Pete Davidson was the ‘SNL’ stud before Kim Kardashian noticed

Face it: Women who are way outta your league just can’t get enough of Pete Davidson’s infamous “big d–k energy.” The “Saturday Night Live” star, now rumored to be romancing Kim Kardashian, has — somehow — become Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob since legendary ladies’ man Warren Beatty.

At just 27, the charismatic comedian already boasts a long list of A-list lovers — including pop superstar Ariana Grande, ageless actress Kate Beckinsale, “Bridgerton” breakout Phoebe Dynevor and supermodel Kaia Gerber. Now, he’s breaking the internet with an assist from that web feat’s pioneer: the most eligible 41-year-old bachelorette in Tinseltown.

But even before the Kim rumors, Davidson’s prolific love life proved he’s well on his way to becoming his generation’s Beatty — the 84-year-old Oscar winner who, in his 1960s through ’90s heyday, purportedly laid a whopping “2,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on,” according to Peter Biskind, 81, author of “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America.”

Unlike the legendary “Shampoo” sex god, who possesses a matinee idol smile and bedroom blue eyes, Davidson is not what most would consider conventionally attractive, as the lanky Staten Island native — who only recently moved out of his ma’s basement — is perennially pale, covered in 100s of “manic” tattoos (that he’s currently “burning off”) and even declares himself a “red flag.”

The fact that Davidson has scored so many stunning women is mystifying many men who are under the impression they need a chiseled chest and a designer wardrobe in order to attract the woman of their dreams.

But dating coach Cher Gopman — a former psychiatric nurse who now runs NYC Wingwoman, a post-modern matchmaker operation — told The Post guys don’t have to look like Beatty to bed a beauty.

Davidson and Kardashian were seen intertwining fingers on a roller coaster at Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif., on Friday. Kim's sister Kourtney Kardashian and her fiancé, Travis Barker, were also spotted on the outing.
Davidson and Kardashian were seen holding hands on a roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., on Friday. Kim’s sister Kourtney and her fiancé, Travis Barker, were also spotted on the outing.
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Listen up, fellas: Davidson’s appeal, she says, boils down to the fact he’s unapologetically himself — and that’s likely what has made the former Mrs. Kanye West, another man who lives by his own rules, is so “intrigued” of late.

“He’s been famous for years now — and he hasn’t changed for anybody. Women love a man who’s confident in himself,” Gopman, 30, told The Post. “When a man is sure of himself, it makes us sure of him.”

‘Pete is not doing all the things to be a typical Hollywood man. In fact, he’s kind of changing the way Hollywood is looking at what women find attractive.’

Cher Gopman, 30, the former psychiatric nurse turned dating guru behind the NYC Wingwoman relationship service

Rumors of a Davidson-Kardashian romance began after the reality TV superstar and beauty-shapewear mogul hosted “SNL” early last month. The pair even locked lips during an on-screen comedy skit in which they played Aladdin and Jasmine.

Last week, the unlikely duo met up again, seen holding hands on a roller coaster at Knott’s “Scary” Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. While Kardashian was styled to the nines on the outing, Davidson was dressed down in baggy pants and a loose-fitting top and sported messy bed hair.

But it turns out, it really might be what’s on the inside that counts. Like Gopman, Amanda Eden, 28, who works in TV marketing, says she “would die” for Davidson, noting it’s the “King of Staten Island” sex symbol’s confidence that is so appealing.

“He’s genuinely himself. He doesn’t care about what anyone thinks about his looks or his personality, and that’s not the case for most men in New York City,” Eden gushed to The Post, showing off a framed photo of the funnyman that hangs in her Upper East Side apartment.

Davidson and Kardashian locked lips during a "Saturday Night Live" skit last month.
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian locked lips in an “SNL” skit last month. “When I’m in a relationship … I treat the person I’m with like a princess,” he said in Paper magazine’s “#BreakTheInternet” issue.
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While females from Beatty’s generation may have lusted after a more ripped and rugged type of star, modern women are fawning over famous men who are turning typical ideas of masculinity on their heads — from dress-wearing Harry Styles to “twinky” Timothée Chalamet.

As Gopman explains: “Pete Davidson is not doing all the things to be a typical Hollywood man. In fact, he’s kind of changing the way Hollywood is looking at what women find attractive.”

