How Does Kanye West Feel About Kim Kardashian’s Ex-Boyfriends and Husbands?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are such an iconic couple, it’s hard to remember a time before they were together. But did you know that West is actually Kardashian’s third husband? It’s true, and there’s a whole string of guys that came before West. Who has Kardashian been in relationships with and how does West feel about it? We have those answers, just for you.

Kim Kardashian’s early loves

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In high school, Kardashian dated Michael Jackson’s nephew, TJ. They met when Kardashian was 14, and dated several years. He was her first love, and Kardashian even revealed, in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, that she still has a box of mementos from the relationship.

When Kardashian was 19, she married music producer, Damon Thomas. He was ten years older than her and ended up being controlling and abusive. After four years of marriage, they filed for divorce. Kardashian rarely talks about this relationship, as it seems to bring up hard feelings for her.

Kim Kardashian’s sex tape and athlete boyfriends

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Part of Kardashian’s huge fame can be blamed on the leaking of a sex tape, made of her and ex-boyfriend, rapper Ray J. They dated for only a short time, and although she fought the release of the tape, it’s believed that she’s earned $4.5 million in revenue from it.

Next, Kardashian was in a three year relationship with San Francisco 49ers running back, Reggie Bush. And then, for a few months in 2010, Kardashian dated Miles Austin, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage

Although they dated for two years, Kardashian and NBA athlete Kris Humphries were only married for 72 days before they divorced. Kardashian has since admitted that she had doubts before the wedding and that she knew within just a few days that she’d made a mistake.

She told the Hollywood Reporter: “There was all this attention on the wedding, and I thought maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety.” Her wedding was a major feature on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, earning more than $10 million in ad revenue.

She added: “The night before my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, ‘This isn’t for you. Why don’t you go away and I’ll handle it?’ 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.”

After separating from Humphries, Kardashian began dating West. The couple was married in 2014.

How does Kanye West feel about Kim Kardashian’s exes?

Most of Kardashian’s exes were far before the time West fell in love with her, so he hasn’t spoken about them much- except Humphries. Both Kardashian and West have admitted that they were friends before she married the basketball player. In fact, West already loved Kardashian, as referenced in his song, Theraflu. Released in 2012, West admits in the song that he loved Kim before she married Humphries, and even tries to diss him. The lyrics say,

“And I’ll admit, I fell in love with Kim

‘Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him.

Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing

Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop ‘im from the team”

The last line is clearly a reference to the fact that Jay-Z is a minority owner of the Nets. West seems to think he could have convinced his friend to drop the player but took the high road instead.

West also spoke about how he tried to woo Kardashian away from Humphries. On Khloe Kardashian’s now-canceled talk show, Kocktails With Khloe, West described how he brought his first phone so he could call and send photos to Kardashian while she was with Humphries.

“I looked on the internet, and there was Kim Kardashian with some extremely tall person,” West said, “and I was like, I need to call her or something. So I started sending her pictures of like, certain basketball players that used to be cool and now they wear their pants like, all the way up to here. Like, ‘This is your future!'”

It seems that Kardashian must have had feelings for West around the same time, even after she married Humphries. In an interview with BigBoyTV, Kardashian admitted that she saw West only a couple of weeks after her wedding, and she purposefully hid her wedding ring to spare West’s feelings. “We end up both at the SOHO house, and he sat at my table,” Kardashian said. “And I had my big ring on because I was married, so I’m like talking with my ring and I talk with my hands a lot… I see him looking at my ring. His face would just get heartbroken, so I sat on my hand for the rest of the dinner and spoke like this with one hand.”

Luckily for West, Kardashian soon divorced Humphries and started dating him. We may never know how big a role West played in driving Kardashian away from Humphries, but we do know that she and West seem very happy now. After five years of marriage and four kids, the couple appears to be going strong. It seems they both got their happily ever after.