befriended Jeff Bezos. Davidson got tired of covering up his tattoos and ventured into searing his own skin with the name of his girlfriend. Classic stuff. We could measure the timespan of this relationship in how many deep, shuddering breaths I took while reading news about it (too many to count) or in months (nine). They broke up in August, and while their relationship is over, their hickey will live forever in my nightmares.
Which brings us to another newly single high-profile woman: Emily Ratajkowski, who is rumored to be seeing Davidson following her separation from her husband, producer Sebastian Bear-McClard. (Does Davidson have a Google alert for “divorce”?) So far, Davidson and Ratajkowski have been followed into a building and photographed hugging in sweatpants, which isn’t much by Davidson’s standards but does indeed look romantic. By all accounts, Davidson is back on his bullshit, and I am ready for a very long nap.