A Complete Timeline Of Kanye West And Pete Davidson's Feud

Ye (formerly Kanye) West spent a lot of time on social media once he learned that "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson was dating his estranged wife Kim Kardashian. Right away, the "Donda" rapper began a one-sided attack against the funnyman, weaponizing Instagram and launching a couple of threats along the way. West and Kardashian got married in 2014, and Kardashian filed for divorce in 2021. Then, later that year, she filed court papers to become legally single.

But back to the beef between West and Davidson. At first, it seems the "SNL" star would just let the rapper have all the say. That wouldn't be the case, however, since Davidson eventually spoke up — and did it in epic fashion. Along the way, West was criticized for his social media behavior and has been accused of harassing Davidson as well as his ex. With all the messages and comments, it can be a challenge to keep track of what's been said and done, but no worries; we have you covered. Below you'll find a timeline of West and Davidson's feud. Get ready, because there's a lot to take in.

Pete Davidson once defended Ye West

So, if you thought that Kanye West (now known as Ye) and Pete Davidson started off butting heads, you'd be completely wrong. In 2018, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member defended West. Here's how it all went down. The Chicago rapper posted a series of random tweets, which included a claim that Drake threatened him and his loved ones. The Drake and Ye beef had already been cooking.

Davidson admitted in a past "SNL" episode that he suffers from borderline personality disorder, which is probably why he was offended when his ex Ariana Grande had something to say about West's messages. "i know there are grown men arguing online," tweeted Grande. The Florida-raised singer then promoted a song that she worked on with Miley Cyrus, right before asking West and Drake for a personal favor: "if y'all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that'd be so sick thank u," wrote Grande.

West responded on Twitter and said it was wrong for the "Save Your Tears" artist to bring up his name. Then Davidson chimed in. "Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health," he wrote on Instagram (via NME). "I can't explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye. No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I'm seriously disgusted."

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The stars have dined together in the past

If there's more proof needed that Pete Davidson and Ye West were at least friendly once, just look at a 2019 social media photo that was taken when they were dining together at Nobu Malibu in California. "The King of Staten Island" star treated West to dinner then. But the thing is, Davidson didn't intend to pay for everyone and thought he was only taking out his friend, singer Kid Cudi. At the last second, however, West, his then-wife Kim Kardashian, and actor Timothée Chalamet showed up, which Davidson didn't financially plan for. The comedian spoke about it with his good buddy Machine Gun Kelly in a video for Vanity Fair.

"A bunch of rich people stuff that I don't know the name of," Davidson said of the food he paid for. "Kanye kept ordering the whole entire time. I didn't know he was coming and I already put my card down to pay ... And then I had to book two more gigs in Ohio."

Davidson told the story again while on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and said he really didn't mind treating West and Kardashian; he was just caught off guard. "It's not like it's Applebee's, it's Nobu," Davidson explained. "Which is like 77 Applebeeses." And as for that photo, that went viral at the time, guess who it was taken by? Yup, Kim Kardashian, meaning there's some history between the reality star and Davidson.

Pete got himself some protection

It shouldn't be a surprise that Ye West's fans have voiced their support for the rapper after his ex Kim Kardashian began dating Pete Davidson. But according to Radar Online, Davidson was concerned that West's fans would do more than just send a tweet or two in his defense, so he hired security.

"Pete isn't worried about Kanye, but he is concerned about the massive fanbase that Kanye has," said an insider. "His devoted followers listen to his songs and act upon them. That's why Pete is now using security. Until recently Pete never had security with him when he was out and about, even when he was engaged to Ariana Grande. But dating Kim is a totally different level of fame. Pete is now a superstar, which comes with a price. As much as he still wants to be low-key and hang with his friends, the reality of his situation has changed."

Kardashian also made some changes in the security department because of West, according to The U.S. Sun. "She's hired a new security team, so there was no one with any previous connection to Kanye," said a source. "She's really worried and feels under attack." Around the same time that reports came in about Kardashian getting a new team to protect her, West accused her security employees of keeping him out of her house when he went to take their children home from school.

Pete Davidson wasn't intimidated by Eazy

The attraction between Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian could've started when they were in a 2021 "SNL" skit and smooched. Or maybe it began on their group outing to Nobu Malibu two years prior. Though the exact origins aren't confirmed, the couple's romance noticeably seemed to heat up at Knott's Berry Farm and on a trip to the Bahamas.

