Cardi B and Offset have had one hell of a relationship, and at many points, we’ve had to pour one out for their love. From cheating rumors to a post-marriage split to a public faux proposal to welcoming a daughter, Cardi and Offset have been through a lot. But bless their hearts, they persevered and made it through. So let’s take a look back on all the events that led up to today, shall we?
Early 2017: Offset and Cardi B meet for the first time after Offset notices her immense talent and requests a dinner. As a Migos profile in Rolling Stone tells it:
“The couple met about a year ago at Offset’s insistence—while he watched her rise as an artist, his interest grew, then exploded. ‘I was like, Damn, I am on her!’ he says. ‘I am like, Shit, I like Cardi B!’ He had a publicist set up a dinner in New York for a select group of women, including Cardi.”
But their first real date? Keep reading because your S.O. could never.
Because life is good, Cardi B Insta Stories the date, and some lovely person compiles the whole thing on YouTube.
February 14, 2017: Cardi B makes the relationship Instagram official with some more footage of their first date—and uses the word “babe” to describe Offset.
May 1, 2017: Cardi B and Offset are spotted at a Met Gala after-party looking, if we may say, FLAWLESS.
May 16, 2017: They release the video for their first collaboration, “Lick.”
July 24, 2017: Offset buys Cardi B a custom $60K diamond chain, which she adores (who wouldn’t, amirite?):
Cardi B and Offset at Meek Mill's Concert Tonight pic.twitter.com/7JMZGVMiKj
— DailyCardi (@DailyCardi) July 25, 2017
Here’s a glorious close-up:
A post shared by Elliot Eliantte (@eliantte) on Jul 25, 2017 at 8:33am PDT
August 27, 2017: Cardi B shuts down engagement rumors after fans read into her wearing a white dress. “It is not true!” she tells reporters at the VMAs: “I’m happy. Looking like I’m getting married. But I’m not there.”
October 11, 2017: Offset is out of the country for Cardi B’s birthday so he posts a video on Instagram and writes a highly adorable message.
A post shared by OFFSET (@offsetyrn) on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:41pm PDT
October 22, 2017: The pair appear to briefly split up when Cardi B posts a photo to Insta Stories captioned “single.”
She later posts an update, saying she’d exaggerated.
October 27, 2017: Cardi B and Offset collaborate again, this time with Migos and Nicki Minaj.
Also October 27, 2017: Offset pops the question to Cardi B in the most extra way possible—live onstage during Power 99 radio’s Powerhouse concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. This video of the sweet moment is possibly the best thing your eyeballs will ever have the pleasure of seeing.
A post shared by Power 99 (@power99philly) on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:11pm PDT
October 28, 2017: Cardi B shows off her ring in a series of posts on Instagram, writing, “Thank you for seeing the potential in me since you met me. For giving me advice molding me and loving me. You’re such a amazing man to me, your family, friends, kids and you are extremely talented.”
Also, in case you’re wondering, the ring is a massive 8 carats. We know this because Offset tells everyone on Insta Stories.
December 21, 2017: Cardi B debuts her single “Bartier Cardi” and fans criticize her for the many, many, many Offset references—including “Cardi put the pussy on Offset / Cartier, Cardi B brain on Offset.”
Cardi B’s response?
December 24, 2017: A video leaks of a man who appears to be Offset in bed with another woman. The clip was allegedly filmed in September and stolen from Offset’s iCloud. In a surprising twist, The Shade Room reveals that the reason Cardi B had posted about being single back in October was because she’d learned about his infidelity.
TSR STAFF: Talia O. @theclosetratchet _______________________________________ Earlier this evening, we reported that #CardiB and #Offset were involved in an iCloud hacking scandal. Nude videos of Cardi were exposed as well as an alleged cheating incident between the Migos rapper and another woman from back in September. _______________________________________ We can confirm that this incident did happen back in September, and according to our source it’s what subsequently sparked Cardi to claim that she was single in her IG story back in October. Thankfully, the couple has since moved past the incident and have even become closer y’all! In fact—(View more at TheShadeRoom.Com!) 📸: @gettyimages
A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Dec 24, 2017 at 8:31pm PST
December 25, 2017: Cardi B seemingly responds to cheating allegations with a brief yet to-the-point tweet:
I still put the pussy on offset 🤷🏽♀️Bartier Cardi
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 25, 2017
December 26, 2017: Cardi B and Offset pretend to have sex on Instagram Live, fully clothed. She later clarifies on Instagram Stories, writing, “I was not f–kin on live! Yaaa can’t be that slow.”
January 9, 2018: Cardi B responds to cheating rumors about Offset with a now-deleted tweet. “Why is it a problem that I want to take my time with a decision on my relationship?” she writes. “Why do I have to explain myself? I don’t ask ya why you still with that man that lives with his mom, that don’t pay your bills….Since when you guys had perfect relationship?”
Per Newsweek, she also writes on Instagram, “Well if people are talking about it and keep asking me how I feel about the situation why not let them know? Right or wrong? No, it’s not right for a n---- to cheat…but what you want me to do? Go fuck me another n----? Start all over again and get cheated on again? This shit happens to everyone. People handle they relationship different soo.”
January 14, 2018: The Shade Room once again comes through and posts footage of Offset’s new Cardi B neck tattoo. Because nothing makes up for a cheating scandal like a public and extremely permanent declaration of love, right?
A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Jan 14, 2018 at 8:02am PST
February 27, 2018: Cardi B talks about Offset’s cheating scandal in an interview with Cosmopolitan (*waves hi*) and implies that she’s not guilt-free either. “It’s like everybody is coming down my neck like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem.’ I don’t have low self-esteem…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 shit with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. 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 fucking did—but people don’t know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel.”
