Kylie Jenner started her 26th year with a very Kardashian-Jenner birthday Instagram post: A carousel of vacation pics, including shots of her in a sultry black string bikini. Jenner did not geo-tag her post. Instead, she captioned it simply with her new age: “26 🙏🏼🌺🎈”
Her friends, including Anastasia Karanikolaou, left supportive messages. “happy birthday my wifey❤️ i love you sm,” Karanikolaou wrote. In late July, Jenner addressed rumors about her and Karanikolaou’s close relationship on The Kardashians‘ season finale. “Isn’t it so funny that everyone thinks that we’re dating these days?” she asked Karanikolaou. “When we get a little alcohol in our system, we just like to kiss each other and stuff.”
Jenner said jokingly of fan theories that she and Karanikolaou were hooking up, “I wish we were. It would have just been way easier if I was sexually attracted to you.”
In reality, Jenner is said to be currently dating Timothée Chalamet.
Her reported boyfriend continued the two stars’ practice of keeping their relationship private online. He did not like her birthday post or share any public tribute to her. Chalamet doesn’t follow Jenner or anyone on Instagram, for what it’s worth. Jenner does not follow him either.
A source spoke to TMZ in early August about the celebs’ dating status, shutting down false tabloid rumors that Chalamet dumped Jenner. “Our sources say everything is cool between the two, they’re still an item, and ‘any reports that say otherwise are false,’” TMZ wrote outright. It added that one source told fans to “not to believe everything they read.”
Whether Chalamet and Jenner will or are already celebrating her birthday privately on that trip, fans aren’t likely to find out. If Kylie’s pregnancy with Stormi is any indication, Jenner knows how to keep what she wants secret.
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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.