Whether they love them or hate them, most of us have to admit that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West give us a lot to talk about. Individually, they break the Internet at least a few times a year — whether it is with a new chart-topping album or a must-have product or a sensational picture — and they make even bigger headlines together.
Kim has kept us talking about her relationships for a long time now, but when we found out that biggest rapper around had her in his sights, things got even crazier. There are only a few more celebrity couples we can think of that are more powerful — and at least one of those is going to make an appearance on this list.
In the last few months, we've all been talking about Kim and Kanye — first their third baby was born, adding another interesting and much-discussed name to the family, and then Kanye shocked the world with his comments on politics and society. But there have been plenty of other huge moments that have come before that people may have forgotten from the past six years. We didn't even include all the things that happened to other members of the Kardashian family that have had our tongues wagging — Kimye has had us talking enough on their own.
Here are 20 Kim and Kanye moments that had fans talking.
20 "400 Years? That Sounds Like A Choice"
Kanye is known for making controversial comments. After all, his rap lyrics stand out because they are outside the box. But this spring, Yeezy made his most questionable statements yet in an interview airing live on "TMZ Live." Kanye had been on a rant recently about his support for Donald Trump that had already rocked boats, but that was nothing compared to the things that he talked about on the show. He started off by explaining his thoughts about how some people think that African American people should all be supporting the same political party but that he supported "free thought."
Then he turned around to the newsroom and said he was hospitalized a couple of years ago for opioid addiction — and that was just the beginning. He implied that discrimination was a choice — although he "clarified" on Twitter that he didn't mean the act of coming to America in chains but that they should have revolted and cast off their bonds. That set off a firestorm, where even one of TMZ's journalists couldn't help but stay up and try to get through to the rap icon. The entire thing was intense and strange and made us all worry for Kanye's mental health. Kim has remained supportive of her husband, but we can't help but wonder if she is just as concerned as we are.
19 Kim Revealed The Truth About Taylor Swift Feud
Kanye has a few enemies, and one of his first and most public feuds dates back nearly a decade. It may have been the biggest night so far of Taylor Swift's night — she won the award for best female video at the MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye had to crash the party. The rapper jumped on the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech, telling the crowd that the award should have gone to Beyonce for her legendary "Single Ladies" video. Come to think of it, we don't remember Taylor's video, but Bey's will go down in history.
Anyway, poor Taylor was justifiably upset, but she was pretty gracious, even while we all speculated about her feud with Kanye. Kanye apologized and they talked about collaborating, but in 2016, he made a reference on a song in his "Life of Pablo" album that shocked us again. He rapped explicit lyrics that stated the two of them might get together because he's the one who made her famous. Taylor's rep called it misogynistic, and Kanye fired back saying it was Taylor's idea.
Months later, Kim got involved and said Taylor approved the controversial line. Kim posted parts of the phone call on Snapchat, although it seems that Taylor didn't know the exact lyric.
The feud continues, with Taylor taking some shots back in recent songs. You can't say Kim doesn't stand by her man.
18 The Paris Robbery
Kim and Kanye are two of the wealthiest and most well-known celebrity globe-trotters these days, and that ended up putting them not only in the national spotlight but in the target of robbers, who followed the couple and planned an elaborate heist for years.
In October of 2016, the thieves busted into the couple's Paris apartment while Kim was alone and preparing for bed. They tied her up and robbed her.
Kim said she thought they would severely harm her, but luckily she was shaken but safe.
The episode was incredibly frightening, and Kanye rushed to her side to help Kim return home. According to the robbers' confession, the men planned their crime to get ahold of the lavish jewelry that Kim flashed on social media, including a 20-carat diamond ring that was reportedly worth $4 million. As many people faulted Kim for her lavish lifestyle and the way she flaunted it for the world, some initially thought that the robbery was staged for publicity reasons. But the robbery was real, and the culprits are now behind bars. After the robbery, Kim took some time out for her family, and that helped her heal her emotional wounds.
17 Kanye Hospitalized
Not long after Kim's robbery, her world crashed around her again when Kanye's erratic behavior took a scary turn and he ended up in the hospital, canceling the remainder of his Life of Pablo tour. Kanye found out about Kim's robbery after he got off the stage from a concert, and the scary event apparently had its toll on him as well.
