Pete Davidson, Soft Bois, and the year we celebrated a different kind of heartthrob
The Independent says As the Saturday Night Live star continues his rumoured romance with Kim Kardashian, Olivia Petter examines what his appeal says about dating tropes and power dynamics
Picture a heartthrob. Is the first thing that springs to mind an “anorexic panda”? We didn’t think so. This is one of the many phrases used to describe the comedian Pete Davidson by, well, Pete Davidson. Other descriptions used by the notoriously self-deprecating Saturday Night Live star include: “that guy from SNL who everyone thinks is in need of more blood”, “a 20-year-old who has sex like Green Day”, and someone who has “a problem with wind”.
And yet, this man has dated some of the most beautiful and successful women on the planet. There’s Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, Kaia Gerber, Phoebe Dynevor, Margaret Qualley. It’s quite the line-up, one that has spawned a global interrogation into Davidson’s appeal by way of countless think-pieces, TikToks and memes.
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