When it comes to who’s dating who among the world’s most famous celebrities—because let’s be honest, it’s rare for any of them to date outside of their inner circles—one thing is for sure, us common mortals won’t ever run out of cryptic interactions to discuss and body language to analyse.
And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well aware that one of the latest celebrity couples to send fans and haters alike in a delirious frenzy of wild theories and over analytical videos is the recently announced relationship between Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and American socialite and supermodel Kendall Jenner.
Ever since the news of this unlikely duo first broke out back in February 2023 when the two were spotted leaving the same Los Angeles restaurant, Bad Bunny and Jenner have made it their mission to confirm their relationship status loud and clear—in turn, leading a storm of individuals worldwide to mourn their loss at ever dating one or the other.
That being said, whether you’re team Bunny or Jenner (or both), don’t lose hope just yet, because online ‘experts’ have spent hours meticulously analysing the couple’s interactions, and they have their own theories about just how stable it is—or isn’t.
The alleged loved-up pair were recently spotted courtside at a Lakers game, one of miss Jenner’s favourite pastimes. And while it might’ve seemed like the two were simply spending a romantic evening together, us eagle-eyed netizens spotted some potential trouble in paradise.
Now, for those of us who spent the majority of our adolescence scanning the mannerisms and body language of celebrity couples, it’s safe to say that the behaviour between Jenner and Bunny courtside clearly read as frighteningly stiff and awkward. Not only were there a number of moments where the 27-year-old model looked far more interested in her surroundings than the rapper, but the pair also spent the majority of the game leaning so far away from each other they were practically sitting in strangers’ laps.
Having already been trending on TikTok for a little while now, all it took was one quick look at the viral clips of the two superstars to whip out the Green Line love test, a way to analyse a couple’s relationship by taking a picture of them together and drawing a straight green line over their posture to determine which one of them is sitting straight and which one is leaning towards the other.
The one sitting straight or even leaning away is, you guessed it, the one with the most power in the relationship, aka the one who will probably end it first. In Jenner and Bad Bunny’s case, it’s obvious to see that while the singer is turning his whole body towards the model, Jenner seems interested in everything but her hunky boyfriend.
So, despite having been romantically linked since February, has the honeymoon period already officially ended for these two? Realistically, we can’t imagine either of them will have any issues picking up a new piece of arm candy if they do decide to split. And even though Coachella is over, the summer festival season is right around the corner and with it comes a myriad of other beautiful people lining up to have their shot.
Is it true love or just a fling? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure when it comes to obsessing over the lives of celebrity couples—including their makeups and their breakups—we Gen Zers just can’t seem to get enough.
In early February 2023, model and cucumber-cutting novice Kendall Jenner and Puerto Rican Grammy winner Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (or, as he’s more commonly known, Bad Bunny) were spotted out and about together. As is customary in this day and age, rumours of a love match between the two began to quickly gain traction online.
Fast forward to mid-March, and we’re beginning to learn more and more about this potential romance. A quick sushi date here, a concealed smooch there—it seems as though these two have definitely struck up a pretty intimate connection.
Now comes the problems. Anyone familiar with Bad Bunny’s background and ethos knows that the rapper has made incredible strides for Latino music, and has been persistently dedicated to championing Spanish culture within the mainstream—something his fans hold very dearly.
So, it’s safe to say that the Bad Bunny base were not best pleased to see the rapper canoodling with a celebrity who’s gone out of her way to appropriate Mexican culture for her own financial benefits.
In 2021, the 27-year-old model announced that she’d be launching her very own tequila brand 818 Tequila. And while this fact in and of itself is highly problematic—primarily because it shouldn’t be that easy to name five white celebrities who all own tequila brands—it was the campaign shoot that followed that really upset people.
As reported by Sky News, the promotional images, which were uploaded onto Instagram and then shortly after deleted, depicted Jenner riding a horse in an agave field, dressed in jeans and an oversized shirt with her hair in braids and a cowboy hat slung around her neck. Other photos also included tequila farmers in the field, Jenner sipping a shot of tequila and a video of the model watching a farmer distilling tequila from a distance.
Understandably, people were incredibly offended by the campaign. Notably, because of the fact Jenner spent a lot of time romanticising tequila production and cherry-picking facets of Mexican culture that she felt suited her brand. Moreover, the pictures completely erased the fact that Jenner comes from a highly affluent family and location in California, and will be simply profiting off of the work of labourers.
One particular Twitter thread addressed all of these issues, pointing out the whitewashed nature of the ad campaign and the fact that it was tiring to see so many elite public figures culturally appropriating Mexican traditions.
So, with this in mind, it makes sense that fans would be dismayed to see Bad Bunny interacting so closely with Jenner. Of course, it being the internet, some netizens took the serious route in addressing the legitimate issues concerning this duo, while others favoured a more juvenile approach, mocking Jenner and her previous pronunciation of Spanish words.
So, will Bad Bunny’s association with Jenner negatively impact his career trajectory or dismantle his fiercely loyal fanbase? It’s all yet to be discovered. What’s a sure thing, however, is that it’s unlikely we’ll ever see high-ranking celebrities take full ownership for their big budget mistakes. Is anyone surprised?