Kim Kardashian is a name synonymous with scandal and controversy. The 39-year-old reality TV megastar has had her share of romances that many argue propelled her into superstardom.
We take a stroll down memory lane at some of Kim Kardashian’s A-list relationships that contributed to her current status as one of the most famous people in the world.
Here are the list of her boyfriends and husband with details of the associated controversies if any.
It is hard to believe that someone as sophisticated and worldly as Kim was once a naïve 19-year-old. She was still trying to find her stride in showbiz when she met music producer Damon Thomas. The two eloped to Las Vegas and married in 2000.
After three years together, Kim filed for divorce in 2003, citing instances of physical and emotional abuse on the part of Thomas.
Kim and Damon’s divorce proceedings were still underway when Kim started dating rapper Ray J. Kim was working as an assistant for Ray’s sister Brandy. The two dated on and off from 2005 to 2007, but their relationship could not materialize into anything substantial.
In hindsight, Kim’s tumultuous relationship with Ray J turned out to be a godsend for the would-be celebrity. After struggling to get a foot in the entertainment industry, she became the most talked-about celebrity overnight, courtesy of the buzz generated by her sex tape with Ray J.
The sex tape, made by Kim and Ray in 2002 leaked online in 2007. The tape was distributed by Vivid Entertainment unbeknownst to Kim, prompting her to file a lawsuit against the pornographic movie studio.
Kim later rescinded her lawsuit and settled for $5 million for granting Vivid Entertainment the rights to continue distributing her tape.
While the general public shamed the move as a publicity stunt, it nonetheless helped Kim land a TV deal for her reality TV show with her family, called Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Kim had a brief fling with the actor Nick Lachey after his split with actress Jessica Simpson, but nothing substantial came of it. Years later, Nick revealed that they broke up because Kim was more interested in the limelight that him.
From one Nick to another, Kim was also briefly dating the actor/singer/television host, Nick Cannon from September 2006 to January 2007.
Their relationship could not last either, and Nick revealed that it had something to do with the release of her sex tape.
Kim dated NFL running back Reggie Bush intermittently from 2007. Rumor mills were running rampant at the time with supposed news of their engagement, but the two broke up in 2010.
Kim dated another NFL athlete Miles Austin in 2010, but they broke up after mere months because Miles detested the spotlight and Kim could not live without it.
Kim was spotted going out with singer/songwriter John Mayer in 2010, but they reportedly never made it past their dates.
Kim was briefly linked to Halle Berry's model ex-husband, Gabriel Aubry in late 2010. Their relationship could not last either.
After a string of brief flings, it seemed Kim was ready to settle down when she announced her engagement to the basketballer Kris Humphries in May 2011. They had been dating since October 2010; Kim walked the aisle in a ceremony in Montecito, California on August 20, 2011.
Things came crashing down for the two when Kim filed for divorce from Kris after a mere 72 days.
Following their separation, media outlets began speculations that the whole rigmarole was an elaborate publicity stunt to siphon more viewers towards her reality show.
After the dust had settled following her divorce with Kris, Kim began dating the singer/rapper Kanye West in April 2012. They had been friends for a long time, and Kanye admitted to secretly harboring a romantic feeling towards Kim since her days dating Ray J.
After her divorce had been finalized, Kim went forward with her relationship with Kanye, getting engaged on October 21, 2014, and tying the knot on May 24, 2014.
Together, the couple has four children, North 'Nori' West (born 15th June 2013), Saint West (born 5th December 2015), Chicago 'Chi' West (born 15th January 2018), Psalm West (May 10, 2019).
It seems that after a turbulent love-life full of scandal and heartbreak, Kim has finally settled down with Kanye, and they seem to be blissful in their marriage.