Page Six: If Pete Davidson starts to spiral down, Kate Beckinsale ‘won’t stick around’

Pete Davidson holds hands while out with girlfriend Kate Beckinsale

In this week’s Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, CB and I debated whether we (or anyone else) really cared about Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson as a couple. Pete and Kate have been happening since the Golden Globes, and they’ve been sighted and photographed together in public on two occasions, the last one being their trip to Madison Square Garden last week to watch a Rangers game. They made out in full view of the cameras and my stomach turned. CB pointed out that Kate needs some attention right now because she has an Amazon series, and thus the “flaunting” of her relationship with younger-man Pete. I still just have a strong aversion to this, probably because I’ve never been into Pete in any way, shape or form. I suspect some women – Kate, Ariana – see Pete as a project, or as a troubled guy whom they can take care of or save in some way. I’ve never been that kind of woman. Anyway, in case there are people who care about analyzing this relationship, the New York Post had a crazy-long write up about what’s happening. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Is this a real romance? According to one of Davidson’s comedy pals, this latest ­unexpected hookup is, at least in part, “a ‘f–k you’ to Ariana.” However sources close to the comic said, despite the age difference, “This is a real romance. They are really into each other. They’ve been trying to stay low key, but they can’t go anywhere without getting spotted.”

His friends are supportive: “They saw him so down after Ariana,” said a second comedy insider. “His friends were afraid for his mental health….All [Davidson’s friends] want him to do is be happy. And right now, he definitely is.”

Kate is happy too: “Kate loves the attention — both from a younger guy and the media,” said a Hollywood executive with knowledge of the situation. “She hasn’t been in the press this much in years.”

Pete was cruising for a girlfriend when they met: “Pete was definitely cruising,” added the friend, who was also there. “He can’t go too long without a girlfriend — he’s that co-dependent.” Almost immediately, sources said, the comedian began chatting up Beckinsale on a patio. “They were being very flirty together, they were sitting very close on the outside patio seating,” a source told Page Six. “Kate had her hand on his knee, and she kept laughing at all his jokes.” After about an hour, the two left together. “He couldn’t believe his luck!” said the comedy pal of Davidson. “He never thought it would turn into anything [except] maybe a great make-out session.”

Kate loves to party & she loves attention: “She’s a regular Benjamin Button,” said one Hollywood friend of Beckinsale’s seemingly ageless beauty and vitality. “When Victoria and David Beckham [lived in Los Angeles], Kate and Len and Eva [Longoria] and Tony [Parker] hit the town with them every night. Kate started to love dressing up and morphed into a total bombshell. She loved the attention. And if you look at her movies, she started in art films but morphed into an action figure with the ‘Underworld’ ­[series]. She’s lightened up now and having a blast.”

Pete’s friends worry that he’s in for another public fall: “They’re afraid the lack of privacy might blow up in his face,” said a producer in the know. “He kisses first and asks questions later. But that’s Pete.” And Beckinsale insiders say that the actress, now starring on the Amazon show “The Widow,” doesn’t put up with nonsense. “Right now, Kate wants a laugh,” said the Hollywood executive. “But she’s a very together woman and totally in charge of her life. If Pete gets too dependent or starts to spiral down, she won’t stick around.”

[From Page Six]

“If Pete gets too dependent or starts to spiral down, she won’t stick around…” True or false? I think it’s probably true. Kate doesn’t see this as a love match. She sees it as something fun and different, a relationship which gets her some headlines and helps her promote her show. But yeah, Pete is codependent and troubled and I’m not sure he understands how Kate is not really in it for the long haul, in sickness and in health. That being said, where did this “poor Pete is codependent and he can’t ever be alone” narrative come from? It might be true, but the way it’s being framed is so odd. If we were talking about a woman, the vibe would be so different.

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale show confirmation of dating rumors while out in West Hollywood

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  1. Case says:

    Kate strikes me as messy and immature. Not because she’s dating a younger man, just — I followed her on Instagram for a while and stopped because she just came across as childish. IDK. Pete does seem like a nice guy. I hope it goes okay for them.

  2. Kittycat says:

    Pete is a complete mess.

  3. Lucia says:

    I think Pete Davidson is gross in a few different ways. He looks like someone who doesn’t bathe often (I’m sure he does, he just has that look) and my abusive red alert signal goes off when I see him. He could just be a nice guy but I get a vibe from him.

    Why he snags all of these women is beyond me.

  4. Lucy says:

    I maintain she should have gone fore Machine Gun Kelly.

  5. Kebbie says:

    I don’t get the sense that Pete is falling in love with her. I think he got a taste of the limelight and wants to extend his time in it. If he can shove it in Ariana’s face, that’s another plus.

