On Tuesday, January 5th Page Six revealed the news with the headline “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting a divorce: ‘She’s done’. Page Six has also been posting incessantly on Instagram about the divorce, and memes have been flooding the internet with #kimye.
For the past six months, Kim has been staying in their California home with their four children, while Kanye has been living on his ranch in Wyoming. Kardashian’s hiring of divorce attorney Laura Wasser also indicates that their six-year marriage may soon be ending.
Prior to marrying Kanye, Kim had two failed marriages. One with songwriter Damon Thomas which lasted from 2000 to 2003, and the second with former NBA player Kris Humphries, which lasted only 72 days in 2011. Kim and Kanye started dating in 2012, had their first child in 2013, and then had a lavish wedding at an Italian resort in 2014. Both Kim and Kanye are keeping their divorce lowkey and most of the information revealed comes from anonymous sources.
The exact reasons for their divorce remain unrevealed, but the couple has been having trouble for some time. Kim is currently working towards becoming a lawyer, passing the bar exam, and following through with her prison reform campaign. She also didn’t support Kanye running for president, so she never made a public appearance campaigning on his behalf. Kanye on the other hand, called the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians “unbearable” (Washington Post), and has also been struggling with mental health issues.
Although Kim has been supportive of his struggles, it also caused a major rift in their marriage, especially when it came to doing what is best for their four children. A major fight between Kim and Kanye happened at the beginning of December, which could have been the tipping point causing the ultimate end of the relationship. Although the subject of the controversy hasn’t been revealed, an anonymous source disclosed that “Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that” (US Weekly).
Neither Kim nor Kanye filed the divorce papers yet, and a source revealed that Kim’s main reason for holding back is because “she wants to make sure she’s making the right decision for the kids”(E! News).
In the past several weeks, the couple has not made any public statement about their looming divorce. Kim’s last Instagram post was made on Christmas day, a little over a week before the rumors ignited while Kanye’s last posts on Instagram and Twitter were on election day, November 3rd. However, on July 21st Kanye West went on a rant on Twitter where he stated that he was trying to divorce Kim Kardashian for two years. He later deleted the post and apologized for those comments. Regardless, there is still a lot left to find out about the status of their divorce.