Since Cardi B and Offset first became an item, their romance has been highly publicized. From grand public displays of affection to eventually parenting a child together, here is everything you need to know about their relationship, marriage, temporary breakup, subsequent reconciliation, and now, divorce rumors.
2016: They meet.
The rappers meet at an "industry event," according to an interview with Cardi B.
"He was very consistent. He really wanted to talk to me," Cardi revealed. She adds that her initial impression of him was that he only wanted to pursue a sexual relationship with her.
January 2017: They release a song together.
They collaborate on a song called "Lick" together. This was months before Cardi's breakout hit, "Bodak Yellow," was released.
February 2, 2017: They go on their first date.
The two surprised fans when Offset made a cameo on Cardi's Instagram while they attended Super Bowl LI together. At the time, they played it off as though they were friends, but Offset later told Rolling Stone that this was their first official date.
February 14, 2017: Cardi B posts a photo of Offset on Valentine's Day.
Still, the couple continued to downplay dating rumors.
Offset commented on the now-deleted Instagram post with a romantic couple emoji, according to Bossip.
May 2017: The "Lick" music video is released.
The steamy video includes what seems to be an almost-kiss towards the end, again fueling dating rumors.
June 2017: Cardi talks about Offset in an interview.
Speaking with Fader, Cardi said of her rumored boyfriend, “It’s been a blessing, me meeting him and meeting his friends. I see how hard they work. And that motivated me to work even harder,” she says. “And I see how good things are going for them and how popping it is to be number one. And I’m like, I want that. A lot of people just see they jewelry and they money, but I don’t think a lot of people see how hard they work for that shit every single day.”
October 2017: Offset proposes to Cardi onstage.
Who doesn't love a grand gesture? Offset got on one knee in the middle of a Power 99's Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia—and Cardi said yes. (Little did we know at the time, the two had already tied the knot.)
January 2018: Infidelity rumors surface.
At the start of the year, Offset became embroiled in a cheating scandal in which he was accused of not only sleeping with another woman, but also making a sex tape with her. In since-deleted tweets, Cardi acknowledged the rumors, seeming to confirm their veracity but asking fans to respect her privacy and right to navigate her own life.
"I'm going to make a decision in my own times with my heart and mind," she wrote at the time, per E!. "I don't need to be rushed or be told what to do. Its my life! I belong to me not to the world."
Offset later got a tattoo dedicated to her on his neck.
February 2018: Cardi talks staying with Offset despite cheating rumors.
Speaking with Cosmopolitan, the rapper said, “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 2018: Cardi confirms that she's pregnant.
The rapper revealed her baby bump during a performance for Saturday Night Live.
June 2018: Details of their marriage come to light.
After obtaining a copy of their marriage certificate, TMZ reported that the couple had already married in September 2017. In a statement, Cardi said of keeping the marriage a secret, "There are so many moments that I share with the world and then there are moments that I want to keep for myself! Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do but we was so in love we didn't want to lose each other."
The couple also graced the cover of Rolling Stone during this month, featuring Offset kissing a pregnant Cardi B's stomach.
July 10, 2018: Their first child is born.
Cardi announced the birth of their daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, with a stunning pregnancy portrait on Instagram.
September 2018: They celebrate their one-year anniversary.
Cardi uploaded a never-before-seen picture from their low-key wedding on Instagram to commemorate their marriage.
October 2018: Cardi opens up about how the infidelity rumors affected her.
Speaking with W magazine, she said, “Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them. I don’t have no proof. I don’t have receipts. But I just got to know my man. We practically on the phone 24 hours a day. If I can’t find him, I’m going to find his friend. Somebody going to answer the phone. But I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away, because these people want that to happen.”
December 2018: They split.
Cardi announced the sudden news in a video posted to Instagram, saying that they have "a lot of love for each other" but "things just haven't been working out for us for a long time." Offset commented on the video, simply saying, "Y'all won."
That same month, Offset tweeted, "FUCK YALL I MISS CARDI." He also later posted a video to Instagram begging for her to forgive him, saying, “I know I embarrassed you. I was partaking in activity I shouldn’t have been taking in."
December 2018: Offset interrupts Cardi B onstage, begging her to take him back.
As Cardi performed at the Rolling Loud Festival, Offset interrupted her onstage with a large display of roses that read, "Take me back Cardi."
February 2019: Cardi opens up on their breakup.
For Harper's BAZAAR's February 2019 cover story, the rapper got candid about their split. Asked if friends or family influenced her decision to leave him, she said, "No, I decided on my own. Nobody makes my decisions about my life but me.”
She adds that Offset begged to see a couples therapist before they broke up. “I didn’t want to go to marriage counseling,” she revealed. “He suggested it, but it’s like, ‘I don’t want to go.’ There’s no counselor or nothing that could make me change my mind.”
February 2019: Their reconciliation becomes official with their Grammys red carpet appearance.
All was well in paradise again. The couple walked the red carpet for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, confirming that they had officially reconciled.
Cardi, who was nominated for five awards that night, became the first solo female artist to win best rap album for her LP, Invasion of Privacy. Upon winning, Cardi thanked Offset, saying, "You, husband, thank you. Nah, serious, because he was like, 'You gonna do this album, girl. We gonna have this baby. We gonna make this album.'"
July 2019: They perform their new song together.
For Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the couple performed their new song, "Clout," together in an outdoor set.
December 2019: Cardi opens up about reuniting with Offset.
In an interview with Vogue, Cardi said of her and Offset's reconciliation, "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. When I was pregnant with Kulture, a lot of people was like, oh, he has three kids already; why would you have a kid with somebody that have three kids? And it’s like, how is that such a bad thing? My dad has eight kids, and we all get along, and it feels better, fuller. And with Offset, I feel like his kids just bring a pop of fun to life when they’re in his house. I actually love it. It brings out a different side of him that I like to see, and I love to see my baby interacting with her siblings. The more the merrier."
She added, "Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your ass if you cheat on me."
January 25-26, 2020: They attend the Grammys together.
The two showed off some seriously dazzling outfits at both the pre-Grammys gala and the actual awards ceremony, proving that their romance is as strong as ever as they enter the new year.
September 2020: Cardi reportedly files for divorce.
Cardi filed for divorce from Offset in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday September 15, multiple outlets have reported.
According to court documents, Cardi is seeking primary physical custody and legal custody of their two-year-old daughter, Kulture. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper also clarifies in the lawsuit that she and her husband are already separated, per TMZ.
"Offset and Cardi both continue to put Kulture first through this troubling time," a source told Us Weekly of the split.
At the time of writing, the former couple has yet to publicly address the news.
October 2020: Cardi and Offset are seemingly back together.
Just a month after their divorce news, Cardi and Offset are reportedly back on. The "WAP" rapper confirmed the news of being back with her estranged husband during an impromptu Instagram Live session with fans. Rumors began to swirl of a reconciliation between the two after Offset gifted Cardi a custom Rolls-Royce for her birthday, which she celebrated with a star-studded bash in Las Vegas.
"It's hard not to talk to your best friend. You know what I'm saying? It's really hard not to talk to your best friend," said the rapper per Entertainment Tonight. "[We're just] two young motherf**krs that got married early. That's just what we are. We're no different than y'all's dysfunctional ass relationships."