Cardi B and Offset are no strangers to putting their marriage in the spotlight — the good and the bad. The couple secretly tied the knot in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 20, 2017. The wedding was super under wraps and reportedly occurred in an apartment owned by Cardi’s cousin. Ironically, Cardi claimed she was single that fall. The news of their marriage was not revealed until June 2018, which Cardi confirmed in a post on Twitter.
“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! she began in the June 25, 2018 post. “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.”Was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married,” she continued. “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!”
“I appreciate and love my husband so much for still wanting for me have that special moment that every girl dreams of when he got down on his knee and put a ring on my finger and he did that for me!!” the “Up” rapper added. “Well now since you lil nosey f**** know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.” Cardi and the Migos rapper had their first child together, a daughter named Kulture, in July 2018. Their son, Wave, made his debut in Sept. 2021.
The pair have endured their fair share of marital woes in public, including two divorce filings and multiple cheating allegations. Sadly, Cardi confirmed that the couple split on December 10, 2023. Read on for a timeline of Cardi B and Offset’s relationship: Their highs, their lows, and everything in between.
Who is Offset?
Offset (née Kiari Kendrell Cephus) is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Ga. He’s best known for being 1/3 of the hip-hop trio Migos, which included his cousins, Quavo and Takeoff. Unfortunately, Takeoff was shot and killed in Nov. 2022. In addition to his music ventures, Offset has appeared in a few television series (including Donald Glover‘s Atlanta), he’s modeled in fashion campaigns, and as of 2019, he became an investor in the Esports organization FaZe Clan. Along with Kulture and Wave, Offset has three other children from previous relationships.
Cardi B and Offset’s Relationship
It’s believed that Cardi and Offset met sometime in late 2016. Offset shed light on their beginnings during a Jan. 2018 profile with Rolling Stone, when he revealed that he initiated a dinner date in Cardi’s native New York through their publicists. “The couple met about a year ago at Offset’s insistence – while he watched her rise as an artist, his interest grew, then exploded,” the Rolling Stone profile read. “I was like, ‘Damn, I am on her!’ ” Offset recalled. “I am like, ‘S***, I like Cardi B!’
Some would argue that Cardi and Offset’s first official public date was in Feb. 2017, at Super Bowl LI (51) in Houston. The two were photographed holding hands at the big game, which Cardi previously said was the point when their relationship became serious.
“I told my publicist to tell him, because I was very shy, ‘Listen, if we gonna go on a public date together, you cannot make me look like a dumbass after this,’” Cardi recalled to GQ in April 2018. “And he was like, ‘No, I really like her. I’m really feeling her.’ We was talking, we was making out. We didn’t f***. After the Super Bowl, it got really serious because I feel, like, all eyes on us.”
In May 2017, Cardi and Offset released their first collaboration “Lick” and its accompanying video, which showed the rappers on a steamy casino date.
The Big Proposal
After an unconventional order of events — the two tied the knot in secret, and then Offset publicly proposed. He popped the question on stage at Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia with a 20-carat diamond. He later told Rolling Stone that he decided to propose because he respects everything Cardi is and stands for. “She’s herself, man. I seen her develop from the trenches all the way up, and I like how she did it,” he raved. “I respect her grind as a woman.”
Although Cardi was sure she and Offset would walk down the aisle, she told Jimmy Fallon in Dec. 2017 that she was still surprised by the flashy proposal. “I mean, he always used to tell me, ‘I’m going to marry you. I’m going to marry you.’ And it’s just like, ‘Mmm. It’s the right thing to do,'” she explained. “But I knew he was going to give me a very expensive gift because he wasn’t there for my birthday, but I thought he was going to give me a watch or something. He just went out of his way, okurrrrr!”
Cardi B gave birth to her first child with Offset on July 10, 2018. The couple welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Kulture Kiara, whose name was inspired by her father. Kulture’s middle name, Kiari, is her father’s real name. Despite major speculation, the rap couple kept Cardi’s pregnancy a secret — until she finally debuted her baby bump during a performance on Saturday Night Live in April of 2018.
