Throughout her nearly decade-long relationship with controversial rapper Kanye West, reality TV queen Kim Kardashian stood by him in light of all his scandals, beefs, and rants. But was she doing it purely out of love? Since tying the knot in a predictably lavish ceremony in May 2014, there has been quite a bit of discord in Kimye’s marriage, and despite their cute Instas and carefully staged photo ops, the signs are all there that they’re a pretty unhappy couple.
With multiple reports mounting that the parents of four are close to divorcing, each party (at the time of this writing) has yet to actually file to legally and officially dissolve the union. Still, the writing is on the wall (and at times on the social media accounts) that the fashion-forward, often petty pair are approaching the end. Here are all the signs that show Kardashian and West are going in vastly different directions.
Kim and Kanye’s ‘divorce is imminent’
In January 2021, Page Six reported that “divorce is imminent” for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and that Kardashian would likely be the one to file, especially having “Disso Queen” celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser on retainer. However, some sources say that while a divorce is probable at some point, it wasn’t set in stone just yet because the couple was still actively trying to work things out.
“Kim and Kanye are in counseling and exploring their options,” a source told People. “They have been working on their marriage for a long time, but no decision has been made.”
Sources told both People and TMZ that divorce was on the table, but that Kardashian frequently went back and forth in regards to calling it quits or saving her marriage. TMZ further reported that couple is “on speaking terms” and even exchanged millions of dollars worth of Christmas gifts in 2020, even though they don’t see eye to eye on many things (including politics and their lifestyles). For what it’s worth, Kardashian has also posted numerous photos on Instagram without her wedding ring since December 2020.
Kanye West’s Twitter habits created havoc in their marriage
Kanye West’s Twitter rants reportedly drive Kim Kardashian up the wall. It began in 2016 with his hate-fueled tirade against his ex, Amber Rose, and Wiz Khalifa. A source told R Online, “Kim told Kanye how totally inappropriate his comments were. She really let him have it. But he is still the one who rules the marriage. Kanye made Kim call Amber and meet with her. He wanted Kim to make up with Amber for him. He told her what she had to do, and she listened to him, of course.”
A few days later, insiders also told People that Kardashian was over his social media insanity, which at the time included messy missives about Bill Cosby and his own finances. “What causes friction in the marriage, however, is Kanye’s compulsive tweeting,” a source told the mag. “Kim can’t stand it. She is all for self-promotion, but doesn’t approve of Twitter drama.”
Clearly, the couple continued on, but West’s tweets in summer 2020 may have driven Kardashian over the edge: West revealed in a presidential campaign event that he and Kardashian considered terminating her first pregnancy and tweeted further about the private struggle, writing, “I cried at the thought of aborting my first born and everyone was so concerned about me… I’m concerned for the world that feels you shouldn’t cry about this subject.”
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are rarely together
Because both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have grueling schedules that require a ton of travel, they’re hardly together in the flesh. Unless they’re doing a red carpet together, they’re rarely spotted out as a couple — and when they are, they’re usually not smiling. In fact, reports claim that Kardashian and West have actually been living apart for months.
People reported in December 2020 that they had been “living separate lives” and focusing on their own respective “projects” (West’s music and Kardashian’s criminal justice reform efforts).”Their lives don’t overlap much,” a source told the outlet. Insiders also noted that Kardashian has largely stayed in their shared California home with daughters North and Chicago and sons Saint and Psalm, while West has spent most of his time at their Wyoming ranch. They have, however, had visits as a family occasionally.
Kanye West’s breakdown hurt their union
Kanye West’s November 2016 breakdown was spawned by a lot of potential challenges: mental illness, exhaustion, paranoia, the anniversary of his mother’s death, and, reportedly, marital strife. That strife didn’t really get better once he was out of the hospital. A source told Us Weekly that Kim Kardashian and West were living apart while he recovered, adding, “Kim is being very protective and doesn’t want Kanye around the kids right now…it’s a valid concern.”
A source told R Online in March 2017, “Kim is having a really, really difficult time holding it together right now. She seems absolutely miserable and would like nothing more than to turn this around, but at this point it seems like she is just hopeless…it is like Kanye has the mentality of a five-year-old and Kim is more like his mother than his wife. The two of them are constantly fighting behind closed doors and she just seems tired of playing this charade with him.”
Was Kanye West unfaithful to Kim Kardashian?
Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, has come out time and again saying that her relationship with West ended because he was cheating on her with Kim Kardashian. As the old adage goes, “If they’ll do it with you, they’ll do it to you.”
There was speculation that West’s eye wandered again in 2016, at least if his phone records are any indication. The Daily News reported that adult film star Lisa Ann (of, er, Nailin’ Palin fame) claimed to have a slew of nude photos sent to her from West during his marriage to Kardashian.
Although neither West nor Kardashian acknowledged the accusation at the time, West later told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that he has struggled with a “full-on pornography addiction” for most of his life. Additionally, TMZ’s sources that contributed information about the couple’s supposed imminent 2021 divorce eliminated any cheating speculation, claiming “there is no third party.”