Eventually, Ye West began commenting about his estranged wife and Davidson on social media. He also took his frustration to the studio and threatened Davidson on "Eazy," a song with Los Angeles rapper The Game. "God saved me from that crash just so I could beat Pete Davidson's a**," rapped West, likely referring to a nasty car crash he suffered in 2002. Davidson didn't address the song officially, but others online did; "Eazy" might've been a glimpse into just how angry the rapper was at the guy who's dating his ex.

Pete Davidson's security update was supposedly because of the newfound attention he received for dating Kardashian, not because of West's musical threat — Davidson allegedly found the song quite comical. "Pete thinks it's totally hilarious," a source for Page Six said, claiming Davidson also saw humor in the dramatic spectacle he was living in: "It's funny to him that the press wants to know his every move all of a sudden." An Us Weekly insider said the "SNL" star isn't scared of West and aims to be adult about things. Davidson reportedly wants to avoid all the divorce issues between Kardashian and West, which seems like a smart move, right?

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Ye West wrote more lyrics about Pete Davidson

With Ye West being a rapper and all, some probably weren't surprised when he voiced his frustration at Pete Davidson in the song "Eazy." But those same people might've been caught off guard when he threatened Davidson for a second time on "City of Gods," a tune with Brooklyn rapper Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys. "This afternoon, a hundred goons pullin' up to 'SNL'/When I pull up, it's dead on arrival," West rhymed.

Of course, Davidson isn't a rapper, so he didn't engage West in a rap battle like a character in the film "8 Mile." Instead, he kept quiet about the "City of Gods" threat, just like he did after "Eazy" was released. But others gave their opinion in YouTube's comment section after the song was posted. For the most part, people praised it and said the divorce drama is forcing West to churn out some solid material.

"There's a way Kanye makes music when he is hurt. It's just different and classic," one person wrote. Meanwhile, another listener commented, "Kanye has been killing it lately he's using the pain he's going through to give us some of the best verses in a minute."

The rapper said Pete Davidson made mental health jokes

In 2018, Pete Davidson spoke on the "SNL" "Weekend Update" about Kanye West previously performing on the comedy show and giving a pro-Donald Trump speech, which many called a rambling mess afterward. 

"Like, Kanye is a genius, but a musical genius," Davidson stated. "Like Joey Chestnut is a hot dog-eating genius, but I don't want to hear Joey Chestnut's opinion about things that aren't hot dog-related." The New York funnyman then criticized other things that West said during his "SNL" rant. "Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass," said Davidson. West responded to those words years later, once Davidson began dating his estranged wife Kim Kardashian.

"HI SKETE," wrote West on Instagram (via Yahoo!). Skete is the name he's been using for Davidson in his social media rants, by the way. "YOU GOT ANYMORE MENTAL HEALTH JOKES FOR ME?" the rapper continued. In another post, West wrote, "Someone always telling you you're crazy can drive someone crazy. That's the gaslighting. That's the harassment. The liberals have tried to discredit me for 20 years Page 6 TMZ and SNL are a gang." Davidson didn't respond to West's claim that he made fun of him, but the comic would eventually stick up for himself.

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Ye claimed that he ran Pete Davidson off Instagram

Did Ye West chase Pete Davidson off Instagram by sending him a bunch of harsh messages and branding him "Skete?" If one were to ask "The College Dropout" rapper himself, he'd take credit for it, since that's what he claimed in February 2022. West even brought the comedian's mother, Amy Waters Davidson, into it. "Ran Skete off the gram," wrote the hip-hop star in a since-deleted Instagram post (via the Independent). "Tell your mother I changed your name for life."

Page Six reported that Davidson deleted his Instagram page on February 23, 2022, but that wasn't the first time he did away with the social app. According to People, there was a time when he didn't use social media at all. "I don't really have Instagram. I don't have Instagram or Twitter or any of that stuff," Davidson told the publication. "Most of my daily life is getting into cars and showing up to a set. If I'm off, I just either hang with my friends or chill with my girlfriend inside." And the "girlfriend" he referred to seems to be Kim Kardashian, which would prove that they're an official couple.