"Seeing Kim [in harm's way] did a major number on him," an unnamed source told Rolling Stone. "It sent him into a tailspin. He was having nightmares about it."
Kanye returned to work, but he apparently dove into it pretty hard, not sleeping for days on end as he worked on music and ranted all night. He just couldn't seem to calm down, people said. Those close to him said his outbursts were scary, and eventually his personal trainer called his doctor, who called 911.
Even at the hospital, according to Rolling Stone, he was requesting recording equipment and sketches for his fashion line. We saw on "Keeping Up" the reaction from Kim, who burst into tears when she got the call and left immediately to try to help. Kanye recently claimed that his hospitalization involved opioid addiction after getting liposuction. Either way, it was definitely scary, and he needed some help. A few months later, he seemed to emerge healthier, although he's starting to act erratically again.
16 Breaking Up With The Carters
While Kimye are definitely celebrity royalty in America, but they still rank lower than at least one major it couple. Of course, we are referring to Queen Bey herself and her also powerful husband Jay-Z. Even before Kim came along, Jay and Bey were reportedly pretty close to Kanye, with Jay helping him a lot in his rap career. They were tight, but then they weren't. At first, people gossiped than Beyonce didn't like Kim, but it seems now like there was definitely something going on with the relationship with Kanye. Even though their oldest girls are pretty close in age, they never played together.
We learned that in a very public rant where Kanye started talking about their broken relationship on stage at a concert. After Kanye sacrificed his own image in taking the mic from Taylor Swift to praise Beyonce, he felt abandoned by the couple.
The comments came only 15 minutes into his Sacramento concert, where he called out his supposed friends for not calling after Kim's robbery. "Jay Z— call me, bruh," is a line that will live on in history. It's important to note that this public rant came not long before Kanye's behavior spiralled and he was hospitalized in 2016. If only Jay had called.
15 Truth In the Lyrics
Before there was Kanye, Kim had a lot of high-profile relationships. In fact, she had just gotten out of one just before she and Kanye started dating. We hear that Kanye was the first to fall in love. In fact, it happened while Kim was dating Kris Humphries. In case you have forgotten, Kim and Kris got married in a lavish televised ceremony, but it didn't last long — only 47 days.
Kim swears that they were only friends while she was married to another man, but Kanye told the truth in his lyrics — he was already madly in love.
"I admit I fell in love with Kim/ Around the same time she fell in love with him/ Well that's cool baby girl, do your thing/ Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team." Those are lines from Kanye's song "Theraflu." Of course, musicians have been wooing women with their songs for centuries, but Kanye's juicy news was all that people could talk about for a while. Kim insists that Kanye had nothing to do with her infamous split from Kris, which was documented on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." She was single for a minute before the Kim gave Kanye a try, and the rest is history.
14 Dating Or Showmance?
Although we knew that Kanye was smitten with Kim K — he even mentioned it way back when she was dating Reggie Bush — when paparazzi first photographed the two together on a date in April of 2012, we had to wonder if what Kim and Kanye were doing was real or just a publicity stunt.
Just about every entertainment news outlet that was covering the couple had a sidebar on whether or not they were really giving a relationship a go. We don't blame them — Kim was technically still married, although she had filed for divorce less than two months after her televised wedding.
Kanye had an album coming out, and Kim's reputation was marred by her short-lived marriage, which seemed all about keeping up appearances for "Keeping Up." Kanye also admitted at one point that his feud with 50 Cent was staged for publicity, so he knows a thing or two about getting attention. They both could benefit from a pretend romance, and who knows? It may have started out that way. Only time told us the true answer, and that was that Kim and Kanye were in love and they are still going strong six years later, despite some crazy ups and downs.
13 Kanye's Epic Proposal
When you are Kanye West and it took a while for Kim Kardashian to go out with you — even when you declared your love in your rap lyrics — you might want to go big when you ask her to marry you. That's exactly what he did in 2013.
