Make way for the new KarJenner beau! Ben Simmons is the Philadelphia 76ers’ Australian import, the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA draft, touted as the next LeBron James, and Kendall Jenner’s boyfriend…allegedly. But we’ll sweat the details later.
For those of you not keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian is meeting White House officials, while Kendall Jenner is upholding the grand Kardashian Klan tradition of dating basketball players. The latest romance rumors surrounding the KarJenner is her reported relationship to the newest NBA star, Ben Simmons. The kicker: Simmons wasn’t single until very recently. Here’s a breakdown of Ben Simmons’ dating history, and the drama about his latest relationships.
Ben Simmons’ Dating Timeline
Kendall Jenner (May 2018; rumored)
Tinashe (March 2018 to May 2018)
Dylan Gonzalez (2017)
Brittany Renner (2016; rumored)
Keeping Up with Kendall
Timeline: May 2017-present (Rumored)
Page Six reported that Kendall Jenner is dating Sixers rookie, Ben Simmons. Kendall has been romantically linked with several NBA players before Simmons. In 2017, she was spotted with Blake Griffin giving way to dating rumors.
Sources recently claim that Kendall had a lunch date with Simmons at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Another source added that the pair partied with friends in Manhattan, and steps were taken to ensure their privacy. “They were smiling the night away with their friends,” said the tea spiller.
The sources also stated that they have been together “for a few weeks.” But that’s a little problematic given that Simmons became single only a few days ago!
Which brings us to….
“Benashe” No More
Timeline: March 2018-May 2018
Ben Simmons’ new affair with Kendall comes mere months after he went public with his relationship with singer, Tinashe. The Australian player was rumored to be dating the singer for a while before they made it social media official in March.
“Benashe” (as they were dubbed) gushed about their relationship in a series of interviews and social media posts. They first posted the same pair of photos on Instagram. Simmons captioned his post with “This is a dime I can’t pass,” while Tinashe went with the less is more approach that included heart and lock emojis.
In an April 2018 interview, Tinashe confessed they had been seeing each other for six months before they went public with their relationship. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, and went to dinner for their first date.
But Benashe didn’t last long. Some accused Simmons of striking a relationship with Kendall before he even broke up with Tinashe.
With news of Simmons dating the 22-year-old model, Tinashe’s brother claimed that the NBA player was the one who pulled a plug on their relationship days before the Page Six report.
According to some sources close to Simmons, he broke up with Tinashe because she was doing “Kardashian s ** t.” He meant that Tinashe was oversharing details that he couldn’t handle with the paparazzi. Nonetheless, note the irony.
Since breaking up with her, Simmons erased all signs of Tinashe on his Instagram account. In contrast, Tinashe hasn’t scrubbed Simmons’ existence off her page, at least not yet.
Before his girlfriends list consisted of singers and models, Simmons dated another basketball player. Dylan Gonzalez is a model and rapper, but she was also a basketball player at one point. So, we expect their shared love for the sport brought them together.
Gonzalez played for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels. These days, she’s flaunting her curves and envy-worthy abs on Instagram.
Together with her twin sister Kota Gonzalez, Dylan has been heating up social media feeds with smokin’ hot pics. The sisters forewent their final year of eligibility to travel across the country for their modeling and music careers.
This couple made fans’ hearts flutter with their mushy love on social media. But things soon fizzled out. Fans noticed they broke up when Simmons was casually flirting with Tinashe on Instagram.
Not a Rookie in the Dating Department
Timeline: 2016 (Rumored)
Simmons’ earliest romances date back to the time he was drafted in the NBA. At that time, he was rumored to be dating fitness model and social media influencer, Brittany Renner.
They reportedly met outside of social media, and were spotted on their first date. In the past, Renner was linked to several famous names, including Colin Kaepernick and Trey Songz.
Although their relationship wasn’t exactly confirmed, Renner found herself stuck in a bitter family feud.
Simmons’ sister, Olivia, went on a Twitter rant, spilling the tea on their family troubles. She alleged that Ben turned his back on the people who helped him get to where he is. In one tweet, Olivia mentioned a “bundle of thotville,” a.k.a. Brittany Renner.
We may never know if Simmons and Renner were a real couple or just friends. But it proves that Ben Simmons’ relationship drama followed him even before he made his NBA debut!
Update: A Sudden “Ben-dall” Split?!
Now, the latest reports say that his quick fling with Kendall Jenner has come to an sudden halt, too! According to TMZ, Kendall was caught in a lip-lock with another man; Anwar Hadid, the little brother of her besties, Bella and Gigi Hadid!
On Tuesday, Simmons was spotted flying solo as he dined at one of Hollywood’s hottest restaurants called Catch, a known hotspot where the Paparazzi loves to lurk to catch pictures of the stars. Was he making a statement? Who knows, but one thing is for sure; he wasn’t sharing dinner with Kendall after those steamy pics of her and Anwar surfaced!