A Brief History of Kim Kardashian’s Exes (and Where They Are Now)
Kim Kardashian's relationships have been documented by the press and by Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but nobody would blame you if you get a little lost trying to remember exactly who she's dated. There have been singers, rappers, athletes — and who can forget the time that she was married the first time? For anyone who needs a refresher, here's who Kim K.'s dated, all the way from the '00s to Kanye West.
Before her days as the queen of reality TV, Kim eloped with Grammy-nominated music producer Damon Thomas. She was just 19 years old when they got married in 2000 and they were divorced by 2004. He claims that Kardashian cheated on him and that he was the one to initiate the couple's 2003 separation and subsequent divorce, but Kardashian says that he was physically abusive and controlling. Today, Thomas is keeping things pretty low-key. He has no social media presence and hasn't spoken about Kim at all.
Most people will remember Kim's entry into the zeitgeist. She dated singer Brandy Norwood's brother, Ray J. The two of them filmed a sex tape in 2003, it was "leaked," and the rest is tabloid history. The story continued this year when Ray J brought the video up again (https://http://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2018/12/02/kim-kardashian-ra...), saying that Kim — who is known for not drinking, smoking, or doing drugs — was high when they filmed it. Ray J recently made headlines for releasing a line of eyeglasses that bend without breaking. Though it seemed like a joke, they've become a hit on Twitter.
Right after his divorce from Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey and Kim K. had a brief fling. In 2013, Lachey claimed that Kardashian used him to further her fame.
"Let's just say this: We went to a movie. No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside," he told the Huffington Post.
Lachey's currently married to Vanessa Minnillo. Together, they have three children: Phoenix Robert, 1; Brooklyn Elisabeth, 3; and Camden John, 5.
The sex tape rears its head again. Nick Cannon and Kim dated from late 2006 to early 2007. According to Cannon, they broke up because Kim lied about the tape and its release. He explained to Howard Stern that if she had been honest with him, the relationship could have worked out, since it all happened before they started dating.
"I still think she might have even had a part to play with [its release]," he told the Daily Mail.
Post-Kim, Cannon married Mariah Carey and the couple had twins, Monroe and Moroccan. The two finalized their divorced in 2016. In 2017, Cannon had a son, Golden "Sagon" Cannon, with pageant contestant Brittany Bell.
Bush started Kim's athlete phase. The two dated from April '07 to '09 and then briefly dated again until 2010. Bush says that there's no bad blood between them, but also notes that he commends Kim for creating a brand after their relationship. Fans will remember him as the first boyfriend documented on KUWTK. Many credit the show as a reason for their breakup.
"She’s doing a great job creating a brand for herself, her and her family. I’m happy for ’em … she’s very smart," he told Metro.
In 2014, Bush married dancer Lilit Avagyan and he retired from football in 2017.
After Bush, Kim dated football pro Miles Austin. If this one got lost among all of the other guys, it's because it didn't last very long. Kim says that they broke up because of the long-distance relationship. Even though it seemed like a quick fling, sources say that Kardashian felt it was the real thing. After Kim, Austin kept things close to home. He married Cowboys cheerleader Stacy Sydlo in 2014.
Who could forget Kris Humphries? Not only was this relationship heavily documented on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, it also involved a huge fairy-tale wedding. Compared to today's whirlwind quickie romances and weddings, it seems almost quaint that the two started dating in late 2010, got engaged in May 2011 and got married in August. The whiplash didn't last long, however, because the two famously divorced in October 2011. Humphries hasn't been linked with anyone seriously since the split, though he has had a slew of girlfriends.