The Ups and Downs of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Over the Years: From Falling in Love to the Paris Robbery and Beyond

Over the years, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have gone through highs and lows.

Over the years, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have gone through highs and lows.

In the early 2000s, Ray J, the KKW Beauty mogul's ex, and Kardashian's friend Brandy, a singer, were working on a song together when West and Brandy met. After her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries came to an end, the two got back in touch years later. Kardashian traveled to Paris at the time to see West's fashion show.

"Kanye and I were conversing soon before I wed Kris Humphries, but I just took a different path. On the Keeping Up With the Kardashians 10th anniversary special in 2017, she said, "I think I had to go through that to figure out what I wanted. I was in a really depressed state following our separation when he told me to "just come to Paris and attend my fashion show."

"He jokes that he put on this whole fashion display simply to get a date with me," the businesswoman continued. We so began dating because I traveled there and stayed with him. I swear, as soon as I touched down, I fell head over heels in love with him and thought, "Oh, my God." Why didn't I act upon this earlier?" Like, this is how real life really is—filled with love, joy, and genuine support.

In the spring of 2012, the couple started dating, and Us Weekly announced in December that Kardashian was expecting the couple's first child, North. The rapper from the song "Gold Digger" proposed to Kardashian four months after welcoming North. The union took place in May 2014 in Italy.

As their marriage developed, the couple had problems trying to start a family. Despite having given birth to her son Saint in 2015, Kardashian would give birth to daughters Chicago and Psalm via surrogate in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

On Laura Wasser's "All's Fair" podcast in February 2020, she said, "You get your surrogate attorney, you get your surrogate broker, and then the broker recommended that we employ a therapist who would talk with me first, then communicate with her, and kind of be our liaison." We eventually grew close enough to one other to converse well without it.

Over the years, the two-faced challenges together and overcame them, including a 2016 incident in which Kardashian was held at gunpoint in a hotel room in Paris. Upon learning of the terrifying situation, West abruptly interrupted his New York concert and ran to his wife's side.

The Grammy winner declared his candidacy for president of the United States in July 2020. He shared a highly intimate anecdote about how he and Kardashian discussed terminating their baby North during a campaign event in South Carolina. After that, he launched into a Twitter tirade in which he asserted that Kardashian had attempted to have a "doctor lock me up" as a result of his actions at the South Carolina event.

In February 2021, Kardashian and West officially filed for divorce following months of separation rumors.

View Kardashian and West's ups and downs over the years by scrolling down.

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Early Starting

After initially meeting through Brandy in the early 2000s, the couple kept in touch. Kardashian claims she spoke with West before she wed Humphries, but their marriage dissolved in October 2011 and she eventually reconnected with the Yeezy designer. In April 2012, the pair announced their relationship to the world.

Future Parents

Kardashian's pregnancy with the couple's first child was revealed by Us in December 2012. In June 2013, they welcomed North.

Romantic Relationship

In October 2013, West prepared the most romantic proposal for Kardashian. At the time, he took the reality star to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. At the stadium, a placard proclaimed, "PLEASE MARRY MEEE!"

All of Kardashian's close friends and family were present.

Imaginary Wedding

In May 2014, the pair exchanged vows at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Kardashian wore a Givenchy gown that was about $500,000 in value. The wedding is thought to have cost $12 million.

Obstetrical Complications

Kardashian experienced serious health problems while carrying North and Saint. When discussing the prospect of having a third child with Allure in October 2017, she said: "I would like to, but I've had lots and heaps of issues. Preeclampsia affected me. Additionally, I experienced placenta accreta. We looked at surrogacy. We are considering it.

Through a surrogate, both Chicago and Psalm arrived.

Being at odds with Taylor Swift

West interrupted Swift's 2009 VMAs acceptance speech, although they afterward seemed to get along. At the 2015 VMAs, the "Lover" singer even gave him an award. They ran into trouble, though, when West in his 2016 song "Famous" made a disparaging remark about Swift. Following Swift's response to the offensive statement, footage of Swift appearing to give West permission to use the line was leaked by Kim Kardashian. Swift would later address the conflict in songs for her 2017 album Reputation.

