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It seems as though Kim Kardashian has been in the spotlight forever – but there was a time when the reality star was just a young girl struggling with a difficult relationship. While fans are familiar with Kardashian’s second and third marriages, to Kris Humphries and Kanye West, respectively, less is known about her mysterious first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas.

Kardashian has spoken little about her first marriage in recent years – but there’s an intriguing story behind the scenes that shines an interesting light on the relationship.

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What do fans know about Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Damon Thomas?

In 2000, Kardashian was only 19 years old. That was the year that she eloped with music producer Damon Thomas, who was 29 at the time of the wedding. The marriage was short-lived, with the couple separating in 2003 and officially divorcing in 2004 – but it seems as though it was eventful. Kardashian would later claim that Thomas pressured her to get plastic surgery and that he was intent on being “king of the castle.”

In 2010, according to Daily Mail, court papers were uncovered that revealed the extent of Kardashian’s claims. Kardashian alleged that Thomas was abusive, demanding to know where she was at all times and refusing to let her be alone around her family and friends.

In the papers, Kardashian detailed several specific incidents of domestic violence, including one time when Thomas allegedly hit her in the face and cut her lip open. In an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she claimed that she married Thomas when she was “high on ecstasy” – a claim that Thomas wholeheartedly refuted. 

Kim Kardashian was slightly older than her second husband

Kardashian would wait a few years after her divorce before she started considering marriage again. In August 2011, the newly-minted reality star married basketball player Kris Humphries, a man four years her junior. The wedding was a media spectacle, with the ceremony televised for an E! special. Humphries became a staple presence in the family’s reality show, but after just 72 days, Kardashian announced that her second marriage was over.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision,” she said in a statement. The reality star later opened up, revealing that she knew on her honeymoon with Humphries that he wasn’t the man for her – and that she only decided to get married to him in the first place because she was putting pressure on herself to start a family.

Kanye West is older than Kim Kardashian


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Shortly after her divorce from Humphries, Kardashian started stepping out with rapper Kanye West, who is just three years older than Kardashian. The two had been friends for years, but in early 2012, their relationship turned romantic. After welcoming a daughter in June 2013, West and Kardashian tied the knot in May 2014.

This would turn out to be Kardashian’s longest marriage by far, lasting until February 2021, when Kardashian filed for divorce after months of speculation that the two were facing intense problems. While a fair amount of drama has surrounded the divorce, Kardashian has kept her focus on the future.

Currently, the reality star is in a new relationship with comedian Pete Davidson, whom she got close to when hosting Saturday Night Live in October 2021. Kardashian has reportedly joked about getting married again sometime in the future – which, if true, is proof positive that she has no intention of giving up on love.