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Rob, is that you? After Blac posted a now-deleted photo with an unidentifiable man's tattoo-clad arm to her Instagram, fans began to claim the man in question was indeed Rob. The relationship would go on to become Rob's first high-profile relationship since his 2012 romance with singer Rita Ora.
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Did you expect anything less from TV's First Family? The relationship between Rob and Blac most definitely struck a chord with the Kardashian clan – and for good reason. Here's a quick recap to catch you up on why this would be a wildly unexpected pairing: Blac Chyna, 27, is rapper Tyga's ex ,and the two have a son together, King Cairo, 3. Blac Chyna was previously close pals with Kim Kardashian West, though the friendship appeared to fizzle after Tyga, 26, started dating Kardashian West's sister Kylie Jenner, 18.
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DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND
Don't be fooled by the rocks that she's got. After Blac posted several suggestive pictures and videos of herself sporting a massive diamond ring on that finger back in February, rumors began swirling that the model and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star were engaged. But it wasn't true, PEOPLE learned quickly after. "Chyna is all about attention, and that's probably why she keeps flashing the ring," the source said.
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According to several sources close to formerly reclusive Kardashian member, Rob began adopting a healthier lifestyle and more positive outlook in life after linking up with the model and business owner. "Rob has fallen hard for Blac Chyna. She makes him super happy and this is the first time that he's felt so optimistic about life in years," a source tells PEOPLE. "For the first time in forever, Rob seems very excited about the future."
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BREAK UP, MAKE UP
In an attempt to address break-up rumors following deleted Instagram posts of his girlfriend, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star took to his Instagram announcing that he and Blac are looking to keep their relationship as private as possible. "It's impossible to have a positive relationship with so much negativity from the media and outsiders and we would appreciate if it everyone respects that," he writes. Another important update? Kardashian has coined a couple name for them: ChyRo.
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A ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Rob joined his lady love in Jamaica, where Blac was set to make a club appearance in March. The pair were seen cuddling and being affectionate with each other while at the event, according to onlookers.
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ROB & BLAC PUMP UP THE PDA
Whether it's Instagram or Snapchat, the pair are quick to show off their love/lust/affection for one another in a series of videos and photos that range from sweet to NSFW. Other snaps have featured Blac exclaiming "I want to have a baby!" as well as other clips of the pair alluding to marriage and starting a family together.
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NO (MORE) BAD BLOOD HERE
Despite a tense start, the Kardashian family is working towards accepting Rob's new love. The couple's biggest supporter? Rob's mom, Kris Jenner. "[She is] actually super stoked on them together now," a source tells PEOPLE. "She feels like Rob was pulled out of his depression phase because of her." Rob has also been spotted hanging out with younger sister Kylie Jenner, who was previously "super betrayed" upon hearing about the pair's budding romance.
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ROB CONTINUES TO BOND WITH BLAC'S SON
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BLAC CHYNA IS PREGNANT
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Although Chyna and Kardashian's relationship initially sparked tension among the Kardashian family, Chyna was welcomed with open arms after the crew realized how much of a positive impact the model has on Rob. Chyna even joined in on future sister-in-law Khloé's 32nd birthday party, which was also attended by Kim, Kourtney, Kylie and Kris.
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HAPPIER THAN EVER
"I think that he's in a very good place right now, and he's more comfortable in his own skin, and he's back to being the old Rob," Kris Jenner said during a July 2016 interview, opening up about her only son and the positive impact his fiancée has had on him. "The old Rob is so funny and so engaging and so charming and such a wonderful guy and to see that disappear for a minute broke my heart. So to have him in this happy place, it means everything."
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Kardashian went on one of his many social media cleanses, wiping all traces of Chyna on his Instagram – leaving a single photo of himself on his account. The action took fans by surprise, seeing as the star is very vocal about his love for the model. Despite Kardashian's decision to rid himself of PDA-packed 'grams, sources close to Chyna said "they're not broken up." "They filmed [their upcoming E! reality show] over the weekend and had an argument," a separate source shared with PEOPLE, adding, "It's hard to see Rob and Chyna actually splitting. Rob is looking forward to becoming a dad. It would take a lot for him to break up with her."
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BUMP IN THE ROAD
Karashian went on yet another family blocking spree, blocking his sisters, as well as Chyna, from his phone and Instagram. "This is how he's been for the last three years," Kim told Chyna on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. "I don't even know what the answer is."
