Kendall Jenner has started a new romance with a little help from her friends. The Estée Lauder spokeswoman, 19, and Nick Jonas have begun dating, thanks to pal Gigi Hadid’s matchmaking skills.
The blonde model, 20, and her boyfriend Joe Jonas recently reintroduced Jenner and Joe’s brother but their reasons for playing cupid weren’t completely selfless. “Gigi wants Kendall around all the time,” says a source. “She thinks it would be fun for all of them to hang out.”
Plus, the duo, dubbed G.I. Joe by their friend Cara Delevingne, knew it wouldn’t be difficult to coordinate those group dates. “They are all going to end up hanging out regardless, so it seems like a simple situation, which could be a lot of fun,” the source adds.
Their scheming paid off. After being recently reintroduced, Jenner and Nick, 22, are getting to know each other better over text, but “they had a flirty chemistry from the start,” says another source close to the “Jealous” singer.
The timing is right for Nick, who split from longtime girlfriend of nearly two years, Olivia Culpo, in June. “Nick was single and looking to date and there was an obvious attraction. He absolutely thinks she’s hot,” says the source.
Still, don’t expect public displays of affection from the two just yet. For now, Nick and Jenner are taking it slow and keeping their courtship private. Adds another insider, “When they’re ready and it turns official, we’ll start seeing photos.”