Pete Davidson, 27, has become Hollywood's most unlikely heartthrob.
Davidson on becoming Hollywood’s most unlikely heartthrob: “I am just very, very honest. I think what a lot of people do is they try to put on a version of themselves that they would like to be, eventually, that will unravel,” he revealed on Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM. “I just off the top I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m nuts. Here’s all my issues. Here’s what I do. Here’s the therapist. This is what happens,’”
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“There’s a reason women are so attracted to men like Pete, Harry and Timothée,” Eden elaborated. “You see them being quirky and funny and laughing at themselves whenever a video goes viral. They don’t hide their personalities. They showcase it and that shows what kind of people they really are.”

The internet is so enamored by Davidson’s underdog status as a heartthrob that he’s now the subject of viral tweets. One hilarious post quipped that Queen Elizabeth would be the next unlikely lucky lady to be romancing the “SNL” stud.

But while Beatty and Davidson couldn’t be more different in terms of their looks and personalities, their innate ability to attract women is strikingly similar.

Beatty dated some of the sexiest stars of his day, including Natalie Wood, Joan Collins, Leslie Caron, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Barbra Streisand, Iman, Diane Keaton, Mary Tyler Moore, Carly Simon, Madonna and so many more before settling down with his wife of 29 years, four-time Oscar nominee and baby mama Annette Bening.

Beatty is pictured with then-girlfriend Diane Keaton back in 1978 — the peak of his days as a Hollywood heartthrob.
Beatty is pictured with then-girlfriend Diane Keaton back in 1978 — the peak of his days as a Hollywood heartthrob. “I wasn’t the Warren Beatty type, but there I was,” Keaton told his biographer Biskind. “He was just so . . . overwhelming in every way. I remember looking at his face and going, ‘How am I here with this?’ The brilliance and the talent, you get caught up in it.”
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Meanwhile, here are six stunning celebrities that Davidson has been linked to, and the reasons they’ve been so enamored by a man who appears to be achingly average.

Cazzie David: ‘Pete. I love you’

Davidson dated Cazzie David — the protective daughter of comedy icon Larry David — for two years, from May 2016 until May 2018.

While David’s 74-year-old dad may be famous, Davidson’s own father — who was a bona fide hero firefighter — died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The comedian has spoken candidly about struggling with grief — including an attempt to drown himself as a child — and he has also opened up about other mental health issues, including his battle with bipolar disorder and how he suffers from Crohn’s disease.

In her 2020 book of essays, “No One Asked For This,” Cazzie David praised Davidson’s “bravery” for opening up about his emotions.

“Pete. I love you,” she wrote of her ex. “Thank you for being encouraging when you did not have to be. Your bravery inspires me and your friendship means the world to me.”

Davidson dated Cazzie David from 2016 - 2018.
Davidson dated Cazzie David from 2016 – 2018. When David split from Davidson, she attempted to walk back the breakup a few days later, only to have Davidson tell her he was “the happiest he’d ever been.” The next day, David learned he was with Grande and had covered up his tattoos from their relationship.
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Female fans found David’s praise of her ex very telling.

“He comes across as so emotional and vulnerable and honest in a world where that doesn’t really exist, particularly not for men in their twenties,” Eden told The Post.

Another fan — Amanda Chelsea, a 28-year-old Queens local who works in music — feels the same. “A lot of famous people are always hush-hush about their struggles or judgemental of others, so it’s pretty refreshing to see Pete so open about his. It adds to his appeal,” she told The Post.

Ariana Grande: ‘Thank u, Next’

While Beatty embarked on a “Truth or Dare” romance with Madonna, Davidson also dated one of the most famous pop stars of his generation: Ariana Grande.

Davidson and his ex-fiancee Ariana Grande are seen smooching on the red carpet.
Davidson and his ex-fiancee Ariana Grande are seen smooching on the red carpet. “Why would she tell everyone that I have a huge penis?” Davidson joked onstage at Carolines. “So that every girl who sees my d - - k for the rest of my life is disappointed.”
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The couple revealed they were in a “casual” relationship at the end of May 2018, directly after Davidson broke things off with Cazzie David.

