The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star filed for divorce on Friday, Yahoo Entertainment confirms, after nearly seven years of marriage. They share four children: North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 21 months. Kim has requested joint legal and physical custody of their kids, E! News reports. The couple’s split comes weeks after sources told Yahoo they were on the brink of divorce.
The news follows a tumultuous summer for the Wests. When the 43-year-old rapper unsuccessfully ran for president, he shared deeply personal information about his family, including that Kim, 40, once contemplated getting an abortion. Kanye launched various Twitter tirades about his wife and the KarJenners. In one since-deleted post, he claimed that he’d been trying to divorce the reality star since Nov. 2018, when he believed she acted inappropriately with rapper Meek Mill. Kanye later apologized.
Kim ultimately spoke out after multiple upsetting messages, pleading for “compassion and empathy” in a rare statement about Kanye’s bipolar disorder. She offered support for her husband, adding, “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his attentions.”
The KKW Beauty mogul stuck by Kanye, despite reports in July claiming that “divorce had been in the process for several weeks.” The Wests reunited as a family in the months that followed with Kim sharing a loving post about her husband on Nov. 22.
Kim and Kanye weathered more storms than paparazzi and blog posts, though, including her robbery in Paris and his hospitalization, both in 2016. Kanye even rapped about how Kim stood by him amid mental health challenges in 2018.
This is the third divorce for Kardashian and first for West.