Earlier this week, after months of rumors, Kim Kardashian reportedly started putting things in place to file for divorce from her husband of six years, Kanye West.
On January 5th, Page Six reported that “divorce is imminent” for the couple, noting that Kardashian has hired powerful divorce attorney, Laura Wasser – whose clients include Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, to start getting things underway.
The news comes after months of rumors about the state of Kardashian and West’s marriage following West’s public mental health breakdown and subsequent bid for the US presidency earlier this year. According to reports, both instances were the last straw for Kardashian, who had been fighting to keep her family together.
According to a source who spoke to Page Six, Kardashian “needed to end the marriage for the sake of her kids and her own sanity,” noting that, “Kim was really supportive of Kanye during his struggle with his mental health. But she knows she has to do the right thing for her kids.”
A second source added that the fact that Kardashian “never came out publicly and endorsed [Kanye]” during his presidential run was a sure sign that things were over for the pair, saying, “Her silence on it spoke volumes.”
Though there have been numerous rumors about both West and Kardashian dating other people – and that contributing to the marriage breakdown – Page Six’s source says that’s not the case: “There isn’t a war happening. They’ve been working through a lot for a while now, for a few months. This isn’t about one thing. There are things that have accumulated over time and created distance between them.”
The pair have reportedly been living separately for months now – Kardashian at her home in Los Angeles, and West in Wyoming. “December was a rough month for Kim,” a source told People. “She has been living separately from Kanye. Over the holidays, it was hard for her to stay positive. She has been trying her best, though, for the kids. She stayed in Los Angeles for New Year’s. Kourtney and Khloé were around to support her. She is very grateful to have her sisters to lean on.” They added that while “She is sad about it, of course,” the split was also “inevitable” after the difficult year they’ve faced. “She just feels she has done everything in her power to make her marriage work. Even though she has been thinking about divorce for months, she hasn’t filed because she feels terrible for the kids.”