The number 72 will always remind the world of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. The former couple famously tied the knot in 2011 after a whirlwind romance, but their marriage was even more brief than their courtship.
The reality star and the former NBA player began dating in 2010 after his New Jersey Nets teammate Jordan Farmar introduced them in New York. “He just has a really good heart,” Kardashian told Us Weekly in February 2011. “There has to be trust and honesty and chemistry. If you don’t have any of those, it’s never going to work.”
Humphries popped the question in May 2011, and the pair exchanged vows in a lavish wedding in August of that year. The nuptials aired in an E! special titled Kim’s Fairytale Wedding in October 2011, weeks before she filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage.
Days before Kardashian took legal action to end her marriage, a source told Us that the newlyweds were “not getting along at all,” in part because Humphries was “not drinking the Kardashian Kool-Aid.” A family friend, meanwhile, revealed, “On some levels, she feels like she made a mistake.”
Humphries filed for an annulment in November 2011, citing “fraud” as the reason. He claimed that Kardashian married him solely for TV ratings.
As the divorce proceedings dragged on, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star moved on with Kanye West in April 2012, and the duo announced in December of that year that she was expecting their first child together.
A judge set a start date for Kardashian and Humphries’ divorce trial in February 2013. However, they reached an agreement in April of that year, with an insider telling Us at the time that “there was no fraud and the judge urged Kris to settle.” They finalized the divorce in June 2013.
The Skims founder has spoken out about her failed marriage to the athlete on multiple occasions through the years, while he has remained relatively tight-lipped. A source revealed in October 2018 that he “tries to stay as far out of the spotlight as possible” and “truly wants zero association” with his ex-wife.
Kardashian subsequently married West in May 2014, and they welcomed four children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm. She filed for divorce from the rapper in February 2021.
Humphries, for his part, has been linked to several women since his high-profile split but keeps his love life private.
Scroll through the gallery below to revisit Kardashian and Humphries’ ill-fated relationship.
Kardashian and Humphries began dating in October 2010 after being introduced in New York.
The Minnesota native proposed to the KKW Beauty founder at her home, where he placed rose petals that spelled out “Will you marry me?” on the floor. “I chose her bedroom to ask her to marry [me] there because, to me, our love is simple and I don’t want, like, all the distractions and everything crazy going around,” he explained on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I just want it to be in her home, quiet and perfect.”
After the engagement news broke, the bride-to-be denied she was pregnant.
The pair tied the knot on August 20, 2011, in the Montecito enclave of California, writing their own vows and inviting their famous friends to join the celebration. The ceremony was filmed for the four-hour E! special Kim’s Fairytale Wedding, which aired in October 2011.
Kardashian and Humphries renewed their vows during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “It’s been five weeks since your wedding, which is a long time for reality TV stars, so it’s time to renew your vows,” host Ellen DeGeneres joked, while the TV personality gushed to her husband during the faux ceremony, “I love you.”
Kardashian filed for divorce from Humphries on October 31, 2011, after 72 days of marriage. She cited “irreconcilable differences” and requested that neither party be awarded spousal support. “I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don’t work out as planned,” she told Us in a statement at the time. “We remain friends and wish each other the best.”
The former basketball player, meanwhile, revealed in his own statement that he was not done fighting for the relationship. “I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce,” he said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. … I’m committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents.”
Humphries filed to annul the marriage, claiming fraud. Prior to tying the knot, they signed a prenuptial agreement that guaranteed she would keep any money she earned during their union.
Following backlash from fans who accused the twosome of fabricating their wedding for ratings, Humphries defended his intentions. “To me it was real,” he told Access Hollywood in February 2012. “I would never go through something and do something that wasn’t real or I didn’t believe in, so I can really only speak for myself in terms of that.”
West threw shade at Humphries in April 2012 — the same month he and Kardashian went public with their romance — in his song “Cold,” rapping, “Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.” The Grammy winner’s pal Jay-Z used to be the co-owner of the Nets. After Humphries signed a deal with the NBA team in July 2012, he made a dig at West, tweeting, “I’m up at Brooklyn! … ‘lucky I didn’t have Jay drop me from the team.’”
A judge ruled in February 2013 that the estranged couple’s divorce trial would begin that May. However, they reached a settlement in April 2013 after Humphries dropped his annulment request. The divorce was finalized in June 2013.
Kardashian reflected on her reasons for marrying Humphries during a May 2017 appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “At the time I just thought, ‘Holy s–t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married.’ I think a lot of girls do go through that, where they freak out thinking they’re getting old and all their friends are having kids,” she explained. “So, it was more of that situation. But I knew on the honeymoon it wasn’t going to work out.”
The Selfish author previously told Us after her 2011 honeymoon that the Italian getaway was “so perfect,” adding, “We caught up on alone time.”
Humphries recalled the fallout from the divorce when he retired from the NBA in 2019. “I should have known what I was getting into. I was definitely naïve 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 in a blog post 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. When it was clear that it wasn’t working … what can I say? It sucked. 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.”
He added that he “was in a dark place” for a year after the split because he felt like the world hated him. “I didn’t even want to say anything to defend myself, because it felt like I couldn’t win,” he noted.
Kardashian revealed why she went through with the wedding during the June 2021 Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion. She divulged that her mom, Kris Jenner, told her she could leave before the nuptials, but she did not want to “be known as the runaway bride forever.”
“I felt pressure, I thought I was going to let everyone down,” she said. “The show paid us, obviously, a fee to film the show. I took my entire fee and probably Kris’ [fee] because I wanted a bigger wedding than what they were going to pay for. So I used all of our production money on the wedding. So, if that was, like, fake, I would have saved my money!”
Kardashian admitted that she “handled it totally the wrong way” and owed her ex-husband an apology.
“He’s very faith-based, and so, I’m sure he would have loved to not have marriage on his record,” she continued. “He wanted an annulment. The only legal way to get an annulment is if fraud is involved, so he marked fraud to get an annulment. So the whole world wondered, ‘What is this fraud?’ … If I was mature, I would have wanted the annulment too. I wish I was only married once.”