Not only did Feb. 14 mark the most romantic day of the year, but it also was the day Kanye West ended his Instagram hiatus.
After deleting all his social media accounts in May, the rapper, 40, celebrated Valentine’s Day with over 50 posts to turn his photo grid into a vision board of his favorite Hollywood couples, even kicking off his nine-hour-long comeback with a sweet (and simple) dedication to his wife Kim Kardashian West.
“Happy Valentines Day Babe,” read the cover of his handwritten card on white cardstock.
What came after the minimalist letter was a surprise to many fans and followers whose Instagram feeds were flooded with West’s array of vintage photos that included mostly failed high-profile relationships with a few famed longstanding romances sprinkled in.
From Princess Diana and Prince Charles to Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere as well as Aaliyah and Tupac, West gave a photographic history lesson on some of the most talked about love affairs from the past decades.
There were also some notables repeats as West posted three pictures of Pamela Anderson (one with Tommy Lee, one with Kid Rock, and another with Brett Michaels), three of Brad Pitt (one with Gwyneth Paltrow, one with Jennifer Aniston, and one with Angelina Jolie) and three of Madonna (one with Sean Penn, one with Dennis Rodman and one with Jean-Michel Basquiat).
Among the pairs in West’s photo tributes that are still going strong: Barack and Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and David and Victoria Beckham.
He also paid homage to late icons such as Notorious B.I.G. (who was pictured with Faith Evans), David Bowie (who was pictured with widow Iman), and Michael Jackson (who was pictured with ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley).
Most notably, the Grammy winner ended his posting spree with two photos of he and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, simply captioning the portraits as “Kimye.”
He also dedicated a spot on his dedications to mother-in-law Kris Jenner and his late father-in-law Robert Kardashian.
While West’s Valentine’s Day celebration was artistic, his wife’s romantic gesture was more straightforward.
“I love you to infinity! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!” the KKW Beauty mogul wrote on Instagram along with a paparazzi photo of the two from their trip to Paris in March 2015.
“Kanye says that his children have saved his life,” a source said in January. “This one, in particular, came along after a very dark time. He’s so in love with his kids.”