Here's What Led to Kim Kardashian's Divorce From Kanye West
Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West after six years of marriage on Feb. 19, 2021, and on Nov. 29, 2022, the two reached a settlement. Over the past decade, we've witnessed Kim and West's journey as a couple and parents to their four beautiful children — North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.
During the June 3, 2021, episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the 42-year-old reality TV star finally opened up about her split from the 46-year-old rapper. After a confrontation with her family, her sister Khloé Kardashian revealed during a confessional: "Kim has been struggling privately behind camera about her relationship and it's tough because Kim is clearly redirecting so much of her frustration and sadness and anger. And, you know, sometimes you just take things out on something that has nothing to do with what you're going through."
In previously unaired footage, Kim cried to her sisters about her marriage. "I honestly can't do this anymore," she said. "Why am I still in this, like, place where I'm stuck for years? Like, he goes and moves to a different state, every year, I have to be together so I can raise the kids, you know? And he's an amazing dad, he's done an amazing job." She then noted that West "deserves someone that can go support his every move, and go follow him all over the place, and move to Wyoming. I can't do that. I feel like a f*cking failure that it's, like, a third f*cking marriage." Kim previously married songwriter Damon Thomas and basketball player Kris Humphries. "Yeah, I feel like a f*cking loser," she said. "But I can't even think about that, like, I want to be happy."
Kim further elaborated on the reason behind their split during the season finale of "KUWTK" on June 10, 2021, saying she wasn't fully fulfilled by her marriage. "After turning 40 this year, I realized, 'No, I don't want a husband that lives in a completely different state.' To me, I thought, 'Oh my god, that's when we're getting along the best,' but then that is sad to me and that's not what I want," she told Kris Jenner. "I want someone that we have the same shows in common; I want someone that wants to work out with me . . . it's like the little things is what I don't have." Kim noted that all she wants is to be happy in the end. "I will be happy. I didn't come this far just to come this far and not be happy," she added, referencing a quote she saw on the internet.
Kim opened up about their split once again in her cover story for the March 2022 issue of Vogue. "For so long, I did what made other people happy," she explained. "And I think in the last two years I decided, I'm going to make myself happy. And that feels really good. And even if that created changes and caused my divorce, I think it's important to be honest with yourself about what really makes you happy. I've chosen myself. I think it's okay to choose you."
She continued: "My 40s are about being Team Me. I'm going to eat well. I'm going to work out. I'm going to have more fun, spend more time with my kids and the people who make me happy. I'm going to put my phone down. Unfollow if I don't want to see something on Instagram. Khloé came up with the best phrase for that yesterday. She said, 'Post and ghost.'"
In the June 1, 2023, episode of "The Kardashians" Hulu series, Kim further opened up about her divorce from West while discussing his online attacks against her and her family while talking to her mom Kris Jenner. She said, "I don't want to be a part of this narrative and it's like when is this ever going to end? It never will and I'm stuck with this for the rest of my life."
During her confessional, Kim also shared, "I still feel the need to not talk about it and protect it from my kids and I always will feel that way, but God, if people knew. I just would never do that to my kids. It just is really crazy."
Going back to her conversation with Jenner, Kim added, "Sometimes I feel like if he were to hit rock bottom, that's his journey that he needs to figure out on his own. I used to run around and call everyone behind his back and be like, 'It's going to be OK. It's going to be OK. Don't worry, just give him another chance.' I used to spend hours and hours and hours of my day as the cleanup crew . . . I just don't have that energy." Kim added in her confessional, "It's the hardest feeling to watch someone you really loved and you have a family with just be so different than who you knew."
Kim and West first got together in the spring of 2012 before getting engaged a year later during Kim's 33rd birthday celebration at San Francisco's AT&T Park, now known as Oracle Park. In May 2014, they made things official by tying the knot in an over-the-top wedding in Italy. The pair's split was then "amicable," with Kim asking for joint legal and physical custody of their kids, but things have since turned sour.
West is now reportedly married to Bianca Censori, while Kim was most recently linked to Odell Beckham Jr.