Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

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Reality star Kim Kardashian has filed papers to divorce her rapper husband Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman says.

A representative for the 40-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star confirmed on Friday that she had filed papers.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West. Photo: Getty Images

TMZ cited unidentified sources as saying the split was amicable and Kardashian had asked for joint custody of their four children.

Representatives for West did not immediately return a request for comment.

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The filing follows months of rumours that the relationship between the two celebrities was on the rocks.

Back at the beginning of January, it was reported that Kimye, as they've come to be known as to fans, were in talks with lawyers.

“They are keeping it [the divorce] low-key but they are done. Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks,” an insider told Page Six.

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and their kids
Kanye reportedly spent Christmas at the couple's Wyoming Ranch. Photo: Instagram/Kim Kardashian

It’s alleged the couple spent Christmas apart, with Kim posting photos online from her sister Kourtney’s house and Kanye reportedly flying to their Wyoming ranch.

Indeed, social media-loving Kim hasn’t posted a photo of her husband to her Instagram page since November, when she paid tribute to the ten year anniversary of Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ album.

The source goes on to allege that Kim is serious about becoming a lawyer and has ‘had enough’ of Kanye’s recent bid to become president and his Twitter rants.

It’s also claimed Kanye had become fed up with his wife’s family reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, with claims the music star found the show ‘unbearable’.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
The couple are thought to have been 'living separate lives' for the past few months. Photo: Getty Images

The news comes after a tumultuous 2020 for the high profile Hollywood couple.

Back in July, Kanye made headlines all over the world when he took to Twitter to unleash a series of startling claims.

Fans were left concerned when Kanye, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, claimed Kim was trying to have him ‘locked up’ after he said the pair had contemplated aborting Kim’s pregnancy with their eldest daughter North West.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim and Kanye have four children together. Photo: Instagram/Kim Kardashian

He also Tweeted that he had been trying to divorce Kim, took a swipe at her past Playboy shoots and called her mother, Kris Jenner, Kris Jong-Un.

At the time, a source told TMZ Kim tried to reach out to her husband about his mental state, but he was "not receptive" and dismissed her suggestions she fly to their Wyoming ranch where he is staying to help him.

Later, she took to her Instagram account to break her silence on the matter, issuing a public statement on Kanye's mental health, in the wake of hurtful comments he made about her and their family.

Kim revealed that she was “powerless” in helping her husband during his reported ‘bipolar episode’, until he himself wants to be helped, and called for “compassion and empathy” as they tried to “get through this”.

Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West leave K.West's Sunday Service At Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 01, 2020 in Paris, France.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West married in 2014 in a lavish Italian wedding. Photo: Getty Images

“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. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”

The Sun then reported that the the 43-year-old and his Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality star wife had already been ‘living apart’ for months and been ‘at each other’s throats’ throughout lockdown,

“Since lockdown they’ve had daily bust-ups over literally everything,” a source told the publication. “But mainly about the kids, their future, and the different directions they’re going in.”

“He’s very demanding and always obsessed with one of his schemes — she’s exhausted. They live totally separate lives now,” they said.

Kanye reportedly flew to Tahiti for Kim’s now infamous 40th birthday party in October where she was slammed for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it’s claimed he refused to be in any photographs and left after just a day.

The couple married in 2014 in a show stopping lavish ceremony in Florence, Italy.

They have four children together, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

With extra reporting by AAP

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