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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: The Way They Were

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s romance quickly blossomed when they started dating in April 2012 — but they didn’t get their happily ever after.

The KKW Beauty founder opened up about her earliest memories with West during the Keeping Up With the Kardashians 10th anniversary special, which aired in 2017. “I met him I think in 2002 or 2003,” she recalled at the time. “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.”

Over the years, the duo dated other people before their paths crossed once again. After splitting from Kris Humphries in October 2011 after 72 days of marriage, Kardashian noticed her feelings for the “Jesus Walks” rapper start to fully form.

“I think I had to go through that to figure out what I wanted,” she explained on the KUWTK special in 2017. “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.”

The Grammy winner went on to propose on Kardashian’s 33rd birthday in October 2013, four months after her divorce from Humphries was finalized. Their wedding took place in Florence, Italy, in May 2014. During an interview on The Alec Baldwin Show in October 2018, the reality star got real about the need for balance in her relationship with West.

“I think being with a man like Kanye, you have to learn how to be a little bit not-so-independent,” she said at the time. “I’ve always been so independent and working, and [had a] schedule, and when you get married and have a husband that has their career and then have kids, your independence … you have to let it go. I had to learn that being with a man like Kanye.”

Kardashian and the Yeezy designer share daughters North, born in 2013, and Chicago, born in 2018, and sons Saint, born in 2015, and Psalm, born in 2019. In January 2021, Us Weekly exclusively reported that the California native was “done” with West and that they had “been living separate lives” for some time after facing a challenging year.

At the time, a source revealed that the pair were in settlement talks after Kardashian secured famed celeb divorce lawyer Laura Wasser on “retainer” in the summer of 2020. After weeks of speculation about the state of their marriage, the Skims CEO filed for divorce in February 2021.

Scroll down for to relive Kardashian and West’s sweetest PDA moments ahead of their split.

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