Kylie Jenner feels 'protective' of Timothee Chalamet romance

Kylie Jenner reportedly feels "protective" of her relationship with Timothee Chalamet.

The 26-year-old reality TV star has been dating the 'Dune' actor since last year and he has yet to make an appearance on her family's show 'The Kardashians' amid reports Kylie is determined to keep the romance as private as possible as they strive to make their long-distance love affair work.

A source told PEOPLE: "Kylie is protective of the relationship, but whenever she talks about him, she has a huge smile. She really likes so many things about him."

The pair have been kept apart by work commitments recently as Timothee has decamped to New York to film his Bob Dylan biopic ' A Complete Unknown' while Kylie remains in California with her two young children from a previous relationship.

However, they are believed to be working hard to keep the romance going by flying back and forth to see each other regularly.

The insider added to PEOPLE: "Things are great with Timothee. Kylie is happy.

"They are both busy, but making time to see each other, especially on the weekends. He's been working in N.Y.C. She's visited him and he's also been back to L.A. some weekends. They’re making it work."

Kylie previously dodged a question about her relationship during an interview with the New York Times earlier this year.

When asked if dating the actor had changed her style, she replied: "I just don’t want to talk about personal things ... I don’t know how I feel about that … It’s just years and years of not feeling like my face or looks are accepted. There’s nothing anyone could ever say now that would hurt me."

The pair have been attending public events together in recent months, including the Golden Globe awards back in January and an insider explained she wants to make sure she supports her partner at important moments.

The source told 'Entertainment Tonight': "Things have been going very well between Kylie and Timothée. They are extremely supportive of one other and like to be there for each other.

"Kylie is extremely busy and has so many of her own things going on, but she makes an effort to show up for Timothee. It means a lot to him to have her support and that she goes out of her way for him and the things he's passionate about.

"He is so incredibly appreciative and sees a side of Kylie that she doesn't necessarily show everyone."