Why Kim Kardashian’s Kanye West Divorce May Not Be What It Seems

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been at the center of rumors and gossip about their relationship since the moment it began. Now, however, the story that a divorce is imminent seems a little weightier than the usual rumor mill whispers.

The couple has been — at least according to fans looking on from afar — on the brink of divorce several times. But each time they’ve weathered the storm and come back into the public eye looking stronger than ever. 

That’s one of the reasons that it’s prudent to take the latest reports with a grain of salt. Perhaps Kardashian and West really can’t work it out this time, but a reported divorce does not actually mean a split is coming. 

This would not be Kim Kardashian’s first divorce

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West | Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images

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It’s worth noting that Kardashian is well aware of just what the process to end a marriage looks like — she’s already done it multiple times. When she was just 19 years old, she eloped with Damon Thomas, and the marriage lasted three years before the pair went their separate ways.

Much more headline-grabbing was her very brief marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries. The pair tied the knot back in 2011, but Kardashian filed for divorce just 72 days later

Still, divorcing West would be a lot different. For one thing, the couple has been together much longer. They started dating shortly after Kardashian’s split from Humphries and married in 2014.

Their married life has always been a bit of a mystery to fans, but they have produced four children together. Their daughter North was born in 2013 and was followed shortly by their son Saint in 2015. These difficult pregnancies meant the pair chose surrogacy to add to their family, and they welcomed baby Chicago in 2018 and Psalm in 2019.

Getting a divorce with this much history while navigating custody issues would be a different situation than Kardashian’s earlier splits. 

The media is reporting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have split 

Fans have suggested the pair were on the rocks many times before, and they’ve had some very public moments of tension. Back in 2016, just a couple years into their marriage, reports of a divorce surfaced amidst West’s hospitalization for “exhaustion.” Those rumors fizzled out as Kardashian stayed by West’s side during his recovery.

In 2018, West was embroiled in scandal as he made several erratic comments that put him on the outs with many who had previously worked alongside him. Kardashian publicly defended her husband and supported him through treatment for a mental health disorder, but the marriage seemed strained. 

In the summer of 2020, West himself tweeted that he was trying to get a divorce, but it was in the midst of yet another mental health crisis. 

The latest report of the couple’s marital woes seems to be picking up more traction than previous ones. 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s relationship problems may not be what they seem 

It’s possible, of course, that Kardashian and West are really on the brink of divorce. They certainly would not be the first — or last — Hollywood couple to call it quits.

TMZ gave an exclusive report claiming that the two were in counseling as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage but that divorce is on the table. It would be premature to assume that the duo can’t work it out. They’ve been together through tough times before, and their relationship seems to be negotiated on terms that are unique to them and their lives. 

TMZ reported that their anonymous source made it clear that the pair were struggling with lifestyle differences. They don’t see eye-to-eye on things like where they want to live and what their political beliefs are, and these things have put a strain on their marriage. However, they do agree whole-heartedly on their approach to parenting, and there is no third party causing either to stray from their marriage vows.

Perhaps there’s a future in which they can put their differences aside and focus on what they have in common. Since neither party has commented on the divorce, it’s not 100 percent clear that they are splitting.

On the other side of things, there are speculative reports that the two have already moved on. Fans appear convinced that Kardashian has moved on with Van Jones, reports Yahoo, and there are unverified theories floating around alleging West has been in a relationship with Jeffree Star, reports Insider.