Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian became famous as a reality TV star for her sexy curves and alluring beauty, and since 2014, she has also been in the spotlight as the wife of the American singer, rapper, and songwriter, Kanye West. As many people know, Kim was once married to Kris Humphries before her present marriage. That marriage lasted for less than three months in 2011, but what many do not know is that eleven years before Humphries, Kim was married to a man named Damon Thomas.
Who exactly was Kim Kardashian’s first husband, and what happened during their time as a couple? Even more interesting are the contradicting versions of the real reason they parted ways, which are all available herein.
Who Exactly Is Damon Thomas And What Does He Do?
Damon Thomas is a black American and a high-profile music producer. He was born in the state of California, in the United States, on the 15th of December, 1970. In his birthplace, he attended Clovis High School. He co-founded a pop/R&B music production outfit named The Underdogs with Harvey Mason Jr. Through The Underdogs, Damon Thomas has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie.
Damon has even been nominated for a Grammy for his quality music production. Before he came to prominence through The Underdogs, he once played college football for the Wayne State Wildcats based in Nebraska. He even had a short-lived career in the NFL, playing for the Buffalo Bills. Afterward, his career interest diverted to music production.
Before he started working with Mason in 1999, Damon Thomas was once a production partner with Kenneth Edmonds. As already mentioned, Damon has handled some of the biggest music production projects in the industry. His company, The Underdogs, even produced and arranged the musical accompaniment to the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton.
Damon Thomas stands at the height of 1.88m (5 feet 10 inches) while his stable weight hovers around 80kg. This sports-like stature, of course, is what predisposed him to play college football. Being of the black race, Damon’s eye color is brown. His hair color is supposedly black, but he constantly goes bald. From his relationships, it is clear that Damon Thomas’s sexual orientation is straight. At the forefront of those relationships is the one he had with reality TV star, Kim Kardashian.
How Damon Thomas and Kim Kardashian Met
It is safe to say that Damon’s love life with Kim courted more media attention than any other one he has been in. Having attained such great heights as a reality TV queen, it has become somewhat hard to accept that Kim was once an ordinary woman. She was still in her teens when she met the man she thought would be the love of her life.
The songwriter met Kim Kardashian sometime in 1999. At that time, Kim worked as a salesgirl at a Los Angeles boutique named Body while Damon was just setting up The Underdogs with Harvey Mason Jr. A year later, Damon and Kim were already deep into romance. This led to Kim eloping with him. They wedded in Las Vegas in 2000. At that time, Kim was 19 while Damon was 29.
Was The Age Gap Between Them A Problem?
They were both blind to the 10-year age gap between them, not that it mattered anyway. However, over time, Damon Thomas started displaying some behaviors that indicated he wanted to have absolute control over Kim’s life. He also pushed her to get plastic surgeries to enhance her looks, according to Kim. He forked out a lot of money to make this happen and when Kim started looking like the perfect woman he imagined, his insecurities got the best of him.
Notwithstanding, the union survived for three years as the couple broke up in 2003. The couple didn’t have any child while they were married, and Kim’s family welcomed her back with relief after she walked out of the marriage she entered rather spontaneously.
The Real Reason Kim and Damon Resorted to Divorce
Through Kim Kardashian’s confession in a divorce paper at Los Angeles Superior Court, we have an idea of what transpired during the three years that the union lasted. According to the divorce papers, Damon was not only possessive to the extreme, but he also abused Kim physically and morally. In the divorce papers, Kim tells of how Damon forced her to quit her job at Body only three months after their wedding.
The reason Damon wanted this was to stop Kim from having any contact with her past boyfriends, whom he said can easily find her if she continued working at the shop. According to Kim, Damon also made her quit college. Besides, he tried to poison her mind against her family, including sharing nude photos of Kim’s sister and calling her a whore.
Worst of all, Damon Thomas was physically abusive to Kim. In the divorce paper also, she tells of Damon throwing her on the floor and slamming her against the wall several times. She even revealed how he would cut through her lips. While married to him, Kim had to seek permission before stepping out of the house, and according to the reality TV star, he hardly allows her to go anywhere alone, even the mall.
Damon Claims He Is The Victim Here
The general impression has always been that Kim was the victim of an abusive relationship, but her ex has something contrary to say. Over the years, Damon Thomas has tried denying these claims of Kim Kardashian. He claims that Kim was obsessed with the desire to be famous to the point of being a “fame-whore.” According to him, Kim Kardashian did “dangerous things” in her quest for fame, and to make up for her lack of talents.
According to the music producer, Kim was cheating on him, and that was part of the reasons he went for divorce, though other reports say Kim initiated the divorce. Damon Thomas also accused Kim of making things up just to get him to pay her a lot of money. However, since their divorce, the former couple is living separate lives now. Kim is happily married to rapper Kanye West, and they have four kids. Damon, on the other hand, has not remarried. So far, their paths have not crossed in public.