Inside Kim Kardashian’s Toxic First Marriage To Damon Thomas

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past year, you probably know that Kim KardashianAfter six years of marriage, Kanye West and Kardashian West split in 2021. You may also know that Kardashian was married to Kris Humphries, a NBA player, before Kanye got engaged. This marriage lasted only 72 days. But what you may not know is that Humphries was not Kim Kardashian’s first husband. The 41-year old media mogul was just 19 when she got married to Humphries in 2000. So who was Kim Kardashian’s first husband? Here’s the inside scoop about the rarely discussed Kim Kardashian and Damon Thomas’ relationship.

Kim Kardashian and Damon Thomas got married in 2000

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In his Instagram bio, Damon Thomas describes himself as a “Grammy Award-winning Producer and Golden Globe and Academy Award Nominated Producer.” He’s best known for working alongside Mason Jr. as part of The Underdogs, a pop production company that worked with artists such as Pink, Lionel Richie, and Chris Brown.

Kim Kardashian was only 19 years old when she married Damon Thomas, a 10 year older than her. The pair eloped soon after meeting each other—a spur-of-the-moment decision that Kardashian has admitted was fueled by a party drug.

Kim was high on Ecstasy at Their Wedding

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Kim Kardashian attends the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party with Chopard at the City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.  (
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A few years ago, an episode of Keeping up with Kardashians, Kim revealed the main motivating factors behind her decision to walk down Damon Thomas’ aisle. “I got married on ecstasy. The first time,” she said, referring to her first marriage to Thomas. The KUWTKStar said that she was unable to judge because of it. “I did ecstasy once and I got married. I did it again. I made another sex tape. Like, everything bad would happen.”

Kim also admitted that she was quite naive in her youth and put the men she dated on pedestals. “I used to be so dependent on the guys I was in a relationship with,” she said in a 2011 interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t know why, because I wasn’t raised that way. If I looked at myself at 19, I would shake myself and be like, Wake up; you are way too smart for this!”

The reality show star added, “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned so much from relationships. My tolerance level is so much different. So after years of being in not the best relationships, you grow up.”

Damon Was Allegedly Violent and Controlling Toward Kim

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Despite their drug-fueled, hasty wedding, it seems that the couple tried to make it work at first. However, by 2003, it was clear that this union was not meant. According to court papers obtained by the Daily Mail, Thomas became very controlling and possessive over his wife. “Damon decided what we would do and when we would do it. He was very much the King of the castle,” Kardashian revealed in her filing.

According to the socialite, Thomas forced his wife to quit college, wouldn’t let her work, and wanted to know where she was and who she was with at all times. “Damon told me not to leave the house unless I first told him when and where I was going,” Kardashian said. “Sometimes, Damon would not allow me to leave. For example, he wouldn’t let me go to the mall with just friends or alone. He told me that he did not want men to have an opportunity to ‘hit’ on me. He wouldn’t allow me to go to dinner with friends that I’ve known since childhood. If Damon were not home, I was required to call him and ask permission to leave the house.”

Things got worse. Kardashian claims Thomas began hitting her soon after she married him and cited numerous instances in court papers. KKW Beauty’s queen claimed Thomas became violent over the fact she was paging. “He became enraged and punched me in the face. My face was bruised and swollen as a result,” she said. “I thought about calling the police but was afraid and decided not to do so. We had another argument while we were at the marital home. He grabbed my arm and slammed me against the sliding mirror of the closet in our bedroom.”

They Divorced in 2004

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor Eddie Murphy (C) poses with "The Underdogs", composers Harvey Mason Jr. (R) and Damon Thomas (L) as they arrive at Paramount Pictures' Premiere of "Dreamgirls" held at the Wilshire Theatre on December 11, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Kardashian claimed that the abuse continued after the couple split in 2003. According to court papers, Thomas had a fit when she went to their house to retrieve some of her belongings.

“He came at me and slammed me against the closet wall,” she detailed. “He held me up against the wall with his hands around my neck and threatened to choke me. He then grabbed my head with one hand and punched at the wall. He grabbed my hair and told to get out. He held one hand against my head and pushed me up the stairs. (The front door is on the ground floor, and the bedroom is one below). He threw my head across the room at the top of the stairs and I fell against the front door. I got up and ran outside the house. I was frightened.”

Thomas filed for divorce shortly after the couple separated. Thomas denied ever having a relationship with his ex-wife and claimed that she was cheating on him. He also spoke unflattering words about Kardashian in an interview with In Touch. “Kim is obsessed with fame,” he told the tabloid. “She can’t write or sing or dance, so she does harmful things in order to validate herself in the media. That’s a fame-whore to me. It’s just not cool at all.”

Kardashian refused to let her bitter ending in her first marriage ruin her true feelings for love. “I think I’ll always be a hopeless romantic,” she admitted in a 2011 interview with Glamour. “I believe in love and the dream of having a perfect relationship, but my idea of it has changed. I don’t believe I can live in a fairytale. I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic.”

Where is Damon Thomas Right Now?

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  (L-R) Damon Thomas, music artist Sean "Diddy" Combs, Red Cafe and Rob Holiday arrive to host a party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Damon Thomas, now 50, is the CEO and owner at Thomas Krown Records. The label has collaborated with many top-tier artists such as Justin Beiber, Babyface and Justin Timberlake. Thomas is still involved in projects outside of his label. He arranges the music for the movie. Straight Outta ComptonProducing the soundtracks Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, The Help, Dreamgirls.Thomas has a 14-year old son named Dimas Thomas. He shares his life with Sarai Torres, his ex-partner.

Not much more is known about Thomas today—while he is successful and still working steadily, the producer prefers to keep a low profile. Another indication that Thomas wasn’t the right match for Kim Kardashian is his refusal to appear on reality TV.