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Kim Kardashian addresses rumors she’s dating longtime friend Van Jones after months of romantic speculation

KIM Kardashian has insisted she isn't dating her longtime friend, CNN reporter Van Jones.

The KUWTK star, 40, has been linked to her legal mentor, 52, since April after she filed for divorce from Kanye West.

And Kim finally addressed the speculation during the Keeping Up With the Kardashians' reunion show The Final Curtain Part 1 on Thursday.

She said there's nothing going on between the pair and that, if anything, the speculation has helped Van's love life.

"Van texted me and was like, 'This rumor has gotten me so many dates and I'm so grateful, So I owe you,'" the SKIMS founder admitted.

She also shut down rumors she's dating Colombian singer Maluma after they were spotted partying together in Miami in April.

"No. I'm not dating either one. Not Van Jones, not Maluma," Kim said.

"I've known [Maluma]. I've seen him a few times, always in Miami. Such a nice guy."

As for what she wants from a partner now, Kim said she's changed so much since she dated Kanye.

"What I was looking for and who I was years ago, was completely different than who I am today," she said.

The reality star said she's open to dating a non-celebrity, explaining: "Just someone that would understand what this life is about, though.

"I value privacy, and I just want something that's, like, really real."

Kim is good friends with Van and has been doing an apprenticeship at his nonprofit Dream Corps for four years.

They worked together on criminal justice reform and helped to free Alice Johnson from jail in 2018 after she was jailed for life for a first-time drug offense.

He quickly became her legal mentor and is the one who introduced Kim to Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney, who've been helping the aspiring lawyer prep for the California State Bar in 2024.

The last time Van was in a longtime relationship was when he was married to producer Jana Carter.

They divorced in June 2019 after 13 years of marriage and share their two sons.

Van called Kim "amazing" and gushed over her legal abilities during a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

The journalist said: "She's doing amazing.

"Her dad was a lawyer and she always wanted to be a lawyer and when she got a taste of what she could do using her platform, using her brain, she hasn't let up.

"I think she's going to be an unbelievable attorney and I think she's one of the best advocates that we have."

Kim officially filed for divorce from Kanye, 44, in February after six years of marriage.

The filing came after Kanye struggled with his bipolar disorder last summer, which saw him go on rants on Twitter and at his presidential rallies. 

The former couple share four children: North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two.

Since their split, Kanye has been spotted on a romantic getaway to France with model Irina Shayk, 35, and the two are said to be in the "honeymoon phase".

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