After 6 1/2 years of marriage, Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce from Kanye West on Friday, court records reveal. The step brings an impending end to the marriage of a reality TV sensation and a hip-hop and fashion icon with four kids, a vast fortune to divide and even more fame, one of the most followed celebrity unions of the 21st century.
Kardashian is seeking the children’s shared custody and her filing states that the pair has a prenuptial agreement that will decide how to split their properties. For their split, it quotes irreconcilable discrepancies and does not list a separation date.
In 2012, the couple started dating and had their first child in 2013. West proposed using the giant screen at the vacant waterfront ballpark of the San Francisco Giants later that year, and the two were married at a ceremony at a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy, on May 24, 2014.
The beginning of the marriage’s end comes after the September announcement that after 14 years, the show that made the reputation of her family, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” ended in 2021.
This marriage was the first for the West, 43, and the third for Kardashian, 40. Although the union was not long, considering the two oversized personalities, West’s well-known instability and the fact that Kardashian’s previous marriage, to former NBA player Kris Humphries, was fleetingly brief, it outlasted the predictions of many cynics who thought doom was imminent.
Kardashian’s first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas at the age of 19 in 2000 lasted until 2004, and she married Humphries in a widely hyped wedding in 2011, which was televised in a two-part special on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Less than three months later, she filed for divorce, while she was still legally married in 2012, when she and West, a friend who had paid tribute to her in his songs for years, became a couple and became pregnant.
“Since the Humphries divorce, after representing clients including Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Britney Spears, Kardashian has retained the services of perhaps the country’s best-known divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, dubbed the “Disso Queen. On Friday, in Los Angeles Supreme Court, Wasser filed for divorce. The celebrity website TMZ first mentioned it.
Kardashian is a Los Angeles-area lifer, but West comes from Chicago and spends most of his time at his ranch in Wyoming, including much of the last months of his marriage, and has said he wants his children with him.
All of their four children are seven or under: North, 7 years old, Saint, 5 years old, Chicago, 3 years old, and Psalm, 21 months old.
Both Kardashian and West have parlayed their original success into greater ventures, and have amassed tremendous wealth with it, his for becoming a sought-after hip-hop artist and the rapper behind “Stronger” and “Gold Digger,” hers for being a reality TV star on a par with a film star.
With its expensive clothes and coveted Adidas shoes, West’s Yeezy fashion line has become as much a part of his life and personality as his music. Kardashian, with smartphone apps and games in her name, along with beauty products and clothing, went from popular socialite to big businesswoman.
On Twitter, West has 30 million followers, and on Instagram, Kardashian has nearly 200 million. In the history of social media, both are among the most posted-about individuals.
West was a vocal Donald Trump supporter who last year became a minor presidential candidate; he ended up having little influence on the election. After gradually devoting herself to freeing the unjustly incarcerated, which led to meetings with Trump, Kardashian took tentative measures towards becoming a lawyer.
In several respects, while their marriage was highly high profile when two self-promotion experts became a partnership, the two did not appear all that much in public together. And their marriage’s inner workings were typically a well-guarded secret that had taken years to spill out into public view. West only appeared briefly on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” often acting as an often-discussed off-screen character, and unlike other Kardashian couplings, audiences didn’t even see made-for-TV versions of battles or extremely tender moments.
However, they had more than their share of globe-trotting, scene-making and controversy-stirring moments, including a trip to Jerusalem for the baptism of the North, to fashion weeks around the world, including one in Paris where Kardashian was bound and robbed, to the years-long rivalry with Taylor Swift that Kardashian was sucked into.
But there was not much overlap in their careers, and they spent much of their married time far apart.
And in comparison to his erratic public moments, her carefully crafted style frequently culminated in wild claims and over-sharing tweet storms.
West said he was trying to divorce Kardashian, that her mother Kris Jenner was a dictator, and that the family was trying to push him into medical care in one of these, since removed, in July 2020.
Kardashian replied on Instagram with a message asking individuals to show compassion for West as he was dealing with mental illness.
Kardashian said, “He is a brilliant but complicated individual who, in addition to the pressures of being an artist and a black man, has suffered the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation heightened by his bi-polar disorder.” “Those close to Kanye know his heart and sometimes understand his words and do not align them with his intentions.”
Since election night, West has not tweeted. On social media, Kardashian was quiet on Friday.