Long before their extravagant Italian wedding and four beautiful children, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were just friends who had known each other since the early 2000s. It might have taken them many years to get together, but once they did, the sparks started flying between the reality star and rapper.
Over the years, the world got small glimpses inside their relationship on Keeping Up With the Kardashians until things fell apart. It has been hard to “keep up” with all the twists and turns in Kim and Kanye’s nearly 20-year relationship, so we are taking a deep dive.
2003 – The First Encounter
In the early 2000s, Kanye West was the next big emerging rapper. He was rubbing elbows with the biggest names in music while Kim Kardashian was practically an unknown name. The two first crossed paths on the set of a Brandy music video in 2003. Kim recounted the moment on KUWTK.
She was friends with Brandy, and Kanye had been recording a song with her. Kim shared, “I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they did the music video together, so I’d see him a few times.” Kanye asked his friends, “Who is this Kim Kardajan?” because he didn’t know her name.
2008 – They Formed a Friendship
Despite meeting five years earlier, Kim and Kanye didn’t have a real friendship until 2008. They worked together on a Star Wars-themed TV pilot for a show called Alligator Boots, where Kim played Princess Leia and Kanye was a Storm Trooper. This was the first time the two really connected.
Kim released photos from their time on set in 2015. She wrote on her website, “In honor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being released today, I wanted to share these old pics of Kanye and me from years ago.” They were both in relationships, so they didn’t think of each other romantically.
2010 – Kanye’s KUWTK Debut
No one really knew that Kim and Kanye were friends until he appeared on the premiere episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York in 2010. Kim and her sister were opening up the New York branch of their store Dash, and Kanye stopped in for a visit to see how things were coming along.
In her confessional, Kim said that she and Kanye had been friends for a while, and she respected his opinions about fashion and style. He came in to look at the store and give his input on things. Little did Kim know how much Kanye would influence her future style.
August 2011 – Kanye Knew What Would Happen
On August 20, 2011, Kim married her then-fiancé, Kris Humphries. Shortly before the wedding, Kanye called Kim to get her to change her mind about getting married. He bought a phone specifically to stop Kim from making a horrible decision. However, she went through with the marriage anyway, which only lasted 72 days.
Kanye said he sent Kim pictures of basketball players that used to be cool “that now wear their pants all the way up.” He told her that it was her future if she married him. Kim admitted that she had second thoughts but didn’t want to call it off because she was embarrassed.
October 2011 – Reconnecting in Paris
As Kanye predicted, Kim made the wrong choice, and her marriage to Humphries ended less than two months later. When she knew things were over, Kim said she wanted to call Kanye, but she thought he would say, “I told you so.”
Instead of waiting for her call, Kanye reached out to invite Kim to his fashion show in Paris. She was feeling low, and the trip seemed like the perfect way to lift her spirits. Kim said he jokes that he put the fashion show together just to get a date with her.
October 2011 – Love at First Sight
While in Paris, Kim and Kanye officially started dating. She said from the moment she landed, she fell deeply in love with him, and it all hit her. Kim wondered why she didn’t realize she had feelings for him sooner.
Everyone knew Kanye was madly in love with Kim long before they started dating, but she always denied it because she was in a relationship with someone else. When she told her family that they were in a relationship, no one was too surprised by the news.
April 2012 – A Song for Kim
Like any rapper in love, Kanye had to share his feelings about Kim through his music. He released the song “Cold” in April 2012, referencing the reality TV star by saying, “And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with him around the same time she fell in love with him.”
Kanye also made a point to diss Kim’s ex, adding, “Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.” The line referenced Humphries, who played for the Brooklyn Nets, which was partially owned by his friend Jay-Z.
August 2012 – Kim Gets a Makeover
Shortly after the couple started dating, Kanye went over to Kim’s house with his stylist and got rid of half of her wardrobe. Kanye was particular about style, so he gave Kim’s closet a complete makeover, making her throw away 250 pairs of shoes.
He practically molded her into the perfect girlfriend. It set the tone for the rest of their relationship, showing Kanye had a huge influence on Kim’s fashion sense for the years to come. Her makeover helped them become one of the most stylish couples in Hollywood.
December 2012 – Big News
Things moved fairly quickly between the couple, and after a year together, the two announced they were expecting their first child. During a performance in Atlantic City, Kanye confirmed the baby news by referring to Kim as his “baby mamma.”
