After three years of marriage and more than enough drama, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are over
Despite the impending arrival of their third child, Kim Kardashian is divorcing Kanye West.
It was an ideal family outing. On Oct. 24, Kim Kardashian took her kids, daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 22 months, on a trip to Disneyland. She was accompanied by sister Kourtney and her three kids, plus a few family friends. But there was no trace of her husband, rapper Kanye West. In fact, with just a few days to go before Halloween, the pair hadn’t been photographed together in public since Sept. 23.
There’s a reason the pair hasn’t been seen looking cozy. Although Kim, 37, and Kanye, 40, are expecting their third child together via surrogate, his continued erratic behavior and frequent absences following a Nov. 21, 2016, involuntary hospitalization have forced her to make a heartbreaking decision. “Kim will be filing for divorce from Kanye,” an insider claims to Life & Style. “It’s officially over. She is ready to move on with her life.”
Kim stuck by Kanye’s side during the nightmare of his hospitalization and its aftermath. But she hoped things would get better, and they haven’t. “Kanye thinks he’s being spied on,” says a source. “Kanye will go days without talking to her. He’s hot and he’s cold. Even their sex life isn’t what it used to be.”
NO ORDINARY ISSUES
The couple’s problems have long been worse than anyone realizes. Kanye is hiding dark secrets — and only Kim knows all of them. Before his breakdown, which ended with Kanye handcuffed to a gurney and held at LA’S UCLA Medical Center for eight days, a second source says the rapper confided in his wife about his drug use, which included ingesting both liquid and traditional marijuana, among other substances. Later, in December, she was forced to testify under oath (as part of a nasty legal war between Kanye and his insurance company over the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour) about her husband taking Percocet pain pills, which he had a prescription for. Her knowledge of the rapper’s unpredictable behavior didn’t just come from what she saw and heard firsthand from Kanye, though. “Kim,” adds the second source, “is the only person the doctors would speak with” when Kanye was involuntarily admitted. While they recommended he “undergo extensive and ongoing therapy” for his psychiatric issues, says the second source, Kim actually started joining the father of her children at sessions, a friend notes. “In counseling, they’d discuss Kanye’s different triggers and how Kim can keep him from getting upset at home,” says the friend.
Though Kim’s rep denies they’re divorcing, life
“I just want to disappear for a little bit.” — Kim, while Kanye was having emotional problems before being hospitalized
with Kanye has continued to be a struggle. “They recently had a blowout fight about him spending all his time in the recording studio,” says the first source. “There are days she doesn’t even see him, and he’s not out of the country or even the state — he’s in LA!” And he’s still keeping secrets: “He writes lyrics and hides them even from Kim,” the source says. “He doesn’t trust anyone.”
THINGS KEEP GOING WRONG
Kanye was behind Kim’s October birthday getaway to the Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah, but even that was a bust. “It was a lovely gesture,” the insider acknowledges of the adults- only trip. “[But] the serenity and beauty of the landscape in Utah appeals to Kanye. Kim was bored out of her
“Maybe my fairy tale has a different ending than I dreamed it would.” — Kim, after her last marriage ended
mind.” Worse, she was worried they might miss news about baby No. 3. “The cellphone reception was abysmal, which created even more tension because she was afraid their surrogate might have an issue with the baby,” notes the insider, “and she wouldn’t know.”
Kim’s children — North, Saint and her unborn baby girl — have been her top priority these days.
“The surrogate’s pregnancy has been normal thus far,” says the insider. She’s expected to give birth around late December, but even the impending arrival of their baby isn’t enough to bond Kim and Kanye. “She feels like she’s tried everything. She’s tired and she’s done with this marriage,” says the source. “Kanye makes it very difficult for her. She loves being a mother, but
she wants it all, and Kanye can’t give that to her.”
HER SUPPORT SYSTEM
She hasn’t been afraid to pull the plug before. Kim previously admitted that she knew on her honeymoon that her marriage to second husband Kris Humphries, 32, wouldn’t last. So despite the backlash she knew would come, Kim filed for divorce 72 days after their 2011 wed- ding. “Kim’s talked to divorce attorneys in the past [about Kanye],” admits the source. “He begged her for a second chance. She agreed and then she got pregnant with Saint. And the second time she wanted to leave him, his mental state was the issue, so she stayed. But now there’s no excuse.”
Not even the birth of baby No. 3 will sway Kim. “Of course having a third child and being single is incredibly daunting for Kim,” says the insider. But she can count on her closeknit family for support. “Kim knows her mom, Kris, and sister Kourtney will be there to help her pick up the pieces when Kanye is gone,” says the insider. ( Kourtney, 38, is an inspiration, since she’s been raising Mason, 7, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 2, since her split from baby daddy Scott Disick, 34.) “Yes, it will be chaotic and exhausting, but she can afford to hire nannies and night nurses, so it’s not completely overwhelming.” And there’s one
aspect of single parenthood Kim is looking forward to: naming her daughter. “She let Kanye name North and Saint,” says the insider. “Expect a traditional name for Kim’s third child!”
Another silver lining of the sad situation: A dramatic split could boost TV ratings. The timing is perfect because Kim and her family just signed a $150M contract with E! to film at least five more seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. But Kim wouldn’t dump Kanye for a reality-tv twist. “Kim has a lot she still wants to accomplish, and she can’t do that if she feels Kanye is dragging her down,” says the source. “The last thing she wants is to become this rich, lonely, unhappy housewife, and that’s where her life is headed. Kim definitely wants out of the marriage.”
He’s Checked Out
“Kim’s tried everything to get Kanye to engage in their life,” says a source, “but all he cares about is his music and fashion.”
On Her Own Now
Kim is staying strong for North, Saint and her unborn daughter. “Kim was hoping this baby would bring them closer together,” says an insider, but it hasn’t.