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Over the years, the question, “Who is Kanye West’s girlfriend?” has been the source of much confusion. How do you define girlfriend? What about dating? Since emerging as a rap superstar in 2004, Kanye West has been linked to lots of pretty young things, but some were seemingly just flings. By all accounts, Yeezy gets around, but amid all the quick hookups, he’s actually had several long-term—at least by celebrity standards—girlfriends.

In early 2012, news broke that Kanye is dating Kim Kardashian, the socialite and model best known for the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kanye and Kim—or Kimye, if you like—have been spotted together all over the world, and after the Chicago MC rapped about a “white dress” in a song that surfaced in May, already-swirling wedding rumors grew to hurricane strength.

Will Kanye marry Kim? Reps have denied that the “white dress” song is about Kardashian, but Kanye seems at least somewhat comfortable with commitment. Prior to hooking up with Kardashian, he spent two years dating model Amber Rose, who’s since blamed Kim for the breakup.

“Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together,” Rose, told Star magazine, via RadarOnline.com. “She’s a homewrecker!”

Between Rose and Kardashian, Kanye was said to be dating model Kate Uptown, one the rare celebs talented enough to clutch a glass between her boobs. If Kate was, indeed, Kanye’s girlfriend, she, like British model Shay and Miss Universe Albania 2010 Angela Martini—two of the other hotties he purportedly romanced—might have simply been a post-Rose rebound.

Prior to Rose, Kanye was engaged to marry fashion designer Alexis Phifer. When they ended their 18-month engagement in 2008, a devastated Kanye recorded “808s & Heartbreak,” an album inspired by both the dissolution of that romance and the death of his mother. Earlier in his career, Kanye dated Brooke Crittendon, star of BET’s “Harlem Heights.”

It gets confusing, but luckily, Kanye gets pretty personal with his lyrics, so he’s sure to keep us posted about his romantic comings and goings.

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