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READY FOR BABY
As Rob Kardashian gets closer and closer to fatherhood — his baby girl with Chyna is due in mid-November — the reality star is determined to be healthy for his daughter. He posted a side-by-side of himself, prior to his weight gain, and Chyna, prior to her pregnancy on Instagram. "Oh yeah we snapping back lol," he wrote. "Baby will be here in 4 weeks and I'm done with carrying this pregnancy weight. Me and my baby gonna be right. MOTIVATION TIME! WE almost there Chy. F— Chy looks so bomb here aghhh!"
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MOM & DAD
Congrats are in order for the new set of parents! Kardashian and Chyna welcomed their first child together — a daughter named Dream Renée — on Nov. 10. "Rob looks very excited. They are preparing [Chyna] for the c-section. There is a film crew with them," a source told PEOPLE before delivering their newborn.
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Just three days after documenting their PDA on social media, Chyna's Instagram account was hacked; the anonymous hacker claimed the new mom left Kardashian, and promised to "expose" the reality star and how she was using him while allegedly cheating on him with other men. Chyna later confirmed that the private messages and text conversations the hacker leaked were true, and even implied that Kardashian was involved in the "hack." The same weekend, Kardashian took to Snapchat to claim Chyna "took the baby, took the whole nursery we built" while sharing footage of empty rooms in the couple's home. He also said Chyna wasn't letting him see their daughter. "She blocked me or else I would ask to see her and she has the guard gate not letting me in the gate either. I just miss baby Dream." In a since-deleted post, Chyna said Kardashian could come see Dream if he wanted to because he "knows where we are."
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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Following the weekend's drama, Chyna's mom Tokyo Toni took to Instagram to address fans' comments about the couple's apparent split. "I love Rob and I am going to try to help them manage their relationship through love and wise words," she wrote. "At the end of the day they will still be together I promise you. Rob just have to get Mr. Insecure off of his back! Everything will be fine."
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It might just be a blue Christmas for Chyna after all. A few days before Kris Jenner's annual holiday party, a source close to the famous family told PEOPLE that the Kardashian-Jenner matriarch would not be inviting the former model. "Rob's family is trying to distance themselves from Chyna. They can't stand the toxic relationship," the insider shared. "They very much care about baby Dream though. It's just come to the point when they think Rob is better off without being in a relationship with Chyna."
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A few weeks after their reconciliation, the new parents celebrated their 1-year anniversary together on Jan. 25, and announced the milestone on Instagram. "1 year down lol woohoooooo happy anniversary babbbbbbiiiiiiiieeeeeee," Kardashian captioned the video.
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'THE WEDDING PLANS ARE OFF'
In February 2017, the couple broke up yet again. “They split a while ago. The wedding plans are off,” a source close to Kardashian tells PEOPLE. “They are both trying to be mature about it. It was less dramatic this time.” A source tells PEOPLE that Chyna was "fed up" with Kardashian's behavior. "Chyna is super fed up with Rob and thinks he is way too emotional and depressed. She thinks he has terrible issues,” says the insider, who knows both Chyna and Kardashian. “He is always battling his own insecurities and is unstable. It’s a major turn-off to her, and she thinks it’s incredibly unhealthy for the baby and their family.”
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A POTENTIAL CUSTODY BATTLE
Following their split, an insider close to Rob's former flame revealed that the new dad is preparing for a custody battle with his ex-fiancée. "I expect things to get ugly," the source told PEOPLE. "Chyna wants full custody with Rob only getting visitations."
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There may be a new dynamic shared between Rob and Chyna, but that didn't stop the model from not only wishing her former partner a happy 30th birthday, but also attending the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's party. "Blac Chyna was there, because they filmed it," an insider told PEOPLE. "She brought black and gold balloons and a gift. It was civil despite all the custody drama."
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A ROMANTIC REUNION
So, are they back together? The on-again, off-again couple was spotted out to dinner on April 19 at Pan-Asian eatery Tao in Los Angeles — just two months after news broke that they had called it quits.
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WHAT AN HONOR
In a heartfelt Instagram post on May 30, the reality star shared a throwback photo of his former fiancée, and penned a sweet caption about the mother of his first child. "On my first episode of Rob's Random Cornball Thoughts is This young lady who grew up to be the woman I love and the mother of my child," the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote. He later deleted the post that same week.
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THE START OF SOMETHING NEW
It's official: Rob has moved on. A source confirmed to PEOPLE that the reality star is dating Mehgan James, who has appeared on Oxygen's Bad Girl’s Club and VH1's Basketball Wives LA. "Mehgan's been supporting Rob and his business for some time now," an insider also told PEOPLE about the duo. "They've been really close friends for about three months."
