Cardi B & Offset's Relationship Timeline: From Baby to Breakup — and Now Back Together
The rappers, who welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari in July 2018, have had their share of ups and downs
The Start of Something New
It all began in February 2017 when Cardi B (née Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) and Offset (né Kiari Kendrell Cephus) went on their very first date during Super Bowl LI. "I told my publicist to tell him, because I was very shy, 'Listen, if we gonna go on a public date together, you cannot make me look like a dumbass after this,'" Cardi B told GQ. "And he was like, ‘No, I really like her. I’m really feeling her.' We was talking, we was making out. We didn't f—." Things escalated after the annual event, of course, considering the couple’s respective power status. "After the Super Bowl, it got really serious because I feel, like, all eyes on us," she said in the same interview.
On the Same Page
It didn't take long before the Migos member collaborated with his new girlfriend on "Lick," a single off the female rapper's mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2, in May 2017. They performed alongside each other and teased fans with an almost-kiss at the end of the song's music video. That same month, the hot-and-heavy couple was also spotted enjoying themselves at a Met Gala afterparty.
And just like that, it was official: In October 2017, the Migos rapper got down on one knee and popped the question (with a larger-than-life sparkler in hand!) to his love in the middle of a Power 99's Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia — and she said yes! "I can't wait to spend FOREVAAAA with you," Cardi B wrote on Instagram following the surprise proposal. "Lets make a lot shmoney and love together."
Two months after his public proposal, Offset was caught in the center of a cheating scandal after videos surfaced showing the rapper in bed with multiple women. While he refused to address the allegations in his Rolling Stone interview, Offset did remind the reporter that "It's my real life." He continued: "It ain't no gig. It ain’t no f–ing game, you know what I’m saying?”
Cardi B, on the other hand, took a much more direct approach by tweeting her thoughts on the matter. "No, it's not right for a [n----] to cheat…But what you want me to do?" she wrote. "Go f--- me another n----? Start all over again and get cheated on again? This s--- happens to everyone and I be too, you too…People handle they relationship different soo."
A Permanent Tribute
Presumed tension seemed nonexistent in January 2017 when Offset declared his adoration for the Invasion of Privacy rapper in the form of a neck tattoo that spelled out her name. And if this video were any indication, she was pretty damn pleased/flattered/excited with the final product.
The "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker opened up about her fiancé’s alleged infidelity in a February 2018 interview with Cosmopolitan, while simultaneously giving us a lesson in true self-confidence. "I know I look good, I know I'm rich, I know I'm talented. I know I could get any man I want — any basketball player, football player," she began. "But I want to work out my s— with my man, and I don't got to explain why."
The New York native also criticized the ongoing media scrutiny on her personal life. "I'm not your property. This is my life … I'm going to take my time, and I'm going to decide on my decision," she told the magazine. "It's not right, what he f-—ing did — but people don't know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel."
After weeks of pregnancy speculation and clap-backs from the star — who famously responded to an inquiring fan by saying, "No bitch I'm just getting fat. Let me fat in peace." — Cardi B took to the Saturday Night Live stage for a performance that saw the star proudly displaying her growing baby bump in a form-fitting white dress. How’s that for the ultimate pregnancy reveal?
Rolling Stone’s June 2018 cover featured Offset kissing his ultra-glam fiancé’s bare baby bump. Although this is Cardi B’s first pregnancy, the pair's first child together will be the fourth for Offset, who is father to three children from previous relationships. "People want to make fun of me, saying I'm the fourth baby mom, [but] I know I'm not having a baby with a s--ty ass man,” the "I Like It" star told Rolling Stone.
'Til Death Do Us Part
Whether he meant to subtly make the announcement or if it really was just a slip, Offset led social media into complete hysteria after he referred to Cardi B as his "wife" at the BET Awards in June 2018. Hours later, TMZ obtained the couple's marriage certificate, which states the couple tied the knot in Atlanta months prior, on Sept. 20.
Despite initial hesitance to share details on the married pair’s special day, Cardi B confirmed the news on Twitter: "One morning in September we woke up and decided to get married. ... I said I do, with no dress no make up and no ring! ... at least ya can stop saying i had a baby out of wedlock."
The spouses celebrated their baby girl on the way at an extravagant shower with a theme of Bardi Shower: A Bronx Fairytale.
Friends and family danced the night away amid tons of pink and white flowers, pink balloons and more.
The chic soirée also featured a full band, a children’s book library for the couple's bundle of joy and a "Bardi Baby Bodega," where guests could grab a variety of refreshments and other products.
They Say I Do!