He told the crowd, “Stop the music and make some noise for my baby mamma.” Kim was at the concert, and she was excited to share the news with the world. Fans would later find out that she didn’t have an easy pregnancy but said it was worth it.
April 2013 – Home Is Where Your Mom Is
When Kim was close to seven months pregnant, she and Kanye learned that their new home wouldn’t be ready in time for the baby. After exhausting their options, the couple decided to move in with Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner. It was a little chaotic, but they made it work.
However, Kris didn’t realize how long Kim, Kanye, and the new baby would be staying in her home. While Kanye was busy traveling for his tour most of the time, Kim took over her mom’s home like it was her own.
May 2013 – Kim Was His Plus One
When Kim was eight months pregnant, she joined Kanye as his plus-one for her first Met Gala. Unfortunately, she became the subject of many memes after people saw her in a full-length floral Givenchy dress. Kim said she cried the whole way home.
Kanye always had strong input on Kim’s style throughout their relationship, but this was one of her lower style moments. He defended her dress choice, but Kim worried she would never get to go back to the Met Gala after their first appearance as a couple.
June 2013 – Welcoming Baby West
On June 15, 2013, Kim and Kanye welcomed their first child, North West. It was such a special day for both of them, and Kim’s family was in the room for the delivery. The most eagerly awaited addition to the Kardashian clan came a month before Kim’s due date.
The pair were excited to have a girl, and Kim said Kanye really wanted to have a girl. Kim needed to have an inversion just days before she gave birth to turn the baby manually. She said it was one of the most painful experiences.
October 2013 – A Surprise Engagement
When Kanye asked Kim to marry him on her 33rd birthday, he went all out, creating the most memorable celebrity proposal. He rented out the San Francisco Giants’ baseball stadium, hired an orchestra, and wrote “PLEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” on the jumbotron.
The entire experience was documented on an episode of KUWTK. Kim and Kanye’s closest family and friends hid in the dugouts and had no idea what Kanye had planned. Everyone was completely shocked when he got down on one knee and presented Kim with an $8 million ring.
April 2014 – Vogue Controversy
In what was seen as a controversial move, Kim and Kanye landed the cover of Vogue’s April 2014 issue. The cover highlighted that they were the “world’s most talked-about couple.” Many people were shocked that the distinguished fashion magazine allowed them to be on the cover.
Kim and Kanye didn’t listen to the haters as they were thrilled to be photographed by the iconic Annie Leibovitz. The spread included shots of Kim in bridal gowns, and their daughter appeared in some of the photos. It was tasteful, and everyone overreacted to the situation.
May 2014 – A Two Million Dollar Fairytale Wedding
Kim and Kanye’s wedding weekend was one of the most talked-about events of the year. Their romantic wedding weekend was documented for the reality series like her first wedding. It started in Paris, where they held a luncheon at Valentino’s French chateau and a rehearsal dinner at Versailles.
However, on the morning of their wedding, Kim and Kanye surprised everyone by flying all their guests to Florence, Italy, for the ceremony and reception. Kim explained that they fell in love in Paris and conceived North in Italy, so the weekend was a journey of their love.
December 2015 – Baby Number 2
After announcing that they were expecting their second child during a teaser for KUWTK in May 2015, Kim gave birth to their son Saint West on December 5, 2015. Kim and Kanye were thrilled to have a boy, and it felt like their family was complete.
Kim went through another painful and risky pregnancy, making her not want to go through the process again. However, she came from a big family, and Kanye was already talking about having more children. But they were just happy to have two healthy children at the time.
February 2016 – Supporting Her Hubby
Throughout their relationship, Kim has always been Kanye’s biggest supporter. In February 2016, she was still feeling a little self-conscious about her weight after having their son, but she made her first big public appearance at Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show.
Kim and the rest of her reality TV family attended the massive event at Madison Square Garden in New York. The same month, Kim and Kanye shared the first photos of their son Saint on social media, and the adorable baby almost broke the internet.
May 2016 – Celebrating Their Love
May was a busy month for Kim and Kanye in 2016. The couple attended the Met Gala for the third year together, and they celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy, where they held their lavish nuptials. Kim gushed about her husband on Instagram.
The couple also celebrated Mother’s Day with Kanye surprising Kim. She woke up to an orchestra in their living room serenading her. Kanye has surprised Kim with many romantic experiences, and she shared clips of their special morning on her social media pages.
