Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: a timeline of their relationship

Anna Lewis And Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Cosmopolitan

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian from Keeping Up With The Kardashians have been on our celebrity radar for well over a decade, welcoming four children in that time and amassing news attention at almost every turn.

Here's a look back at their relationship timeline, from how they first met to the most recent divorce rumours.

October 2010 - Kim and Kanye meet for the first time while she's filming Keeping Up With The Kardashians. At the time Kim was dating model Gabriel Aubry and Kanye had just split up with Amber Rose, so nothing happened.

April 2012 - All was quiet, and the pair were doing their own thing for nearly two years. Kim married Kris Humphries and Kanye did this and that. But in April 2012 Kanye released the track 'Theraflu', revealing the lyrics, "And I'll admit, I fell in love with Kim 'round the same time she had fell in love wit' him. Well, that's cool, baby girl, do ya thing."

"Him" being Kris.

The next day, Kim responded to the song on The Today Show, saying, "Kanye and I have been friends for years, and you never know what the future holds or where my life will take me. I like the song."

April 2012 - That same month, Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian addressed rumours that the pair were dating. She told Ellen DeGeneres: "We've known Kanye forever. He's been a great family friend. I think they're cute together. They're compatible."

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Photo credit: Timothy Hiatt - Getty Images

Soon after Kim and Kanye made their first public appearance as a couple while out and about in New York.

July 2012 - Kim and Kanye go on their first mini-break! The couple head to Mexico for a nice little holiday.

December 2012 - Kanye breaks the news that Kim's pregnant with the couple's first baby during a show in Atlanta. Kim later confirms the news on her website, writing, "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. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!!"

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Photo credit: Denise Truscello - Getty Images

April 2013 - Kim and Kris finally reach a divorce settlement.

June 2013 - Kim's divorce from Kris is finalised at last. But the couple can't celebrate for long as rumours that Kanye's cheated on Kim with model Leyla Ghobadi start doing the rounds.

Kanye's rep says, "This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit. It's a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by noncredible 'news' sources. This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives."

June 2013 - Later that month their baby daughter is born! She's a little earlier than she was supposed to be, but she's perfectly healthy. A week later we find out her name is North West.

August 2013 - The first picture of baby North is released! We get to see her chubby little cheeks for the first time on Kris Jenner's chat show when Kanye appears as a guest.

Photo credit: Kim Kardashian
Photo credit: Kim Kardashian

October 2013 - Kim and Kanye get engaged in a surprise proposal at San Francisco's AT&T park. She shares the exciting news on Instagram by posting a snap of her 15-carat diamond ring and the words, "Please marry me" on the big screen in the background.

November 2013 - Kim appears in Kanye's video for Bound 2. Topless...

March 2014 - The couple set a date for their upcoming wedding: 24th May. They decide they'll marry in Paris. That same month the couple appear on the cover of Vogue, and Kim's wearing a wedding dress!

May 2014 - Kim and Kanye tie the knot in front of family and friends.

They decide to keep their honeymoon low-key. They spend it in Ireland and Prague; watching movies together and dining out.

June 2014 - North celebrates her first birthday with a Coachella-inspired party.

May 2015 - Kim announces she's pregnant with the couple's second child! The news comes via a teaser trailer of KUWTK on 31st May.

June 2015. The couple reveal they're having a baby boy!

December 2015. Kim and Kanye welcome their son on 5th December. Kim lets her fans know that she and the baby are doing well, and two days later, they reveal the little boy has been named Saint West.

February 2016. Kim shares the very first photo of Saint on her Instagram, and he's adorable of course.

The same month, Kanye debuts a new track by the name of Famous, and its lyrics include the following: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous."

Kanye claims that he sought Taylor Swift's approval before the song's release : "I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."

May 2016 - Kim and Kanye celebrate their two-year anniversary.

August 2016 - The couple appear on the cover of the September edition of Harper's Bazaar. In the interview, Kanye says: "I love [Kim's] nude selfies. Like, I love the ones from the side, the back ones, and the front. I just love seeing her naked; I love nudity. And I love beautiful shapes. I feel like it's almost a Renaissance thing, a painting, a modern version of a painting. I think it's important for Kim to have her figure. To not show it would be like Adele not singing."

October 2016 - Kim is robbed at gunpoint while staying in Paris for Fashion Week. Following this terrifying ordeal, Kim keeps a low-profile and hardly uses her social media accounts or appears in public.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

November 2016. Kanye cancels the rest of his Saint Pablo tour, and is hospitalised "for his own health and safety". Paramedics take Kanye to the UCLA Medical Center via ambulance for a psychiatric evaluation. Kim rushes to the hospital to be by her husband's side. This means she is forced to cancel her first proper public appearance at the Angel Ball in Ney York, which was being held to honour her father, Rob Kardashian.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Early December 2016 - Kanye is released from hospital and returns to live with Kim, Saint and North in their LA mansion. Later that week, rumours start to spread that their marriage might be on the rocks when a source tells Us Weekly Kim is trying to "build a case for full custody of the kids North and Saint" because she "doesn't want to stay married to him".

December 2016 - Kim's BFF Jonathan Cheban rubbishes divorce rumours and tells E! News: "I just FaceTimed with Kim and Kanye and everyone's talking about some divorce rumours and I was laughing because I didn't hear that all day and I guess everybody else apparently here did and it's so funny to me because it's so not true.

