Kim Kardashian’s Romantic History: From First Marriage, To Kanye West, & All The Men She’s Loved
Kim Kardashian’s romances have been front and center since the star rose to fame. Take a look back at the loves of Kim’s life from her first wedding to the end of her marriage with Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian‘s personal life has been in the public eye for over a decade. Ever since formally introducing herself in 2007 with the debut episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim has made herself known as a prominent socialite and powerful businesswoman. Over the years, Kim has enjoyed incredibly joyful highs and endured devastating lows.
Right now, Kim is likely undergoing an incredibly difficult moment in her life. After more than six years of marriage and four children, Kim has officially filed for divorce from her husband, Kanye West. As fans learn the news, take a look back at the men Kim has dated and married.
Years before KUWTK even started filming, Kim’s first marriage played out quite unexpectedly. Kim eloped with music producer Damon Thomas in a secret Las Vegas wedding in 2000. At the time, Kim was only 19 years old. Between her family’s disapproval and alleged abuse from Damon, the marriage didn’t last long at all. Damon eventually filed for divorce in 2003, with the legal proceedings finalized in 2004.
Kim Kardashian and Ray J’s romance spawned the infamous sex tape [AP Images].It wasn’t long after her divorce that Kim started dating singer Ray J. The pair met while Kim was working as Ray J’s sister, Brandy‘s, assistant. The pair dated on and off between 2005 and 2007, but circumstances got very difficult for the two after they split. In the time after their breakup, a sex tape that the former couple made leaked and was sold to Vivid Entertainment. Making the matter more precarious, the video leaked at the time that KUWTK debuted.
Nick Lachey and Kim Kardashian went on a few dates together in 2006 [Mega].Following his divorce from Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey had a memorable date with Kim! Although Nick himself said in an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that referring to Kim has his “ex” was “a little bit of a liberal use of the term,” he did share some insight from their date! The two went to see a movie in 2006, prior to Nick’s marriage to now-wife Vanessa Minillo, whom he wed in 2011. “I think we went on one date together,” he said. “She left about halfway through and went to the restroom, and then shockingly, there were 25 paparazzi when we left the theater,” he revealed. “I think there were other things in play on our little rendezvous.”
Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon dated for a few months in the late 2000s [AP Images].As Kim’s star began to rise thanks in large part to KUWTK, she started dating former Nickelodeon star Nick Cannon. The pair only dated for a few months, but Nick opened up about their time together and the reason for their split, years later. “This was my issue. We talked about this tape,” he shared during a 2013 appearance on The Howard Stern Show. “And she told me there was no tape. If she might have been honest with me, I might have tried to hold her down and be like ‘That was before me’ because she is a great girl. She’s actually one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” he continued. “But the fact that she lied and told me that there was no tape? And I still think she might have even had a part to play with [its release].”
Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush hand an on-again, off-again relationship [AP Images].Kim’s next beau was NFL star Reggie Bush, whom she dated on and off between 2007 and 2010. The two tried to make their relationship work as much as possible, but due to the demands of Reggie’s football career, and Kim’s continued success with KUWTK as well as new ventures, things fizzled out. But that didn’t stop rumors from swirling that Reggie was going to propose to Kim when they were together. The reality TV star, however, was quick to shut down rumors. “A radio interviewer asked what I dreamed for in 2010 and I was hesitant and thinking about it and they said what about ring,” she wrote on her old blog. “I said yes, a Superbowl ring for Reggie. Then they said that if he gets a Superbowl ring, I get an engagement and I said ‘ok deal!’”
Kim Kardashian dated Miles Austin in 2010 [Mega].After her relationship with Reggie, Kim had a short-lived romance with Miles Austin. The pair began dating during the summer of 2010. However, their romance fizzled by September of that year.
Kim supposedly had a short-lived fling with bodyguard Shengo Deane in 2010 [Splashnews].After her fling with Miles, Kim dated her bodyguard Shengo Deane! The pair were exactly serious, but the two allegedly shared a kiss. Shengo was Kim’s bodyguard during season five of KUWTK.