He rented out an entire baseball stadium and booked an orchestra. Kanye's plea for his girlfriend's hand in marriage came on the jumbotron — "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" it said.
The orchestra played a Keri Hilson song that included him as a guest rapper.
The proposal came a few months after the couple's first daughter was born (and not much longer after Kim's divorce was finally final), so we were all pretty sure that Kim would say yes. But Kanye popped the question on Kim's birthday and capped off the proposal with a 15-carat diamond ring that made our jaws drop. Kim's friends and family were there, and she chronicled it all on social media and her reality show, including flashing that gorgeous ring over and over again. It was a huge moment for the reigning pop culture prince and princess with a lot of epic details — and of course she said yes.
12 Kimye Having A Baby
We've mentioned that Kanye likes to go big during the most personal moments in his life. That's why we shouldn't have been surprised that he couldn't keep mum when he found out that he was going to be a dad.
According to reports, Kim had planned an elaborate reveal of her first pregnancy in late 2012, but Kanye beat her to it, announcing it on stage during a concert in Atlantic City.
During the concert, he asked the musicians to stop the music, and then he pointed to Kim in the audience and told everybody to "Make noise for my baby mama right here." According to The Daily Mail, Kim was nearly as shocked as Kanye's fans, since she didn't know he was planning to share the news. Kim was about 12 weeks pregnant, which is typically around the time that many moms-to-be start to tell people outside the immediate family about the baby. But Kim was still technically married to Kris Humphries, and she may have been waiting for closure on that before letting people know. A few days later, though, Kim confirmed the news with a message to her fans, and all the members of her famous family sent their well wishes. It's hard to keep such exciting news a secret, and we kind of loved that Kanye was so excited that he just couldn't wait any longer.
11 That Dress, That Love
One of the best parts of Kim's pregnancy was definitely her maternity wardrobe.
We're sure it was stressful for Kim — she pretty much refused to wear actual maternity clothes, which guaranteed that she had a pretty high tailoring bill. But for us, it was oh, so fun to watch, especially when Kanye got involved, which happened quite often.
Kim's wardrobe definitely gave us a few big moments to get our tongues wagging each pregnancy, but one of the most infamous has to be the 2013 Met Gala. The event is a huge deal, and it's a huge honor to be invited. There is tremendous pressure on celebs to push the edges of fashion while not being so out there that they end up on the worst dressed list. Kim was already feeling the hate from people on her maternity choices, and the Met Gala, we're sure, was a special kind of stress. Her choice was a body and bump hugging floral number that a lot of people equated to their grandparents' couch. But Kanye, as always, only had eyes for Kim. According to Cosmopolitan, he serenaded his girl, singing to her "Let nobody bring you down; you're so awesome." Now that's love.
10 North West
Even more surprising than the announcement that a Kimye baby was on the way was the announcement of the baby's name.
In fact, when the name was first leaked, a lot of people thought it was a joke — and that continued even when they heard the family say it.
The baby's birth certificate actually circulated before we believed that one of Hollywood's most out there celeb parents had actually named their baby North — yes, that is North West.
At that moment, it was all anyone could talk about, and everyone had an opinion. I mean, it sounded like a joke, so the jokes were rampant. In fact, Kim had said in an interview that she didn't like the name North. Apparently, though, Kanye loved it, and Kim eventually began to love it too, as she said that she loved the idea that North is the highest point, so it is a very aspirational name. They said they would call the baby Nori, but we hear them say North most of the time. For most people, a directional name is usually a pretty good choice, especially in this generation of wanting names that stand out and are unique. But it definitely seemed strange with the last name West. Like Kim, we think that the name has grown on people, but when it was announced, it was definitely the talk of the town.
9 Vogue Cover
It doesn't matter how matter records were sold or viewers tuned in or Instagram followers that Kimye collected. They hadn't "made it" until they were on the cover of Vogue magazine, at least in some eyes.
They both care a lot about fashion, and Vogue is the at the highest level of the industry, so landing the cover was an incredible honor that drew a lot of attention from areas that might have cast off the rapper and the reality television star as pop with little substance. This cover elevated their status like nothing else, and it was also a gorgeous precursor to their upcoming nuptials.
