Where’s the love? In the stands! Kim Kardashian shows her team colors on Jan. 19, cheering on new beau Kris Humphries during a New Jersey Nets game. At the time, Kardashian downplayed the romance, saying, “I’m having a lot of fun [with him]” – but fast-forward six months, the reality star is happily engaged to the NBA power forward, telling PEOPLE of the surprise proposal, “I didn’t expect this at all.”
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ALL IN THE FAMILY
Double date night! The happy couple join Kardashian’s sister Khloé and brother-in-law Lamar Odom for a night out in L.A. Things appear to be getting more serious between the athlete and the reality star, who Tweets a childhood photo of Humphries, along with the message: “I want my son to look like this!” And Humphries is down with the plan, replying, “Hmmm, I think I can help you out.”
The twosome step out March 8 to support Kardashian’s stepbrother Brody Jenner at his girlfriend Avril Lavigne’s album-release party in N.Y.C. So far, Humphries seems to be getting along with Kardashian’s close-knit clan, in spite of sister Khloé telling PEOPLE the worst is yet to come. “He hasn’t been to my mom’s house with the chaos, so the initiation process will happen this summer – if he lasts,” she says. “If he can get out of that alive, then he’s good to stay.”
The affectionate twosome step out in New York’s trendy meatpacking district on March 27, hitting up stores Jeffrey and Alexander McQueen. “Probably the sexiest thing about him is his personality,” Kardashian gushes to PEOPLE. “And also, his deep voice.”
Looks like that initiation Khloé warned about came early! Humphries joins Kardashian and her family in Punta Mita, Mexico, for sister Kourtney’s 32nd birthday in April.
Shake what your momma gave you! With maracas in one hand – and Kardashian in the other – Humphries gets the party started for future sister-in-law Kourtney’s birthday.
The happy twosome step out May 19 for a date night in L.A. “I think I haven’t found one thing wrong with him,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE. First love, then marriage … but will a baby be on her busy schedule? “Not anytime soon,” she says, adding, “But I never know what the future holds.”
After announcing their engagement, the couple takes their love to the red carpet – and overseas! – at the May 27 Amber Fashion Show in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where they also meet up with Humphries’s family. “I wanted to propose before the trip so we could really spend some quality time together with my family,” he tells PEOPLE. “I planned it out this way.”
MUST LOVE DOGS
Humphries and Kardashian cross another relationship milestone when he introduces her to his dogs, Brody and Gizmo, during an L.A. playdate on June 11 – one day before making his Keeping Up with the Kardashians debut. “We definitely wanted to make sure that we really got to know each other first before we even had him on camera,” Kardashian says. “We took a few good months just to ourselves to make sure that everything was really just strong between us.”
SHOP TO IT
Looks like someone’s been practicing for the first dance! Humphries and Kardashian link up with the starlet’s former Dancing with the Stars partner, Mark Ballas, on June 16 in West Hollywood, where the trio is spotted exiting a dance studio.
Humphries plays dutiful fiancé on July 20, helping his lady love shop for a new look at the launch of the Noon by Noor collection in L.A. “I really fell in love with him as a person – he’s such a good person with a good heart,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE. “The time that we’ve spent together, we have so much fun together and he always, no matter what, puts me in a good mood.”
“It was like we were in heaven,” Kardashian gushes to PEOPLE about her Aug. 20 nuptials at a private Montecito, Calif., estate. Humphries agrees, adding, “I’m going to remember how perfect it was.”
TROUBLE IN PARADISE?
Kardashian admits in October that her newlywed living situation, sharing a home in New York City with sister Kourtney and her boyfriend, Scott Disick, was And, it seems, Kardashian was downplaying just how “not ideal” it was: Ryan Seacrest confirmed that the reality star filed for divorce On Oct. 31. The reason: “Irreconcilable differences.”