Everything We Know about Kendall Jenner’s Rumored New Beau Ben Simmons
Looks like Kendall Jenner has a new man in her life — here's what you need to know
News of their rumored relationship first broke Tuesday night, when Page Six reported the pair were spotted on a lunch date at the Beverly Hills Hotel after being seen with a group of friends at New York City hotspot Vandal last week. TMZ also reported that the duo grabbed dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on Monday.
Adding fuel to the fire, Jenner and Simmons were spotted hitting up the Nice Guy in West Hollywood on Wednesday night. Though they arrived separately and exited through different doors, they left in the same SUV at the end of the night, according to video obtained by TMZ.
The Blast published a video of the couple entering the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills together around 2 a.m.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jenner’s rumored beau.
He’s Up for the NBA’s Top Rookie Prize
Following a successful stint playing college basketball for Louisiana State University, Simmons became the NBA’s number one draft pick in 2016, signing a contract to play with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Although Simmons ended up sitting out the 2016-2017 season after injuring his ankle during training, he made his NBA debut in October 2017. This year, the 76ers made it to the second round of the NBA finals before being knocked out by the Boston Celtics.
Following his successful debut season, Simmons was named as one of the three finalists of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. The winner will be announced later this month.
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Simmons is actually from the land down under!
“I was born in Australia,” the sports star said during an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
He went on to explain that his father, who’s from New York, was a professional basketball player in Australia, where he ended up meeting Simmons’ mother.
Asked why he chose to move to the United States, Simmons explained, “The level of competition out here is much higher. I wanted to play against the best and be the best.”
He Dated Tinashe
Shortly after Simmons posted a since-deleted photograph of himself with Tinashe, the “All Hands on Deck” signer told Billboard in late March, “he’s like my full boyfriend, I guess.”
Her last photo with Simmons was posted on April 20. “Thankful for you,” she wrote alongside a series of the pair cuddling up together.
She previously shared photos of herself wearing his jersey and of the pair taking a ride in his Ferrari.
Following news of Jenner’s romance with Simmons, Tinashe‘s younger brother Kudzai accused the athlete of cheating on his sister with the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. Kudzai also claimed that Simmons — who has deleted all photos of him and Tinashe from Instagram — and the singer only split on Sunday.
“Sorry for blowing up y’all twitter everyone,” Kudzai tweeted. “It was actually the only way to defend my sister against all this bulls—.”
Though Tinashe has not commented on the cheating rumors, her other brother Thulani also retweeted Kudzai’s tweet.
He Loves His Car
Much like Jenner, the 21-year-old basketball star shows off his stylist wheels.
Posing alongside his sleek black Ferrari in January, Simmons simply captioned the photo, “Blessed.”
A love of cars is something Simmons has in common with Jenner, who told CNN in 2016 that while “some people get addicted to tattoos, I’m addicted to cars.”
“If I love it, I love it. If I walk in and it really gets to me, I’m like okay, I need that car,” she added.
The 22-year-old-model is frequently seen out and about in her vintage 1975 Chevrolet Corvette, which she calls “my baby.”
He’s a Big Spender — on Cats
On an episode of Maverick Carter’s “Kneading Dough” series, in which professional athletes discuss their strategies for money management, Simmons revealed that he regretted spending $10,000 on two Savannah cats — a very large domesticated breed.
“I had two Savannah cats…It was a bad purchase,” he said on the episode, according to CNBC.
“They were crazy,” he added.
Detailing the experience, Simmons’ half-brother Sean Tribe told The Undefeated the pair ended up saying goodbye to the felines after “four or five months.”
“I told Ben, ‘We can’t have these cats anymore. This is crazy.’” Tribe remarked, after explaining how the two cats frequently scratched and clawed at the two boys. “He was going on a road trip while he was injured, and I told Ben, ‘I am going to call the breeder and tell them we can’t quite look out for the cats anymore and they can find them a better home.’ He said, ‘Cool.’ ”