Kim wore a wedding dress in the photo, and the headline called them "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple." Inside the magazine, one particular photo feature a naked North lying on Kanye's bare chest, and the baby took the opportunity to sprinkle her dad, Kim said later, but otherwise it was the epitome of glamor and prestige. Kim and Kanye even had the legendary Annie Leibovitz as their photographer. And after that, Kim and Kanye got to sit in the front row of fashion shows with Anna Wintour. It was definitely a defining moment for the couple that took them to the next level.
8 European Wedding
It may have been her third marriage, but Kim Kardashian wasted no expense when it came to her wedding to marry Kanye West. One might consider that her wedding to Kris Humphries just a few years prior cost $10 million and the bloom was off the rose within a month, but Kimye were totally in love, so they did it even bigger and more classy.
This time, the wedding wasn't for a television special, though, and Kim quickly surpassed the longevity mark of her last nuptials. Kim and Kanye took off for Europe for the weeklong affair.
They started off partying in France before going to Italy for the ceremony. And in a nod to her new husband's fashionable ways, Kim's dress was completely different and so very gorgeous. They proclaimed their love before a wall of flowers and in front of family and friends, with the exception of Kim's self-conscious brother Rob, who bailed at the last minute in a sad little snafu that Kim lamented on her reality show. Little North was in attendance, looking just as beautiful as her mom, and we even got a smile out of Kanye. It was idyllic, extravagant, elegant, fashion-forward and perfectly Kimye.
7 Baby No. 2
Little North is too cute — and let's face it, we loved to watch Kim's maternity fashion — so we were all ecstatic in 2015 when we found out that baby No. 2 was on the way. Kim announced in true reality star fashion by keeping the news quiet until the secret was spilled in a trailer for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Kim was really open on the show about her struggles to conceive a second child, which is known as second infertility, so it makes sense that she shared her joy on the show as well.
"I’ve been [with him] 500 times a day,” Kim said during one episode. “I was like, ‘I’m ovulating today!’ So I made [Kanye] come to my photo shoot. You know what, I don’t feel bad about that for one second. You gotta get it in where you can get it in.” Kim had a lot of struggles during her labor and delivery with North, and we found out soon that her second pregnancy was also complicated because of a condition called placenta accreta. We were all worried, but it was still a moment to celebrate, and we were all excited to hear that a new adorable little Kimye baby was on the way.
6 Another Name, Another Viral Moment
After naming their first baby something that no one expected, we knew that Kimye's second child would definitely have a special moniker. How do you top a name like North West without doing the obvious and keeping with the direction theme?
So we were all waiting for the announcement closely so we could learn the new name and start talking again. In December, 2015, we had the answer — Saint West.
Just days before the birth, Kim posted a belly shot on Twitter with the caption "Ready when you are," and we wondered if she was including the viral sensation as much as the labor and delivery. Of course, every interview Kim had done for months included a question on the name, and everyone had to ask if the baby would be South West. But Kim took it all in stride and assured fans that the name isn't on her list. Instead, she went for a word name that is lofty and unusual but somehow seemed to fit perfectly in her family. We had to wait a little while to see Saint's face, but by then we had gotten over our surprise at the moniker, and we thought he looked just like a Saint.
5 Presidential Campaign Announcement
This spring, everyone is talking about Kanye and his love for the current president, Donald Trump, but they may have forgotten that three years ago, Kanye said he was going to seek the highest office in the land.
At the Video Music Awards — what is it with that show and Kanye? — Ye announced that he was going to run for president in 2020.
The announcement was part of his speech accepting the Video Vanguard Award, which was presented to him by Taylor Swift in an attempt to bury the hatchet from the last time the two were on the same stage at the VMAs.
In true Kanye fashion, the speech was long and rambling and a bit hard to follow. Like his idol Trump, Ye tends to speak off the cuff. But he wasn't just joking when he said he was considering taking time off from music for a presidential campaign. There was a lot of lead up, but the speech ended with: "It ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
Since Trump will be seeking re-election in 2020, and Kanye is pulling for his friend, he recently said that he won't be on the ballot in 2020, but he fully intends to run in 2024.
