Kanye has known for many years that Kim is the one

Kanye West has revealed that he always intended marrying Kim Kardashian – even when they were with other people.

The rapper got engaged to Kim, 33, after popping the question on her birthday last week and it sounds like the big moment was many years in the making.

‘I wanted to marry that girl from the first time I saw her,’ says Kanye, 36.

‘I just had to wait through a bunch of relationships to finally get my chance…It’s just patience.

‘You know with certain things, you’re like, “Yo, this is what’s right for me, and this is what I should be doing.” And you gotta be patient.’

Kanye certainly went all-out when it came to the proposal, hiring out the whole of San Francisco’s AT&T Park baseball stadium where he asked Kim to marry him as a 50-piece orchestra serenaded her.

‘I gotta apologise to the race of males for turning it up so much,’ he quips.

But perfectionist Kanye – who has four-month-old daughter North with Kim – wasn’t entirely happy with how the lavish declaration went and even made last-minute changes to Kim’s ring to get everything right.

‘I was nervous a little bit,’ the dad-of-one tells Power 106 FM’s Big Boy Neighbourhood.

‘But more about everything being on cue. They didn’t have the lights exactly how I wanted them to be.

‘[Kim] knew I was eventually going to ask her to marry me. I just had to get that ring right. I worked with four different jewellers.

‘Three rings were made and only one actually hit the finger…I actually changed the ring the night before. That ring was less than four hours old when I gave it to her.’

Kanye hopes to finally get hitched to Kim sometime ‘next summer’.

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Anna Francis