With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re feeling all nostalgic and reflective about some of our favorite celebrity romances. Nearly first in our minds — given the buzz surrounding their pregnancy — are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. As we munch on candy hearts and chocolate kisses, let’s take a stroll down memory lane through the journey of Kimye from buds to baby-making love monkeys.
Pre-2011: Kim and Kanye have been friends for a long time, and even offered fashion advice to Kim and her sisters when they opened their DASH boutique in NYC. While Kim denies the two were anything more than friends before 2012, Kanye’s ex Amber Rose has a different story. Amber says Kanye and Kim were romantically involved back in 2010, while Kim was still dating NFL star Reggie Bush.
October 2011: Kim files for divorce from Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage.
December 2011: Kanye and Kim reportedly go to a Jay-Z concert together, where Kanye was said to be “eating Kim up like she was a piece of cake.”
March 2012: Kimye spotted together in Paris. Nearly a year later, Kim will post pictures in her Instagram feed of the two of them riding go-carts together like typical young lovers... you know, if typical young lovers got to ride go-carts on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Family blabbermouth Khloe Kardashian is quoted that same month as saying if they “went there,” Kim and Kanye would have a “long relationship.”
April 2012: Kanye debuts a song where he says he “fell in love with Kim.” Paparazzi see Kim sneaking out of Kanye’s NYC apartment not once, but twice! The couple are also spotted together going to see The Hunger Games.
But we think they really made it official later that month, when Kanye met Kim’s whole family. A couple days later, Kimye attended the opening of Scott Disick’s now defunct restaurant, Ryu, on April 24, 2012. This time, they held hands — which is basically international sign language for, “yeah, we’re dating now.”
May 2012: Despite the couple attending family functions together, like sister Kourtney’s baby shower, momager Kris Jenner insists that Kimye aren’t serious yet.
June 2012: What do moms know? Kim calls herself Kanye’s “proud girlfriend" over Twitter. Plus, who buys a $750,000 luxury car for someone they’re just casually hanging out with? This is also the month where reports first circulate that Kanye wants to make babies with Kim. Guess he made good on that!
July 2012: Kim and Kanye officially outlast Kim’s marriage to Kris! For regular earthlings, anniversaries come once every 365 days, but on Planet Kardashiana, it’s every 72. This is also the month where Kanye makes his first appearance on a Kardashian reality show. Welcome to the family, Yeezy!
August 2012: Kanye commemorates his love for Kim in a song sweetly entitled “Perfect B*tch.” Women the world over swoon, for what lady wouldn’t love being called a “perfect b*tch” in song?!
September 2012: Kanye buys Kim an adorable kitten, named Mercy! Unfortunately, Mercy passes away only a few months later due to health complications.
October 2012: The happy couple reportedly purchases a sprawling Miami mansion together and have their first PDA while vacationing in Rome. Then they reach one of the most important milestones two romantically involved people can ever share: Coordinated Halloween costumes.
November 2012: Now it’s really serious! Kim wears a ring with Kanye’s initials on it. She may not be able to marry him on paper, but that ring sure says it all. Kanye reportedly joins the Kardashian/Jenner family for Thanksgiving, as well, and takes Kim with him to visit his late mother’s grave.
December 2012: Kanye joins Kim’s family for Christmas, where we’re guessing they share some pretty exciting news. Then, the night before New Year’s Eve, Kanye shares it with the whole world: Kim’s having his baby!
January 2013: In preparation for their expanding family, Kim and Kanye purchase an $11 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
February 2012: Kim pleads with a California court to grant her divorce to Kris Humphries so that she may “create a full, new life” with Kanye and their baby. Will Kim and Kanye ever be able to tie the knot?