Since the news of their “imminent” separation, fans have wanted to know why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are divorcing. News broke of their divorce broke on Friday, February 19, after Kim filed to divorce Kanye after seven years of marriage, according to TMZ.
The site reported that Kim asked for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm. According to TMZ, Kim and Kanye also signed a prenup before their wedding in 2014 and neither party contests to what the document states.
News that Kim and Kanye were headed toward a divorce broke in January 2021 after Page Six reported that Kim had hired a divorce attorney. “They are keeping it low-key but they are done,” a source told Page Six at the time. “Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks.” According to Page Six’s source, Kim and Kanye live “separate lives.” While Kanye lives in Wyoming, Kim stays in Calabasas with their kids. “Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done,” the insider said.
The insider continued, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy shit, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Kanye, for his part, also isn’t a fan of Kim’s family. “[He] is completely over the entire family…He wants nothing to do with them,” a second source said, adding that Kanye found Keeping Up With the Kardashians “unbearable.”
So why else are Kim and Kanye divorcing? A source told Us Weekly on Tuesday that Kim’s breaking point came after an explosive fight she had with Kanye in December 2020, which the two never recovered from. “They had a big fight in early December,” the source said. “Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that.”
A second source told Us Weekly that Kanye’s presidential campaign rally in July 2020, at which he claimed that he and Kim almost aborted their first child, was another reason for her to leave him. “She didn’t just walk away,” the source said. “The comments about North and the abortion were the final confirmation. She will protect the children first, always.” A third insider noted that Kim and Kanye have “been living separate lives for many months now.” The source went on to note that Kim and Kanye aren’t in sync as the rapper “isn’t as focused and doesn’t live in the real world.”
The insider also claimed that Kanye’s refusal to receive mental health treatment was another reason for her to call it quits. “Kim is done dealing with Kanye’s unpredictable behavior, she has tried to get him into treatment for his mental health and all attempts have been unsuccessful,” the insider said. “No one can tell Kanye what to do other than Kanye.”
According to another Us Weekly source, Kim and Kanye have grown apart, which is another reason for their split. “She has grown up a lot this past year and is studying the law so she can really make change and provide a better world for her kids,” the insider said. “Kanye isn’t as focused and doesn’t live in the real world, their world views no longer line up.”
As for how he’s dealing with the news of his split, a source told People in January 2021 that Kanye is aware his marriage is over and is fine with that. “He knows that she’s done. She has had enough, and she told him that she wants some space to figure out her future,” the source said. “He’s OK. He’s sad, but OK. He knows the inevitable will happen, and he knows that it’s coming soon.”