Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s surprise, whirlwind 9-month romance has come to an end for now, multiple sources near the couple told E!, and so they have decided to simply be friends.
The sources explained that although Kardashian and Davidson have “lots of love and respect for one another,” the long distance and their busy work schedules “made it really difficult to take care of a relationship.” E! learned the 2 broke up “sometime this week.” Davidson has been in Australia filming Wizards! while Kardashian has been in Los Angeles along with her family.
The surprise report comes days after sources detailed to Us Weekly and E! that Kardashian and Davidson were making things work just high quality while being long distance. A source near Kardashian painted a very rosy picture to E! on August 1, claiming the couple was not having trouble despite being continents apart.
“The space hasn’t been a problem for Kim and Pete’s relationship while he’s been away filming,” the source said. “They’re still going strong and making it work. Once they are apart, they’re in constant communication. [They] FaceTime consistently [and are] all the time getting quick phone calls in after they can.”
The source added that Kardashian was very into Davidson. “Kim loves that he’s all the time making her laugh and he truly makes her day after they talk,” the source said. “She remains to be smitten over him and it just works for her.”
Days later, a source acknowledged to Us Weekly that the couple was having some difficulty with the space but were still making it work. “Kim and Pete are in constant communication,” the source said, noting the time difference between Los Angeles and Australia did indeed create hurdles. “Time zones and filming call times make talking difficult,” the source said. But Kardashian and Davidson found a solution to keep the romance going while the opposite was sleeping of their city. “They send one another love notes while the opposite is sleeping and FaceTime each time their schedules link up,” the source said. “The space has been hard, but even communicating long-distance is exciting for them.”
“[They] can’t get enough of one another,” the source said. “[They’re] still very smitten with one another and might’t wait until they’re in the identical place again.”
Neither Davidson, Kardashian, nor their reps have commented on split reports yet. Kardashian and Davidson were first romantically linked last fall. That is Kardashian’s first public relationship since her divorce from Kanye West.
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