Kim Kardashian tells friends she has a ‘crush’ on Tom Brady but they’re ‘not in a relationship’: sources

“They are friends and have a lot of respect for each other,” a source tells PEOPLE of the NFL pro and SKIMS mogul

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Nothing romantic happens between Kim Kardashian and Tom Brady, despite the SKIMS founder having a “crush” on him.

Kardashian, 42, and Brady, 45, were both in attendance at Michael Rubin’s star-studded White Party in the Hamptons over July 4 weekend.

Although rumors have swirled about a romance between the duo, two sources tell PEOPLE the pair had minimal interaction during the celebratory reunion. “[They] said hello briefly when she arrived at the party,” the first source said.

“Kim and Tom barely spoke at the party and barely said hello,” notes a second source.

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After their brief exchange, Kardashian was overheard telling friends she found the retired NFL quarterback attractive, according to the first source.

“Later that evening, Kim had some liquid courage and was overheard telling friends she had a crush on Tom.”

Despite this, a third source tells PEOPLE that there is still nothing romantic going on between the SKIMS mogul and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player.

“They are friends and have a lot of respect for each other,” the source said. “Kim is very focused on her children and her business, and is not in a relationship at the moment.”

Related: Tom Brady’s Reps Deny Kim Kardashian Romance Rumors, Source Says They’re Just ‘Friendly’

Brady’s reps previously confirmed to PEOPLE that nothing romantic is going on between the two. At the time, a source close to The Kardashians The star backed up the denial, telling PEOPLE, “They have mutual friends and business partners, but aren’t dating.”

Brady recently finalized his divorce from wife Gisele Bündchen in October 2022. The couple – who share daughter Vivian, 10, and son Benjamin Rein, 13 – had been married for 13 years.

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Although nothing happened with Kardashian at the 4th of July party, the second source tells PEOPLE that Brady had a “really good interaction” with Emily Ratajkowski, who previously dated Kardashian’s newest ex, Pete. Davidson.

“I wouldn’t say it was a romance [vibe]. It was fun and everyone was dressed to impress,” the source shares. “They were definitely talking at different times throughout the night.”

However, the first source tells PEOPLE that their exchange only lasted “a nanosecond”.

Related: Tom Brady Says He “Definitely Needed A LOT of Electrolytes” After Star-Studded 4th of July Party

As for Kardashian, the businesswoman finalized her divorce from Kanye West in November 2022 after nearly seven years of marriage. The exes share four children together: North, 10, Saint, 7, Chicago, 5, and Psalm, 4.

Recently, Kardashian – who split from Davidson, 29, in August 2022 after nine months together – expressed hope for her romantic future.

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“I think I will always be a hopeless romantic and always want to be in love and definitely love to share my life with someone, and love to create a life with someone,” he said. she said in May on the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast. “I’m definitely going to take my time. And I think there are so many factors, especially when you have kids and you’re careful about the people who come into your life.”

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