Kim and Kanye’s rumoured divorce – here’s what we know so far

Kim and Kanye West are reportedly heading for a divorce after six years of marriage.
Kim and Kanye West are reportedly heading for a divorce after six years of marriage.
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The 2020 US election came with a lot of drama and while Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been trending on social media for weeks - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have also been making major headlines with their rumoured split.

The couple is rumoured to be living separately and heading for a divorce after six years of marriage. 

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According to Page Six, Kim Kardashian-West wants out of the marriage and has hired a divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser to help with the process.

“They are keeping it low-key but they are done,” a source told the publication before revealing that the couple were living in separate homes during the holiday season.

“Kim got Kanye to go up there (his R215 million Wyoming ranch) so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done,” the source added.

But according to E! News, Kim is yet to officially file for divorce because she’s worried about how the divorce will affect their four children (North West, Saint West, Chicago West and Psalm West).

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“It's not about the marriage anymore, she'll always care for Kanye but it's over between them. Kim is only focused on what's best for the kids. It's a tough decision for her and she's figuring it out,” and insider revealed to the publication.

However, the pair’s marriage has not been a smooth one. Over the years reports of problems in their union have surfaced.

We take a look at the timeline of their relationship and what may have led to their rumoured divorce.

  • May 2014: Kim and Kanye’s lavish wedding

On 24 May 2014, Kim and Kanye tied the knot in a fairy-tale wedding in Italy. And to make their celebration even more special, the pair hosted an entire weekend of events around Europe for their wedding, according to Vogue.

  • May 2015: They announce that they are expecting their second child together

A year after getting married, Kim and Kanye reveal that they’re expecting their second child during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

In December 2015, the couple welcomed their first son, Saint West.

  • April 2016: Rumours of trouble in paradise surface, Kim clears the air

In April 2016, Kim Kardashian-West took to her app to address rumours about her marriage going through a rough patch.

“I've definitely had my fair share of, like, dramatic relationships. Honestly, this is like the most calm and it's like, nope, we're still together. We're happy. There's just nothing to really report on," she reportedly said.

  • November 2016: Kanye West is hospitalised for exhaustion, Kim flies to hospital

Kanye West cancelled his Saint Pablo tour and was shortly hospitalised for exhaustion afterwards.

According to US Weekly, prior to his hospitalisation, the couple had been fighting and weren’t on good terms due to Kim’s 2016 robbery putting strain on their marriage. An insider told the publication that the ordeal had left Kanye “paranoid”.

“The mere thought of his wife being taken from him was too much, it was like his mother’s death,” the insider said.

  • June 2017: Kim and Kanye hire a surrogate to carry their third child

Because Kim had been diagnosed with a condition called "placenta accrete", that put her at risk if she were to carry another child, the couple decided to get a surrogate mother.

In January 2018, the couple welcomed their third child, Chicago West.

  • May 2018: Kanye expresses worry over Kim leaving him after he said slavery was a choice

After he was widely criticised for saying that slavery was a choice during an episode on TMZ’s Live, Kanye West was only worried that Kim would leave him for his controversial comments.

The rapper first expressed his concern on his song titled Wouldn’t Leave and later confirmed this during an interview with The New York Times.

“There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, 'Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?,” he said.

  • May 2019: Kim and Kanye welcome fourth child, Psalm West via surrogate

The couple welcomed their fourth child, Psalm West and made the announcement on Twitter.

  • July 2020: Kanye announces his plans to run for US president

"We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States," Kanye wrote on Twitter.

The Kardashians reveal that they support his decision but don’t agree with some of his views.

“Kanye's family will always support him in his endeavours but they also worry for him. The family is supportive of Kanye's plan to run for president but they don't agree with his recent interview," an insider told Entertainment Tonight.

Kim later revealed that she had voted for Joe Biden in the election.

  • July 2020: Kanye reveals that he and Kim thought of aborting North

During his first political rally, Kanye West revealed that he and Kim were discussing abortion when Kim was pregnant with their first child North.

"Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn't want to. She stood up, and she protected that child," he said before telling the crowd that his father, Ray West, wanted to abort him. 

After the rally, a source told People that Kim was "furious" that Kanye mentioned their child. 

  • July 2020: Kim speaks out about Kanye’s struggle with mental health after he tweets about the Kardashian family

Later that month, after Kanye mentioned North at his political rally and published a series of since-deleted tweets about the Kardashian family, Kim broke her silence about her husband's mental health on her Instagram story. 

"As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder," she wrote.

"Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand."

Kanye later apologized for his rant.

"I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter," the  rapper wrote on Twitter.

"To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me."

  • December 2020: The couple are reported to be spending a lot of time apart

Toward the end of 2020, the couple was reportedly focusing on their own individual endeavours. 

"Kim and Kanye are doing their own thing. They spend a lot of time apart," a source told E! News, noting that they're both "focused on the things that are important to them."

  • January 2021: The couple is allegedly getting divorced

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