Kendall Jenner and NBA player Ben Simmons stepped out on Thursday for a casual dinner date

By Maria Pasquini
February 09, 2019 11:31 AM
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Things are heating up between Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 23, and the Philadelphia 76ers player, 22, stepped out in New York City on Thursday for a casual dinner date at Cipriani.

The supermodel wore a navy blue t-shirt with a pair of black pants and a matching black puffer coat for the evening out. The NBA player also opted for a low-key ensemble, choosing a pair of white pants, a white t-shirt and a denim jacket.

Throughout their dinner, Jenner was seen cuddling up to Simmons and kissing his face, according to TMZ, which published a photo of Jenner wrapping her arm around Simmons.

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons
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The following day, during Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jenner went on to confirm the pair have been dating for quite some time now.

After asking Jenner about her love of basketball, the television host showed the supermodel a photo of herself sitting courtside at one of the NBA player’s games.

“See there you are, but there’s a guy in front of you, I can hardly see you,” DeGeneres jokingly remarked, referring to Simmons. “Who’s that guy in the way?”

“I’m not so sure,” Jenner said with a laugh.

Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner
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“So obviously you’re dating this guy who’s on the 76ers,” DeGeneres remarked. “How long have you been dating him?”

With a huge smile on her face, Jenner replied, “For a bit now.”

DeGeneres went on to ask the reality star whether her mom approved of the relationship.

“I think so,” Jenner began to answer, before a Kris Jenner impersonator popped out of a nearby piece of furniture, effectively ending the line of questioning.

Jenner was first romantically linked to the Australian basketball star last summer, but they appeared to cool things off going into the fall before Jenner began being photographed at his games again, starting in November.

Since then, the supermodel has frequently been photographed cheering him on, often alongside the athlete’s mom Julie.

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Kendall Jenner and Julie Simmons
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During one such game last year, the pair seemed to get along, as the reality star was photographed laughing and smiling with Julie.

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Jenner and Simmons’ affection has been apparent off the court as well. In January, after Jenner shared a behind-the-scenes look at a sexy swimsuit photo shoot for her collection Kendall + Kylie, Simmons left an incredibly flirty comment, writing, “Come here…”

Turning up the heat, Jenner replied with a racing car emoji — seemingly implying she’s on the way.

Kendall Jenner Ben SimmonsCredit: Kendall Jenner/Instagram
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Simmons previously showed off his fondness for the model last December.

After Jenner posted a glamorous black-and-white photo of herself, Simmons replied by leaving two drooling-face emojis on the photo.