Things moved quickly, with the couple getting engaged just a few weeks later. But the rollercoaster relationship fizzled out after five months and a suicide scare.

“I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he posted on Instagram in December 2018. “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all I’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember I told you so.”

Following the split, Grande, 28, claimed Davidson was well-endowed, prompting the internet to claim he possessed that now infamous “Big D–k Energy.”

Rumors that Beatty also possesses a prominent package have followed him for years. The “Bonnie and Clyde” hunk has only fueled the speculation, once saying, according to the tell-all “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America,” that Jane Fonda was able “to virtually unhinge her jaw, like a python that swallows prey much larger than itself.”

Just like Pete! Beatty similarly romanced a world-famous singer. He is seen with then-girlfriend Madonna back in 1990.
Just like Pete! Beatty similarly romanced a world-famous singer. He is seen with his then-girlfriend Madonna back in 1990. Nightclub-loving Madge would drag Beatty out to the gay bars, and try unsuccessfully to get him to dance (“Hey, P- – -y Man, come on out here”) while pals like Sandra Bernhard hung around and made fun of him.
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Madonna with actor, director and producer Warren Beatty on the set of his movie Dick Tracy.
Beatty as the title detective in his movie “Dick Tracy,” with leading lady Madonna as Breathless Mahoney. “Beatty, a man who was accustomed to being worshipped by women, was on dangerous ground with Madonna,” Biskind wrote. “Why he sat still for this kind of treatment remains a mystery. Chances are, he was taking his own advice. He would tell director Glenn Gordon Caron a few years later, ‘Never, ever f- – – your leading lady. And if you do, don’t stop till the picture’s finished.’ ”
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While many claimed Grande may have been wowed by Davidson’s asset, his female fans insist that it’s not what is most attractive.

“I think the whole BDE phase definitely added to the interest of Pete Davidson … I’m sure he’s well endowed, but I think the thing is that he probably just knows how to use it better than most,” Amanda Eden theorized.

That isn’t stopping one adult company from creating a Pete Davidson sex toy designed to sync vibrations to his appearances on “SNL.” The brand, Lovense, recently designed a dildo inspired by another unlikely male pin-up — skinny “Succession” star Nicholas Braun.

Kate Beckinsale: Impeccable manners matter

After Grande said “Than U, Next,” Davidson wasted no time rebounding from his failed engagement to the chart-topper by moving on with actress Kate Beckinsale, 48.

The duo — who have a 20-year age gap — were first linked romantically in January 2019, with Beckinsale allegedly impressed by Davidson’s old-school etiquette.

“She went over to him at the Netflix after-party at the Golden Globes and started flirting with him,” an insider told Page Six. Meanwhile, they confirmed their unlikely hookup by making out at a New York Rangers game in March that year. However, they split just a month later.

Love on ice! Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are seen puckering up at an ice hockey game in 2019.
Love on ice! Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are seen puckering up at an ice hockey game in 2019.
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While Beatty garnered a notorious reputation as a playboy for his short-lived flings, Davidson noticeably manages to escape the love-rat label applied to many men.

“Even now they’re on good terms,” our Beckinsale insider said. “You wouldn’t think it — but he has impeccable manners and is so polite. I think, honestly, that’s part of the reason women like him.”

The duo — who have a 20-year age gap — were first linked romantically in January 2019, with Beckinsale allegedly impressed by Davidson's old-school etiquette.
The duo — who have a 20-year age gap — were first linked romantically in January 2019, with Beckinsale allegedly impressed by Davidson’s old-school etiquette.
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When asked if Davidson’s prolific dating history is a turn-off, superfan Eden stated: “I actually respect it. As someone who is also in their twenties, this period of our lives is about figuring out who and what you like. He’s doing that, but it’s just in the public eye.”

Davidson appears to share the same sexual magnetism as model Cara Delevigne, 29, who has been dubbed “Hollywood’s biggest female heartbreaker.”

Margaret Qualley: Once Upon a Time …

In August 2019, Davidson began a whirlwind three-month romance with Netlflix’s “Maid” star Margaret Qualley, 27. And it appears Davidson has a thing for dating women with famous parents, as Margaret’s mom is actress Andie MacDowell, 63, of “Sex, Lies & Videotape” and “Four Weddings & A Funeral” fame.

