Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker and the obsession with their relationships

Pete Davidson and his love life are all over the place.

First, there was an engagement to Ariana Grande in 2018 that saw him go from just another “Saturday Night Live” cast member to a tabloid favorite. Then, after they called off the engagement, he was spotted with Kate Beckinsale and “Bridgerton” star Phoebe Denivore.

And now, photos of Davidson holding Kim Kardashian’s hands on a roller coaster and going out together have caused a frenzy online, even though neither of them have spoken publicly about the nature of their relationship. Davidson’s representatives did not respond to inquiries from USA TODAY, while Kardashian declined to comment.

“You can’t read it. Dr. Donna Rockwell, a clinical psychologist who specializes in celebrity mental health, says of the hype surrounding Davidson’s affair gossip.

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Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian

“It’s such a weird pairing that it just piques your curiosity,” Rockwell adds of Davidson, 28, and Lester Kardashian, 41. And I think that’s what celebrities do to the public anyway: It provides opportunities to experience many of the experiences we see celebrities go through and imagine ourselves in their shoes.”

Headlines, conversations on social media, and even comments from fellow celebrities about their flirting have focused heavily on trying to get to the bottom of what Davidson’s allure is. Rockwell says he has a good sense of humor and testimonies from his ex-girlfriends claim that he is a “great guy” who has serious strength.

Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Parker: The Bad Boys of Hollywood

Davidson’s comment seems to suggest that he’s not the type you’d expect to see alongside some of the world’s most famous women. The tall, slender and tattooed comedian is known in the entertainment industry for his amazing comedic style. His place in pop culture is more of a class clown than a leading Hollywood man.

But sex appeal largely stems from “the ability to grab and hold one’s attention,” says Amber Kelleher-Andrews, dating and relationship expert, celebrity matchmaker and CEO of Kelleher International.

That’s the common denominator between Davidson and peers Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker, whose relationships with Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian have propelled them to recent headlines.

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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly arrive for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly arrive for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Opposites attract, adds Holly Bird, a crisis communications consultant. Fox and the Kardashian women are “celebrity moms with dynamic careers in the fields of film, television, fashion, and beauty,” while the men they date “have a charm or a nickname for being a ‘bad boy’ in their own industries.”

“The more obscure it is, the more we go to find out more,” Kelleher Andrews adds. “We want to know what’s behind that curtain.”

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Travis Parker and Kourtney Kardashian.

Travis Parker and Kourtney Kardashian.

Kelly and Parker’s relationships are similar in that they are “rock stars (who) have built their careers based on their wild, evil personalities and live crazy, mysterious lives” while dating two women “who’ve been in our living rooms for decades… we feel like we know them,” notes Keeler Andrews. .

Call Davidson, Kelly and Barker the manic pixie dream boy of Hollywood. Inspired by the concept of Crazy Dream Girl, the archetype is rooted in fantasy and the idea of ​​having their significant other with an air of mystery and contrasting aesthetics with their partner.

Kelleher Andrews adds, “What makes these pairings so intriguing is that perhaps for the first time we have fans answering ‘elephant in the room’ questions.” “Such tattooed, scary guys are actually cute behind the curtain? Can they be loving, gentle, and considerate friends, despite their tough punk shell?”

Sweeping romantic gestures like Parker’s heart-stopping rose proposal or Kelly’s sincere onstage tribute to his girlfriend indicate “yes.”

How can relationships affect fame?

Having a relationship with another big star — or in the cases of Davidson, Kelly and Parker, having a relationship with superstars — definitely has its career benefits.

“The reason people are so vocal on social media about their relationships is that it contributes to their brand,” Rockwell says. “They get more eyeballs because we all want to read[about them]. So I think they’re willing to give up that privacy for the sake of their brand.”

Rockwell, who co-authored the only published and reviewed study on the psychology of fame and celebrity, says that fame can also affect the psychology of stars in myriad ways. They may have feelings about losing the anonymity of their identity, have to constantly “keep in touch” to meet fan expectations and lose faith in old and new friends.

“It’s very reclusive,” Rockwell says of exploring a new relationship in the spotlight. “It puts a lot of pressure on the couple, because not only are they trying to get to know each other, but they have to deal with this paparazzi always.”

Fox’s “Painfully Beautiful Boy” captions on Instagram that launched a million parodies (including one from Davidson himself on “SNL”) may be embarrassing for some, but they also get everyone talking.

Bird notes that individuals in these pairs have the potential to band together to gain “maximum exposure across the entire entertainment industry and secure consumer brand marketing partnerships.”

“The plot of these unsuspecting couples not only juxtaposes these well-behaved bad boys, but these superstar couples elevate each other’s star power through pairing,” adds Keeler Andrews. “They became the headlines.”

And fans love the good redemption narrative. All six have faced hardships publicly: Kim Kardashian’s recent divorce from Kanye West, Davidson’s open dialogue about dealing with mental health, Kelly’s experience with substance abuse, Fox’s breakup with Brian Austin Green, Kourtney Kardashian’s co-parenting with ex-husband Scott. Disk and Parker’s agonizing near-death crash experience.

Now fans can watch these couples “recover as a husband.”

“To be able to share your journey, to heal and move forward with kindness and to be able to connect with fans is amazing,” says Bird. “It’s hard not to want to go after the success of these new Hollywood couples or support whatever they’re selling.”

As fun as it can be to follow every celebrity couple’s post, red carpet appearances, and over-joyed interview answer, the stars involved are just regular people.

“While daily rags might make us think this is just a trend or make us wonder if these power couples are designed for shock value, with the goal of selling more concert tickets or magazine covers or to boost SNL ratings, these pairs are real people and they are totally compatible. with each other,” Keeler Andrews argued. “After removing all the noise, the clutter, and the luster, these couples fall in love, and love will always be there, regardless of race, age or perception, commonplace.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian, More Obsessions in a Hollywood Relationship

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