Rumors have been swirling for months that Kim Kardashian was considering divorcing her husband of seven years, Kanye West. BuzzFeed News reports that a spokesperson from the Los Angeles County Superior Court confirmed that papers were officially filed Friday to initiate divorce proceedings.
Just weeks ago, we reported that several sources had said Kardashian had hired celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser and that formal divorce proceedings were imminent.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly going their separate ways after Kardashian filed in LA on Friday.
The development comes after the rapper’s increasingly strange public behavior in the last year, which included a pseudo campaign for president and social media posts in which he said that his wife had tried to have him hospitalized.
In a candid statement on Instagram in July 2020, Kardashian West addressed her husband‘s mental health, painting him as “a brilliant but complicated person, who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, […] experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder.”
The reality star asked for compassion and patience as her family embarked on a complicated chapter. She expressed concern for her husband’s well-being and that the family was “powerless” to force West into treatment because he was not a minor.
We also reported that after a very strange campaign event in South Carolina, for his doomed campaign for the presidency, that the couple had gone their separate ways with West going to the ranch in Wyoming and Kardashian returning to California.
The pair first began their romance in 2012 while the KUWTK star was still legally married to her second husband, professional NBA player Kris Humphries. She was previously married to music producer, Damon Thomas, from 2000 to 2004.
KArdashian and West married in an over-the-top ceremony in Florence in May 2014 after festivities in Paris after West proposed at a stadium with a full orchestra and a fireworks show.
The pair share four children together: North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm. They used surrogates for their third and fourth children after Kardashian West experienced pregnancy complications that left her unable to carry another pregnancy to term.
In recent years, Kardashian had increased her activism and has taken to studying law to further her understanding of issues around criminal justice and its reform.
She was the key lobbyist behind President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision to grant clemency to Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who had been serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.
“It’s a journey that I never imagined I would be on, but I’m so glad that I am,” she said at the time. “And I love that we have been able to get a lot of work done and I just don’t want to stop that.”
Since he publicly revealed that he has bipolar disorder in 2017, West has spoken and rapped a good deal about his mental health. The disorder is typically marked by bouts of depression and anxiety juxtaposed against episodes of manic and even reckless behavior.
“It’s not [that] I hate being bipolar. It’s awesome,” West explained to TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a 2018 interview. “It actually drives more of how you really feel. It doesn’t do the opposite thing. I think it’s important for us to have conversations about, you know, open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being Black. Because we never had therapists in the Black community.”
We have deep compassion for anyone who is suffering from mental health issues and we certainly hope that West receives the support he needs at this trying time for his family. Unfortunately, this must have been a very difficult decision for Kardashian to make but it has been in the works for some time now.
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