Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are getting a divorce after almost seven years of marriage.
The reality TV superstar, 40, filed for divorce from the rapper, 43, on Friday in Los Angeles, court sources confirmed to the AP, and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their four children, daughters North, seven years old, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, 19 months.
TMZ was the first to break the news of the split, which had been the subject of rumors for weeks, after sources close to the couple told Page Six in January that a split was “imminent” and that Kardashian had retained the well-known Hollywood divorce lawyer Laura Wasser.
The high-profile couple, often known by the portmanteau “Kimye”, had reportedly been living separate lives for months, as West struggled publicly with his mental health. In July, after West posted a series of rambling, erratic tweets and launched an outlandish presidential campaign, Kardashian pleaded for compassion toward West’s bipolar disorder.
“Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. Kardashian called her husband 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 bipolar disorder” and said she broke her silence over his condition to address the “stigma and misconceptions” surrounding mental health.
This will be Kardashian’s third divorce, following splits from the basketball player Kris Humphries in 2010 and the music producer Damon Thomas in 2003, and the first for West.
The marriage’s demise arrives just months after the September announcement that Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the family reality show that rocketed Kardashian into a household name and on which West frequently appeared, would be ending in 2021 after 14 seasons.