Kim Kardashian Fell in Love With Kanye West in Only a Week

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a celebrity power couple that each came into the relationship with their own fortunes and fans — as well as their own baggage. Today, the two work together to promote one another’s projects and to raise a growing family. 

How did the relationship begin, and how did Kardashian know that West was the one for her in only a week? She recently revealed the answers to these questions in an interview with Vogue Arabia conducted by her husband. 

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had previous relationships in the spotlight 

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Both West and Kardashian have complicated past love lives. Before marrying Kardashian, West was romantically linked to several famous women, including in some serious relationships. Early in his rise to fame, West was dating Alexis Phifer, a fashion designer. The pair were together throughout West’s early career and even got engaged in 2006 before calling it off in 2008. When Phifer and West were on a break in 2004, he dated MTV production assistant Brook Crittendon. 

Most notably, West was in a relationship with Amber Rose. Rose famously raged about West’s relationship with Kardashian, claiming that he had been unfaithful to her and that Kardashian was the reason their relationship ended. 

For her part, Kardashian has had several ups and downs in past relationships of her own. Kardashian is no stranger to celebrity relationships: She started dating Michael Jackson’s nephew TJ when she was just 14. She later married music producer Damon Thomas when she was just 19. The relationship ended four years later.

She was famously launched into the spotlight when a sex tape of her and then-beau rapper Ray J surfaced. After that, Kardashian entered a series of relationships with professional athletes. She dated NFL star Reggie Bush for three years before briefly dating fellow NFL player Miles Austin. She then had a notoriously brief marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries that lasted a mere 72 days.

Kim Kardashian fell for Kanye West after only a week of dating

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Both Kardashian and West were coming out of tumultuous relationship pasts, and the two had known each other for a while. Kardashian had met West when he was working with her friend Brandy on a project. They reconnected in the early 2010s and began dating in April of 2012. Apparently, Kardashian knew West was the one for her after only a week of dating. 

In the Vogue interview, West asks his wife how she knew he was the one for her. She replied: “When I went to New York and we went to dinner and the movies, it was just so much fun. I remember I wore a Givenchy feather jacket and leather pants. It was super chill and so effortless being together. After spending that whole week together, I realized you were the one and then I was like, damn, why did I waste so much time and energy? Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Professional and personal successes followed for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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The pair have been together ever since. They had their daughter North in 2013 and got married in 2014. They had a private ceremony — in contrast to Kardashian’s high-profile wedding with Humphries — and two honeymoons. Soon after, the two started growing their family

Kardashian gave birth to son Saint in 2015. At that point, she was warned against future pregnancies due to medical complications. The couple turned to surrogacy as an option for future children. They welcomed daughter Chicago in 2018 and son Psalm in 2019. 

In addition to their thriving family, the pair work together professionally. West is vocally supportive of his wife’s many business endeavors, and Kardashian stands by her husband’s side through his musical and fashion projects.