4 Surrogacy Situation
Kim and Kanye have always wanted a big family — or at least Kim, who grew up with four sisters and a brother, does, and Kanye wants to make Kim happy. So we weren't surprised to see on "Keeping Up" that Kim was considering her plans for a third baby.
But after two very complicated pregnancies and very dangerous deliveries, doctors warned her that her body would likely not tolerate another pregnancy well and it could put her life at risk.
Of course, the show is a few months behind from what is going on in present day, so we heard rumors that Kim was having a baby via surrogate for a few weeks before the news was confirmed on "Keeping Up."
Everyone was talking about the new baby on the way, and lots of people speculated on the surrogate. People talked about how much Kimye spent on the surrogate — which surprisingly, was in line with what everyone else pays — and we learned that the surrogate didn't even know that the baby she was carrying was for a celebrity at first. More excitedly, Kim's baby news fell at the same time that two of her sisters were also expecting. Kylie's pregnancy was a secret, although it wasn't very well kept, and Khloe was a few months after that. What a moment to keep up with the Kardashians.
3 Chicago Arrives
As much as we anticipated meeting the third child for Kimye, we may have been anticipating the name more than anything else. People speculated for weeks what the new little bundle of joy would be named, especially after the names of big sister and brother North and Saint had caused such a stir. Kim was asked in every interview, and a lot of people threw out names that they thought matched the couple's style — something unique, a word name and one syllable.
But they surprised us once again. This little baby's name is Chicago, and they call her Chi (pronounced Shy).
We actually love this name, as it's a wonderful ode to the city where Kanye grew up. It's definitely not the typical place name, but it's still on trend and very unique and cool. Of course, other people were up in arms, and they loved to make jokes. One of our favorite Tweets was "Chicago West is my new favorite NBC drama," a tip off to the many shows with the city name in the title on the network. We love that Kimye dares to be different when they pick a name for a child. Their babies will definitely stand out in the crowd, so why not give them names that also stand out?
2 Kanye's Fashion Show And Show Of Support
We haven't talked much about the drama that has filled the lives of the other Kardashians during the time that Kim and Kanye have been Kimye, but there are a few moments that stand out because they were a big part of the couple's lives as well. And Kanye's 2016 fashion show is a great example of how the entire family shares their triumphs and tragedies and grows stronger together.
We all know that Kanye is all about music and fashion, but when it came to one of his biggest nights, he was gracious to share the spotlight.
At the season three show for his line Yeezy, Kanye entered with his brother-in-law Lamar Odom, who was estranged from his sister-in-law Khloe when he had a serious incident at a disreputable club.
Lamar was in a coma for days, and he had to struggle to walk and talk after the devastating incident. But even though he and Khloe has been in the midst of a divorce, she and her entire family supported him through the medical ordeal. Kanye brought music to Lamar and we hear he was a true brother and friend in helping him get well. There wasn't a rant at the show, but there was no need for words. It was a show of support that meant so much to the couple and their entire clan.
1 Family Feud
This last moment hasn't aired on television yet, but the previews look amazing. Kim and Kanye have taken on the KarJenners in Family Feud! Kanye has been the focus of a lot of negative news recently, and he's pretty well known for scowling — that even prompted Ellen to play a guessing game with Kim on her show, asking if Kanye was happy in certain pictures. Well, in the previews for the Family Feud episode, Kanye has the biggest grin that we haven't seen in such a long time.
Kim Snapchatted about filming the episode, and she said in interviews that she and Kanye are the hugest fans of the game show. Steve Harvey said that Kanye is actually pretty good in an interview about the upcoming season of celebrity episodes. But he added that Kim was not so great at answering the questions.
One of our favorite parts of this moment is the symbolism involved. Kim joined her husband's team the Wests instead of being on the side of the sisters that have become famous along side her. We don't think of this as choosing to go against her family but more about choosing to have her husband's back. Kim has proven to be a loyal wife time and again, and this moment just solidifies it in our minds.
References: TMZ, Girlfriend, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, People, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, People, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, E! Online, The Telegraph, Time, OK Magazine, CNN, Glamour