Pete Davidson’s Love Interest in ‘The King of Staten Island’ Is Based on More Than One Ex

Jason Pham

The King of Staten Island has been described as a “semi-biographical” film about Pete Davidson’s life, so while some characters are inspired by real people, others are completely fictionalized, which brings us to this question: Is Kelsey in The King of Staten Island based on Pete Davidson’s real girlfriend? The answer is complicated.

The King of Staten Island, which premiered on Friday, June 12, follows Scott, a 20something who lives with his younger sister and mom in Staten Island, New York. Throughout the movie, Scott deals with the grief of his father, a firefighter who died when he was 7 years old. The storyline is inspired by Davidson’s own relationship with his dad, a New York City firefighter who...

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