More than a month since tabloids first reported their breakup, and after weeks of anonymous sources sharing details about their separate lives, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West, according to TMZ. Their sources claim the divorce is “as amicable as a divorce can be,” and Kardashian is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their children, which West has agreed to. According to TMZ’s source the couple is “far along in reaching a property settlement agreement” as well.
Page Six had reported on January 5 that a divorce was “imminent,” and anonymous sources have weighed in since on how Kardashian, while “stressed,” was also ready to move on. Though the couple, who married in 2014, never confirmed the rumors, plenty of evidence suggested they were in the process of breaking up, including reports that West had moved some of his stuff out of their Calabasas mansion while Kardashian was on vacation in Turks and Caicos.
The end of the relationship lived very much in the spotlight will have its own moment in the sun as well, it seems; last month, it was reported that the divorce would be part of the upcoming final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, whether West is happy about it or not.
The show, which burnished Kardashian’s star, is rumored to be a longstanding issue for the couple. West rarely appeared on camera, and voiced concern about his four children being featured as well. In 2017, Kardashian told The Hollywood Reporter that West approves all footage of himself that ends up on it.
The couple first met in “2002 or 2003,” according to Kardashian during KUWTK’s 10th anniversary show. She was working for the rapper Brandy as an assistant at the time. It was, at least for Ye, something like love at first sight. “I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time,” he said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show On Air With Ryan Seacrest in 2013, after they got engaged in San Francisco. “I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, ‘Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?’”
The wedding was a massive multiday event, with a bachelorette party in Paris and a rehearsal dinner in Versaille, before they flew their guests to Florence for the ceremony. She wore Givenchy, designed by Riccardo Tisci, and Vogue shared the details of the wedding in its infamous 2014 cover story.
West was hospitalized for exhaustion in 2016 and later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This past summer, divorce rumors really began to swirl when Kardashian’s newfound legal efforts seemed to contradict West’s apparent support of Donald Trump and conservative politics. He announced that he was running for president in July, and said at a rally in South Carolina that Harriet Tubman never freed any enslaved people and that he had wanted Kardashian to abort their first child. Some erratic-seeming tweets followed, and then a statement from Kardashian: “Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.”
“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health,” she added. “But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”
“I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions,” the statement continued. “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”
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