11 January 2022

Inside Julia Fox and Kanye West’s whirlwind romance

Here's everything you need to know about the unlikely pairing between Kanye West and Julia Fox — whether it's a publicity stunt, a convoluted ploy to win back Kim Kardashian, or simply, a genuinue connection.

The cult of the Kardashian family has grown to include a wide array of players — the most famous and controversial being Kanye West. But despite his break with America’s most recognisable family — Kim filed for divorce from the rapper last year after six years of marriage — he remains firmly within their orbit thanks to some peculiar goings on.

In December, it was reported that West had bought a house across the street from Kim in a desperate bid to win her back. All the while, Kim was seemingly moving on with Pete Davidson. Then, several weeks later, a new player entered the scene — cult actress, Julia Fox, who is best known for her role in 2019’s Uncut Gems, and now, for (presumably) dating West.

Prior to their widely documented romance, West and Fox were publicly contending with issues in their personal lives. During the Free Larry Hoover concert in early December, the designer made a public appeal to his ex-wife as he performed alongside Drake.

“I need you to run right back to me,” he rapped. “More specifically, Kimberly.”

Then, just a few days before Christmas, Fox was praised online for sharing a slew of candid Instagram Stories speaking about her estranged husband, Peter Artemiev, whom she claimed to have abandoned her and their one-year-old son, Valentino.

Labelling Artemiev a “deadbeat dad”, the actress said that pilot had been physically and emotionally abusive. He later denied the allegations in a statement to Page Six.

Several days later, news of West and Fox’s romance broke the internet. As we all know, throughout this time, Kim was publically seeing notorious serial dater, Pete Davidson — who has previously been linked (and occasionally engaged) to the likes of Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, and Phoebe Dynevor.

This news similarly rocked the pop culture sphere, and people couldn’t help but wonder whether West and Fox’s fling was an elaborate publicity stunt devised by the rapper to “get back” at Kim. Their evidence? An old Paper magazine shoot starring none other than Davidson and Fox.

It’s the spectacle-cum-theatre of pop culture playing out in real time, and it’s highly enjoyable to  watch unfold. Read on for a timeline of the pair’s relationship — purported or otherwise.

December 31, 2021: Fox meets West at a surprise New Year’s performance in Miami. The actress later told papparazi at the beach that she didn’t know where the fling was headed, per TMZ.

Later, she told Interview magazine: “I met Ye in Miami on New Year’s Eve and it was an instant connection… His energy is so fun to be around.”

January 2, 2022: TMZ published snaps of the pair were enjoying an intimiate dinner at Carbone, at its Miami location.

One day later, the 31-year-old tells Page Six that she’s unsure if she’ll see the rapper again, and that it was “nothing serious” amidst his divorce from Kim.

January 4, 2022: West and Fox see Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave play — taking their romance to New York. Afterwards, they eat at the city’s Carbone.

January 6, 2022: Fox confirms her romance with West in a brief essay penned for Interview Magazine, titled ‘Date Night’.

The actress detailed that the DONDA singer proceeded to dress her up all night — in head-to-toe Balenciaga, naturally.

“Ye had an entire hotel suite full of clothes. It was every girl’s dream come true. It felt like a real Cinderella moment,” she wrote. “I don’t know how he did it, or how he got all of it there in time. But I was so surprised. Like, who does things like this on a second date? Or any date! Everything with us has been so organic.”

January 7, 2022: Fox readressses her qualms with her ex in an interview with The Cut.

“I obviously was not expecting all the publicity to come after I had come for my son’s father online,” she said. “My son’s dad loves his son more than anything in the world. He just has some issues that I shouldn’t have made public.”

“The overall message is that if ur in a toxic relationship, get out of it cuz u never who know or what could be waiting on the other side <3 [sic],” she added in a text to the reporter.

That evening, Ye posts several Instagram Stories that see Fox walking down a road, in all black, at night.

Then, over the weekend, West shares a picture of Fox to the Instagram Stories of his Donda Creative account.

  • Writer Nessa Humayun
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