August 2016 – Another Magazine Cover
While their Vogue cover came with controversy, no one questioned Kim and Kanye nearly locking lips for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. In the issue, the couple discussed nude selfies and their insecurities. Kanye said he loved Kim’s nude selfies and loved seeing her naked.
At this time in their relationship, Kanye loved that Kim wasn’t afraid to show off her body. He built her up to be this confident and sexy woman, saying, “I think it’s important for Kim to have her figure. To not show it would be like Adele not singing.” But his opinion later changed.
October 2016 – He Almost Lost Her
While attending Paris Fashion Week, Kim was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room in October 2016. The robbers stole millions of dollars’ worth of jewels, including her diamond engagement ring. After hearing the news, Kanye had to stop his concert in New York to fly to Paris.
Kim was traumatized by the experience, and Kanye comforted her. He was in the middle of a tour and tried to be with Kim as much as possible following the event. The day after the robbery, he said he would have hunted the people down if they had killed his wife.
November 2016 – More Bad News
Shortly after Kim’s robbery, Kanye was hospitalized for exhaustion. Kim received a call while filming KUWTK, which left her in tears. She was told he walked off the stage in the middle of his concert without explanation. It was a tough time for the two of them.
Kim spoke with Kanye and his team to cancel the last 21 shows of his tour so he could take time off. On the show, she said he was a workaholic and never took time off. The couple decided to take a break from the public eye to focus on their family.
December 2016 – Kim’s Last-Ditch Effort
After the incident in Paris, Kim and Kanye wanted to expand their family. Despite dealing with two difficult pregnancies, Kim was motivated to try for another baby because she wanted her children to have a large support system if anything happened to her or Kanye.
With the support of her husband, Kim underwent surgery to allow her to carry a third child. Unfortunately, she suffered from complications, so she and Kanye had to discuss other options. They decided to explore the surrogacy route instead, even though it was not what they wanted in the past.
May 2017 – Big Baby News
After researching surrogacy options and picking a surrogate that fit their family, Kim found out her surrogate was pregnant. She and Kanye had frozen embryos and decided that their third child would be a girl. Kim shared her excitement on her show, but she had some concerns.
Kim was worried that she wouldn’t connect with the new baby because she wasn’t carrying it, but she spoke to other women who used surrogates, and this calmed her fears. Kanye was fairly private about the matter, but Kim said he was just as excited.
September 2017 – Celebrations and a Reveal
Although she was not physically carrying her third child, Kim and Kanye thought it would be good to have a baby shower so that their other children would know a baby was coming. They knew it must have been confusing for North and Saint because Kim wasn’t pregnant.
Kim threw a small baby shower and later accidentally revealed the baby’s gender during an appearance on Ellen. She accidentally told Ellen DeGeneres that North wanted to take “baby sister’s” toys. DeGeneres quickly pointed out that Kim was having a girl.
December 2017 – The Ultimate Christmas Present
Kim and Kanye have always gotten lavish gifts for the holidays, but Kanye decided to do something a little different for Christmas that year. Instead of getting Kim jewelry or handbags, he bought her stocks from Adidas, Apple, Disney, and Netflix.
Kim shared the present on her Instagram story, calling Kanye the “best husband ever.” She initially didn’t understand what he had bought her, but she couldn’t believe what he did once he told her it was stocks. They have to be worth millions by now.
January 2018 – Another Baby Girl
On January 15, 2018, Kim and Kanye’s surrogate gave birth to their third child, Chicago West. They went back and forth with various names. Kanye’s cousin suggested Miracle or Destiney, but they settled on Chicago in honor of Kanye’s hometown. The couple was excited to have another girl.
Three children are a lot of work, and Kim said that Kanye was a great father. She shared on an episode of KUWTK that Kanye stepped up to help out with the kids and eased her anxiety about having three children under the age of four.
June 2018 – Back to Paris
Two years after Kim’s robbery, she and Kanye returned to Paris. With Kanye by her side, she felt more comfortable going back to the French capital for a Louis Vuitton fashion show. Kim had extra security with her during this trip as she wasn’t taking any risks.
She wanted to go because she knew the show was important to Kanye. One of his closest friends was the creative director of the menswear line, and Kanye wanted Kim there for support. Kanye styled Kim using pieces from the menswear line.
September 2018 – Adding to the Family
The couple still had two embryos left, so they decided to use another surrogate to have a fourth child. Kim and Kanye wanted a second son, and their surrogate became pregnant in September 2018. The two were a little worried about having four children.
