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Much like your favorite pair of Uggs, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s relationship has been around forever and refuses to give up. Considering they work in an industry where the average marriage lasts 8 months (or in Kim and Kris Humphries’ case, 72 days), it’s a miracle that these two are still going strong—guess they’re just that in love. But really, Kim and Kanye have been together for almost a decade, and they have four super cute kids with totally normal names, oh and once they trapped Kenny G in their home in the name of romance. Their relationship deserves to be preserved in the annals of American history, but in the meantime here’s a timeline.
Kim and Kanye meet on set of a Brandy music video. “I met him, I think, in 2002 or 2003,” she told Ryan Seacrest during the KUWTK anniversary special. “He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend. I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they did a video together, so I’d see him a few times. He was asking his friends: ‘Who is this Kim Kardajan?’ He didn’t know what my name was.”
Kim and Kanye bond while working on a pilot for something questionable-sounding called Alligator Boots.
“We had met before this project (back in 2003),” Kim said on her website. “But I would say this is when we first really connected.”
Kim marries Kris Humphries for an iconic 72 days, but admits she was simultaneously having feelings for Kanye, whoops! Here’s how she remembered it during the KUWTK anniversary special:
Right before I got married to Kris Humphries, [Kanye and I] were talking, and I just went a different direction. I think I had to go through that to figure out what I wanted. After my breakup, I was feeling really low and down and he said, ‘Just come to Paris and see my fashion show.’ He jokes that he put on this whole fashion show just to get a date with me. So I went there and I stayed with him, and that’s where we started dating. I swear from the moment I landed, I fell madly in love with him and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, why didn’t I do this sooner?’ Like, this is what real life is like—love and fun and real support.
Kim and Kanye go public with their love and Kanye releases “Cold,” where he raps “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.”
Naturally, everyone assumes that last line is Kris Humphries shade since he was playing for the Brooklyn Nets at the time, a NBA team that Jay Z owned.
Before long, Kanye starts showing up on KUWTK to clean out Kim’s closet and revamp her fashion:
December 30, 2012
Kanye reveals that Kim is pregnant with their first child while performing on stage in Atlantic City, telling everyone to “stop the music and make noise for my baby mama.” Here, enjoy this not-that-great video of the announcement:
May 6, 2013
Kim and Kanye attend their very first Met Gala as a couple. For reasons no one will ever understand, Kim wears this:
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June 15, 2013
Kim and Kanye welcome their daughter North West into the world, and Kim releases her first baby photo on Kris Jenner’s short-lived talk show:
While we’re here, can someone start a petition real quick to bring Kris’s show back? I feel robbed.
October 21, 2013
Kanye spends $3 million to propose to Kim by renting out a football stadium and putting “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” on the jumbotron. Not at all extra!
May 24, 2014
Kim and Kanye get married in Italy and the photos are literally TO DIE FOR.
December 5, 2015
Kim gives birth to her second child, Saint West, and a couple of months later, she shares the very first photo of him on her now-defunct website. Look at this lil cutie:
February 16, 2016
A source tells People that Kim is sick of Kanye’s Twitter rants: “What causes friction in the marriage, however, is Kanye’s compulsive tweeting,” the source says. “Kim can’t stand it. She is all for self-promotion, but doesn’t approve of Twitter drama.”
Kanye and Kim’s fall pretty much sucks. Kim is robbed at gunpoint in Paris and Kanye is hospitalized for exhaustion. “Kanye and Kim had a stressful few months,” a source told People. “It’s been a tense time. But Kim is happy he’s getting help.”
February 5, 2017
Kanye crushes his Valentine’s Day gift to Kim, giving her a literal wall of flowers to pose with:
October 13, 2017
Kim and Kanye get a little flirty after she posts THIS photo to Instagram:
And then Kanye writes THIS on Twitter:
December 26, 2017
Kanye gives Kim stocks for Christmas. ROMANCE IS ALIVE!
January 15, 2018
Kim and Kanye welcome their daughter Chicago via surrogate, and Kim shares her first picture on social media with a Snapchat filter.
May 24, 2018
Kanye writes a sweet anniversary tweet in Kim’s honor:
Rumors that Kim and Kanye are going through a rough patch hit the internet, but Kris shuts them TF down. “I think they’re just so solid,” she said. “They’re so connected, and they love each other very much, and they have a family that they’re committed to. They’re committed to one another, and people, you’re not always going to agree with each other forever. You’re going to have differences. You’re going to have things that pop up. You’re going to have hiccups. There’s a lot of things in life as human beings that we all deal with, especially if we have a partner, a spouse. I think they’re so committed to one another that things like that probably bring them closer together.” Well, guess that settles that.
September 5, 2018
Kim leaves the thirstiest comment ever on Kanye’s Instagram, shaking the internet to its very core:
February 15, 2019
Kanye kidnaps Kenny G and traps him in a room full of roses with no means of escape in the name of Valentine’s Day. Help.
May 10, 2019
Kim and Kanye welcome their fourth child, Psalm, who is born via surrogate. Here’s his debut pic!
August 25, 2019
Kim gets a lil flirty on Instagram:
Annnnd that about brings us up to date. We’ll be updating this very important timeline as Kimye’s relationship progresses, obviously.