Kim and Kanye in May 2012 (Getty Images)
From the early stages, it was an intense love ... the kind that makes two people start wearing matching sneakers, leather pants, and gigantic gold cuff bracelets.
But they had a history, the reality TV star, 32, reminded us on "Oprah's Next Chapter" in 2012. They actually met a decade earlier and had quietly been "close friends" for "six or seven years," adding, "I don’t know why it took so long for us to get together."
Well, one reason was because she was married during that time ... twice. Anyhoo, now they're having a baby, as we suspect you may have heard. So as Baby Kimye's big arrival approaches, we look back at how love bloomed for the self-proclaimed "Michael Jordan of music" and his one and only "Perfect Bitch."
2004: Kardashian and West meet around the time her first marriage to Damon Thomas officially ends in divorce. They become friendly.
September 2007: They are photographed together for the first time when they attend the opening of Intermix in Beverly Hills. However, she's dating NFL player Reggie Bush and he's newly engaged to aspiring designer Alexis Phifer. West, Phifer, and Kardashian pose for a photo which, looking back, seems super awkward.
Kanye was all smiles while posing with his former fiancée, Alexis Phifer, and Kim in 2007. (WireImage)
February 2009: West and Kardashian are seated one spot away from each another at the Y-3 show during New York Fashion Week. She seems more interested in him than she does in the show ... or boyfriend Bush. However, the same week, West goes public with his new romance with model Amber Rose — and he seems really into her.
Did Kim (with former beau Reggie Bush) have eyes for Kanye in 2009? (WireImage)
June 2010: Single after her split with Bush, Kardashian starts dating Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. In September, the strain of a long-distance relationship takes its toll and the couple calls it quits.
November 2010: After going on a few dates with model Gabriel Aubry, Kardashian starts seeing NBA player Kris Humphries. While the world doesn't know it yet, West, who has split with Rose, falls in love with the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star at this time. He later sings about it in his song "Cold," saying, "And I'll admit, I had fell in love with Kim / Around the same time she had fell in love with him," referring to Humphries.
Kim and Gabriel Aubry (Splash News)
Kim and Kris Humphries (Splash News)
August 20, 2011: After just a 90-day engagement, Kardashian marries Humphries in an over-the-top affair at an estate in Montecito, California. The star-studded event was filmed for a two-part, four-hour reality TV special on E!.
October 31, 2011: After just 72 days of marriage, Kardashian files for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences," and lists their separation date as that day. They begin a nasty divorce battle that continues until June 2013.
March 6, 2012: Following rumors that Kardashian and West had secretly started seeing each other, she appears in the front row at his ready-to-wear show during Paris Fashion Week. Photographers capture him posing with his arm around her fur-clad shoulder and looking very cozy.
April 5, 2012: Kardashian is seen walking into West's New York City apartment … and emerging the next day wearing the same outfit. They also reportedly go on a date to see "The Hunger Games." Soon after she's seen wearing earrings with his initials.
Caught holding hands! (Splash News)
Red carpet debut in Cannes (WireImage)
May 10, 2012: West accompanies Kardashian to Toronto to celebrate the Canadian debut of her jewelry line. For the first time since they started dating, they pose together.
May 23, 2012: They make their red carpet debut at the premiere of "Cruel Summer" at the Cannes Film Festival. It's apparent West has started styling Kardashian; she starts embracing high-fashion looks.
June 12, 2012: Things get so serious … Kardashian tweets of photo of them wearing matching sneakers.
June 24, 2012: On "Oprah's Next Chapter," Kardashian is asked if West fits the bill of what she's looking for in a man. "He does," the still-married star answers, though adds, "I'm not thinking about marriage right now." As for talk their relationship is a publicity stunt, she says, "No. ... I couldn't sacrifice my heart for a publicity stunt."
2012 BET Awards (WireImage)
December 30, 2012: West announces that they are expecting a child together when he tells the crowd at his Atlantic City, New Jersey, concert to "Stop the music and make some noise for my baby mama."
December 31, 2012: Kardashian confirms the news on her blog, writing, "It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky. ... Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!!"
April 15, 2013: omg! reports that in the three-plus months since their baby announcement, the couple has spent about 18 days together … and the majority of that time was only because Kardashian traveled to where West was. He spends most of his time in France making a new album.
New Year's Eve 2012 (Denise Truscello/WireImage)
The Met Gala (WireImage)
April 19, 2013: After an absurdly long court battle, Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Humphries is legally over … 535 days after she initially for divorce. It's a relief for Kardashian, who has said she wanted to be divorced when she gave birth.
May 6, 2013: The couple hits the red carpet for the Costume Institute Gala's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her look is widely panned ... in fact, so is her entire maternity wardrobe.
June 2, 2013: Kardashian is feted at a bridal shower and West makes an appearance, sneaking past photographers with a sweatshirt over his head. That night during the premiere of Season 8 of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," it is revealed they are having a baby girl.
June 3, 2013: Kardashian's divorce from Humphries is officially official. There is no talk that she and West plan to marry and they continue to spend some time apart, including his 36th birthday.
June 12, 2013: A tabloid reports West cheated on Kardashian with a French-Canadian model named Leyla Ghobadi. "This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit," his rep tells "omg! Insider." Her spokesperson concurred, saying this story is "not true."
June 15, 2013: Kardashian gives birth to a healthy baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Though in Paris and New York for most of his girlfriend's pregnancy, West is present in the delivery room for the arrival of his daughter. The baby is the first child for both Kim and Kanye.
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