After a whirlwind romance and not one but two love triangles, Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner are apparently ready to DTR. The pair have reportedly become very serious and have spent large amounts of time together in recent months. Earlier this week, Us Weekly reported that the couple is as happy as can be and are "enjoying their relationship and love spending as much time as possible together."
So who is the talented basketball star that stole Jenner's heart? Here, a guide to everything you need to know about Kendall Jenner's boyfriend, Ben Simmons.
Simmons is from Australia.
Benjamin David Simmons was born on July 20, 1996 in Melbourne, Australia to Dave and Julie Simmons. His mother is native to Australia, while his father is American by way of New York City. Dave and Julie married in 1994 and had Ben and his sister Olivia, shortly after. Ben has four step-siblings from his mother's pervious marriage.
Simmons inherited the basketball gene from his father.
In the 1980s, Ben's father Dave played college basketball at Oklahoma City University, and he coached for several Australian National Basketball League teams. When Ben was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Florida and began to play basketball at Montverde High School. By his junior year, he signed a letter of intent that he would play basketball at Louisiana State University. In 2015, he was named the number one player of his class by ESPN. After a year of college, he decided to forgo his university education to prepare himself for the 2016 NBA Draft and was later chosen to play for the Philadelphia 76ers. Since his draft, Ben has maintained a successful career with the 76ers. He was named 2018 Rookie of the year and was ranked the number 18 overall player in the basketball league.
Simmons was previously linked to Tinashe.
Simmons and singer-songwriter Tinashe were rumored to be dating as early as November 2017. Things started officially heating up between the two around March 2018 when they started interacting with each other on Instagram.
On March 6, Tinashe posted a sultry picture of her in a form-fitting bodysuit with the caption, "Where's bae?" Simmons decided to slide into the comments section and shoot his shot with the singer, replying "Charlotte."
At the time of the comment, Simmons was in Charlotte, North Carolina playing a game with the 76ers. Two days later, TMZ paparazzi caught up with the singer and asked her about the flirty Instagram comments, to which she replied: "That's my little boo thang!"
On March 22, the couple went Instagram official with Tinashe posting two photos of the two them hugging and looking happy with each other. The two remained together through April.
Simmons became linked to Jenner in May 2018.
On May 29, 2018, Page Six reported that Simmons and Jenner were spotted out having a lunch date at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and were seen the week before at Vandal in Manhattan. A witness told the publication that “Security measures seemed to have been taken to ensure Kendall and Ben enjoyed their night hassle free….They were smiling the night away with their friends.”
Five days later on June 3, Jenner and Simmons were spotted riding bikes together in West Hollywood on another date. Just a day later, Jenner was seen kissing Anwar Hadid, Gigi and Bella Hadid's 18-year-old brother, at Socialista New York. According to a People source, Jenner wanted to play the field and stay single. “Kendall is having fun. She doesn’t want a serious relationship and is just enjoying being single. She feels that whenever she has been serious about guys in the past, it’s kind of a mess and doesn’t work out. She invested time in the relationship with Blake Griffin. She isn’t planning on doing the same right now,” the source said.
Jenner eventually ditched Anwar to continue hanging out with Simmons, going on lowkey shopping dates for groceries and clothes at Barney's. Later, on June 27, Simmons and Jenner went very public with their PDA with a gas station visit where Jenner was spotted kissing Simmons from inside a car. The same day, TMZ also reported via multiple sources that the pair was living with each other in a $25,000-a-month rental house in Los Angeles.
Drama began to develop between Simmons, Jenner and Tinashe in July.
On Independence Day, Simmons and Jenner went to Khloe Kardashian's holiday party and were seen cuddling together.
Two days later, the couple went to spend time at a night club in West Hollywood where they seen leaving early. Tinashe was spotted leaving the same club and was approached by TMZ at her car. When asked if she saw Simmons and Jenner, she said "I did [see them inside]. He's texting me. What the hell? What's he doing?! What an idiot!" The next day, sources close to Simmons said that the singer confessed that she lied about the texts when he called her out on it and later apologized. Since the incident, rumors circulated that Tinashe was stalking Simmons and Jenner, and that the couple made plans to increase their security as a result.
The heightened attention on their relationship made Jenner uncomfortable, People reported. "She honestly doesn’t want people talking about who she’s dating and is very protective of her personal life,” a source close to Jenner told the outlet. “She hates the attention and it’s been annoying that the drama with Tinashe has come up.”
Simmons and Jenner called off their relationship in August.
After Simmons and Jenner spent a birthday together in July and went away to Mexico for a couple's vacation in early August, the couple decided to call their relationship quits.
“Kendall and Ben’s relationship is fizzling and dissipating due to scheduling conflicts,” a source told Us Weekly. “Kendall is so busy and has so much going on and doesn’t want to wait around for anyone."
E! told a different version of the story, stating that Jenner was not truly committed to Simmons. "She always wanted to keep her options open. She likes Ben, but she knew it was more of a summer fling." Jenner proceeded to have another brief fling with Anwar Hadid during fashion month.
Simmons and Jenner got back together in November 2018.
The day after Thanksgiving, Jenner was spotted courtside cheering Simmons on in his game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. She was also spotted booing Tristan Thompson's team, which raised a few eyebrows.
Khloe Kardashian defended and explained Jenner's actions, stating that Jenner was "watching HER man play against my man," fueling rumors that the two are officially back together.
Less than a week later on December 2, Jenner was spotted at another one of Simmons' games, this time looking friendly with his mother.
Jenner publicly confirmed her and Simmons' relationship in February 2019.
While making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres took the opportunity to ask Jenner what the status of her and Simmons relationship is.
"Obviously you're dating this guy, right?" DeGeneres asked Jenner in the interview segment of the show. "I don't know him but he seems sweet by that picture…How long have you been dating him?"
"For a bit now," Kendall simply responded, putting the speculation surrounding their relationship to rest.
Two weeks after Jenner's Ellen appearance, Us Weekly reported that things are getting very serious between the couple and claims that they're "very into each other." The two have had more public outings as of late, and though "they're not serious to the point where they'd get engaged any time soon," they are "enjoying their relationship and love spending as much time as possible together."