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.
Denzel Washington recently revealed what God has been telling him to do every time he prays.
The Academy Award-winning actor was among the speakers at a Christian men’s conference hosted by First Baptist Orlando in Florida on Saturday, The Cristian Post reports.
“At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I’m here to serve, to help, to provide,” Washington shared at “The Better Man Event.”
“In every prayer, all I hear is: ‘Feed my sheep.’ That’s what God wants me to do,” the actor added.
“What’s that mean? What I found out in the last couple of years is there are all kinds of sheep. So that’s why I talk to experienced shepherds to help guide me.
“The world has changed. What is our role as a man? The John Wayne formula is not quite a fit right now. But strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God’s gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it.”
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The “Malcolm X” star continued:
“[The Bible] says in the last days we’ll become lovers of ourselves. The number one photograph now is a selfie. So we all want to lead. We’re willing to do anything — ladies and young men — to be influential… Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous or whoever’s out there listening, we all have our individual challenges. It’s cliché [but] money, don’t make it better. It doesn’t. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities.”
The three-time Golden Globes winner added:
“Stay on your knees. Watch me, but listen to God. I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God’s sight, but I’m human. I’m just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day. Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to one someone, talk to the one that can do something about it. Constantly develop those habits.”
Washington concluded by acknowledging that although he has money and fame, what he’s discovered is that one always needs to leave “room to learn.”
The Biden administration is seeking dishonorable discharges for 46% of troops who refuse to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
The Pentagon mandated vaccines for all U.S. service members (1.3 million) last month.
However, a reported 600,000 service members have declined to roll up their sleeves for the mRNA vaccines.
The White House issued a statement saying a proposed GOP NDAA bill preventing dishonorable discharges would “detract from readiness and limit a commander’s options for enforcing good order and discipline when a Service member fails to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccination.”
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The statement said dishonorable discharges are necessary “To enable a uniformed force to fight with discipline, commanders must have the ability to give orders and take appropriate disciplinary measures.”
GOP Representative Mark Green of Tennessee said he was “appalled” at the Biden administration for suggesting dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse the shots.
“No American who raises their hand to serve our Nation should be punished for making a highly personal medical decision,” Green said.
Lieutenant Col Paul Douglas Hague resigned and forfeited his pension after 19 years of service because he “refuses President Biden’s ‘unethical, immoral and tyrannical’ vaccine mandate.”
“I cannot and will not contribute to the fall of this great nation and its people,” the father of seven wrote.
The House is expected to vote on the GOP’s NDAA bill, preventing dishonorable discharges, on Thursday morning.
“I was able to be still for a long time. Inspiration finally came when I remembered the little things that I love to do, the simple things that make me happy: grocery shopping, taking walks, going on bike rides, cooking.
“Those little things that I’m trying to incorporate into my lifestyle now that the outside is opening up again and we’re about to get right back into what things used to look like. I’m trying to make sure that I still keep those things in my life.”
When it comes to her own self-confidence, Rihanna said:
“I make a point to be present, I look at what’s around me, who is around me.
“And then I’m just grateful for those things; grateful for the moment. I think about how far I’ve come. And how much worse it could be — I could have missed all of this.”
However, there are still days when she doesn’t feel so confident, and she has a tip for those days.
“Pretend. Just pretend, girl. You have your days where you do and your days where you don’t, but push through, just be sure. You belong here, you’re sexy. Own your sh*t.”
Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.
The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city “Last Rose Petal Tour” on Instagram Wednesday.
The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.
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The mom-of-two said she was “lucky” to be able to retire at a young age.
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage… One last time… Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell…”
Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.
Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.
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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.
A cleanup organizer described the third world conditions that exist at the Haitian immigrant encampment under the Del Rio international bridge.
John Rourke, who organizes cleanups around the world, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Wednesday.
Rourke said he was disturbed by the unsanitary conditions where thousands of Haitians live in squalor under the bridge.
He said his organization picked up thousands of pounds of garbage from under the bridge.
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Rourke described Haitians using sticks and branches to build makeshift lean-to shelters under trees near the bridge. The migrants were forced to move because the mounds of smelly garbage attracted flies, coyotes, roaches, and red ants.
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“Let me tell you what I saw,” Rourke told Tucker.
“I saw people washing babies in the Rio Grande.
“I saw ladies breastfeeding babies, sleeping in dirt, 107 degrees outside, red ants everywhere, real coyotes – the ones that have four legs walking around.
“People are literally knocking down trees and setting up lean-tos and teepees and sleeping under those.”
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Over 15,000 Haitians made the perilous journey from South America and Mexico after messages on What’s app told them U.S. Pres. Joe Biden would treat them kindly and give them jobs.
On the last leg of the trip – crossing the Rio Grande in knee-deep water – they were met by Border Patrol agents who herded them back into the murky water.
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Viral photos and videos of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing frightened Haitian people sparked outrage around the world.
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After nearly a week of silence on the issue, Congresswoman Maxine Waters stepped in front of cameras on Wednesday to rail against the Biden administration.
Using strong language, Waters said “I’m pissed!”. She called out the Biden administration for “taking us back to slavery days.”
“I’m unhappy, and I’m not just unhappy with the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them — I’m [unhappy] with the [Biden] administration.
“We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.
What the HELL are we doing here?”
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Waters addressed Pres. Joe Biden directly.
“We’re saying to the president and everybody else: you’ve got to stop this madness!”
She concluded by urging reporters to “write the story” about the horrific treatment of Black people by the current administration.
“Write the story! Tell the story about what is going on and let people know that they’re trying to take us back to slavery days!”
Project Veritas released the second video of its undercover Covid-19 vaccine investigative series on Wednesday.
Part 2 exposes a U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] official calling for forced vaccinations of Black people.
According to the CDC, over 70% of Black New Yorkers are unvaccinated.
Project Veritas went undercover to record FDA economist, Taylor Lee, calling for forced vaccinations of Black people and keeping a “registry” for all unvaccinated Americans.
In the video, Lee said U.S. Government policy should be similar to Nazi Germany when it comes to forcing people to take the vaccine.
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Lee said health officials should go door-to-door forcing vaccines on people who are hesitant or fearful.
“Census goes door-to-door if you don’t respond. So, we have the infrastructure to do it. I mean, it’ll cost a ton of money. But I think, at that point, I think there needs to be a registry of people who aren’t vaccinated. Although that’s sounding very [much like Nazi] Germany.”
He also suggested blowing vaccine-filled darts at Black people who don’t comply.
“I think that a lot of the time — so there’s also this issue of — I remember reading about how with Covid trials, they were having an issue recruiting African American people. It was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans.”