It looks like things are over between Cardi B and Offset, with 27-year-old Cardi reportedly filing for divorce.
The news may come as a surprise to some; while the pair, who secretly tied the knot in 2017, have had their fair share of ups and downs (they’ve previously split and contended with cheating rumours) their relationship seemed to be on the up following the 2019 Grammys.
The pair have posted numerous dedications to one another during lockdown, but have been relatively silent since July; with TMZ reporting the couple have been separated for a while with no hope of working things out.
Here, we relive the rocky road to love, marriage and divorce between the pair in their tumultuous pairing.
2016: Cardi and Offset are introduced
The pair reportedly meet at an “industry event” in a nightclub, with Cardi revealing how Offset was the one who made his intentions clear from the outset.
“He was very consistent,” she said in a video posted on Twitter. “He told me how he’d been watching me for a long time, how he liked my music, and I have a lot of potential.
“I was like yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.”
January 2017: The pair collaborate with Lick
Months before Cardi became a chart-topper with Bodak Yellow and was still best known as a reality star, the pair teamed up to release Lick – still only friends at this point.
February 2017: Offset and Cardi B attend the Super Bowl
With Cardi sharing a snap of the pair together at 2017’s Super Bowl Sunday, rumours flew thick and fast that she was now dating Offset. While Cardi called him a friend in the snap, Offset has since confirmed this was the pair’s first official date.
September 2017: Offset and Cardi B secretly get married
It’s something we didn’t even know ourselves until June 2018 when TMZ found her wedding certificate – but the pair tied the knot at a low-key event in Fulton County, Georgia.
Cardi had yet to officially confirm to the world that she was even dating Offset at this point, so the wedding was a surprise.
October 2017: Cardi says she’s ‘single’ before backtracking massively
After posting a selfie titled “single,” Cardi seemingly regretted it and confessed she was being “extreme.”
“So listen babes, I exaggerated a little bit earlier cause I was really upset and the Bronx girl in me always have to go to the extreme,” she wrote, over a photo of Offset. “I came to my senses now. I’m sorry ...waffle house on me ?”
October 2017: Cardi and Offset ‘get engaged’
Despite secretly already being married, Offset gave Cardi the big engagement op she always longed for.
“I appreciate and love my husband so much for still wanting for me have that special moment that every girl dreams of,” she tweeted the following June, “when he got down on his knee and put a ring on my finger and he did that for me!!”
January 2018: Cheating rumours arise
Offset was accused of making a sex tape with another woman, the rumour being the latest in a string of wicked whispers about the star.
Cardi was not impressed, writing on Twitter: “I'm going to make a decision in my own times with my heart and mind.”
April 2018: Cardi goes public with her pregnancy
The star confirmed what we all knew by wearing a tight white dress that cradled her baby bump during her Saturday Night Live performance.
June 2018: Cardi confirms she has been married to Offset for eight months
After TMZ breaks the news, Cardi took to her Notes app to clarify why she wanted to keep her nuptials hidden.
“There are so many moments that I share with the world and there are moments that I want to keep for myself!” she said. “Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing to do but we was so in love we didn't want to lose each other.”
July 2018: Cardi welcomes baby Kulture
Posting a photo fro a glam pregnancy photoshoot (a la Beyonce) Cardi announced she had given birth to daughter Kulture.
September 2018: Behind-the-scenes
To celebrate their one year wedding anniversary, Cardi posted a previously unseen picture of her wedding to Offset.
October 2018: Cardi charged with assault – before a public love-in
In an incident in a nightclub, Cardi was accused of throwing a bottle at two women in a strip club, and sending members of her entourage to attack them as she believed Offset had been involved with one of the women. Cardi turned herself in and was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
In an interview later in October, Cardi admitting rumours of Offset’s infidelities make her feel insecure.
But the pair put on a united front, attending the AMA’s together before Offset presented Cardi with a surprise party and a number of lavish gifts for her birthday.
December 2018: Their first split
Cardi took to Instagram video to announce, out of the blue, that things weren’t working between herself and Offset.
She insisted the split was civil, telling her fans: “we’re really good friends and you know, we’re really good business partners—you know he’s always somebody that I went to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.”
Offset was clearly not taking no for an answer. Writing on Twitter and posting on Instagram that he missed Cardi and had been “a selfish husband”, Offset then ambushed the star while she performed at the Rolling Loud music festival, wheeling a series of signs that said Take Me Back, Cardi. Cardi herself looked less than impressed.
January 2019: The couple reconcile
After jetting off on a romantic break together over Christmas (“I just needed to get f****d,” Cardi said candidly) the pair announced they were working on their relationship.
Cardi said a full reunion would “take time” in an interview with People.
“I hang out with him, I talk to him every day and we do our thing...” she said. “It's just like to make things perfect...it takes time.”
February 2019: Making it official
Offset and Cardi revealed they were well and truly back on at the Grammys, posing in a particularly loved up fashion for the cameras.
July 2019: Gaining Clout
Cardi collaborated on Offset’s first album away from Migos. Their song together, titled Clout, was about how the couple were finding ways to delicately balance their relationship with their careers, which had since gone stratospheric.
September 2019: The couple celebrate anniversary number two
The pair celebrated two years married at the Savage x Fenty show.
In an Instagram post dedicated to Cardi, Offset wrote: “Today is our anniversary nobody believed it was real. We got married without nobody knowing because it was only between us and God! Now we have beautiful Kulture and a big family. I love you 4ever and after life.”
January 2020: Things go lowkey
Despite another raunchy PDA at a pre-awards ceremony, Cardi and Offset were less loved up at the Grammy’s themselves as they were nominated for their duet, Clout.
May 2020: Happy Mothers' Day!
Things seemed to be going strong for Cardi and Offset during quarantine, with Offset writing yet another gushing tribute to his rapper wife.
“Happy Mother’s Day,” he wrote. “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.
Cardi then posed alongside several boxes of roses and two Birkin bags, seemingly gifted to her by Offset.
August 2020: Cardi discusses heartbreak
In a recent issue of Elle magazine, Cardi spoke frankly about her relationship with Offset. While she said she likes privacy, she feels rumours are started because she wants people to see her heartbroken.
“My relationship has a lot of drama, “ she explained. “But there’s a lot of love there’s a lot of passion, there’s a lot of trust, there’s a big friendship.”
September 2020: Cardi B files for divorce
TMZ reported just days before their upcoming third anniversary that Cardi has filed for a dissolution of marriage, requesting primary physical and legal custody of their daughter Kulture, as well as child support from Offset.
The divorce is a contested one, meaning there’s elements of the divorce which are yet to be agreed upon.
It looks as if things are set to get far more messy before they quieten down for Cardi...