Cardi shockingly filed for divorce from the “Legacy” rapper on Sept. 15, 2020. HollywoodLife obtained the official court documents, which showed they were filed by the rapper in Georgia, where the couple has a home together. The legal documents, which came not long after Cardi caught Offset cheating for the second time, stated that the pair had been separated and that “there are no prospects for a reconciliation.” Additionally, the divorce documents revealed that Cardi requested primary physical custody, as well as legal custody, of the couple’s then 2-year-old daughter.
After Cardi filed for divorce, she continued to share PDA videos with Offset on social media. The pair even rang in her 28th birthday together in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2020. Two days later, the “WAP” rapper took to social media to reveal that she was back with Offset. She also explained that it wasn’t her intention to go through with the divorce filing — let alone for the legal documents to go public. Instead, Cardi explained that she filed for divorce to “teach [Offset] a lesson” because they had been arguing a lot at the time. By Nov. 2, Cardi had filed an amended divorce petition to retract her initial filing. HollywoodLife obtained the original and revised filings.
Following their reconciliation, a person close to the couple revealed to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Offset planned to do all he could to win back Cardi’s trust. “Offset is on his best behavior right now. He’s doing everything he can to prove to Cardi that he’s worth it,” they divulged. “He knows he’s not perfect, but he really does feel that he and Cardi belong together and he’s putting all his focus on her. He was miserable without her and he knows he’s beyond lucky to have a woman like her so he’s just doing all he can to convince her not to go through with the divorce.”
Cardi announced that she was pregnant with baby No. 2 on June 27, 2021 during the BET Awards. To share the sweet news, Cardi showed off her baby bump on stage while wearing an embroidered Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit for a performance of “Type S***” with Offset. Just minutes later, Cardi posted a photo to Instagram from a pregnancy shoot. “#2!” she simply captioned the photo, adding a heart emoji and tagging Offset.
Offset Accuses Cardi B Of Cheating
The mother of two slammed Offset on June 26, 2023 after he accused her of getting with another guy in a since-deleted post from his Instagram Story. The Grammy Award-winning rapper took to Twitter to defend her name by sharing a voice memo in which she both sang and spoke to her fans. “First of all, let me say, you can’t accuse me of all the things you know that you are guilty of. Sing it with me, y’all!” she began. “And I see that it is easy for you to blame everything on me. Yes, honey!”
She then asked her fans to not “pay attention to that country man” and accused him of spiraling. Further explaining her point, the “Money” hitmaker said she can’t get with a “ be with a regular degular shmegular” person, nor anyone “in the industry” because Offset would easily find out.
“Please, boy: Stop acting stupid,” she continued, addressing her husband of six years directly. “Don’t play with me .. stop playin’ … let’s be serious.”
In July 2023, Offset went on the Way Up With Angela Yee podcast and admitted he lied about accusing Cardi of cheating on him. “It’s my wife, I love her to death, and we’re going back and forth,” he explained. “If you got a New York woman…she’s a pit bull. She get crazy at the mouth a little bit. And I was really lit that night. I had a little Casamigos. I was lit. And we’re going back and forth, and I’m like, ‘Watch this…’”
Cardi B & Offset Split
Cardi and Offset sparked breakup rumors when they unfollowed each other on Instagram at the beginning of December 2023. Cardi further fueled the rumors when she posted about “outgrowing relationships” on her Instagram Story. “I’m tired of protecting peoples feelings…I GOTTA PUT MYSELF FIRST,” the mom-of-two wrote. Cardi also went on an Instagram Live and spoke about dropping “dead weight,” signaling a clear problem in the couple’s dynamic.
Cardi confirmed the couple’s breakup during an Instagram Live on December 10.
“I’ve been single for a minute now, but I have been afraid to like — not afraid I just don’t know how to tell the world. But I feel like today has been a sign,” she said. “The last time I got on Live I kind of wanted to tell you guys, but I didn’t know how to tell you, so I changed my mind,” she added. “But it has been like this for a minute now. I just took it as a sign.”