Kimye: A Love Story Timeline
They met, they married, they’ve graced the covers of magazines and they’ve become one of the most divisive, discussed celebrity power couples of the 21st century. But lost somewhere between the haters and the hype is the notion that the love story of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian may just be the fairy-tale romance of our time.
Kanye West is an artist who doesn’t shy away from expressing exactly what he’s thinking at any given moment, for better (saying truth to power about society’s ingrained racism) or worse (interrupting teenagers in the midst of accepting awards). But there’s always been a greater sadness that followed West around, particularly after the untimely death of his mother in 2007, and a sense that he was always searching for the right person to help rule his self-proclaimed kingdom. Finally, he found her — the perfect pop-culture princess.
Kardashian and her family are usually dismissed as, at best, “famous for being famous” and, at worst, shameless social climbers responsible for the decline of Western civilization. But Kim has built an unimpeachable brand and a business empire to match. Refusing to be waylaid by a sex tape, a highly-publicized marriage and divorce or a child born out of wedlock, Kardashian eschews the shame that’s heaped on her. She advocates for recognition of the Armenian genocide and is a frequent proponent of selfies as a tool of female empowerment. She’s found in West a man to spur her to be better in each aspect of her life — and he’s found the same. The pair are not only well-matched, but also seem to be truly, madly, deeply crazy in love.
So let’s take a look at how a rap genius and a reality TV star-turned-cultural icon ended up falling in love, infuriating critics, defying the odds, and breaking the Internet. We present a timeline of West and Kardashian’s romance — from flirting and courting to the coronation of the phenomenon known as “Kimye.”