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Kimye's best moments for a nostalgic Valentine's Day

The divorced-to-be couple has been a piece of pop culture history

Kimye's best moments for a nostalgic Valentine's Day The divorced-to-be couple has been a piece of pop culture history

The celebrity couple was constantly on the crest of the wave, thanks to their unique connection and strong media presence, seems to have reached the end of their story. She is a reality-superstar and businesswoman, he is an internationally recognized rapper and designer: Kim and Kanye are officially together since 2014, and they share a ten-year history as well as a 320-acre villa in the Hidden Hills in Calabasas, 4 children and a 2,1 billion dollars net worth. The couple stunned the entire world out by announcing their divorce in January 2021, due to Kanye’s recent instability. The union, which initially seemed weak given the previous Kim’s marriage history, with 2 divorces behind her back, will definitely end an era in which the two were a symbol of American aesthetics and the power of influence. Waiting to know how it will end, let’s collect the couple’s most important moments in time.


Day 0 - 2002

The couple met for the first time during the music video "Talk About Our Love" recording, by Brandy feat. Kanye in 2002. Kanye, who was unaware of Kim’s fame, immediately fell in love with her and began asking around "Who is this Kim Kardijion?". The two start hanging as friends, nothing more. She was still married to hip-hop producer Damon Thomas. 


Star Wars made them closer - 2008

In 2008, Kanye was involved in the Muppets' comedy show Alligator Boots. The production had reserved the role of Princess Leia to a famous actress, but Kanye insisted on the fundamental presence of his "dream girl". "It was a moment in which we really bonded" Kim admits in a tweet, where she remembers the shooting, commenting "awwww those memories".


Lights, camera, action - 2011

In 2011, Kim married Brooklyn Nets player Kris Humphries. The rapper tried several times to dissuade Kim from getting married, also sending her photos of basketball players who aged badly... The reality star got married anyway, but then divorced after only 72 days, admitting to "have feelings for Kanye in the meantime". She subsequently met the rapper in Paris, where " we started to officially hang out at that moment" Kim tells Ryan Seacrest during the KUWTK 10 years special.


The first public dates - 2012

2012 is the year of big announcements. Kim and Kanye make their first public appearances, the first was in May at a Lakers game at the Staples Center, before debuting on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. But the real official public appearance of the two was at the Met Ball in 2013, where Kim was eight months pregnant, wearing a floral dress by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci for the theme "Punk Chaos to Couture", that unleashed a flood of negative retweet.


Bound 2 music video - 2013

An extremely sexy music video, that consecrated them as a media power couple. Kanye rapped riding a motorcycle in the desert and Kim danced over him, wearing light washed jeans, only. Pop culture embraces the extreme explicit essence of the music-video by reacting with memes and parodies. James Franco and Seth Rogen also engaged in one of them.


North’s arrival - 2013

Kanye announces the girlfriend’s pregnancy on December 30th, 2012, stopping his concert in Atlantic City shouting: "Stop everything and make some noise for my baby mama" in her unique and histrionic way of expressing. This excited announcement refutes the rumors that saw him not wanting children at all, and the abortion allegations. A few months later, on June 15th, 2013, the couple welcomed their first daughter, North West. 


The proposal and the first cover of Vogue - 2014

Kanye rented the T&T Stadium in San Francisco to propose to Kim. The ceremony, perhaps of the most extra in engagement events history, included a symphony orchestra and a "Please marry me" on the stadium’s jumboscreen. About nine months later, Kimye earned the April 2014 Vogue cover shot by Annie Leibowitz and the record of first interracial couple to occupy this place of honour. 


The wedding - 2014

Wedding preparations were crazy, with a bachelorette party held at the Château de Wideville by Valentino Garavani and a reharsal dinner in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles. The wedding was held in Italy, in the beautiful location of the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, on May 24th, 2014, where Kim and Kanye wore respectively a wedding dress by Maison Margiela and a Givenchy suit. Their “husband and wife” kiss photo reached 1.9 million likes on Instagram, and is remembered as one of the most liked photos on IG (record then beaten by her sister Kylie, with the first photo of her daughter Stormi, 18,544,550 like).


First controversies

In sickness as in health, Kim and Kanye were so solid, even in their business life. Despite bipolar disorder, Kim has always supported her husband in every controversial situation. Kim protected Kanye in the media friction with Taylor Swift, first with an interview with GQ and then on her Snapchat, proving the false testimonies of the country singer after the release of “Famous”. Kim was by Kanye’s side even after his many uncomfortable statements about black slavery, as well as when he exposed his sympathy for Trump’s republican policies and his willingness to enter politics. Kim supported him to the point of brushing up on her law knowledge: on her father’s footprints, who has gained popular recognition thanks to his O.J Simpson case defense, Kim advocated for several criminal justice campaigns in 2019, admitting “I felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more”, she told to CNN. 


Pregnancies via surrogate - 2018/2019

Kim and Kanye have always wanted a big family and have never backed down in the face of innovative and potentially controversial choices. That’s why even after the diagnosis of placenta accreta, capable of causing abortions, the two did not lose heart and faced two pregnancies via surrogate. In 2018 Chicago West was born and in 2019 the little Psalm entered the Klan.


Yeezy campaigns - from 2018

Kim is Kanye’s muse and his biggest source of publicity. Her street-style looks like a constant ode to her husband’s designs, and every public appearance is a product placement. The couple’s incredible media coverage makes it very easy for Yeezy to create any advertising campaign, and they also took inspiration from reality to do so, as the various Yeezy Seasons show. Yeezy Season 6 was the proof of it, where a selected group of friends, celebrities and influencers recreated the paparazzi shots in which Kim debuted for the first time the Yeezy’s looks in December 2018, styled by Carine Roitfeld.


Significant gifts and 40th birthday - 2020

During their ten-year marriage, Kanye gave Kim the most precious things, which first shaped the eccentric Californian princess style into today’s charismatic and minimal businesswoman. Several Cartier bracelets, diamond chokers, necklaces, rings and earrings, an Hèrmes Birkin customized by George Kondo and another one by North, a condo in Miami, 6 Mercedes and half of the shares of Yeezy, received by Kim as a gift for Mother’s Day 2018. The giga-gift arrived after her refusing the sponsorship of another brand. Her Yeezy percentage of shares arrived with a card stating: "Thank you for not collaborating with anyone else", and a million dollars check. But nothing was good as the gift Kanye gave Kim for her 40th birthday, a hologram of his late father Robert Kardashian, which Kim commented as "the most felt gift ever received".