June 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM ET
Now hear this, naysayers: Kimye is the real deal!
On part two of the Kardashian family's extensive sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN Sunday, Kim Kardashian once again defended her surprisingly intense romance with Kanye West.
Winfrey -- familiar with the 31-year-old's penchant for lightning fast romances that often fizzle out -- asked the reality star, "Is Kanye West your new fairy tale?"
Explained Kim: "We met almost a decade ago, we've known each other for a very long time, we've been friends for six or seven years," she said of the Grammy-winning rapper, 35. "I don't know why it took us so long to get together. I think we've always had an attraction to each other, but we've always been in other relationships or it wasn't the right timing."
Kardashian's most talked-about relationship was with Kris Humphries, from whom she filed for divorce last October after just 72 days.
"One day it (the relationship with West) just happened," she offered. "It took me by surprise."
And it's anything but a publicity stunt, she insisted to Winfrey. "It's your heart you're playing with," she said. "I couldn't sacrifice my heart for a publicity stunt."
Although she denied talk of an imminent wedding or plans to move in together, she admitted, "To have him in my life this way, says a lot about us."
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