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REPORT CLAIMS KATE BECKINSALE IS DATING PETE DAVIDSON FOR THE PRESS COVERAGE AS HE SPEAKS OUT

Kate Beckinsale, 45, and Pete Davidson, 25, have been photographed making out and hanging out for a few months, and yes, their age gap has raised some brows and launched 1 million and 1 breathless blog posts.

Which—some say—is all part of the plan.

KATE’S APPROACH

According to Page Six, Beckinsale’s interest in the Saturday Night Live comedian has been intensified because of the amount of press coverage it has generated. "Kate loves the attention — both from a younger guy and the media," said a Hollywood executive with knowledge of the situation. "She hasn’t been in the press this much in years."

PETE’S APPOACH

But don’t cry for Davidson. He has his own motivations. One pal calls the relationship a direct response to his ex-fiance, Ariana Grande. It’s at least in part "a ‘f–k you’ to Ariana," the pal blabs.

PETE BREAKS SILENCE

Davidson broke his silence on their relationship in a Weekend Update segment of SNL.

Davidson’s perspective: "Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference. But it doesn't really bother us. But then again, I'm new to this. So if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, whoever the president of France is, Mel Gibson, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer, Larry King, Larry King, Larry King, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump."

Davidson was of course referring to male celebs who whose wives and girlfriends, past or present, have been significantly younger than them.

R. KELLY & CATHOLICS?

Davidson also tackled the R. Kelly sex abuse scandal, likening it to the Catholic Church scandal. "But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference — only one’s music is significantly better," Davidson said.

AUDIO: PETE DAVIDSON ON AGE GAP