Kris Humphries asked Kim Kardashian, who is 4 years older than him, to marry him after seven months of dating. They married 3 months after the engagement but the marriage ended soon after.
Not all love stories end the same way. Some couples choose to separate when they hit the first roadblock instead of working on it. Marriages are complicated affairs and while nobody is sure what's happening between a husband and a wife from the inside, it may seem everything is fine from the outside. However, some people might lack patience and instead take drastic steps like getting a divorce in just months.
Kim Kardashian, 39, may be one of those people. Kardashian and NBA star Kris Humphries, 35, were first spotted together in 2010 and they had a bit of a whirlwind romance. By January 2011, she knew she wanted her kids to look like him. Only seven months after meeting, the couple were engaged after he proposed with a 20.5-carat $2 million ring on May 18, 2011.
"I didn't expect this at all," Kardashian said of the proposal, as per MTV.com. Humphries wrote "Will You Marry Me?" in rose petals in her bedroom. "I was in such shock. I never thought it would happen at home, and I never thought now," she added.
Her family was equally shocked. "We were totally surprised. I mean, because I had been working so much, and Kris lives in New Jersey, I've only met him not even a handful of times," Khloé Kardashian, Kim's sister, told MTV News about the whirlwind romance. "We were at a family dinner and she walks in, and she's like, 'I'm engaged,' but we didn't even know if it was a joke."
He even joined the Kardashians on their reality TV show called Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Three months after they got engaged, the couple got married in August 2011 in a lavish wedding. Their wedding cost $10 million and was telecast on a TV special. But, things were not exactly smooth sailing. The NBA player didn't always vibe with her family and after only 72 days of marriage, the couple split.
It was Kardashian who filed for divorce from her husband-of-less-than-three-months citing "irreconcilable differences." As per BleacherReport, in a statement, she said, "I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don't work out as planned."
The arguments they had been having showed that they were not ready to take the plunge when they did. Humphries was around 26 years old at the time and Kardashian 31. She had been upset at him for partying without her during the NBA lockout. She was also seen having lunch with ex-boyfriend and current Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.
Humphries was reportedly upset at his wife for using her maiden name for the filming of their reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Kim's Fairytale Wedding.
Even though they had a prenup, it took them around two years to finalize the divorce. Kardashian was accused of staging the marriage for the cameras. She insisted that she "married for love," but admitted she "got caught up with the hoopla … I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn't get off when now I know I probably should have," as per Us Weekly.
The NBA player also revealed that it sent him into a negative headspace. "Look, I should have known what I was getting into. I was definitely naive about how much my life was going to change. But the one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake," he wrote for The Players' Tribune. "There’s definitely a lot about that world that is not entirely real. But our actual relationship was 100 percent real."
He opened up about why they separated. "When it was clear that it wasn’t working … what can I say? It sucked," he said. "It’s never easy to go through the embarrassment of something like that – with your friends, with your family…. But when it plays out so publicly, in front of the world, it’s a whole other level. It was brutal."
The prolonged divorce and humiliation were very difficult for him to handle and it affected his mental health. "I’ll be honest, I dealt with a lot of anxiety, especially in crowds. There was about a year where I was in a dark place. I didn’t want to leave my home," he said. "You feel like … I don’t know … the whole world hates you, but they don’t even know why. They don’t even know you at all. They just recognize your face, and they’re on you."
He was reportedly "uncooperative" with the proceedings but eventually relented. Kardashian is now married to rapper Kanye West, who announced he is going to run for president in 2020. They have four children together.