Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s surprising and admittedly adorable romance has reportedly come to an end after nine months together.
Whether you avidly keep up with the Kardashians or have used social media in the last year, you’ll know that the relationship was easily one of 2022’s most curious. This was largely due to its romantic comedy-type plot (One of the most famous women gets caught up with a Hollywood comedian in an unlikely pairing) grand romantic gestures (Davidson has multiple tattoos of Kim on his body with the inking beginning at the early phases of their relationship) and sub-plots that extended to the obsessive-ex antics of none other than Kanye West.
Just like the origins of the Kim and Pete spark, the pair’s split has also been revised under plot-like reviews, with many indulging in its conspiracy theories – from whether Kris Jenner had a hand to play, to the plausible publicity stunt nature of it all, or whether Kardashian was back with Kanye West as TikTok and Twitter detectives continue to investigate.
While the original reason for the breakup was given to E-News by exclusive sources, other reasons have also come out of the woodwork.
Here are the various reasons Kim and Pete called it quits, according to sources, as well as lessons we can take from them:
1. Demanding schedules and long-distance
The first reason for the split as per the E-News report claimed that despite the pair having “a lot of love and respect for each other,” the dynamic was becoming too demanding, coupled with schedules that were also cut from the same demanding cloth.
Davidson has been in Australia filming, whilst Kardashian continues to be, well, Kim Kardashian, focused on raising her kids.
Lesson: Long-distance doesn’t work for everyone, especially when you’re stretched pretty thin in other aspects of your life. There are dime-a-dozen pieces of advice dedicated to making long-distance work. However, something important to keep in mind, is that if it doesn’t all work out despite long flights and multiple face times, don’t feel guilty.
Long distance has a tendency to change the rhythm of relationships, and if you’ve given it your all, you can’t beat yourself up for feeling like you need your partner to be physically present. It doesn’t mean you love them less. Sometimes, what we need can outweigh what we want. Three issues of long distance as told by a psychologist are 1. trust, 2. commitment and 3. mindset. If you and your significant other can mitigate the above and are comfortable (or have chosen to be comfortable) with the dynamic, then you’re setting yourself up for a far more positive outcome.
2. The spark fizzled out
According to a source who spoke to Entertainment Tonight, the end came partly because the novelty of the relationship and its spark faded. Kardashian herself admitted that her initial intentions with Pete had been fling-esque, and she didn’t expect things to blossom quite as they did.
Lesson: A tale as old as time, sometimes the spark simply isn’t lighting our fires in the same way. The good news is that you have two options if you feel this way. The first thing you can do is decide if the spark can be reignited, even if you need some space to figure that out.
The second, is that you can feel relieved in knowing how you actually feel, which in the long term will serve both of you for the better – no one wants to be with a partner who is only partially invested, even if it isn’t their fault. However, it’s also important to reflect on whether it’s really the spark, or if there are other reasons for the feeling disguising themselves as a fizzled-out spark, as Psychology Today advises.
3. Kim was exhausted from the relationship
Page Six confers that their sources said that the two were in different places in their lives, and that Kim needed to focus on her children. Davidson is 28-years-old while Kardashian is 41-years-old, earmarking different responsibilities and expectations. The sources explained that Kardashian was “totally exhausted by this relationship and other things going on in her life.”
Lesson: Being in different places isn’t only a common reason for relationships to end, but also one of the most understandable. As humans, we’re often drawn to those who are on the same page as us because it enhances our capacity to empathise with the other. This isn’t the same thing as being different by nature, but rather different by era. The key here, is comprehension.
4. Kim wasn’t actually ready for something serious with Pete
Again, the fling that turned into a flame has relooked its original intentions. As Entertainment Tonight’s sources add, Kardashian “still adores Pete and will always be friends with him,” but “wasn’t feeling like she was willing to settle down with him just yet.” Amidst the backdrop of a messy divorce and multiple children to raise, it seems that Kardashian would want to embrace her single era for a while – understandably.
Lesson: Sometimes we get caught up in whirlwinds. We follow a spark and see where it goes and find out later that we weren’t actually ready for what we got ourselves into. If you’ve been in these shoes, you know that the important thing to do is not to string someone else along. As you’re “figuring it out” they’ll be getting more invested. Once you’ve identified that actually, you aren’t ready for a serious commitment, try to identify why exactly that is when you explain it all to your S/O. Usually, there are numerous reasons as to why people don’t feel ready, paring both internal or external factors. If your relationship has been long-term, it’s best to give the full story so that you can offer the closure necessary.
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