After Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided to go public with their relationship in April 2012 and married in May 2014, the duo has endured an unending roller coaster of highs and lows propelled by the press. One of the most heartwarming highs appeared to be welcoming their four kids: North, 8, Saint, 6, Chicago, 4, and Psalm, 2.
Pageone gathered that on February 19, 2021, Kardashian filed for divorce from West, requesting joint legal and physical custody of their children, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split. In the almost year since, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster for the co-parents. Here are the details surrounding Kardashian and West’s divorce. The latest development: On Wednesday, March 2, a judge granted Kardashian’s request to be ruled legally single.
How Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Met
Before they fell in love with each other.
Kardashian and West were closed friends. The duo met in 2003 on the set of a Brandy music video. Kim recounted the moment during the Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10th-anniversary special in 2017, saying, “I met him, I think, in 2002 or 2003. He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend. I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they did a video together, so I’d see him a few times. He was asking his friends, ‘Who is this Kim Kardajan?’ He didn’t know what my name was.”
Fast-forward to 2010. In Kourtney & Kim Take New York, West stopped by the sisters’ future DASH store. Although the pair was still entirely platonic, fans couldn’t help but note the chemistry between the future lovebirds.
By March 2012, Kardashian sat front row at West’s Paris Fashion Week Show, wearing many of his pieces. Within a matter of weeks, they were official. That April, the Grammy winner released “Cold,” in which he rapped, “I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim.”
And on May 24, 2014, the pair said “I do” at the historic Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Why Kim and Kanye Split
In early January 2021, Page Six broke the news that the couple were ending their marriage after almost seven years.
“They are keeping it low-key but they are done. Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks,” a source told the publication, noting that they had been living separate lives. “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile, Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s–t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
In June 2021, an episode of the final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired in which Kardashian opened up about why she ended her third marriage. (She was previously wed to songwriter Damon Thomas and basketball player Kris Humphries.)
“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.”
She elaborated on that same theme in a recent interview with Vogue, for their March cover story, noting, “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. 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.”
The mom of four and entrepreneur 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.”
In December 2021, she underlined that point by filing court documents to be declared legally single, asking to separate issues of child custody and property from her marital status amid the couple’s ongoing divorce, TMZ reported. On February 23, Kardashian elaborated, “I ask that the Court restore me to the status of a single person so that I can begin the healing process and so that our family can begin the healing process and move forward in this new chapter in our lives.” And on Wednesday, March 2, the judge ruled in her favor. According to TMZ, Kardashian will now be known as Kim Kardashian—the West has been removed from her legal name.
According to TMZ, Kim and Kanye will get joint custody with “equal access” to their four children.
Even with the equal access to the children, Kanye will pay Kim $200,000 a month in child support as his share of the upkeep for their children.
He is also responsible for 50% of their children’s educational expenses, including tuition. He’s also responsible for 50% of their children’s security expenses.