UPDATE: February 19, 2021—After six and a half years of marriage and months of speculation, Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce from husband Kanye West.
According to TMZ sources, the documents were filed today, but the couple is well into the process of negotiating joint custody of their four children—North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm—as well as a property settlement agreement. The divorce filing wasn’t immediately available, but the Associated Press confirmed that the papers were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce from Kanye West, bringing to a close one of the most famous celebrity unions of the 21st century. The two superstars, who built business empires from reality TV and music, married in 2014 and have four children.https://t.co/0XJ0OgXrLA
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) February 19, 2021
In January, Page Six reported that Kardashian had retained celeb lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her in the proceedings. Prior to that, reports indicated that the couple had been spending copious amounts of time apart, West at his Wyoming ranch and Kardashian in Calabasas with the kids.
West’s mental and emotional state became a hot topic of conversation last year, after the rapper broke down in tears at a South Carolina event hooked to his ill-fated run for president, claiming that he and Kardashian had considered aborting their first child. “I almost killed my daughter,” West said, sobbing. “In the Bible it says, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ I remember my girlfriend [now wife, Kim Kardashian] called me screaming and crying … she said, ‘I’m pregnant’ … She said she was a pregnant and for one month, and two months, and three months we talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand.”
After the rally, Kardashian released a statement about West’s struggles with bipolar disorder, calling the situation “complicated and painful.”
“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,” she wrote. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”
A source told TMZ that their “their differences in lifestyle and politics” were a big factor in the decision to end things.
The split represents divorce number three for Kardashian; it’s West’s only marriage to this point.
JANUARY 5, 2021—Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, perhaps the most-discussed celebrity couple in the history of celebrity coupledom, have set tongues wagging again with word that they may be splitting up. Kim and Kanye divorce rumors have swirled before, but this time a source that claims to be close to the pair says its reached the point of Kardashian actually getting a lawyer.
“Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks,” the anonymous tipster told Page Six, referring to the high-profile L.A. divorce attorney and author.
TMZ disputes the Page Six account, however, reporting that Kardashian has actually had Wasser “on retainer for years for various reasons,” and that while divorce has been discussed in the past, “Kim never gave the green light to file.”
Multiple outlets have reported in recent days that West spent the holiday season at the family’s property in Wyoming, where he lives and voted, and he did not appear to be in a rush to return to life with his Calabasas-based wife.
“Kanye is taking time and space to work on himself and is spending a lot of his time in Wyoming,” another anonymous source told Hollywood Life.“It sounds like he has no plans to return to L.A. anytime soon, at least not full-time, but Kim is OK with that.”
Despite that geographic separation, as recently as Sunday, sources were telling Hollywood Life that “It doesn’t seem like she’ll ever actually file for divorce, at least anytime soon.”
News of a possible Kim and Kanye divorce comes on a day of otherwise fortuitous news for Kardashian. Earlier today, it was announced she has inked a deal to sell a 20 percent share of her KKW Beauty line to cosmetics giant Coty for a cool $200 million.