In September 2018, Cardi shared a throwback photo from their low-key wedding to celebrate their one-year as husband and wife.
In October 2018, Offset faked a medical emergency so his wife would come back home to Atlanta immediately. Turns out, he had been plotting to surprise Cardi with a new Lamborghini.
Cardi proudly showed off Offset’s custom Louis Vuitton jewelry cases hand painted with a portrait of his wife wearing a bra and briefs, along with an inscription of each of his four children’s names — sons Jordan and Kody and daughters Kalea and Kulture.
On Dec. 5, 2018, Cardi announced on Instagram that she and Offset had split. “We got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time," she said.
Back on Track
After breaking up, the couple decided to try to work on their relationship again, and got back together January 2019. By Valentine's Day in February, Cardi was showing off the extravagant gifts her husband had showered her with.
“I love you daddy ❤️❤️Happy valentine day ❤️,” the “Please Me” rapper wrote alongside a video of her opening up the two new Hermès tote bags Offset had gotten her.
Offset had picked out a bright purple and bright orange one for his wife, who seemed pleased with the choices. “Oh yes, and I wanted an orange so bad!” she said in the video.
To top off the special day, Offset even flew in dinner from Cardi’s favorite restaurant in N.Y.C., to Chicago, where the couple was attending the NBA’s All-Star weekend.
Birkins on Birkins
Offset continued to celebrate wife Cardi, this time for Mother's Day. The rapper showered his wife in flowers and luxury designer handbags, and she made sure to share a photo of her haul on Instagram.
"Thank you papasotee ❤️," Cardi captioned the photo of herself holding her two new Hermès Birkin bags, in lime green and turquoise shades, as she sat on the floor surrounded by about 29 boxes of preserved roses from Rose Box flowers, which retail for $429 a box. (Yes, that's upwards of $12,000 in dyed blooms!)
As for the Birkins, those size and colorways retail anywhere from $10,000 to $17,000.
Kulture Turns 2!
Mom Cardi and dad Offset celebrated their toddler with sweet birthday shout-outs on Instagram. The parents posted photos of happy Kulture posing in a bright-pink tutu, remarking on how fast time flies.
"My Beautiful Baby KK you are a prize from God," Offset, captioned a snapshot. "thank you @iamcardib for this blessing 2 years went by so fast God is the Greatest."
Cardi shared a video of Kulture dancing as the proud mom and others shouted "Go Kulture, it's your birthday." The birthday girl smiled as she waved her hands in the air and stepped in her all-pink outfit. "BIRTHDAY GIRL 🌸🎀🎀🎀🎀 7/10/18," the "Money" rapper captioned the clip.
On her Instagram Story — where she shared more dress-up fun with her little one — Cardi also lamented about mentally processing her daughter getting older, writing: "She don't know how f---ed up in emotions and tears I am today. My baby deadass turning 2 today."
Trouble in Paradise
In an interview with ELLE for the magazine's September issue, Cardi B admitted that her relationship with Offset can have "a lot of drama" at times, however, they still share a solid bond that keeps their marriage strong.
"I don't really like talking about love much, but I feel like I have to do it, just because I want people to know a little bit," Cardi told the magazine. "There's always rumors about me and my husband, and I feel like people would rather start rumors because they want me to be heartbroken. They want me to be hurt."
"I do know that my relationship has a lot of drama and everything. But there's a lot of love, there's a lot of passion, there's a lot of trust, there's a big friendship," she continued. "It's always us against the world."
The rapper also joked that if everyone is "so curious to know about my relationship" then she's going to "put it in the f---ing music and you can buy it too." Said Cardi, "I'm not going to give it to you all for free."
Cardi Files for Divorce
After three years of marriage, Cardi filed for divorce at an Atlanta courthouse on Sept. 15, reportedly after finding out that Offset had been unfaithful yet again.
Reps for Cardi B and Offset did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Just weeks after filing for divorce, the pair were spotted kissing at Cardi's birthday party on Oct. 10.
In a video posted to Twitter on Oct. 15, she clarified the status of her relationship.
"It's hard not to talk to your best friend. You know what I'm saying? It's really hard not to talk to your best friend," she said. "And it's really hard to have no d—. And it's just like, I don't know."
"We're just really, really, really just typical two young motherf—rs that got married early," she said. "That's just what we are…. We're no different than y'all's dysfunctional ass relationships."
The Divorce Is Off
The couple's reconciliation appears to be for good: Cardi B has officially called off the divorce.
On Nov. 2, a Fulton County, Georgia judge dismissed the case "without prejudice" nearly two months after the "WAP" rapper filed for divorce from the Migos member.