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Kanye West and Julia Fox's Relationship Timeline

Forming a bond in an unexpected place. Nearly one year after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, the musician publicly moved on with Julia Fox.

West, who married Kardashian in 2014, was linked to Irina Shayk and model Vinetria before he celebrated New Year’s Eve with Fox. The Gotham Awards nominee, for her part, was married to Peter Artemiev before meeting the songwriter.

Shortly after West and Fox were spotted together in January 2022, Us Weekly confirmed that the pilot filed for divorce from the actress two years prior. The exes welcomed a son six months after their divorce proceedings were finalized in July 2020.

Fox previously opened up about the ups and downs in her relationship with her ex, referring to Artemiev as a “deadbeat dad” in December 2021.

“This man left me with a 5 month old and a dog and a home and ALL THE BILLS. It’s wrong!!! It’s not fair,” Fox claimed in an Instagram Story. “He 1000 percent intentionally got me pregnant, It’s a blessing. I’m happy about it. I would not change it.”

Artemiev denied the accusations, telling Page Six in a statement, “I was saddened to learn of the utterly false statements made on social media by Julia Fox, my coparent, who is clearly struggling. Out of respect for her privacy and to protect our child, I will not comment further.”

While speaking to The Cut, Fox apologized for bringing up her issues with her ex on social media.

“My son’s father and I had our issues and I wanted to scare him into being a better dad, but I went about it the wrong way,” she explained at the time. “My son’s dad loves his son more than anything in the world. He just has some issues that I shouldn’t have made public.”

One month later, Fox confirmed that she started dating West — who swept her off her feet with one-of-a-kind experiences.

“I mean, I’m still in shock,” she wrote in a post for Interview in January 2022. “Ye had an entire hotel suite full of clothes. It was every girl’s dream come true. It felt like a real Cinderella moment. I don’t know how he did it, or how he got all of it there in time. But I was so surprised. Like, who does things like this on a second date? Or any date!”

The artist gushed about her “organic” courtship with West, saying, “I don’t know where things are headed but if this is any indication of the future, I’m loving the ride.”

The Puppet star later shared her thoughts on how she became the Chicago native’s “muse.”

“You know, I’m so used to being f—ked over in relationships, so I keep waiting for him to disappoint me because he makes very grandiose promises, and it’s like, ‘How could he ever pull it off with all the other things he has going on?’ But he always does,” Fox told Interview that same month. “Right now, the vibes I’m getting are very much about tolerance, kindness, and love. I’m canceling cancel culture and putting an end to this black-and-white thinking. People shouldn’t be defined by their darkest moment. As humans, we commit violence to each other, we police each other. We’ve created such a hostile environment, especially on the internet.”

Scroll down to relive Fox and West’s whirlwind romance:

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Ringing in the New Year
West and Fox were first spotted spending time together on New Year’s Eve in Miami. They were later photographed getting close during a dinner at Carbone in New York.
At the time, a source exclusively told Us that the duo were “having fun” during the “casual” outing. The insider added that West “wanted to get to know her better” after they initially connected through mutual friends.
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Growing Romance
While speaking with Interview magazine in January 2022, Fox reflected on her “instant connection” with the rapper. 
“His energy is so fun to be around,” the actress said shortly after their outings made headlines. “He had me and my friends laughing, dancing and smiling all night. We decided to keep the energy going and fly back to New York City to see Slave Play. Ye’s flight landed at six and the play was at seven and he was there ON TIME. I was impressed.”
She continued: “After the play we chose to do dinner at Carbone which is one of my favorite restaurants. Obviously. At the restaurant, Ye directed an entire photo shoot for me while people dined! The whole restaurant loved it and cheered us on while it was happening.”
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Finding Someone Special
That same month, the Uncut Gems star opened up about moving on from her marriage to Artemiev with the Yeezy designer.
“The overall message is that if ur in a toxic relationship, get out of it cuz u never know who or what could be waiting on the other side,” she told New York Magazine’s The Cut at the time.
Fox also addressed talk about her romance with West happening “so quickly,” saying, “I’m going with the universe and the flow and seeing where it takes me.”
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An Honest Connection
After Fox and West publicly packed on the PDA one day after Kardashian’s date night with Pete Davidson, the Italy native shut down claims that her relationship was a PR stunt.  
“I feel like, to the people who know us both personally, like, all the people that we have in common, like, friends in common, have texted me like, ‘Oh, my God, this makes so much sense,'” Fox shared on the “Forbidden Fruits” podcast in January 2022. “There’s always people that think every single celebrity scandal is a setup. I personally don’t.”
For the No Sudden Move star, her new connection with West came from a “meta” place.
“Listen, for right now, I’m just living in the moment and I don’t have any expectations — there’s no labels, none of that. It’s just people that make each other feel better,” she said at the time. “We were all connected, like even prior. You know what I mean? We’re all artists.”
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An Inspiration
In January 2022, Fox recalled how her romance with West included him offering input into her wardrobe.
“My transformation [was the wildest thing he created for me]. After meeting him, a couple days later, all my s—t was in boxes, gone. It was so cathartic,” she told Interview. “It wasn’t like I was just packing up my old clothes, it was like I was packing up my old life. I was like making that very conscious decision to really put everything in the box. To let go of the past.”
Even though Fox considered herself “such a control freak,” she found the process refreshing.
“I’ve been the primary caretaker of everyone for so long, so it’s a new sensation, but honestly, I think I deserve it. Even a month ago, I was so f—king like not getting along with my son’s father or not having help. It was just me alone. I was so tired and everything was work,” she added. “And then a few days later there I am with Ye, and it was the most instant natural organic attraction and connection. I just feel really safe with him. It’s a redemption story.”
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