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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Divorce Details and Timeline

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: 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. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Keeping up with the Kardashians’ antics is tough, but keeping up with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce timeline may be even more difficult. On Feb. 19, 2021, multiple sources confirmed the couple’s divorce following months of breakup rumors, and no, we’re not over it. After four kids, seven years of marriage, and nearly two decades of friendship, it seemed like Kardashian and West were in it for the long haul . . . that is, until the latter half of 2020, when rumors of marital troubles started swirling. There’s a good chance the divorce will be featured on Hulu’s upcoming “The Kardashians” show, which premieres on April 14, but if you can’t wait until then, here’s everything that has gone down so far.

  1. Divorce rumors start circulating. On Jan. 5, 2021, multiple sources for Page Six reportedly claimed “divorce is imminent” for the couple. “Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done,” one insider said. That same day, Kardashian posted a picture without her wedding ring on Instagram, but she ended up deleting the post three days later.
  2. More details emerge about the rumored split. Soon after news of the impending divorce broke, Us Weekly shared the reported reason for Kardashian and West’s split. “They had a big fight in early December,” a source claimed. “Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that.” Another source for Us Weekly claimed the two weren’t on the same page about the future. As the insider explained, “Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids. Kanye wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time. It’s where he sees this direction of his life going. Kim just doesn’t see their lives full-time in Wyoming.”
  3. Sources claim the divorce will be amicable. On Jan. 14, 2021, E! News reported that there’s “no bad blood” between Kardashian and West and that their relationship is “cordial.” An insider reportedly added, “Kim wants to feel at peace going into this new chapter of her life and is focused on herself and her children.”
  4. Sources claim Kardashian and West quit marriage counseling. Though the couple were reportedly seeking help from a marriage counselor, a source for People claimed that the pair decided to quit marriage counseling on Jan. 18, 2021. “He is talking to divorce lawyers this week,” the insider claimed in reference to West.
  5. West is spotted for the first time in months. On Jan. 24, 2021, West was seen deboarding a plane in LA with his entourage, which was the first time he’d been spotted in public since November 2020.
  6. Financial details emerge. According to a source for Us Weekly, Kardashian had reportedly begun “talks” with her divorce lawyer back in July 2020 to determine an “exit strategy” from her marriage. “Kim has had all of her and Kanye’s financials and properties ready to be split, [and] it’s a very fair deal for everyone,” the source claimed on Jan. 27, 2021. “Kim has all of her assets and financials ready for when she decides to file officially.”
  7. Kardashian goes on a girls’ trip to Turks and Caicos. On Jan. 30, 2021, Kardashian was spotted on a girls’ trip in Turks and Caicos, which included the beauty mogul’s daughters, North and Chicago, as well as her sisters Kourtney, Khloé, and Kylie.
  8. Kardashian wears Yeezys in an Instagram post. While on vacation, Kardashian seemingly showed support for West when she posted an Instagram on Jan. 31, 2021, which showed her posing in a bikini and a pair of Yeezy Foam Runners.
  9. Kardashian seemingly takes over Kanye’s closet. Kardashian showed off her new Skims showroom on her Instagram Stories on Feb. 2, 2021 and fans couldn’t help but notice that the room looked a lot like West’s former Yeezy showroom, which was previously featured on David Letterman’s Netflix series.
  10. West reportedly moves out. On Feb. 3, 2021, sources for Page Six reportedly claimed that West had moved 500 pairs of shoes (among other belongings) out of the Calabasas mansion he shared with Kardashian.
  11. Kardashian and West reportedly spend Valentine’s Day apart. Unsurprisingly, People reported that Kardashian and West wouldn’t be celebrating Feb. 14 together. “She has a Valentine’s Day celebration planned with her kids and family,” an insider claimed. “She likes to make it special for the kids. She doesn’t have any contact with Kanye. It’s obvious that she is just focused on the future.”
  12. West is seen wearing his wedding ring. While out and about in LA on Feb. 17, 2021, West was photographed wearing a wedding band, though Kardashian had previously been spotted on multiple occasions without her own ring. That same day, a source for People claimed West isn’t coping well with the split. “Kanye is not doing well,” the insider claimed. “He is anxious and very sad. He knows that the marriage is over, and there’s nothing that can be done right now. He also knows what he is losing in Kim.”
  13. Kardashian files for divorce from West. After much speculation, Kardashain finally filed for divorce from West on Feb. 19, 2021, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. Page Six also confirmed the split, reporting that Kardashian’s divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed the papers the same day the news broke. According to sources, Kardashian requested joint legal and physical custody of their four children. That same day, a source for Entertainment Tonight claimed the divorce had been a long time coming. As the insider explained, “Kim filing for divorce from Kanye is just a formal part of the process. The couple has been done for a while and have been amicable for a while. At the end of the day, Kanye and Kim love each other immensely, but knew it was time to call it quits. Their children are their number one priority and no matter what will maintain a positive relationship for them.”
