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A look at Kim and Kanye's love story

A look at Kim and Kanye's love story 

2004: First meeting  

Kim and Kanye first met on a music video shoot when the KUWTK star was working as Brandy's assistant and Kanye was working on a song with the songstress. 

At the time she was still married to Damon Thomas, who she wed in 2000, and Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer. 

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Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer

Speaking about their first meeting on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10 year anniversary special, Kim said: 'I met him I think in 2002 or 2003. 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'. 

Later on that year, Kim split from Damon, who she wed when she was just 19 after eloping. 

She attributed domestic violence for the split - a claim he has always staunchly denied . 

Kim wrote in the divorce papers: 'Before we left out home, Damon hit me in the face and cut my lip open..

'I fell into the bed frame and banged my knee hard. I was limping when we went skydiving.'

Sealing the deal: West's crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

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Sealing the deal: West's crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

2006: Heads turned further 

Kanye's huge crush on Kim only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton. 

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2013, Kanye revealed that he truly fell for his future wife after he got a glimpse of a certain photo of her next to her pal Paris in Australia. 

He said: 'I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. 'I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, 'Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?'' 

Despite his growing attraction to Kim, Kanye went on to propose to longtime girlfriend Alexis in August of 2006. 

The proposal was slightly more low-key than his eventual proposal to Kim many years later. 

Kanye popped the question to Alexis over a lobster and pasta dinner during a vacation to Capri. 

Tradgedy struck the following year however, when Kanye's beloved mother Donda passed away.

Following a number of procedures for liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast reduction, the following day she experienced a sore throat, pain and tightening in her chest, before collapsing. A friend who was with her called 911 and West was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

After her death, Kanye seemed keen to honour her wishes of his marriage as he said of tying the knot to Alexis: 'I'm just going to go and get married — I'm not going to make a big deal out of it...

'I wouldn't get married to prove anything to anyone. It's for me, for stability in my life, and I'm so happy that I found someone that I really love, that challenges me, that keeps my life interesting, that's just as crazy as I am.'

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars' Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars' Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

2008: A split, Princess Leia and two new loves 

In April, Kanye calls off his year-and-a-half engagement to Phifer, as confirmed by Phifer in a statement to People, in which she said: 'It's always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends'. 

Shortly after, Kanye asked Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars' Princess Leia.

Although the show was rejected by Comedy Central, Kardashian still had fond feelings for the project as she shared behind the scenes pictures from the set of Alligator Boots to social media in 2018.

Kim wrote on her website: 'We had met before this project (back in 2003), but I would say this is when we first really connected. These pics are SO funny!' 

At the time of filming Alligator Boots, Kim was in a relationship with  running back Reggie Bush, who she started dating in 2007. 

Meanwhile, Kanye became involved with model Amber Rose in September of that year. 

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

2009: A fashionable meet and a mysterious mention 

In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich.

In April, during his appearance on Keri Hilson's hit track Knock You Down, appears to reference his looming crush on Kim and his jealousy over her relationship with Reggie. 

He rapped: 'You were always the cheerleader of my dreams / Seem to only date the head of football teams/...

'And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened'. 

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

2010: The end of two love stories 

In March, after three years of dating, Kim and Reggie split up for good. Reports at the time blamed the pressures of fame.

They had briefly split in August 2009 before reuniting, however he was unable to reconcile himself to Kim's rising star. 

An insider told e! online: 'They do truly love each other and there's no bad blood... They're even open to the idea of reconciling down the road, but need to be apart right now.'

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year. 

Following their split, Amber blamed Kim for the split, saying: 'Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together. She's a homewrecker!' 

In the years after his split from Amber, Kanye has openly criticised the model - most famously saying in a 2015 interview that he had to take '30 showers' after dating her and reportedly branding her a 'prostitute'. 

In December, as Kim filmed the music video for her single Jam (Turn It Up), Kanye was present on set. Famously, Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner snapped at him for checking out her daughter's famous derriere by bluntly saying, 'Don't be looking at her a**'. 

The songwriter snapped back: 'I've never seen it actually.' 

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

2011: A Hump(hries) in the road  

In May 2011, Kim got engaged to her NBA star boyfriend Kris Humphries, who she started dating in October of 2010. 

In August that year, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA. The eye-popping nuptials were attended by 450 guests and cost approximately $10million,

In an explosive twist in the tale, after just 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce on October 31.  

Kim later revealed that she had misgivings about the marriage but felt she must go forward due to surrounding pressures. 

She said: 'There was all this attention on the , and I thought 'maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety.' 

'The night before, my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, 'This isn't it for you,''

'I felt like, if I pulled out now, everyone's going to think I just did it for the show. Then afterwards, people were saying, 'You have to stay married for a year,' but I physically couldn't do it. When I made the decision [to divorce], everyone said it was made up for the show. Everyone really wanted to take me down.' 

Kris said of the split: ''It's never easy to go through the embarrassment of something like that — with your friends, with your family …. But when it plays out so publicly, in front of the world, it's a whole other level. It was brutal'.  

During his appearance on , Kanye revealed to Khloe that he tried to talk Kim out of moving forward with her marriage to Kris.  

Shortly after, rumors began to swirl that Kim had taken her friendship with Kanye to the next level.

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

2012: It's TRUE and there's a baby

They finally got together eight years after meeting. 

In March, The rumored couple let it be known they were spending time with each other when Kim sat front row at Kanye's runway show during Paris Week. 

The following month, after months of rumors and rumblings, Kim and Kanye made their relationship official as they held hands in New York City. 

In May they took things a step further and make their red carpet debut at the  Film Festival during the premiere for the film Cruel Summer. 

In December, the Stronger rapper joyously reveals that his is expecting his first child with Kim during a New Year's Eve concert in Atlantic City. 

The rapper said 'stop the music', then announced 'make noise for my baby mama right here,' with a wide smile. Kanye's announcement prompted a flurry of excited tweets from the audience 

Taking to her official website, Kim also confirmed the pregnancy, writing: 'It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby...

'We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.' 

2013: A star is born... North West is here and a on the way 

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

On June 15, Kim welcomed their daughter North West. Weeks later, the KUWTK star showed off a picture of her and Kanye's baby girl, while appearing on her mother Kris' short lived talk show.

In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring.

The proposal was a total surprise and went down at the AT&T Park baseball park in San Francisco, which Kanye rented out for the occasion. 

He had arranged for the words 'PLEEESE MARRY MEEE!!!' to flash up on the giant scoreboard at the ballpark. 

Despite his bravado, Kanye admitted prior to the proposal he was nervous, saying: 'I was talking to a cousin, I said, 'What do you think she's gonna say?'...

'I'm not arrogant about love and feelings at all . . . I knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time

In November, the couple then made headlines around the globe when shortly after their engagement, Kim famously appeared nude while straddling Kanye on a motorbike in his Bound 2 music video.  

2014: The  

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence,

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at  the Renaissance fortress in Florence, . The lavish affair saw 200 people in attendance and Kim walked down the aisle in a stunning Maison Margiela bridal gown.

They were wed under the direction of Rich Wilkerson Jr, a pastor from North Miami. Speaking moments after the ceremony to E! News, Kim's mum Kris said she was 'beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North'.

'Such a magical, romantic !' she added. 'I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.' And Kanye seemed equally ebullient, with a source telling MailOnline he gave an eight-minute speech to the gathered guests.

'I just wanna stop the music a second 'cos my baby's coming back with a new dress on. Here she is - West,' he said, introducing his bride.

After the ceremony, the guests broke bread together sitting family style on a 70-metre-long marble banquet table - a gift from master craftsman Gualtiero

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