Why Kanye West Once Thought It Would Be ‘Uncool’ To Marry Kim Kardashian

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have, against all odds, become one of the most successful couples in entertainment. They have withstood numerous scandals and controversies and welcomed four children, building a family that is happy, healthy, and thriving.

It seems unlikely that there was once a time when West had second thoughts about marrying Kardashian. But according to a recent interview, he thought, at one time, that it would damage his image to tie the knot with the famous reality star.

Keep reading to learn about their relationship, how long they have been married, and what Kanye West recently said about their marriage.

How long have Kim Kardashian and Kanye West known each other?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend the Versace fall 2019 fashion show.
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Long before Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on television, Kardashian met aspiring musician West. In a later interview, Kardashian opened up about the first time that she met West, admitting that it was in 2002 or 2003, on the set of a music video that West was making with Brandy.

Kardashian revealed that West didn’t exactly know how to pronounce her last name but that they remained friends in the years that followed that initial meeting. West even made some appearances on early episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians

In 2012, after Kardashian’s ill-fated marriage to Kris Humphries had already dissolved, West and Kardashian reconnected. They discovered that they had a lot in common and started dating. While many thought that the relationship could be a rebound or a short-lived fling, they stuck it out and got engaged in late 2013, after welcoming their first daughter: North West.

How long has Kanye West been married?

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Following West’s elaborate proposal to Kardashian in October 2013, all thoughts turned to how the couple would ultimately tie the knot. Befitting their superstar status, West and Kardashian planned a fairytale wedding in Florence, Italy.

Their wedding ceremony in May 2014 was not filmed for the family’s reality show, unlike Kardashian’s previous wedding. This perhaps indicated that this was a couple who understood the importance of privacy. 

In the five years since their wedding, West and Kardashian have welcomed three more children in addition to their daughter North. They have proven to be each other’s biggest supporters, and no matter what hot water West manages to land himself in, he can always count on his wife to support and defend his right to think and do as he wants. 

What did Kanye West say recently about his marriage?

In late October, West made an appearance on James Corden’s Late Late Show, and in addition to leading some fans in a rousing rendition of “Airpool Karaoke,” West talked about his marriage to Kardashian. He explained that after experiencing “five beautiful years of marriage” with Kardashian, he believes that “marriage years are different than human years.” West explained that, to him, every year of normal human time is like “100 marriage years” so that instead of being married five years, he feels as though he’s been married for “500 years.”

He also revealed that initially, he thought that he would lose some of his status as a cultural icon if he was to marry Kardashian, stating that he believed he would be viewed as “uncool.” West said that he ultimately changed his mind, and then Corden chimed in, saying that: “everybody thought it would be cool to marry Kim Kardashian.”

West also couldn’t lose the opportunity to take a dig at Kardashian’s ex, Kris Humphries, following up Corden’s statement with “not Kris Humphries.”