  14. Kardashian maybe sends a message through her Instagram Stories. On Feb. 22, 2021, Kardashian posted an IG Story featuring the song “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and fans thought she might be sending a message about how she’s coping through the breakup ballad.
  15. Kardashian is spotted out with friends. According to photos obtained by Us Weekly, Kardashian stepped out with friends on Feb. 23, 2021 for a night on the town.
  16. Sources claim Kardashian is concerned for West. A source for Entertainment Tonight reportedly claimed on March 2, 2021 that Kardashian is concerned for her ex’s well-being amid the divorce. “The divorce has been difficult for him, but knowing that he has access to his little ones and has split custody is making the transition easier,” the source said. The insider also noted that the whole thing was a relief for Kardashian, adding, “She is happy to see that chapter close. She knows that it is what is healthiest for her and her family and she is ready to put this hardship behind her both publicly and personally.”
  17. Sources claim Kardashian is keeping the house. According to a source for Us Weekly, Kardashian will get her and West’s Calabasas mansion in the divorce. “She has made her life there and it’s her kids’ main home,” the source claimed on March 3, 2021. “There was never a question — Kim was going to keep the home.”
  18. Like Kardashian, West requests joint custody of their kids. According to court documents obtained by E! News in April 2021, West also agrees with Kardashian that neither party should pay spousal support.
  19. Kardashian attends West’s “Donda” album listening party in Chicago. In August 2021, the beauty mogul and 22-time Grammy-winning rapper surprise fans by recreating their 2014 wedding. For the event, Kardashian dons a Balenciaga gown and matching veil.
  20. West hints that he cheated on Kardashian. “Here I go actin’ too rich, here I go with a new chick / And I know what the truth is / Still playin’ after two kids / It’s a lot to digest when your life always movin’,” West raps in his song “Hurricane”, released on Sept. 14, 2021, featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby.
  21. Kardashian and Pete Davidson spark dating rumors. Shortly after making her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut in October 2021, Kardashian is seen hanging out with Pete Davidson. Meanwhile, West makes a plea to get his estranged wife back in an interview on Revolt’s “Drink Champs” in November 2021. “SNL making my wife say ‘I divorced him’ on TV because they just wanted to get that bar off and I never have seen the papers. We’re not even divorced,” he said. “So how we — because [it’s] no joke to me, my kids want their parents to stay together. I want their parents — I want us to be together.”
  22. Kardashian asks a judge to declare her legally single. In December 2021, Kardashian filed a court request for a judge to legally declare her single. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, West’s lawyer states: “Kim’s motion should be denied without prejudice so that Kim can refile it with the mandatory corrections and requested conditions set forth in the proposed judgment. Alternatively, a hearing regarding these additional conditions should be set.”
  23. West begins dating model Julia Fox. West and Julia Fox are seen spending time together on New Year’s Eve in Miami. That same month, West claims that he wasn’t invited to daughter Chicago’s birthday party. A source for Us Weekly, Kardashian was shocked at West’s claims. “That’s not true and as soon as he asked to come he was given the location,” the source said on Jan. 15, 2022. “There were always two parties planned for Chicago, which was Kanye’s idea. He was scheduled to celebrate with her at 4pm today.”
  24. West ignites online feud with Kardashian over daughter North’s TikTok account. West slams Kardashian for allowing their 8-year-old daughter, North West, to have a TikTok account, sparking a heated exchange on Instagram on Feb. 4, 2022. “Since this is my first divorce, I need to know what I should do about my daughter being put on TikTok against my will?” West asked in a since-deleted post. Kardashian responded in an Instagram Story, writing, “Kanye’s constant need for attacking me in interviews and on social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create,” via her Notes app. “As the parent who is the main provider and caregiver for our children, I am doing my best to protect our daughter while also allowing her to express her creativity in the medium that she wishes with adult supervision — because it brings her happiness.”
  25. Kardashian finally opens up about her divorce. In her Vogue cover story published on Feb. 9, 2022, Kardashian acknowledges her divorce from West, saying, “For so long, I did what made other people happy. And I think in the last two years I decided, I’m going to make myself happy. And that feels really good.” She continued, “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.”
  26. West apologizes to Kardashian over his online behavior. After sharing a slew of private text messages from Kardashian, West apologized to his estranged wife on Feb. 15, 2022. “I know sharing screen shots was jarring and came off as harassing Kim. I take accountability,” West wrote on Instagram. “I’m still learning in real time. I don’t have all the answers. To be good leader is to be a good listener.”

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