Kanye really wasn't so different then. He and Alexis, a designer, liked going to fashion shows.
And hanging out in Paris.
Then, in November 2007, Kanye was devastated by the tragic death of his mother, Donda.
Sources close to Kanye told Us that Kanye was eager to marry Phifer, to honor Donda's wish that they wed. But things went sour a year and a half into the engagement, and the couple officially split in April 2008, two months after this photo was taken.
Later that year, Kanye became "obsessed" with Amber Rose. The two dated in 2009.
Amber and Kanye split in 2010. Amber blamed this in part on Kim Kardashian, calling Kim a "homewrecker."
There's been speculation that Kim had something to do with Kanye's breakup with Alexis too. Kim met Kanye in 2004 — she was first photographed with him (and Alexis) at this 2007 party:
Here's Alexis these days, at a party for the 2014 Oscars: