Kim Kardashian & Kanye West’s relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy’s assistant to their shocking divorce


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are ending their marriage of almost seven years, with Kim officially filing for divorce on Friday. US reports suggest that Kim has requested joint legal and physical custody of their four children — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1. Neither Kim nor Kanye have publicly commented.

Kimye are undoubtedly one of the most high profile celebrity relationships in the world, and as the internet erupts with reactions to the separation, we’re feeling nostalgic for the pair’s well-documented relationship.

Here’s a look back at Kim and Kanye’s relationship journey, one of the most famous love stories in the whole of celebdom…


2003: Kim and Kanye meet for the first time

Kim and Kanye met in 2003 when Kim was working as Brandy’s assistant.

Kim was married to Damon Thomas at the time, but Kanye developed a crush on her right away. He told Ryan Seacrest in 2013: “I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, ‘Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?'”

The pair became friends, which is presumably when Kanye learned Kim’s surname.

2008: The pair team up for a puppet show (yep, really)

Kanye insisted that Kim appeared on ‘Alligator Boots’, his hip-hop puppet show, as Princess Leia.

“We were talking about it, and Kanye was like, ‘Nah, nah, nah. Get Kim Kardashian!'” Director Tom Stern told Wired.

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2009: Kayne reportedly raps about Kim

Kanye allegedly rapped about Kim – who was dating NFL star Reggie Bush at the time – on Keri Hilson’s single ‘Knock You Down’.

“You were always the cheerleader of my dreams,
Seem to only date the head of football teams,
And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing,
We were never meant to be, baby we just happened…
You should leave your boyfriend now, i’ma ask him.”

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

2010: Kanye appears on a KUWTK spin-off

Kanye visited Kim’s Dash boutique in New York in an episode of ‘Kourtney and Kim take New York’.

In the episode, Kim says: “Kanye and I have been good friends for a long time. He’s someone that we definitely respect his fashion taste and his style and so we wanted him to come check out the store.”

Kim was dating Kris Humphries at the time. A year later, Kanye would try to convince Kim not to marry him, he later revealed on an episode of ‘Kocktails with Khloe’. It didn’t work though, and Kim married Kris in 2011 before separating 72 days later.

2012: Kanye admits he loves Kim

As Kim and Kris were going through divorce proceedings, Kanye confessed his love for her on the song ‘Cold’:

“And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim,
Around the same time she had fell in love with him,
Well that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thang,
Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”

Kris played for the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, when Kanye’s friend Jay-Z was part-owner.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

June 2012: Kim makes it official

After being spotted out together for the first time in April 2012, then looked extra couple-y at various events, Kim made Kimye official in June when she called herself a ‘proud girlfriend’ on Twitter.

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December 2012: They announce they’re expecting their first child

Kanye announced that Kim was pregnant during a New Year’s Eve performance in Atlantic City, before Kim confirmed the news on her website.

“It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us,” she wrote.

May 2013: Kimye attend their first Met Gala as a couple

The couple make their first appearance at The Met Gala, when Kim is eight months pregnant, and made headlines with her floral Givenchy gown with many likening her to a sofa.

“Kanye was performing so I wasn’t actually invited. I was just Kanye’s plus one. And that was okay with me because I never really dreamed I would be at the Met Ball. I know no one really probably wanted me there at the time,” Kim told Vogue.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

June 2013: They welcome daughter North

Kim gave birth to daughter North West on 15th June 2013.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

October 2013: Kanye proposes to Kim

Kanye famously rented out San Francisco’s AT&T baseball stadium for a surprise proposal, which Kim thought was a birthday celebration.

Kim’s family and friends were hidden under a sign that read: ‘PLEEEASE MARRY MEEEE!!!’ – and jumped to congratulate the couple when she said ‘yes’.

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A month later, Kim appeared in the music video for Kanye’s song ‘Bound 2’, straddling him naked on a motorbike. Absolutely iconic scenes.

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March 2014: Kimye cover Vogue US


Kim and Kanye were the first biracial couple to be featured on the cover, with Kim describing it as ‘a dream come true’.

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May 2014: The pair marry in Italy

After pre-wedding celebrations in France, Kim and Kanye got married in Florence at a 200-person ceremony. Kim Maison Margiela, Kanye wore Givenchy.

A photo of them kissing at the ceremony against a wall of flowers became the most-liked Instagram photo of that year.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

December 2015: Kim gives birth to Saint

Just after celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary in May 2015, Kim announced she was pregnant with their second child.

Kim gave birth to the couple’s first son Saint West on 5th December.

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July 2016: Kim defends her husband amidst the Taylor feud

The Kanye West-Taylor Swift controversy occurred when Taylor publicly called Kanye out for his lyrics on ‘Famous’:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,
Why? I made that b**** famous”.

But Kim leapt to her husband’s defence, releasing a behind-the-scenes Snapchat story of Taylor on the phone to Kanye, apparently approving the lyrics.

The internet goes into meltdown, obviously.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

October 2016: Kim is robbed in Paris

Kanye was performing in New York on 2nd October when he suddenly stops the show, citing a family emergency.

Kim had been held at gunpoint and robbed at a hotel in Paris in a harrowing ordeal. The robbers, later captured, stole millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery. Kanye rushed to be at her side; something she would do shortly after when Kanye was hospitalised with exhaustion, cancelling his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

January 2018: Chicago is born via surrogate

Rumours that Kimye were expecting their third child via surrogate began circulating in 2017, and on 15th January, Chicago West is born.

Kim later told Ellen de Generes that Chi’s name is a nod to Kanye’s hometown.

May 2018: Kanye worries Kim will leave after controversial slavery comments

Things weren’t looking too good for the couple mid-2018. Kanye went on ‘TMZ: Live’ and controversially says: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice” – later admitting he was worried Kim would leave him over the comment.

“There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?'” he told The New York Times.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

May 2019: Kimye welcome their fourth child via surrogate

Psalm West was born on 9th May 2019 via surrogate. Kim confirmed the news by posting: “He’s here and he’s perfect!” on Twitter.

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After Psalm was born, the couple celebrated their five-year anniversary by renewing their wedding vows in a small private ceremony.

July 2020: Kanye announces 2020 presidential race plans and the couple’s relationship deteriorates

Kanye announced he was running for president on 4th July.

After outlining his political aims to Forbes – including that he is anti-vaccine and pro-life – a source told Entertainment Tonight: “Kanye’s family will always support him in his endeavours but they also worry for him. The family is supportive of Kanye’s plan to run for president but they don’t agree with his recent interview.”

Shortly after, while discussing pro-life at his first political rally in South Carolina, Kanye said that he and Kim discussed aborting daughter North. Kim was reportedly shocked and furious.

After Kanye posted a series of cryptic messages on Twitter about Kim and her family, she released a statement regarding his mental health.

Kim wrote: “As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder… I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health… Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”

Kanye later publicly apologised to his wife on Twitter. He wrote: “I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me.

“To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.”

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

2021: Kim files for divorce from Kanye

In December 2020, a source told E! that Kim and Kanye were spending a lot of time apart, then in January 2021, multiple outlets reported that divorce was imminent.

Page Six broke the news that Kim was preparing to file for divorce and has hired high-profile divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who worked with Angelina Jolie in her divorce from Brad Pitt.

Kim then filed for divorce from Kanye in February, TMZ reported. A source said that Kim has requested joint legal and physical custody of their children, that they are ‘committed to coparenting together’, previously signed a pre-nup and remain on amicable terms.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's relationship timeline: From crushing on her when she worked as Brandy's assistant to their shocking divorce

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