Cardi B and Offset split: Secret wedding to cheating rumors, a look at rappers' rollercoaster relationship
Cardi B has filed for divorce from her rapper husband Offset after just three years of marriage. The duo released music, got married, and welcomed a baby girl, all in the span of just three years.
The 'WAP' rapper filed a divorce petition in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday, requesting an end to her marriage to the Migos rapper, Offset. According to the petition, obtained by USA Today, Cardi B wants legal and primary physical custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Kulture. She is also seeking an equitable division of their marital assets as well as for Offset to pay both child support and all of her legal fees from the divorce.
The couple first met in 2016, during an 'industry event' where Offset pursued her. "He was very consistent," Cardi B said. "He really wanted to talk to me," she added. In 2017, they released a song together, titled, 'Lick'.
On February 2, 2017, Offset appeared on Cardi B's Instagram at a Super Bowl game. Cardi posted an Instagram story where she shared a picture with Offset and said “My friend… you know what I’m saying?” But during a June 2017 interview with The Fader, Cardi B denied dating Offset and said, “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 told Fader. “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.”
On September 20, 2017, when the rest of the world was obsessing over her single, 'Bodak Yellow', she secretly married Offset in Fulton County, Georgia. People got to know about their marriage in June 2018 when TMZ got a hold of their marriage certificate. Cardi B posted a picture note on twitter titled, "This why i name my album 'Invasion of privacy' cause people will do the most to be nosey about your life. Welp f**k it." In the note, she wrote, "There are so many moments that I share with the world and 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 to do but we was so in love we didn't want to lose each other. So they phoned up an Atlanta minister, tidied up their bedroom and exchanged traditional vows, but not rings. We found someone to marry us, and she did, just the two of us and my cousin. I said I do, with no dress, no makeup and no ring!" she described, before finishing with this mic drop: "Well now since you lil nosey f**ks know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock."
This why i name my album “Invasion of privacy” cause people will do the most to be nosey about your life .Welp fuck it . pic.twitter.com/U3uHFOT3qK— iamcardib (@iamcardib) June 25, 2018
In February 2018, while Cardi's marriage was still a secret, she posted a video on Instagram where a fan commented, "Is there maybe a Kylie Jenner secret that we need to know about lol Just asking," to which she swiftly responded, "No b***h I’m just getting fat. Let me fat in peace." During the same time, there were rumors that Offset is cheating on Cardi B. But Cardi B said she wanted things to work out with Offset, "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," she told Cosmopolitan. "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, a football player."
Dani C and Cardi B: "Let me fat in peace" pic.twitter.com/mO0hHsV9TY— PepperJess! (@PepperJess) February 24, 2018
In April 2018, Cardi confirmed her pregnancy during her performance on 'Saturday Night Live' in a tight white dress that showed off her pregnancy. On July 11, 2018, the couple announced the birth of their first child, Kulture. Cardi also posted a glam shot from her pregnancy days with the baby’s name, Kulture Kiari Cephus, and tagged Offset in the post, which read, "Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18🎀🌸 @offsetyrn."
On their first wedding anniversary on September 20, 2018, Cardi B shared a snap from their wedding on Instagram which read, "TBT...September 20"
In October 2018, during an interview for W Magazine, Cardi B confessed that the rumors of Offset's infidelity got into her and said, "Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude," she said. "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."
On December 5, 2018, Cardi B announced that the couple is breaking up, "So everybody been bugging me and everything, and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now," she said in an Instagram video. "And we’re really good friends and you know, we’re really good business partners—you know he’s always somebody that I went to 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," she continued. "And it’s nobody fault," she added. "It’s just like, I guess we just grew out of love, but we’re not together anymore. I don’t know it might take time to get a divorce, and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father and yeah." An Instagram account @commentsbycelebs shared the video, and Offset commented, "Y'all won."
After Cardi B's announcement, rumors started that the couple dated only for publicity. However, Cardi went live to clear the rumors and said, "Ain’t no type of publicity that I would ever want that would have my daughter looking at me crazy when she gets older,” she said. “My relationship was never fake. I met this n***a, he was on my a**, I gave him a chance and we fell in love with each other, things was not always gravy because at the end of the day we are two different people. But we never did anything for f**king publicity, b***h. You think I got f**king pregnant, could have ruined my career for f**king publicity?"
In January 2019, the couple reportedly got back together after Offset promised to mend his ways. After this, the couple was seen in different award shows holding hands, including in 2019 and 2020 Grammy Awards.
On September 20, 2019, the couple once again celebrated their anniversary and Cardi wrote on Instagram, "9/20/17 Happy marriage anniversary hubby❤️ We keep learning and growing. Thats what marriage about." Offset posted a video of his wife to Instagram, writing, "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. ❤❤❤ 📷: @#1xcardib."
In May, 2020, Cardi shared a picture of her 'Quarantine family' with Offset and their daughter, which she captioned, "Happy Mother's Day."
And now, after three years of being together, the couple has split up.