Ye West harmed Pete Davidson in two videos

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Music videos may not be as vital to the success of a person's career as they were back in the day, but they're still good for enhancing an artist's point of view. And that's exactly what Ye West intended with his two videos for "Eazy" in March 2022. The first set of visuals is in claymation, showing West kidnapping a character in Davidson's likeness, right before burying him alive. At the end, the screen reads, "Everyone lived happily ever after except you know who." The name "Skete" is crossed out. A final written message reads, "JK he's fine."

In the second video, which was in animation, a Davidson character can be seen being beaten by a grotesque monkey creature. West was ripped by many for both videos, mainly for the violent imagery. He eventually responded in a now-deleted Instagram post (via the Independent) and attempted to defend his choices: "Art is therapy just like this view. Art is protected as freedom of speech. Art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended," his message read.

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Ye West dragged others into the beef

So, what do Jake Paul, Trevor Noah, Kid Cudi, and "SNL" star Michael Che have to do with Ye West's beef with Pete Davidson? The celebs were all either pulled into it by West, or they dove into it themselves. Let's start with Paul, who, in a video shared by TMZ, offered West and Davidson $30 million apiece to box each other. As for Che, West said on Instagram that he'd double the comedian's salary if he would quit "SNL" and no longer work with Davidson. Che responded jokingly by saying he would need at least triple the salary to do it (via Complex).

Meanwhile, Kid Cudi was dragged into the West-Davidson beef after West mentioned him on social media. In fact, West sent a series of messages that weekend and posted a "Captain America: Civil War" meme that showed the faces of Davidson, Cudi, and others. Cudi and Davidson are good friends, and West — who's been a longtime collaborator of Cudi's — apparently felt betrayed. West wrote on Instagram, "Just so everyone knows, Cudi will not be on 'Donda' because he's friends with you know," referring to his tenth studio album (via @commentsbycelebs). "Too bad I don't wanna be on ur album u f***in dinosaur," Cudi shot back. "Hahaha everyone knows ive been the best thing [about] ur albums since i met u. Ima pray for u brother." 

West revisited his issues with Cudi soon after by pulling out that old 2019 Nobu photo and writing on Instagram, "I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER" (via NME). But in a since-deleted gesture, West also used the app to say that he loved the singer. 

Pete Davidson defended himself

Pete Davidson remained silent during Ye West's multiple social media attacks against him, but that changed after Davidson ripped the rapper via text. The message was shared by the comedian's writing partner Dave Sirus. In it, Davidson stuck up for his girlfriend Kim Kardashian and taunted West. He did it because West posted a few video messages that same day, one of them being about his daughter North being on TikTok, despite his wishes.

"Yo it's Skete," wrote Davidson, according to the New York Daily News. "Can you please take a second and calm down. It's 8am and it don't gotta be like this. Kim is literally the best mother I've met ... I decided I'm not gonna let you treat us this way anymore and I'm done being quiet. Grow the %$!& up." "Oh you using profanity. Where are you right now," West allegedly wrote back. "In bed with your wife," Davidson replied while showing a photo of himself in bed. 

The two quickly ended their exchange with Davidson telling West he was in Los Angeles and was willing to have a conversation with him. Afterward, however, there were no reports that they spoke, and tensions between them seemed to continue.

Ye West thought Pete Davidson would get Kim K. on drugs

"Im [sic] really concerned that SKETE will get my kids mom hooked on drugs. He's in rehab every 2 months." That's an Instagram message from Ye West about Pete Davidson that was written in March 2022 and captured by Page Six. Davidson never responded to those words, but he's often talked about using drugs. Like in 2016, when he spoke to High Times about his weed use. 

"I am a pothead," he admitted. Davidson explained, "I got Crohn's Disease, like when I was, like, 17 or 18. I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me, and seeing all these doctors and trying new things, weed would be the only thing that would help me eat." He's talked about going to rehab and quitting drugs in the past, as well. One instance was on a 2017 episode of "SNL" during "Weekend Update."

"They say quitting drugs is hard, and it's true. But what they don't tell you is how boring it is," Davidson explained. "Whoever said there aren't enough hours in the day was a liar." Like Davidson, Kardashian never responded to West's claim about her boyfriend getting her hooked on drugs. In fact, she's chosen to not engage in a back and forth with her ex. At least for the most part. Per an April 2022 report from Page Six, West informed Kardashian that he'd be taking a leave of absence while tending to his issues.