Kim Kardashian is "always smiling" when she’s with Kanye West.

The reality TV beauty is enjoying a romance with the rapper after being friends with him for several years. Kim's marriage to Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days, with the pair going their separate ways last year.

The 31-year-old star is ecstatic that she's now found a "special" love with Kanye.

"It's been tough since the break-up of my marriage last October, but I always believed I would find love again and I'm so happy I have, I'm always smiling in Kanye's company and he makes me feel so special," she gushed in an interview with British magazine Closer.

Kanye and Kim began dating in April. The raven-haired beauty says their friendship provided the perfect foundation for romance to blossom.

"Me and Kanye spent time as friends first and I see a real benefit with that. Once a relationship goes past the honeymoon phase, you need the strong base of friendship to keep it working," she said.

Kim is famed for appearing on hit TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians alongside her mother Kris Jenner, step-father Bruce Jenner, and her siblings including Kourtney and Khloé. Despite their chaotic relationships, the stunning star insists their arguments "never last long".

"My mom is the rock of the family. And my sisters and I work together, so we fall out," she revealed. "But when you read that we've not spoken for weeks, it's never true. We're a close family."