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BACK ON AGAIN?
Despite multiple sources telling PEOPLE that Rob and Meghan were dating, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star denied the claims. "The whole Meghan drama was bizarre. They were seeing each other," the Kardashian source confirmed to PEOPLE. "But Rob clearly was thinking that he wanted to get back with Chyna too."
As for what's going on with the formerly engaged pair? "Rob and Chyna are getting along, but are not officially back together," a source close to Rob told PEOPLE. "They are spending a lot of time together. There hasn’t been any drama," the source continued. "They want to get along and raise Dream together. That’s their main goal."
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A BATTLE BEGINS
On July 5, Rob took to Instagram to blast his ex in a series of extremely graphic and expletive-ridden posts, some of which have since been deleted, where the reality star accuses his ex-fiancée of cheating.
"Hahahaha Chyna just sent me this video saying happy 4th of July what a crazy person," he captioned a video of Chyna kissing an unidentified man. "Come spend time with your daughter ... "
In another highly graphic post, Rob shared a screenshot of an alleged text conversation between himself and Chyna, which included a photo of Chyna's exposed genital area. "This is from Chyna yesterday to me," he wrote. "I never been so disrespected in my life."
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A few days after Rob posted a series of explicit pictures of the star on Instagram, Chyna and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, headed to ABC News, where the Rob & Chyna star revealed she was taking legal action.
"I was devastated, of course. I'm like, 'How could somebody, like, post these pictures of me?' " Chyna, who announced her intention to seek restraining orders against Rob, said during an ABC News interview aired on Good Morning America. "This is a person that I trusted. I just felt betrayed."
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TAKING LEGAL ACTION
On July 10, Chyna and her legal team went to court, where the star was granted a temporary retraining order against her former fiancé.
The youngest Kardashian sibling did not appear in court, but his lawyer Robert Shapiro — who worked with the star's late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., on the O.J. Simpson case — appeared on his behalf. While walking in to the courtroom, Shapiro told reporters that Rob "regrets" his actions.
"Now we move forward to do one thing and one thing only — whatever is in the best interest of the child," Shapiro added.
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DREAM COMES FIRST
Outside a courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on July 11, Chyna spoke with reporters and confirmed that she was granted multiple restraining orders against her former fiancé. "I would first and foremost like the thank the judge for granting me this restraining order to protect me, and I'm going to get back to co-parenting Dream," said the Lashed Cosmetics founder. But how will co-parenting work between the Rob & Chyna stars, who are in the midst of a bitter legal battle?
"We're going to work with lawyers on figuring out a co-parenting situation. Rob's been a fantastic father and Chyna doesn't need financial support in that way. They want to figure it out together," Walter Mosley — Chyna's co-counsel with Lisa Bloom — revealed to PEOPLE. "As big as this fight was both of their hearts are in the same place when it comes to protecting and raising Dream."
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"Words are words, but once you start posting actual pictures, then that's just not right. It's actually against the law," Chyna told PEOPLE exclusively of Rob's decision to post explicit pictures of the model, with whom he shares daughter Dream (pictured). "If I was to go and do a very artsy, high-end photo shoot exposing my breasts, that's my choice," she added. "This is my body. It's my right. Once somebody else does it, it's just not right. I'm hoping that somehow, some way, this will let [potential revenge-porn posters] know, 'Don't do it.' "
"I'm glad I'm relieved of [Rob], but damn, why did I have to get relief in this way?" the Lashed Cosmetics entrepreneur said of being granted restraining orders against her ex. Though through it all, she thinks she's found a silver lining: "I feel like God does certain things — not to hurt you, but to show you your true strength," she said. "I feel like, if I can come out of this, I can come out of anything."
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The former couple has been immersed in legal drama since Kardashian targeted Chyna with an explicit Instagram rampage in July 2017. Now, both sides are attempting to work out their differences ahead of their court date in September.
“We are attempting to work out an amicable resolution of all issues,” Chyna’s high-powered attorney, Lisa Bloom, told PEOPLE. “If that fails, we will go forward with the hearing on September 18 so that the court will impose long-term consequences on Mr. Kardashian for his vicious online attacks on Blac Chyna.”
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A DECISION IS MADE
On September 15, 2017, Kardashian and his ex-fiancée agreed to share joint custody of their 10-month-old daughter Dream, and Kardashian is ready to focus his efforts on raising his only child.
“Rob and Chyna have other issues they need to figure out, but this is a good start," a source told PEOPLE. "Rob knows it was a huge mistake to get involved with Chyna, but baby Dream is his world. She is the most special gift."
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