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Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West – everything you need to know

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West after nearly seven years of marriage. She filed the divorce papers following months of speculation her marriage to Kanye was in trouble. A Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that the Reality Star filed on Friday 19 February.

Christy Welder, a representative for Kardashian West, confirmed the divorce filing but said Kardashian West had no additional comment. The filing cites irreconcilable differences.

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Their marriage is believed to have become strained last year when West, 43, who suffers from bipolar disorder, ran an unsuccessful US presidential campaign marked by erratic statements under his self-styled Birthday Party. He based his campaign on family values, religious freedom, prison reform and an anti-abortion stance.

Kim rarely addressed her husband’s campaign but did address his mental wellbeing after his controversial campaign launch, during which he broke down in tears and said that Kim had considered aborting their first child North.

He proceeded to tweet erratically, claiming that Kim and her mother Kris Jenner had tried to have him involuntarily locked up, and that he had been trying to divorce his wife ‘for years’. He also tweeted “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Waldorf for “prison reform” -implying that something untoward was happening between Kim and previously incarcerated rapper Meek Mill.

The rapper went on a second rant in September and tweeted a video of himself urinating on one of his Grammy Awards. 

Did you know he eventually did run? In the end, Kanye got over 60,000 votes in the 12 state ballots he got on, and ranked fifth overall in vote counts for a president-vice presidential ticket (he chose Christian preacher Michelle Tidball as his running mate).

The “Jesus Walks” rapper broke down in tears in front of a crowd in July, where he discussed everything from his feelings about Harriet Tubman to his rocky path to fatherhood. He even said that he would “be at peace” if Kardashian decided to divorce him after his speech.

At the time Kim defended her husband, saying “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”

“I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this,” she added.

There have also recently been many highs in the relationship, including their tropical getaway with the kids, and Kanye’s mind boggling 40th birthday present for his wife, a message read by a hologram rendering of her late father Robert Kardashian who passed away in 2005.

TMZ said sources called the divorce “amicable,” saying Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody, but that doesn’t automatically mean it’s a 50/50 split. Joint custody can be whatever the parents agree too, and historically, Kim cares for the children the lion’s share of the time and that’s not expected to change.  Kim feels Kanye is a great dad, and Kanye knows Kim’s a great mom as well.

The entertainment news website also added that Kanye West mental health issues will not have an impact on his soon to be ex wife’s move to share custody of their 4 kids, because there’s always been a safety net in place and that won’t change.

That said … given their lifestyle, he’s rarely alone with them. In good times and bad, there are almost always caretakers or family members around the children.

While the majority of time is spent with help … our sources say Kanye’s a great dad, and over the last few months even made a couple trips with just him and some of the kids … no additional assistance.

The site also reports that the pair had a prenuptial arrangement in place, with discussions on property settlements said to be in the advanced stages.

They are on the same page, but there’s said to be no communication between them except through lawyers and assistants. Kim wanted to wait until they had reached an agreement as to the division of their assets before filing for divorce.

The couple had a lot before their $2.8 million dollar wedding and have exponentially more to their names now. But their most visible assets, such as their home in Hidden Hills, California, that Kris Jenner proudly informed the world was $60 million – make up a relatively small fraction of their combined net worth, which stands at $2.1 billion, according to Forbes. They also bought a $15.5 million dollar condo in Miami Beach.

The reality star’s personal fortune is estimated to be around $750 million, it includes $250 million from Keeping up with the Kardashians, modeling, her mobile app, and her business ventures includes KKW beauty, and SKIMS shapewear.

While Kanye is said to be worth roughly $1.26 billion. Much of that is made up of his Yeezy shoe empire, which he owns 100% of and produces in collaboration with ADIDAS. His music catalog is estimated to be worth $110.5 million. He bought two multi million properties in Wyoming in 2019.

The couple appeared to continue to grow apart with the rapper spending most of his time at his ranch in Wyoming, while Kardashian resided in their Calabasas mansion outside Los Angeles.

Kim and Kanye at their ranch in Wyoming

Kim expressed to the kids that she loves their Dad but they need to be apart. They don’t fully understand what’s going on and are already used to the situation.

North has some understanding of what’s going on, but mostly the kids have always seen them apart so it isn’t super surprising.

Kanye West is “upset” about it deep down. He didn’t want her to go through with the divorce, but agreed it was for the best. He wishes they could have made it work. They came to agreements on all fronts and Kanye was understanding of Kim’s wishes.

Kim Kardashian shot to fame in the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she married Gold Digger hitmaker West in 2014, making them one of the biggest celebrity couples in Hollywood.

The reality star has found success in many other areas of business, from mobile apps to make-up, and Forbes estimates her personal wealth to be about $780m.

Known for huge international hits like Gold Digger, Kanye West has been one of the biggest names in rap music for over 15 years. The Grammy-winning musician has also found success as a fashion designer.

The couple were previously friends before they began dating in 2012, and had their first child, North, in 2013.

West proposed later that year using the giant screen at the empty waterfront ballpark of the San Francisco Giants in front of her family, and the engagement was featured in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

The couple married in a ceremony at a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy, in May 2014 and have four young children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

Kardashian was previously married to NBA player Kris Humphries, whom she divorced after 72 days of marriage in October 2011.

In 2000, 19-year-old Kardashian married music producer Damon Thomas, but Thomas filed for divorce in 2003.

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