"They're in good spirits. I don't want to talk much about them because it's not my business but I do have to say that the divorcing is kind of hysterical, that I will mention, because I just spoke to both of them on FaceTime literally before I was coming here and when I heard that I literally burst out laughing."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

April 2017 - Kim opens up in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians about her struggle with pregnancy and why doctors have advised they should consider surrogacy if they want another child.

"I think I always knew that surrogacy was an option, but I didn't think it was that realistic of an option, and now I feel like that's my reality", she said at the time.

24th May 2017 - Kim shares an adorable tribute to Kanye on their third wedding anniversary.

8th June 2017 - Kim posts a super-sweet message on Instagram to celebrate Kanye's 40th birthday.

22nd June 2017 - Rumours that Kim and Kanye have hired a surrogate mother to have their third child start doing the rounds. say the couple have agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child.

6th September 2017 - TMZ say Kim and Kanye will welcome baby number three in January, though the couple have still not confirmed the news themselves.

A source tells People, "The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate.

"Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process."

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Photo credit: Raymond Hall - Getty Images

24th September 2017- Kim reveals the exact moment she fell in love with Kanye. Speaking on a special 10th anniversary episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim asks herself, "Why didn't I do this sooner?"

28th September 2017 - Kim confirms she and Kanye are expecting their third baby! In a teaser for KUWTK season 14, Kim can be seen FaceTiming with sis Khloé to tell her the good news. “What happens every time I say, ‘Guess what?’" Kim asks. Khloé immediately knows what’s up: “The person’s pregnant?” Bingo.

13th November 2017 - Kim throws herself an extravagant baby shower in the shape of a cherry-blossom-themed soiree.

15th November 2017 - Kim reveals the gender of her first child, telling Ellen DeGeneres their surrogate is carrying a girl.

She says, "We had a baby shower over the weekend, and I thought, ‘You know, I really do want to have a baby shower because I want [North] to feel that something’s coming and for her to really understand it’,” Kardashian said. “So people brought toys and gifts and she was opening them all up the next day. She said, ‘Mum, since baby sister’s not here, I think I need all of the toys in my room and I’ll play with them and just make sure they’re all OK for baby sister.’"

20th November 2017 - Kim's surrogate didn't know who she was carrying the baby for initially.

"She didn’t know at the beginning. She didn’t know. You could do it totally anonymously. You could go that route", Kardashian revealed on The Real. "And I just felt like, whoever is carrying my baby, what if they weren’t a fan of me or my husband? What if they didn’t want to be carrying our baby? I wanted to give them that choice, and be proud and on the same page. I wanted a relationship with her."

11th December 2017 - Kim opens up about how frustrating having a surrogate can feel, saying on KUWTK, "Of course I want to know every last detail that's going on with my baby and that's super frustrating, but I really trust my surrogate and I don't want to be that person that's trying to control her every move. It's going to be a long hard process but I'm going to take it one day at a time and hopefully it just gets easier."

29th December 2017 - Kim Kardashian shares an adorable family portrait with husband Kanye West and children North and Saint, along with the caption: 'Happy Holidays'.

15th January 2018 - Kim and Kanye welcome their third baby! Kim tweets a link to her website where she says: "January 15, 2018. 12:47am. 7lbs 6oz. Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister. Love, Kim Kardashian West."

April 2018 - Kim shares the first video of baby Chicago. Kim can be heard in the background saying, "Say hi! Say hi, cutie!" while the three-month-old grins and kicks her legs.

24th May 2018 - It's Kim and Kanye's fourth wedding anniversary, and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star celebrates with never-before-seen photos from their big day. Congrats, guys!

"4 years down and forever to go.... Thank you babe for giving me our family and caring so much about us. Thank you for inspiring me on a daily, I’m so lucky. I can’t wait for forever... Happy Anniversary", Kim wrote.

10th May 2019 - Kim reveals the pair have welcomed a fourth child via surrogate! Kim and Kanye’s surrogate went into labour a few days before, and Kim tweeted that their baby boy is here, and he's "perfect". She later added, "He’s also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her."

Kim later revealed on Instagram that his name is Psalm.

July 2020 - Kanye sparks speculation that their marriage is in a bad way when delivering an emotional speech at his first presidential campaign rally. He also tweeted a series of allegations directed at Kim and also Kris Jenner, said he wanted to divorce his wife of six years, and admitted that the pair almost had an abortion with North. He later apologised to his wife in a series of tweets, writing:

"I would like to apologise 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."

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Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

Kim later took to Instagram Stories to address Kanye's mental health, writing:

"Living with bipolar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his dreams have come true. We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with in times when they need it the most.

"I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for your understanding. With love and gratitude, Kim Kardashian West."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

October 2020 - Kanye wishes Kim a happy 40th birthday with a sweet throwback snap to their engagement. "Been doing empty stadiums Happy 40th birthday!!! I love you so much," he wrote.

He also surprised Kim with a hologram of her late father Rob Kardashian to celebrate.

January 2021 - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly getting a divorce after six years of marriage, Page Six reports. The American publication's source says "divorce is imminent" and adds that Kim "has hired [celebrity divorce attorney] Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks."

The source continued that the pair spent Christmas separately, with Kim staying in LA with her family and Kanye relocating to his ranch in Wyoming. "Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done."

So far, neither Kim or Kanye have publicly spoken out about divorce rumours, but we have reached out to reps for comment.

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