Kim Kardashian and Gabriel Aubry went on a few dates in late 2010 [Mega].Kim had a few dates with Gabriel Aubry in late 2010, after the model split from his former partner Halle Berry. The were seen at a Los Angeles Lakers game during their short-lived courtship. But the two fizzled out soon after.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were married for just 72 days [AP Images].After some casual flings and dating around after Reggie, Kim seemed to finally find her everlasting love. Kim started dating Kris Humphries in December 2010. The former couple’s relationship was chronicled in the press as well as on KUWTK. After only six months of dating, Kris was ready to take his romance with Kim to the next level. The NBA star proposed to Kim on an episode of KUWTK with a stunning a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz ring.
The two wed in August 2011, with the ceremony televised for viewers in an episode of KUWTK. Although the ceremony was positively stunning and the couple seemed so happy, Kim’s fairytale ending wasn’t meant to be with Kris. The couple’s marriage lasted a mere 72 days before Kim filed for divorce from Kris. In a May 2017 interview with Andy Cohen, Kim confessed that she knew her marriage wasn’t meant to last while she was on her honeymoon.
“At the time I didn’t even — I just thought, ‘Holy sh*t, I’m 30 years old. I better get this together; I better get married.’ I think a lot of girls do go through that — where they freak out and think they’re getting old and they have to figure it out,” she shared on Watch What Happens Live. “But I knew, like, [by the] honeymoon it wasn’t going to work out.” Kim and Kris’s divorce was finalized in June 2013, in the midst of a newfound relationship.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went from longtime friends to lovers, parents, and then husband and wife [MEGA].After her highly publicized split from Kris, Kim started dating her longtime friend Kanye West in the spring of 2012. Kim and Kanye ran in the same social circles for years before taking their friendship to the next level. It wasn’t long after the pair started dating that they hit a major milestone in their relationship and in their individual lives. On June 15, 2013, just over one year after they officially started dating, Kim and Kanye welcomed their precious daughter, North West, into the world.
Four months later, Kanye proposed to Kim on her 33rd birthday, and the couple wed less than a year later in May 2014 in a romantic ceremony at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Fans absolute fawned over the photos of the couple’s lavish wedding, and friends and family alike were so excited to see Kim and Kanye’s life together flourish.
After their romantic Italian nuptials, Kim and Kanye continued to expand their family. In December 2015, the couple welcomed their second child, son Saint. But Kim struggled with intense health complications during both of her first pregnancies, citing pre-eclampsia. As such, Kim’s physicians advised against her getting pregnant again. Kim and Kanye’s third child, daughter Chicago, was welcomed into the world on January 15, 2018 via surrogate, as was Kim and Kanye’s fourth child, son Psalm, born on May 9, 2019.
Kim and Kanye’s marriage has been the subject of tremendous media attention. The couple, however, always maintained a united front. And Kim has been incredibly supportive of Kanye’s fashion and music career, while also being honest about some of the struggles they face as Kanye continues to deal with his bipolar disorder. But after four kids and six years of marriage, it seems that their romance might be coming to an end.
Reports circulated on January 5 that Kim and Kanye were practically heading for a divorce. “He knows that she’s done. She has had enough, and she told him that she wants some space to figure out her future,” a source told People. “He’s okay. He’s sad, but okay. He knows the inevitable will happen, and he knows that it’s coming soon,” the source added of Kanye’s current state.
Just over one month after initial reports circulated that Kim and Kanye’s marriage was dissolving, news broke on February 19, 2021, that Kim reportedly filed for divorce. Kim requested joint physical and legal custody of the couple’s four children little ones — North, Saint, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1 — per sources from TMZ. It also seems that the split has been “amicable” and neither Kim nor Kanye has contested the prenup they signed. It’s a devastating end to one of Hollywood’s most well-known couples.
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