Kanye West said in August that he was in love with Kim Kardashian "before I even got to talk to her." That was a long time ago, he explained, when she was working for Brandy Norwood as an assistant. A friendship emerged, and then, finally, the two began dating in 2012. Things moved quickly from there. In June, they welcomed a daughter, North and just a few months later, the couple got engaged.
|Pals and Dating Other People (2007-2009)|
West, 35, and Kardashian, 33, were first photographed out together while they were still dating other people. In 2007, the rapper was engaged to Alexis Phifer, but he still stuck by the reality TV star's side at a store opening in Beverly Hills. (Around that time, she was linked with Ray J, with whom she made her infamous sex tape.) However, two years later, the tables were turned, and West was photographed sitting next to Kardashian with her then very serious boyfriend, NFL player Reggie Bush. But they broke up the next year.
|Single and Mingling (2010)|
In 2010, West split from then-girlfriend Amber Rose, while Kardashian was only casually dating the likes of Miles Austin and Gabriel Aubry. That November, the two were photographed chatting in New York City, and West even attended Kardashian's 30th birthday party that October. By December, however, she was dating her ex-husband Kris Humphries.
|Finally a Couple (2012)|
A few months after her 72-day marriage to Humphries fizzled, Kardashian began dating West. At the time, the couple, who went on very public dates in New York City that April, were keeping things "light," but were open to seeing "where it goes."
|Baby Makes Three! (2013)|
In December 2012, West announced that he and Kardashian were expecting their first child, and six months later, their daughter, North, was born. "Now I have two really special people to live for, a whole family to live for," West gushed of parenthood. "A whole world to live for."
|Engaged at Last (Oct. 21, 2013)|
On Kardashian's 33rd birthday, West swept her off her feet and asked for her hand in marriage at the AT&T Park in San Francisco. (He also gave her this enormous diamond ring.) "A match made in heaven," gushed Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner. "I am so happy."