Pete Davidson has made a lot of headlines lately with his string of high-profile relationships. A year ago, he and Ariana Grande called off their engagement. In the time since, he's been linked to Kate Beckinsale, Margaret Qualley and, most recently, Kaia Gerber. So, what is it that the SNL star exudes? He's got that BDE.
If you don't know why Davidson has a rep for "BDE," it likely started when Grande tweeted about the size of his...manhood. Spoiler alert: It's way above average according to the diminutive singer. Davidson wasn't all that comfortable with her tweet and worked it into his stand-up routine, saying, "I don't like that she talked all that [expletive] for my [private part]. Everything is huge to her. Why would she tell everyone that I have a huge [expletive]? So that every girl who sees my [expletive] for the rest of my life is disappointed." Nevertheless, the word was out that Davidson is packing serious heat.
Davidson doesn't seem like the type to become a sex symbol. His backstory is famous at this point. Davidson's father, a New York firefighter, was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 when Davidson was just 7 years old. He joined the cast of SNL at age 21 and has since become one of the most famous cast members, often using his personal struggles, such as his battles with addiction, to gain an audience and earn laughs. Along the way, he's somehow turned into a heartthrob.
If you struggle to understand how the latter happened, know that Davidson doesn't know either. In an interview with Paper last month, Davidson was asked about his status and how he came to symbolize "BDE" and all that it entails. "I think it's very... weird," he admitted. "I don't really pay attention to it. But I do know that it is either, 'Ye-YESSS!' or '[EXPLETIVE] NO!' There's no happy medium with me, which I think is really fun." People love him or hate him, though the hate could easily be chalked up to jealousy.
Still, Davidson, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, admits that the negativity affects him. "It's sad and it sucks," he told the outlet. "When enough people call you ugly, it definitely gets to you. For me, personally, I can't block that stuff out." It seems his reputation for being a ladies man with "BDE," understandably, has a darker side. That darker side sometimes reveals itself in his infamous (and short) relationships.
Gossip Cop has busted numerous stories by the tabloids capitalizing on Davidson's bad-boy reputation, especially since he and Gerber started dated a couple of months ago. In November, we busted Life & Style for claiming Davidson and Gerber's friends were telling them to slow down in their relationship. Gossip Cop has also busted Woman's Day for alleging Gerber's mother, Cindy Crawford, warned Gerber to stay away from Davidson. Neither story is true, but there are sure to be more considering just how big Davidson's reputation has grown.
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