Almost every entertainment news outlet has been locked into sharing details of the upcoming nuptials of reality star Kim Kardashian and her fiancé, rapper Kanye West. The two, who began dating in April of 2012, are allegedly planning to have a huge ceremony in Versailles, an extravagant area of Paris – or Florence, Italy, depending on which story you follow. There have been tidbits on what the bride-to-be will wear, what names are possibly on the guest list, and even where the two are set to honeymoon. However, one thing seems to be lost in the mix of stories: the love the couple should be sharing. An engagement is, quite frankly, close to the endgame of where a loving couple should be. But it still feels like something is missing and considering the last time Kardashian found herself in this situation, it feels like there should be more love shown as opposed to feeling like it is all a “show” of love.
Perhaps it is due to the way both engagements played out. NBA star Kris Humphries proposed to Kardashian back in May of 2010. The moment was viewed by millions of television watchers on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. As sweet as it seemed, there were talks of it being falsified from the start. During their long-lasting divorce trial, it was revealed that the once-in-a-lifetime moment had actually been part of a reshoot. According to a producer of the show, Kardashian did not like the way her reaction was caught for the cameras and they were asked to do it again. Even stranger, the producer added that Kardashian seemed to know that Humphries would propose to her. The two were married on August 20, 2010 and a two-part special of the wedding was filmed for the show.
When the marriage ended 72 days later, things got weirder. During the divorce hearings, there was talk that scenes leading up to Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian splitting up were scripted as well. Even the length of time it actually took for Humphries and Kardashian to finally become legally divorced seemed to support the accusations; more drama between the couple meant more moments for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The divorce was finalized on June 3, 2013; 1,018 days later. The two were separated more than 13 times the amount of time they were actually married.
In April of 2012, Kardashian began her relationship with Kanye West. As she was still legally married to Humphries (and would continue to be for another 14 months), the relationship seemed scandalous from the beginning. On top of that, Kanye West had released some interesting lyrics in his songs over that time, which revealed somewhat of an obsession with Kardashian.
In the same month their relationship began, West released a track called Cold that seemed to push forth the rumor that he had always held a torch for the starlet. The lyrics clearly showed that he had long been in love with Kardashian, even as she had a relationship with and eventually married Humphries.
“And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim,” he raps. “Around the same time she had fell in love with him…”
It was the first of many tracks about his future wife-to-be, including his latest entitled, I Won. However, all of the songs dedicated to Kim do not compare to his ultimate show of love, the song, Bound 2. Kardashian co-starred in the music video with West as they simulate sex while riding a motorcycle through the sky. The synopsis is a bit strange to actually explain in words, but it was only another odd way the couple chose to express their love.
In another revealing moment, during a concert appearance on New Year’s Eve 2013, the rapper shared the news that Kardashian was carrying his first child, daughter North. West maintained a stoic stance of keeping his personal life private for many years before his relationship with Kardashian, instead choosing to express himself through his music. The couple may have been delighted by the news and perhaps West was living through the excitement of the moment, but Kardashian was still the legal wife of Kris Humphries when it was announced. Releasing such a personal moment through a muddle public time seemed out of character for him, but oddly enough, it fit almost perfectly into the lifestyle Kim Kardashian maintains on a daily basis.
Reality television, no matter how scripted it may be, is all about living in the moment and allowing that moment to play out for public consumption. It is difficult to decipher what has actually happened and what may be played up for a viewing audience. According to the family, the wedding will not be a part of a future Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode. However, as more details are “leaked” out, it is hard to figure out if the nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a show of love or simply a love for “show”.
Opinion by Jonathan Brown