Social media is agog with the latest news about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s divorce process. The US rapper and the reality TV star mutually agreed to end their seven-year marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences” as one reason for their split.
On February 19, Kim filed a divorce petition against Kanye while also requesting joint legal and physical custody of their four children, North, aged seven; Saint, five; Chicago, three; and Psalm, one. A month after Kim petitioned for divorce, Kanye responded and agreed to the terms of joint custody. The former couple also decided not to contest their prenuptial arrangement and seek spousal support as they kept their properties separate throughout their marriage.
The now-divorced couple is one of the most famous couples globally, both successful in their multiple businesses, making their marriage one of the most closely followed. They first met in 2003 when Kim was working as Brandy’s assistant. The two instantly became friends as Kim was still married to her ex-husband Damon Thomas at the time.
In 2013, Kanye admitted he had a crush on Kim from the moment he saw her and told Ryan Seacrest, “I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time.” However, after her divorce, they remained friends, with Kanye expressing his feelings for her through a verse on Keri Hilson’s single “Knock You Down,” as he reportedly asked her to leave her then-boyfriend, NFL star Reggie Bush.
When Kim again got engaged to her NBA player boyfriend, Kris Humphries, the Atlanta-born rapper admitted he tried to dissuade Kim, whom he was still friends with, from going through with the marriage. He sent her photos of old basketball players who haven’t aged well, hoping to convince her to reconsider her engagement.
In 2012, Kim started her divorce proceeding with her 72-day husband Humphries and this time, Kanye openly rapped about falling in love with Kim in the song “Cold.” In April of the same year, the pair were caught on camera together during an outing in New York City.
Although they kept the details of their relationship hush first, the pair started getting cozy and were spotted together at several events, including Kim’s Vogue Italia shoot. Kim’s sisters also hinted they were an item as the rapper started attending the Kardashians’ family events.
In June 2012, Kim announced their relationship by calling herself a “proud girlfriend” on Twitter. By December, the excited lovebirds announced that they were expecting their first child together. After they welcomed their first daughter, North West, in 2013, Kanye pulled all the stops and officially asked Kim to be his wife in an elaborate proposal where he rented out the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.
As their romance took off, the couple became the first biracial couple to be featured on the cover of Vogue, and their wedding picture, which showed them kissing against a backdrop of a gorgeous wall of flowers, broke Instagram records as the most-liked Instagram photo at the time, with over 2 million likes.
Throughout their marriage, Kim and Kanye have stood up for each other and openly expressed support and celebrated each other, giving a new meaning to the phrase “through thick and thin.” Now that their divorce proceeding is underway, Kim and Kanye remain amicable toward each other by putting their children first.