Celebrity relationships often captivate the general public’s attention. And Rapper Kanye West has a dating history as fascinating as his music career. From high school sweethearts to superstars, West’s relationships have been the subject of much fascination and attention. His current girlfriend, Julia Fox, reveals dating Kanye West is like raising another child. Here’s everything she shared about their relationship.
Julia Fox Reveals Dating Kanye West Felt Like Raising Another Child
Julia Fox and Kanye West’s relationship began in early 2022, shortly after Fox’s separation from Peter Artemiev, the father of her son.
“I only could do it for so long because ultimately, I think he needed a full-time person, and I just couldn’t be full-time,” Julia Fox said.
As their relationship progressed, Fox began to have concerns. She felt like she might be a “publicity stunt” for Kanye West, especially when he started showering her with extravagant gifts.
Julia Fox’s Memoir: ‘Down the Drain’
Julia Fox’s memoir, titled ‘Down the Drain,’ released on October 10, 2023, is not solely focused on her relationship with Kanye West. However, their romance occupies a significant portion of the narrative. Through her memoir, Fox provides readers with an unfiltered view of her life, her relationships, and her experiences in the challenging world of fame.
Being in a relationship with someone as prolific as Kanye West brought its own set of challenges for Julia Fox.
While trying to nurture her relationship with West, Fox also had to prioritize her son, Valentino. Balancing frequent phone conversations with parenting duties often led her to multitask with AirPods while tending to her child. West asked Fox to be his girlfriend soon after their first meeting. West offered Fox a breast augmentation, which she declined. This offer left her with an uncomfortable feeling.
As their relationship progressed, West took more control over Fox’s style, with her friends becoming part of his styling team. Fox felt somewhat powerless as her old clothes were packed away and her wardrobe transformed.
After an argument over their respective friends, West ceased communication with Fox for a month, which allowed her more time with her son but also left her missing him.
Fox believes that her relationship with West influenced some of her professional opportunities, as a commercial job fell through due to her ties with West, and a promised deal with an Italian denim company was contingent on her being West’s girlfriend. For Fox’s birthday, West gifted her and her friends Birkin bags, which Fox felt were more of a publicity gesture than a sincere present.
Julia revealed that she thought their relationship would not become public. “When I first met him, I literally thought nobody would ever hear about it, because a lot of the time you date these celebrities but they’re very hush-hush and they’re like, ‘Don’t post a picture in my bathroom.’ So I kinda just thought it would be a secret,” she said. “So when it suddenly got mysteriously leaked, it wasn’t me, I really was just not expecting that at all, and then I just embraced it. I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do the fashion, I’ll wear the clothes. I’ll do what he says.’”
History of Kanye West Relationships
Kanye West’s first known public romance was with his high school sweetheart, Sumeke Rainey. Their relationship remained relatively private, but West referenced her in his song “Never Let Me Down” from his debut album, “The College Dropout.” Their love story came to an end as West’s career took off.
West dated designer Alexis Phifer from 2002 to 2008. Their relationship had its ups and downs, including an 18-month engagement that was eventually called off in 2008 due to personal challenges.
While still in a relationship with Phifer, West briefly dated former MTV employee and Harlem Heights star Brooke Crittendon. Their relationship faced the pressure of the spotlight but ended on good terms. One of West’s most high-profile relationships was with model and TV personality Amber Rose, which lasted from 2008 to 2010. Rose alleged enduring “constant bullying” from West after their breakup, and she claimed she only received fame from the relationship.
After her short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian began dating Kanye West. They had a close friendship that blossomed into a romantic relationship. The couple had a lavish wedding in Florence in 2014 and welcomed four children together. Their relationship was well-documented on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” until their divorce in 2021.
Following his split from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West was romantically linked to model Irina Shayk in 2021. They were seen together in France, celebrating West’s 44th birthday. However, the relationship was short-lived.
West met actress Julia Fox on New Year’s Eve 2021 in Miami. After his split from Julia Fox, West began dating model Chaney Jones in 2022. The couple dated for about five months before reportedly splitting during a trip to Japan.
Following his breakup with Jones, West started dating Australian architect and entrepreneur Bianca Censori. The relationship reportedly culminated in a secret wedding ceremony in January 2023, though the legitimacy of the union remains unclear. His relationships have been as intriguing as his music, capturing the attention of fans and the media alike.
Despite their brief romantic involvement, both Julia Fox and Kanye West have expressed their intention to remain amicable. A representative for Fox emphasized that they “remain friends” and look forward to collaborating in the future. Their mature approach to the split is commendable, considering the intense scrutiny of their relationship in the public eye.