That's a'more! The comedian is seen strolling with then-lover Margaret Qualley in Venice, Italy in September 2019.
That’s a’more! The comedian is seen strolling with then-lover Margaret Qualley in Venice, Italy in September 2019.
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At the time, MacDowell told the press her daughter — who stole scenes opposite Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” —  and Davidson had a “beautiful relationship,” but it fizzled out three months later.

Beatty similarly dated a string of beauties who boasted prominent parents, including Jane Fonda (whose father was Oscar winner Henry Fonda) and Joan Collins (whose dad was top talent agent Joseph Collins).

Kaia Gerber wears a black bikini as she makes out with boyfriend Pete Davidson by the pool in Miami.
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Model Kaia Gerber wears a black bikini as she makes out with then-boyfriend Pete Davidson by the pool in Miami on Nov 23, 2019.
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Kaia Gerber: ‘She should be having fun’

It wasn’t long before Davidson began dating another Hollywood beauty with a famous mom. In October 2019, he was spotted in Miami with Kaia Gerber, the teen (now 20-year-old) daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, 55, and tequila tycoon Rande Gerber, 59.

Perhaps Davidson is attracted to women with high-profile mothers because he is so close to his own mom, Amy. In 2016, Davidson purchased a four-bedroom house on Staten Island for his mom for $1.3 million. He then moved into the basement, in order to be close to her.

Davidson briefly dated Kaia Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Davidson briefly dated Kaia Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford.
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Anyway, Davidson later blamed his 2019 breakup with Gerber on his personal struggles.

“She’s very young, and I’m f–king going through a lot and it was before I went to rehab,” he told Charlamagne Tha God. “It’s just like, she should be having fun. She shouldn’t have to worry about some dude that just has issues and s–t. She should be enjoying her work.”

Still, the fact the funnyman is a mama’s boy is a plus in the eyes of his female fans.

“I think knowing what their family went through so many years ago [with the death of Davidson’s dad] really strengthened their relationship, and the love that he has for her is so evident,” Eden told The Post.

“It shows how he treats girls because most guys who are good to their moms are good to girls,” Chelsea added.

“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and “Bridgerton” leading lady Phoebe Dynevor, 26, broke up after five months of dating in August 2021.
“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and “Bridgerton” leading lady Phoebe Dynevor, 26, broke up after five months of dating in August 2021. The pair were last seen putting on a love-filled display at Wimbledon in July, where they kissed and cuddled each other as they took in the tennis tournament.

The former couple were said to have split because of the distance between them — Davidson is based in New York while Dynevor lives in England — and their busy schedules.
The former couple were said to have split because of the distance between them — Davidson is based in New York while Dynevor lives in England — and their busy schedules. “Their mates think they make a great couple, but the distance has made it completely unworkable,” a source claimed. “They had fun and will remain close, but unless something drastic changes, their relationship won’t recover.

Kim Kardashian: No buttlift for him!

Davidson’s rumored romance with a Kardashian is now igniting the national zeitgeist.

The pair were seen in California last week, before Kim K. jetted into New York on Monday, fueling rumors of a raunchy rendezvous with Davidson, who now lives in a luxury high-rise on Staten Island.

Fans are speculating the pair are rendezvous in the Big Apple.
The Twitterverse is speculating that the pair are mid-rendezvous in the Big Apple.
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The Post has reached out to both the Davidson and Kardashian camps for confirmation — or denial — of their rumored romance but has yet to hear back.

However, Kardashian is one of the most famous women in the world, so if the romance heats up, Davidson could relocate to California where the reality star resides with her four kids in her $23 million marital home she scored from West, 44, amid their ongoing divorce.

But don’t expect Davidson to get a Brazilian butt lift and pump Botox if he decamps to Calabasas.

Dating coach Gopman insists Davidson will still be the same simple guy from Staten Island — which is why women will continue to love him.

“He’s not trying to bulk up or get plastic surgery or wear better clothes,” she told The Post. “He’s so confident in himself, and that’s what’s attractive.”

And should the romance with Kardashian not come to fruition, there are plenty of civilian ladies drooling over the comedy kid.

“I want a man who’s confident, gets along with his mom, and can make me laugh,” Eden told The Post. “I’m really just looking for Pete Davidson.”



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