In a Tumblr post from June 2019, Swift criticized Kardashian for "orchestrating the leak of an illegally recorded sample of a phone call." Swift stated that she "was telling the truth the whole time" in her Instagram Stories after full footage of the frenemies' call leaked in the year that followed. In the meantime, Kardashian tweeted in Swift's support and said that she was "really lying."

Kim's Unsettling Robbery with a Gun

For Paris Fashion Week in October 2016, Kardashian took a plane to France. One evening, she was by herself in her hotel room when men posing as police officers forced their way in and robbed her. Before leaving the scene, they tied her up and locked her in the restroom.

West abruptly ended his performance at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York after learning the news. West apologized to the crowd at the time. I apologize. Due to a family emergency, I must end the show.

In a subsequent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians from March 2017, Kardashian will describe the terrifying incident. She said, "I witnessed two guys holding down another person in police gear, right outside my bedroom, five feet away." I got out of bed and grabbed my phone, saying, "I don't know how to call 911 in a foreign country. I then contacted Pascal [Duvier], [my bodyguard], and the man entered, took the phone from me, and put me on the bed. This is it, I thought.

Hospitalization of Kanye

In November 2016, West was treated for severe tiredness at the UCLA Medical Center. West vented about Jay Z and Beyoncé at a concert in Sacramento, California, just before being admitted to the hospital. Additionally, he postponed the final dates of his Saint Pablo Tour.

According to a source who spoke to Us, his stress level, Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery, and the anniversary of his mother's passing all played a part in his collapse. Since the robbery in Paris, "he's been rattled up," the insider claimed. "It affected him just as much as Kim. He went into a spiral at the thought that anything could happen to her. He was having nightmares about it and wasn't sleeping.

Beside President Trump

West gained notoriety for his contentious backing of President Donald Trump. The rapper even called Trump his "brother" and claimed that they have "dragon energy" in April 2018. Despite saying she wouldn't support Trump in the 2016 election, Kardashian eventually went to the White House to collaborate with the former reality TV star on improving jail reform.

The Mental Health of Kanye

On his 2018 album Ye, West disclosed that he has bipolar disorder. Later, he discussed these issues in detail on David Letterman's Netflix program My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. He stated in May 2019 that "I wouldn't be able to explain that as much merely because, you know, I'm not a doctor." "I can only tell you how I'm feeling at the moment, and while I'm ramping up, I sense a stronger connection to the cosmos. It is a medical concern.

"This is like having a sprained ankle or brain," continued West. Additionally, you won't exert additional pressure on someone who has a sprained ankle. When our brain begins to sprain, people try their hardest to make it worse.

Divergent Points of View

The two argued over Kardashian's Met Gala outfit from May 2019 on a Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode from October 2019. As "someone who is married and in love and the father of what's going to be four babies," West claimed he didn't like the attire, but Kardashian retaliated by saying she didn't "need any more negative energy" the day before the event.

Then West stated that when her "images are too attractive," it "affects" him. But Kardashian persisted in defending her position. She responded, "You made me into a confident, sexy person. I'm not at the same place as you just because you're on a journey and going through a transition, you know?"

West attacked Kardashian's previous Playboy photoshoot on Twitter nine months later. He uploaded a picture of themselves with their four kids and wrote, "We'll never do Playboy."

Heading West

In November 2019, the "Stronger" rapper invested in a Wyoming ranch. The couple frequently visited with their kids there, and they extended an invitation to their extended family to visit in June 2020.

Fostering Each Other's Successes

Forbes verified that Kardashian's net worth had climbed to $900 million when she sold a portion of her KKW Beauty business to Coty in June. West tweeted his congratulations to her and expressed how "proud" he was of her for becoming a millionaire.

Prior to this, Kardashian gushed about a partnership between Gap and West's Yeezy clothing line. This cooperation is Kanye's fantasy come true because of how much he values the Gap and Yeezy, she tweeted. I'm extremely happy for him.

