In a never-ending saga, the Kardashian clan finds itself entangled in a web of drama once again. The infamous relationship between Kim Kardashian and Ray J, which began in 2002 amidst Kardashian’s divorce from Damon Thomas, continues to haunt them nearly two decades later.
During that time, Kardashian was relatively unknown and worked as a stylist for Ray J’s sister, Brandy. The chemistry between the two was undeniable, and Ray J, in a 2003 interview with Vlad TV, expressed his belief that Kardashian had star quality and immense potential. Little did they know the tumultuous path their relationship would take.
After their split in late 2006, a sex tape of the former couple emerged in February of the following year. Vivid, an adult entertainment company, reportedly paid millions to obtain the video, leading Kardashian to file a $5 million lawsuit for copyright rights.
Ray J, during his time on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, candidly discussed his breakup with the reality star. He confessed to loving every girl he had been with but acknowledged a misalignment of moral standards and values in their relationship.
The tension escalated in April 2022 when Kardashian claimed on an episode of The Kardashians that she was trying to access another explicit video allegedly in Ray J’s possession. However, in the subsequent episode, she revealed that her estranged husband, Kanye West, had retrieved the entire tape from Ray J after meeting him at the airport.
Ray J retaliated against Kardashian’s claims in a May 2022 interview with the Daily Mail, accusing her and Kris Jenner of orchestrating the sex tape leak. He even shared alleged direct messages between him and Kardashian, suggesting that the events portrayed on The Kardashians regarding the tape were fabricated.
The singer-songwriter expressed the emotional toll the leak had taken on him, mentioning his struggle with mental health and feelings of being deceived. He pleaded with Kardashian to help him maintain a positive image for the sake of his children.
In response, Kardashian apologized and expressed her desire for both of them to move forward. She acknowledged the impact their past had on them and emphasized her intentions were never to harm him.
Their tumultuous relationship, spanning two decades, has witnessed numerous ups and downs, from their initial meeting to the sex tape scandal and its aftermath. It serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges faced by public figures in the spotlight.