  6. S says:

    Worst possible spin. I mean, it’s totes cool that I’m involved with this messy, damaged man-boy with serious mental and physical issues, because if he starts to really need me, I’ll bounce? If this was supposed to repair damage to her image it’s a major fail.

  7. Rachel says:

    What I think is that when a man is framed as needy and codependent, the woman who eventually leaves him is seen as cold and uncaring… “can’t she just see he’s hurting?!?” When a woman is framed the same way, the guy who eventually leaves is seen as one who dodged a bullet. Messy men get a HUGE pass… and btw – water is wet. 🙄

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Oh I was reading about this kind of thing last night, the author said that people are always looking for a deeper reason for why people act like they do, the example they gave was of a man who “took” from a romantic partner (time, affection, care, love) but never really engaged in the relationship in a reciprocal way and then just left to move on to the next romantic partner.

      In general people would look for deeper meaning in this, thinking that this man must be hurt in some way and was afraid of being truly intimate and vulnerable with a partner, instead just moving on to avoid being hurt. So instead of describing this type of partner as an “Advantageous taker” in a relationship they are now a “Frighten runner” and offered further care and concern from those around them rather than avoided as the manipulating person they are.

      (The book is “In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People”)

    • Lizzie says:

      slow clap

    • GreenTurtle says:


      Hey, if Kate is so thirsty for attention, how come she managed to stay fairly low key all these years despite working steadily and living in LA?

    • otaku fairy... says:

      +1. What’s also insane is that some of the same people who would go on about how evil or irresponsible it is for a woman to either use a relationship with these men for attention or to talk about the breakup say much nastier, more malicious things online about mentally ill women on a regular basis.

  8. Mumbles says:

    Even her friends admit she’s doing it for the attention. He’s a fragile young man by his own admission. It’s very cruel of her to use him in this way.

    • Lolly says:

      And he’s not? Ah yes, the poor, naive, little man.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Yes, it’s not possible that there could be anything transactional on his part in dating a beautiful, rich, well-known actress. 🙄

    • otaku fairy... says:

      At what point is Pete Davidson responsible for his own choice to live an attention-seeking lifestyle as a grown, working man? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong or abnormal about attention-seeking as long as someone isn’t willing to harm others to get it. All celebrities are attention-seekers in some way- their having any type of career depends on being noticed. But when both he and the mentally ill women he pursues choose that life, and the breakup is predicted or happens, why is he always the victim and the woman always the villain responsible for whatever happens to him when both played the game? On most sites attention-seeking women are seen as deserving of whatever they get whether they’re mentally ill or not. So why should Pete Davidson’s mental illness mean he’s a victim if he has to see/hear about a girlfriend moving on? Two breakups don’t compare to half the crap girls and women in the public eye have to deal with.

  9. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    This is not a romance. It’s a prolonged booty call that was caught by the public eye.

    • Sumodo1 says:

      Dragonlady, you get an A+. Nailed it. Nothing much to see here, except extended booty call.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      This! I still maintain that it’s an extended booty call too. I honestly don’t think EITHER one of them is looking for “Forever” — they are just bangin’. And if it works for both of them, then hell ya, get you some Pete and Kate.

    • Boodiba says:

      Ya – and don’t men say of women that the crazy ones are the best lays? Probably that’s all there is to see here.

  10. Miss M says:

    She is already setting up the stage left exit…
    Good luck.

  11. detritus says:

    Kate is using a mentally unwell young man for publicity. It’s predatory and I think less of her for this.

  12. Pandy says:

    I’d leave too. She’s not his mommy or therapist. They haven’t been together for long enough for it to become anything other than a fling.

  13. Jamie says:

    His self admitted borderline dx probably has a lot to do with the codependent narrative

  14. pottymouth pup says:

    “Kate loves the attention — both from a younger guy and the media,”

    this says A LOT

    also, considering her last guy was – what, 21 years old? she’s starting to strike me as someone who is very insecure and wants a guy who will put her on a pedestal and defer to her (I think the same of older males, esp celebrities, who always go for much younger women)

  15. CheckThatPrivilege says:

    I feel like they’re both cultivating a messy situation and that whatever happens won’t be surprising — unless it’s that they split in a low-key, friendly way with no drama. So what I’m really here for is to wonder how she gets her hair so shiny … probably NOT by having super-hard well water like mine & having way better hair genes than I do.

  16. GxNxA says:

    Say anthing you want, but Kate is definitely a step up from that donut licker.

  17. Louisa says:

    I thought I was clicking on a Kate bush article when I saw the header picture. I was excited then I realized my mistake