Talk about Pete’s BDE (aka “Big Dick Energy”) first started in 2018 when then-fiancée Ariana Grande gave a cheeky response after a fan asked her “how long Pete is,” referring to her sweetener track named after the King of Staten Island comic. “Like 10 inches?” the singer quipped in a since-deleted tweet, “oh f–k…I mean…like a lil over a minute.”
Since the revealing comment, the Internet has become fascinated with what The Cut writer Allison P. Davis coined as BDE, “a quiet confidence and ease with oneself that comes from knowing you have an enormous” you-know-what. On an episode of The Kardashians this year, Pete’s ex Kim even said that chatter around his BDE was what inspired her to reach out to him.
“I wasn’t even thinking like, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna be in a relationship with him.’ I was just thinking…I heard about this BDE,” shared Kim, who broke up with Pete in August after nine months of dating. “I need to get out there. I need to just, like, jump start my…I was just basically DTF.”