Run for President

In July 2020, West made his presidential campaign official. Later that month, he gained notoriety for a string of absurd claims he made at a South Carolina campaign rally. At the political gathering, he asserted that Harriet Tubman "simply had the slaves go work for other white people" and "never genuinely emancipated the slaves." Additionally, he claimed that his abortion "nearly killed" his daughter North.

Kardashian was "very furious with Kanye for talking about their personal lives and for making topics that are very personal to them and their family public," according to a source who spoke to Us.

Crazy Twitter rant from Kanye

After his speech in South Carolina, West posted a number of incoherent posts on Twitter. In one post, he asserted that after he made the remarks at the political gathering, Kardashian attempted to have a doctor "lock" him up.

Kim and her family believe that he has crossed a line by disparaging them in public and discussing sensitive family concerns with the public, despite the fact that she has worked so hard to support him, a source told Us. She currently feels helpless.

Supporting Him

In July 2020, West continued to make allegations on Twitter against Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, prompting the KKW Beauty CEO to issue a statement on the musician's battles with bipolar disorder.

Because I am very protective of our children and Kanye's right to privacy when it comes to his health, I have never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home. She opened her Instagram Stories by saying, "But today, I feel like I should speak on it because of the stigma and misconceptions around mental health. The family is helpless unless the member is a minor, according to those who are familiar with mental illness or even obsessive conduct.

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Keeping Company

A source told Us that the couple is back on track after taking a joint trip to the Dominican Republic in August 2020. The troubles they were dealing with run deeper than that and regrettably won't just be resolved with a trip, according to one person. "Their vacation absolutely helped put things at ease for the time being," the source said. However, Kim ultimately wants to keep everyone together and work things out for their children. "Their marriage obviously experienced some difficulties and was just hanging on with Kanye not being able to completely be present for their family," says a source.

Another insider claims that Kardashian and West "decided" to quit discussing politics in order to focus on their marriage.

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Cutting Point

Us received confirmation from numerous sources in January 2021 that Kardashian and West were divorcing. For many months now, they have been leading different lives. The beauty mogul was "done dealing with Kanye's erratic behavior," a source said at the time, adding that Kim and Kanye "haven't been on the same page for a while now."

Formally Concluded

In February 2021, one month after Us Weekly revealed that Kardashian was "done" with her marriage to her spouse of six years, she filed for divorce.

Details of Divorce

Kardashian urged the judge to enforce their prenuptial agreement, end the court's ability to grant spousal maintenance, and grant them joint legal and physical custody of their four children. In April 2021, West reacted to the filing and asked for the same custody and spousal support terms that his estranged wife had proposed.

Being Open

Kardashian opened up about her relationship with West during a June 2021 episode of KUWTK after sister Khloé Kardashian observed her "struggling quietly behind [the] camera." Kim broke her silence regarding her marriage after initially remaining coy throughout the season.

She said, "I just honestly can't do this anymore. "Why am I still here, where I have been for years? For instance, he relocates to a new state each year. To raise the kids, I really need to be together. He's a fantastic father and has done a fantastic job. I only believe that he deserves someone who will back up his every decision, follow him around, and relocate to Wyoming. I'm not able to accomplish it. I truly feel like a failure. My third marriage is an f-king joke. Yes, I truly feel like a loser. But I'm unable to even consider that. I want to be content.

Family Gathering

The separated couple met up with their children in San Francisco in July 2021 for a private art exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. At the time, a source exclusively told Us, "They came in as a typical family who was there to have fun." "They had a terrific time with the kids, and everyone appeared to be happy and cheerful. The youngsters were giggling and running around.

Magical Music

In July 2021, Kardashian attended West's Donda listening and release party in Atlanta. The reality star shared videos from the venue on social media while sitting in the stadium with the couple's four young children and her sister Khloé Kardashian.

As his music played across the stadium during the ceremony, West remained motionless. His songs contain lyrics about his life as a recently single guy and "lost my family." His late mother's voice may be heard on one song, saying, "No matter what, you never abandon your family."

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