Kim and Kanye shared the exciting news with their family on KUWTK. Kim and Kanye tried to attend most of the doctor’s appointments with their surrogate and communicated with her often. They said the surrogate made their dreams of expanding their family come true.
May 2019 – Early Warning Signs
After years of being his plus-one, Kim and Kanye switched roles for the 2019 Met Gala. Kim worked with designer Thierry Mugler for months, but Kanye didn’t like the design. Kanye sat in on Kim’s final dress fitting, saying he didn’t like that she was dressing so sexy and wearing a corset.
Kim snapped at him for telling her this the night before the event. She was annoyed because Kanye made her into this sexy woman but wanted her to tone it down now that he was on a spiritual journey. She wore the dress anyway.
May 2019 – Welcoming Their Fourth Child
Just days after attending the Met Gala, Kim and Kanye made it home in time for the birth of their last child, Psalm West. He was born on May 10, 2019, and Kim said it would be their last child because four was enough.
Kim told her family that Kanye wanted the baby to have a biblical name, but the only name they could find that also started with Ye, they didn’t like. They decided to go with Psalm because it was still biblical and paired nicely with their older son’s name, Saint.
May 2019 – Vow Renewal
With everything else going on in May 2019, Kim and Kanye also prepared for their 5th wedding anniversary. Kim wanted to do something special for Kanye because he was always planning romantic surprises, and she wanted to make him feel special.
Kim had the pastor who married them fly out and perform a vow renewal ceremony in their backyard. She tried to get most of their wedding party to attend the intimate event. They were happy to keep the romantic moment private and small without cameras.
September 2019 – Family Time in Wyoming
After the birth of Psalm, Kim and Kanye took time to focus on their family and get used to being a family of six. They took a family trip to Wyoming in September, where Kanye would later purchase a home. The family fell in love with the state.
The couple took the time off to relax with their family and take a break from the craziness of LA. The peaceful vacation made them ready to get back to work a few months later. The end of 2019 was jam-packed with appearances and events.
March 2020 – Proud Parents
Despite the coronavirus, Kim, Kanye, and their daughter North headed to Paris for the Yeezy Season 8 fashion show. Kim was excited to see her husband’s latest collection, and there was a special surprise. Kanye brought North onto the runway to perform during the show.
The couple seemed so proud to watch their daughter perform her song in front of a large crowd. Everything appeared to be normal between Kim and Kanye, but times were about to get tough as the pandemic became more serious and lockdowns separated them.
March 2020 – Nurse Kim to the Rescue
In mid-March, Kim revealed that Kanye had contracted Covid-19, and she was left to take care for him alone. Luckily, their house has many bedrooms, so Kanye quarantined in one of the rooms. She also had to take care of their four children without his help.
Kim said the experience was scary because Kanye was so sick, and there wasn’t a lot of information about the virus. Kanye said he resorted to “looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it.” He eventually recovered, but there was trouble.
April 2020 – Kanye Goes to Wyoming
After taking care of Kanye and the kids without help, Kanye took their four children to Wyoming to give Kim a break. He took them to their family ranch for three days so that she could have some peace and quiet. It caused many to speculate about their marriage.
Kanye needed a change of scenery, and he knew it was chaotic to have all four children stuck in the house. Before the vacation, there were positive reports about Kim and Kanye spending time together and homeschooling their children.
May 2020 – Trouble at Home
In May 2020, Kim posted a sweet message on Instagram to mark the couple’s 6th wedding anniversary. However, they were having trouble being locked in the house together. Reports started to surface that they were staying at opposite ends of the house.
Sources close to Kim and Kanye shared that they were frequently arguing. Kim was frustrated that Kanye wasn’t pulling his weight in family responsibilities, and she was left to do everything for the kids on top of work and studying for law school.
July 2020 – Kim’s Breaking Point
Despite posting about Kanye being “the best dad” a month prior, Kim and Kanye hit their breaking point in July 2020. Kanye announced that he would be running for president and held his first campaign rally. He delivered a rambling monologue and revealed a painful secret.
Kanye shared that he and Kim had considered aborting North, which was something Kim never wanted to be public information. She was furious that he shared their secret, thinking her daughter would find out one day. Kanye made things worse by accusing her of cheating on Twitter.
July 2020 – Kanye Tried to Apologize
After his shocking campaign rally, Kanye only caused more friction between himself and Kim. He accused Kim of cheating on him and stated that he had tried to divorce her months ago. He also took aim at Kris Jenner, saying she tried to have him locked up.
