Cardi B and Offset’s relationship has experienced its fair share of ups and downs since the two first met in 2016. Take a look back at the couple’s sweetest moments with a full timeline of their love!
A secret wedding, a cheating scandal, a baby and some of the hottest hip hop collaborations in music. — That’s a small summary of Cardi B and Offset‘s whirlwind relationship, but there’s much more to unpack. The rap couple, whose unconventional romance began sometime in 2017, quickly captured the hearts of fans everywhere. From their PDA-filled date nights, which usually include seafood and Corona’s (if Cardi’s ordering), to their steamy stage performances — their love is truly one of a kind.
Although, that doesn’t mean that Cardi and Offset’s relationship hasn’t been tested on a number of occasions. Like other ordinary couples, they’ve dealt with highs, lows, infidelities, reconciliations and even a divorce filing — yet, they’ve come out on top and as a united front through it all. What separates them from the aforementioned ‘other couples’ is the fact that Cardi and Offset’s business, both good and bad, is dissected under a spotlight due to their celebrity.
As Cardi and Offset continue to navigate life together, travel back to the beginning — before they welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus; before Cardi won her first Grammy; before Offset’s public proposal and more! Here’s a full timeline of the couple’s unique romance:
Who is Offset?
Offset (née Kiari Kendrell Cephus) is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s best known for being 1/3 of the hip hop trio Migos, which includes his cousins Quavo and Takeoff. In addition to his music ventures, Offset has appeared in a few television series’, including Donald Glover‘s Atlanta, he’s appeared in fashion campaigns, and as of 2019, he became an investor in the Esports organization FaZe Clan. Along with Kulture, Offset has three other children from previous relationships.
Cardi B and Offset’s Relationship
It’s believed that Cardi and Offset met sometime in late 2016. Though, it’s unknown when exactly they crossed paths for the first time. Offset shed light on the latter in a January 2018 profile with Rolling Stone, when he revealed that he initiated a dinner date in Cardi’s native New York through their publicists.
“The couple met about a year ago at Offset’s insistence –- while he watched her rise as an artist, his interest grew, then exploded,” the profile read. “I was like, ‘Damn, I am on her!’ ” Offset said, recalling, “I am like, ‘Sh*t, I like Cardi B!’
Some would argue that Cardi and Offset’s first official date was in February 2017, at Super Bowl LI (51) in Houston. The two were photographed holding hands at the big game, which Cardi previously said was the point when their relationship became serious.
“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 recalled to GQ in April 2018. “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–k. After the Super Bowl, it got really serious because I feel, like, all eyes on us.”
In May 2017, Cardi and Offset released their first collaboration “Lick” and its accompanying video, which showed the rappers on a steamy casino date.
Divorce Scare and Legal Cancellation
After an unconventional order of events — the two tied the knot at home in secret, then Offset publicly proposed and they later welcomed a baby (numerical timeline below) — Cardi shockingly filed for divorce on September 15, 2020. At the time, HollywoodLife obtained the official court documents, which were filed by the rapper in Georgia, where the couple has a home together. The legal documents, which came not long after Cardi caught Offset cheating for the second time, stated that the pair had been separated and that “there are no prospects for a reconciliation.” Additionally, the divorce documents revealed that Cardi requested primary physical custody, as well as legal custody of the couple’s 2-year-old daughter.
After Cardi filed for divorce, she continued to share PDA videos with Offset on social media. The pair even rang in her 28th birthday together in Las Vegas on October 13 (2020). Two days later, the “WAP” rapper took to social media to reveal that she was back with Offset. She also explained that it wasn’t her intention to go through with the divorce filing — let alone for the legal documents to go public. Instead, Cardi explained that she filed for divorce to “teach [Offset] a lesson” because they had been arguing a lot at the time. By November 2, Cardi had filed an amended divorce petition to retract her initial filing. HollywoodLife obtained the original and revised filings.
Cardi B gave birth to her first child with Offset on July 10, 2018. The couple welcomed a beautiful baby girl, whose name was inspired by her father. Kulture’s middle name, Kiari, is her father’s real name. Despite major speculation, the rap couple kept Cardi’s pregnancy a secret — until she finally debuted her baby bump during a performance on Saturday Night Live in April of 2018.
Top Moments of Cardi B and Offset Together
Offset’s proposal was one of the best moments between the couple — hands down! After the pair split, when Offset was caught in his first cheating scandal, he went on a public apology tour trying to win back his lady love. The Migos rapper would send Cardi flowers and other lavish gifts, on top of loving messages, via social media. In October 2017, Offset proposed to Cardi on stage at Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia in front of a packed crowd.
Another memorable moment between Cardi and Offset came at the 2019 Billboard Awards. They hit the red carpet for what’s now considered their steamiest PDA to date. The pair touched tongues for the cameras, and Cardi even suffered a wardrobe malfunction when Offset lifted her yellow skirt a little too high and exposed her unmentionables.
Brief Timeline of Cardi B and Offset’s Relationship Milestones:
February 2017: Cardi and Offset’s first public date at Super Bowl LV.
May 2017: Cardi and Offset release their first collaboration, “Lick”.
October 2017: Offset proposes to Cardi on stage at Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia.
December 2017: Offset’s first cheating scandal is exposed.
February 2018: Cardi explained why she stayed with Offset. “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. But I want to work out my s–t with my man, and I don’t got to explain why,” she told Cosmopolitan. “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 … It’s not right, what he f–king did — but people don’t know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel.”
April 2018: Cardi reveals she’s pregnant with the couple’s first child during a performance on Saturday Night Live.
June 2018: Cardi and Offset cover Rolling Stone and she bares her baby bump for the world to see.
June 2018: Offset calls Cardi his “wife” on stage at the BET Awards and hours later it’s revealed that they secretly married at home in Atlanta on September 20, 2017. HollywoodLife obtained the couple’s official marriage license.
“One morning in September, we woke up and decided to get married,” she wrote in a Twitter post. We found someone to marry us, and she did, just [t]he two if us and my cousin. I said I do, with no dress no make up and no ring!” She later got the ring during the onstage “proposal,” so that she could have a memorable moment that most future brides get.
July 2018: Cardi gives birth to the couple’s daughter, Kulture on July 10.
December 2018: Cardi revealed in an Instagram video on December 4 that the couple called it quits after more than a year of marriage amid rumors that Offset cheated again. “Things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” Cardi told fans, adding that they were still “really good friends.”
December 2018: Two weeks after Cardi’s announcement, they were spotted on a jet ski together in Puerto Rico.
January 2019: After Offset’s public apology tour, where he showered her with gifts and more, Cardi confirms the two had reconciled.
February 2019: Cardi and Offset walk the red carpet at the Grammys, where she took home her first gold trophy for her debut album, Invasion of Privacy.
September 2020: Cardi files for divorce.
November 2020: Not long after Cardi’s filing, HollywoodLife obtained her amended divorce petition, which retreated her initial filing.
And, they’ve been going strong ever since!