According to recent reports, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West.
The reality star and the rapper have been married for almost seven years and have four children together.
The news was broken by celebrity news website TMZ after months of rumors of marital difficulties.
According to media reports, Kim Kardashian, 40, has requested joint legal and physical custody of their children. Neither has publicly commented.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are among the most recognizable stars in the world and are both hugely successful in their own right.
She first found fame in 2007 as the star of an E! Television reality series about her family. Keeping up with the Kardashians has remained hugely popular since, with its 21st and final series due to air in 2022.
Kim Kardashian has found success in many other areas of business, from mobile apps to make-up, and Forbes magazine estimates her personal wealth to be about $780 million.
Known for huge international hits like Gold Digger, Kanye West has been one of the biggest names in rap music for over 15 years. The Grammy-winning musician has also found success as a fashion designer.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were friends for years before they got together and the rapper first appeared on her family’s reality show in 2010.
Their first daughter, North, was born in June 2013.
Kanye West famously hired the San Francisco Giants’ baseball stadium and an orchestra to propose to Kim Kardashian in front of her family, and their show’s cameras, later that year.
The couple got married in Italy in May 2014 and a photograph of them kissing on their wedding day became, at the time, Instagram’s most liked post ever. By this point Kim Kardashian and her sisters had turned social media into an art form, with their online followings propelling their business success and fame ever further.
Kim Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s first son, Saint West, in 2015. They went on to have two other children, Chicago and Psalm, through a surrogate after the reality star suffered from health complications during her previous pregnancies.
They have rarely been away from tabloid headlines since, most notably when Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016.
In 2020, Kanye West unsuccessfully ran for president. During his campaign, a series of erratic public appearances and online postings by the musician sparked concern and led Kim Kardashian to speak out.
She said her husband had bipolar disorder, was a “brilliant but complicated person” and called for greater empathy surrounding his mental health from the public and the media.
Rumors of their divorce have been around for months amid speculation Kim Kardashian had hired well-known lawyer Laura Wasser.
Page Six reported the filing was imminent in January, claiming Kanye West spent the festive season away from the California-based family at his Wyoming ranch.