April 7, 2018: Cardi B shocks everyone by announcing her pregnancy *live* on SNL, during a performance in a gorgeous curve-hugging white dress:
Her manager later shares footage of her screaming “I’m free!” backstage. Lol.
A post shared by BROOKLYN JOHNNY (@brooklyn.johnny) on Apr 7, 2018 at 9:51pm PDT
She also tweeted about her pregnancy.
I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 8, 2018
As did Offset.
C A R D I A N D I L O O K F O R W A R D T O O U R N E X T C H A P T E R T O G E T H E R pic.twitter.com/C1QizKV3Cb
— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) April 8, 2018
April 19, 2018: Cardi B appears on Ellen and reveals that Offset has already picked out a name for their baby. “My dude named the baby,” she said. “I really like the name. I’m gonna let him say the name since he named the baby.”
June 25, 2018: Surprise! Turns out, Cardi and Offset have been married since September 2017. Wait, what?! TMZ was able to obtain the couple’s marriage license from Fulton County in Georgia. So that highly public proposal was…just for show.
Funnily enough, at the BET Awards the night before the news broke, Offset thanked “his wife” onstage when his rap group Migos was accepting an award, which made people wonder if they were already married.
July 10, 2018: The baby’s here! In a Beyoncé-esque move, Cardi reveals her daughter’s name via a floral Instagram pic the day after she gave birth. She captioned the photo “Kulture Kiari Cephus.” What a name! Twitter definitely had plenty to say about it.
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Jul 11, 2018 at 7:36am PDT
But let’s be real. With parents named Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar and Kiari Kendrell Cephus, Kulture couldn’t have just any regular ol’ name.
September 20, 2018: Cardi B officially confirms that she and Offset have actually been married since September 20, 2017. And in case you were wondering what she wore to her wedding: It was a white tracksuit. Yup. Classic Cardi.
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Sep 20, 2018 at 2:47pm PDT
December 5, 2018: In an unexpected twist, Cardi takes to Instagram to address all the people “bugging” her about her relationship. And as it turns out, she and Offset have fallen “out of love.” 😢 In the video, the rapper says, “It’s nobody fault, it’s just like, I guess we just grew out of love but we are not together anymore.” Sad.
December 6, 2018: Cardi shared the first pic of Kulture’s face and the world forgot about her and Offset’s relationship drama for a solid day to focus on Kulture’s cuteness. I mean, look at her!!
December 9, 2018: Back to our regularly scheduled programming. Offset tweets this:
FUCK YALL I MISS CARDI
— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) December 9, 2018
And a day later, Cardi denied that their relationship was fake and just for publicity. She told her followers, “Ain’t no type of publicity that I would ever want that would have my daughter looking at me crazy when she gets older…but we never did anything for f*cking publicity, bitch. You think I got f*cking pregnant, could have ruined my career for f*cking publicity?”
December 15, 2018: Offset apologized to Cardi on Instagram, saying, “I know I embarrassed you. I was partaking in activity I shouldn’t have been taking in.”
A post shared by OFFSET (@offsetyrn) on Dec 14, 2018 at 7:05pm PST
December 16, 2018: Uhh, so Offset just interrupted Cardi’s festival set and begged her to take him back. At the time, Cardi said, “I get that he’s trying. It’s hard. It’s gonna take a long time to—I don’t know what’s going to happen next…I just feel bad. This is why I don’t like surprises.” But soon after, it became apparent that her team (and maybe even she) knew he was planning to come onstage.
December 22, 2018: They’re vacationing together, y’all. But according to Cardi, it’s nothing more than that. “I just had to get f*cked,” she said.
January 6, 2019: Offset and Cardi have reportedly been in constant communication and he even promised to “change his ways.”
February 10, 2019: Cardi and Offset make their reconciliation red-carpet official at the Grammys.
May 1, 2019: Even the Billboard Music Awards got a heavy dose of their red-carpet PDA.
September 20, 2019: 🎵Do you know what today is?🎵 It’s their anniversary.
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Sep 20, 2019 at 3:39pm PDT
December 9, 2019: Cardi opened up to Vogue about forgiving Offset. She told the magazine:
“When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me. But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down. People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything.”
December 24, 2019: They bought a mansion, and the tour will make you wish they adopted you yesterday.
May 11, 2020: Cardi celebrates Mother’s Day, and Offset wrote a super-sweet tribute for her. He gifted her two Birkins and a ton of roses and posted, “Happy Mother’s Day since I met you it’s been love thank you for my beautiful daughter she smart with attitude like you and talented like us both my kids and you help me become a better guy all around Thank You WIFE !!!!”
Happy Mother’s Day since I met you it’s been love thank you for my beautiful daughter she smart with attitude like you and talented like us both my kids and you help me become a better guy all around Thank You WIFE !!!!
A post shared by OFFSET (@offsetyrn) on May 10, 2020 at 6:54pm PDT
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on May 10, 2020 at 7:15pm PDT
June 21, 2020: Cardi posts a photo of Offset with his kids and another of Kulture playing with his hair.
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:22pm PDT
A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Jun 21, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT
If these Mother’s Day and Father’s Day pics don’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, you might wanna do some soul-searching!!
September 15, 2020: Cardi has filed to divorce Offset after nearly three years of marriage after reportedly finding out he was unfaithful to her again, according to People. Cardi and Offset are set to appear in court on November 4. Neither Cardi nor Offset has made a statement about the issue. In the meantime, an Us Weekly source says that “Offset and Cardi both continue to put [their daughter] Kulture first through this troubling time.”
Aaaand that brings us up to date on Cardi and Offset. I know it's quite a somber note to end on, but if any other major events happen in their relationship, we’ll be sure to update you.
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