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Kendall Jenner Flew to Philadelphia to Go on a Date With Ben Simmons

That’s commitment.


Charley Gallay

Despite recent appearances, it’s too soon to call the demise of Kendall Jenner’s relationship with basketball player Ben Simmons: On Thursday night, per TMZ, Jenner boarded a plane from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to watch Simmons’s team, the 76ers, play the Los Angeles Clippers from the vantage of a private suite at the Wells Fargo Center. (The 76ers won, for those keeping score, 122 to 113.) Afterward, an exit route was cleared for the Kardashian scion; as shown in a video taken by spying fans (who can’t resist shouting “Kendall!” as she comes into view) after the game, she met Simmons in the players’ parking lot, and the duo hopped into a black van and rode off into the sunset.

Simmons and Jenner were first reported to be dating back in May, several months after things had apparently “slowed down” between Jenner and another basketball player, former Clippers offensive player Blake Griffin, and after Simmons split from musician Tinashe. Jenner and Simmons hit all the relationship milestones: romantic beach vacation; a shared Los Angeles rental; a weirdly mundane date at the grocery store. They also weathered multiple sightings of Jenner getting intimate with Anwar Hadid, brother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid.

But in August, the sports press weirdly began to rejoice over rumors that things had begun to cool off between the pair—a time when she very busy with fashion month and he with the start of NBA season—because of the misogynist notion of the “Kardashian curse.” (I mean, even putting aside for a second the absurdity of blaming a man’s poor professional performance on the woman he’s dating, the 76ers won Thursday night’s game. They’re fine.) Jenner and Simmons have never been especially public about their relationship, though they did attend Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party together; they never officially broke up, either. (Of course, flying across the country is quite the display of commitment.) Honestly, the back-and-forth over their relationship status is probably due in part to the tabloid echo chamber. Their relationship status is still unclear, and that’s okay. It can stay that way.

See 23 of Kendall Jenner’s Best Hair and Beauty Moments

Kendall sports slicked back hair and nude lip while attending the screening of ‘Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall goes for a classic pink lip at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall Jenner wearing no makeup but still gorgeous while backstage ahead of the Alberta Ferretti show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 19, 2018 in Milan, Italy. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall with a nude lip at the Harper’s BAZAAR Celebrates ‘ICONS By Carine Roitfeld’ at The Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall sports a sloppy bun with a shimmery lip at the first annual “If Only” Texas hold’em charity poker tournament benefiting City of Hope at The Forum on July 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall opts for fuller hair and a pink lip at the Ninth-Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 6, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Kendall sporting her classic slicked back hairdo with clean makeup at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Debuting her most recent ‘do, Jenner sports a chin grazing bob with a pair of chic sunglasses and a black hat.

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Reverting back to her tousled bob with a glossy, raspberry pink lip, Jenner attends the Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Hollywood premiere.

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Kendall Jenner’s short hair is pulled up in a sleek, modern top knot with a creamy, nude lip as she arrives at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

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At the 2017 Costume Institute Gala, Kendall Jenner’s makeup features a bold coral lip that pairs beautifully with her sleek wet waves.

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A sleek high pony with with radiant, luminous skin and pale pink lip was the look at 2016 Costume Institute Gala.

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Staying true to her au natural style, Jenner debuts her newest do with a bare face on the runway of the Michael Kors Spring 2017 show.

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The supermodel steps out at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 rocking a super sleek up do, coral lips, and neutral smokey eye.

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Backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2016 show, Jenner poses as one of Pat McGrath’s muses in a 70’s inspired look with large soft curls and a bold colorful eye.

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Jenner gets experimental, elevating her look with faux bangs and heavy contouring, for a more mature look at the American Music Awards in 2015.

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Kendall Jenner’s heart hair is perhaps her most iconic hairstyle ever. Fellow models Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin arranged her hair into hearts as she lay on the floor of a yacht while they were vacationing. The photo, posted on May 25, 2015, is one of the most-liked photos ever on Instagram. Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Glowing at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Jenner channels a bronzed goddess with sleek straight hair, sun-kissed skin and a golden smokey eye.

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At the Teen Choice Awards in 2014, Jenner ditches her natural waves and fresh face for a frosted look, with slicked-back hair and shimmery neutrals.

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With her modeling career reaching new heights, Jenner grows into her signature look of a sleek middle part and minimal makeup, save for a bold red lip at the American Music Awards in 2013.

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Stepping out at “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” premiere in 2011, Jenner embodies bohemian chic with a long fishtail braid and a natural face.

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Following in her famous sister’s footsteps with long wavy locks and a soft glam look, Jenner shows off her newly elevated look at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in 2010.

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At only 14 years old, Kendall Jenner steps out of the family limelight and into her own. She arrives at the ‘Kiss & Tell’ record release party in 2009 fresh faced, with simple black eyeliner and glossy lip.

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