After the late-night rant, Kanye deleted his series of tweets. He followed it by apologizing to Kim, tweeting, “To Kim, I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.”
July 2020 – Kim Goes to Wyoming
Kim and Kanye were living apart as he planned his presidential campaign. Kanye’s erratic behavior and hurtful tweets were enough for Kim to grow concerned about her bipolar husband. She decided to fly to Wyoming to speak to him face-to-face.
After several failed attempts to see Kanye, Kim finally reunited with her husband during a tearful and tense conversation in his car. He had been blocking her calls, and his friends had to convince him to see her. The two reportedly discussed their future as a couple.
February 2021 – It’s Over
After months of rumors and speculation, Kim filed for divorce. She had several talks with Kanye, and the last thing she wanted was to go through a divorce with four kids. However, Kim reached her breaking point and knew they couldn’t continue their relationship in two different states.
When Kim filed, the split was amicable, and they had joint custody of their children. Kim reportedly had a high-profile divorce lawyer on retainer since the summer of 2020. After the tweets, there was no way to repair the damage Kanye caused.
August 2021 – Kim Shows Her Support
Kim proved to be the most supportive ex when she attended Kanye’s listening parties for his upcoming album Donda. At the one held in Chicago, Kim appeared on stage in a wedding dress. The couple walked off stage hand-in-hand, but they were not getting back together.
Kim was happy to be part of the show, but she was only there as a friend. A source shared, “Kim and Kanye have always supported the other’s endeavors and will continue to do that in the future, whether it be a collaborative effort or not.”
October 2021 – Kim Moves On
After hosting Saturday Night Live, Kim started dating comedian Pete Davidson. The two shared an on-screen kiss during one of the scenes, but they kept their relationship private. Kim wanted to be respectful of Kanye’s feelings, and she didn’t want things to be uncomfortable between them.
Reports surfaced that Kim was very happy and taking things slow with Davidson. She kept her dating life separated from her family, and he didn’t meet her children. At that point, Kim and Kanye had a positive co-parenting relationship, but things quickly changed.
January 2022 – Kanye Threatens Pete
Although Kanye had also started dating someone else, he said Kim was still his wife and wanted her back. However, it was just another attempt to ruin her happiness. Kanye was so angry that Kim was dating Davidson, so he started threatening the comedian.
Kanye released a song with a line that said, “God save me from that car crash just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**.” In the same song, Kanye also talked about having “the best divorce ever.” None of it really made sense, but he was angry.
February 2022 – Kanye Made More Accusations
In several now-deleted Instagram posts, Kanye mentioned his divorce from Kim. It seemed that their peaceful split took a turn, and they were now at odds. Kim had posted TikToks with North, causing Kanye to go on a rant. He disapproved of his daughter being online.
Kanye posted a screenshot of North’s TikTok video with the caption, “Since this is my first divorce, I need to know what I should do about my daughter being put on TikTok against my will?” Kim supervises her daughter’s posts and account, but Kanye didn’t care.
February 2022 – Kim Responds
After several hateful Instagram posts about her parenting skills and their divorce, Kim finally addressed the situation. She wrote on her Instagram story, “Kanye’s constant attacks on me in interviews and social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create.”
She added that she was the main provider and caregiver for their children. Kim’s message continued, “Divorce is difficult enough on our children, and Kanye’s obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situations is only causing further pain.” She just wanted him to stop.
February 2022 – Kanye Accuses Kim of Kidnapping
Kim’s response wasn’t enough for Kanye to keep their problems off social media. He fired back with a screenshot of Kim’s statement saying, “America saw you try to kidnap my daughter on her birthday by not providing the address,” in reference to not being invited to Chicago’s birthday party.
Kanye claimed that he wasn’t allowed to visit his children without Kim’s security present and claimed he had to take a drug test after Chicago’s birthday party. Everyone was begging him to leave Kim alone, even her boyfriend.
March 2022 – Kim’s Single (Legally)
On March 2, 2022, A judge granted Kim’s request to be declared legally single, immediately ending her marriage to Kanye. The more complicated aspects of their divorce, such as custody of the children and splitting their assets, will be decided later.
Shortly after Kim’s announcement, Kanye released a Claymation music video in which he kidnapped Davidson and buried him alive. Clearly, the news about Kim’s status didn’t go over well. They are still not on great terms, but Kim is doing everything to protect her children from his negativity.