KUWTK star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are one of Hollywood's most famous couples, so it's not surprising that the pair often faces the rumor mill when it comes to the status of their relationship. Kanye is known for his strong opinions and his controversial interviews and reports often circulate that Kim has had enough of her marriage.
The speculation appeared to become more real when Page Six reported that a divorce filing was "imminent," and when a source shared that "they are done."
Though he used to rap about gold diggers and bashing his haters, Kanye shifted his focus to religious music and leading a quieter life in Wyoming. Kim, on the other hand, is focused on becoming a lawyer and creating new content through her family's exclusive deal with Hulu.
Is Kim Kardashian divorcing Kanye West? Find out what the latest speculation is surrounding the famous duo.
Is Kim Kardashian divorcing Kanye West?
After Kim's notorious 72-day marriage to former NBA player Kris Humphries in 2011, many thought that her high-profile relationship with Kanye West would face a similar fate. But, the couple has been together since 2012, and they have welcomed four children together since marrying in 2014.
When Kanye announced his presidential bid (and he subsequently held a few rallies), some suspected that Kim and Kanye would soon be splitting. At a South Carolina rally in July of 2020, Kanye hinted that his relationship was on the rocks.
Kanye told the crowd that he would be OK if his reality star wife decided to end their marriage. He had made a speech about how the couple initially thought about terminating Kim's pregnancy with North.
"Even if my wife wants to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world even when I didn’t want to," he said. "She stood up and she protected that child. No Plan B. There is Plan A."
Following the explosive campaign, Kanye went on a Twitter rant and aired out some of the family's dirty laundry. Kim finally broke her silence and took to social media to explain that the rapper was suffering from an episode related to his bipolar disorder.
After paparazzi pictures caught the reality star's emotional visit to Wyoming, rumors continued to surface that the pair may decide to call it quits on their marriage.
"Kim feels trapped," a source told People. "She loves Kanye and she thinks of him as the love of her life. But she doesn't know what to do."
The insider explained that Kim decided it's best for her to return to her family in Los Angeles. "She knows that it's not healthy for her to be around him now, and it's honestly not healthy for the kids," the source told the outlet. "He needs to get his stuff together before he can be any sort of partner or father."
Months after Kanye's presidential bid came to an end and after his tweets about the family were posted, a source told Page Six in January of 2021 that the couple was set to officially end their marriage. The couple had spent the holidays apart, and Kanye has continued living in Wyoming, while Kim has largely been based in L.A.
Though Kanye and Kim have reportedly been living apart for months, several insiders told the outlet that Kim had hired an attorney to begin the proceedings.
They shared that "divorce is imminent," and that they are "done." In addition to spending time apart, the insiders said that their focuses are on different paths.
"She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign," one source said. "Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s--t, and she's just had enough of it."
However, sources told E! News (KUWTK currently airs on E!) that Kanye and Kim were actually in counseling, and that they were not ready yet to file.
"Divorce has been discussed, but Kim wants more than anything for their relationship to work," one person told the outlet.
Though infidelity has been brought up frequently in the rumor mill, the E! insider said that it's not a factor in the split. They said, "There is no one else involved."
This is not the first time Kim and Kanye's relationship was plagued with divorce rumors.
His 2016 "psychiatric emergency" and Kim's Paris robbery were just two instances when the couple faced the most speculation about the state of their marriage, though the rumors have never really stopped since they got together.
The latest reports indicate that Kanye and Kim began seriously considering divorce after Kim baptized three of their kids in Armenia in October of 2019.
Kanye was noticeably absent from the baptisms of Saint, Chicago, and Psalm, though Kim's sister, Kourtney Kardashian, was there with her kids for it. A source told NW Magazine that "Kanye flat-out refused to go to Armenia, and at one point, tried to tell Kim she wasn't going either."
Kanye's lack of presence at the christening did have fans wondering if this was a sign that there was trouble in paradise since he was there when his eldest daughter, North, was christened in Jerusalem in 2015.
The source also said that Kanye had wanted his three youngest kids to be baptized at a Sunday Service, but Kim was insistent on doing it in the place where her family is from. It was also reported that Kim was growing frustrated with Kanye's "holier-than-thou" attitude in the wake of his religious devotion.
Until Kim or Kanye comments on the split, for now, it's all speculation.