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.
Kim Kardashian had no interest in being Kanye West’s first lady
In 2020, Kim Kardashian reportedly begged Kanye West not to run for president, but was unable to stop him from trying (and often failing) to get on ballots. West, who supported Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency, was believed to be in the throes of a bipolar episode throughout his failed campaign.
During his very first campaign rally in South Carolina in July 2020, West broke down crying and revealed that Kardashian considered terminating her pregnancy with daughter North West, which reportedly made her “furious.” Sources told People that his wife tried to steer him away from politics. “Kim urged Kanye to not move forward with running for president, but he won’t listen,” a source said, adding that Kardashian wanted West to “focus on his mental health instead.” Insiders claimed that West hadn’t seen his and Kardashian’s children for extended periods of time and that Kardashian was leaning heavily on her famous family for support at the time.