Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce, searching for to finish a virtually seven-year marriage to Kanye West that had change into an infinite supply of movie star information, household turmoil and model sponsorships, a spokeswoman for Ms. Kardashian West stated on Friday.
The spokeswoman, Christy Welder, wouldn’t elaborate on the submitting, which might dissolve a union that got here to be often called Kimye. Ms. Kardashian West, 40, and Mr. West, 43, have 4 kids: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
Their tumultuous marriage was tracked incessantly by the media; turned fodder for occasional episodes of her long-running actuality present, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”; and was documented for thousands and thousands on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Ms. Kardashian West was typically stated to be well-known for being well-known, however she spun her reality-show prominence into plenty of companies and merchandise, together with Skims shapewear, underwear and loungewear; KKW Fragrance; KKW Beauty; and “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” a sport for cell gadgets.
She additionally turned lively within the motion for felony justice reform. In 2018, President Donald J. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old lady who had been serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction, after Ms. Kardashian West visited Mr. Trump on the White House and helped deliver her case to his consideration.
Mr. West is extensively thought to be one of many godfathers of up to date hip-hop, with a profound affect on youthful stars like Drake. He has additionally absolutely embraced the mannequin of the pop artist as business branding exponent, working with Adidas and Gap on client merchandise like his Yeezy sneakers.
But his profession as a solo performing artist has been on shaky floor for a minimum of 5 years.
In early 2016, he announced an album, “The Life of Pablo,” with a chaotic rollout that would set the stage for most of his projects since. It received wall-to-wall media coverage, but he seemed unable to walk away from the album as a finished product. Even after it was released to streaming services, Mr. West kept tweaking it, adding and changing tracks — the version fans heard one day might be slightly different from the one they heard the next.
In late 2016, Mr. West abruptly canceled his “Pablo” tour after several truncated performances. He had also announced his support for Mr. Trump’s candidacy and had been hospitalized for a “psychiatric emergency.”
Future album release campaigns were just as unpredictable, with long delays or releases that seemed to come together in just a few days. Then, promoting his 2018 album, “Ye,” Mr. West gave an interview seeming to suggest that slavery was “a choice.” (He later apologized.) By then, Mr. West had set up a new working compound in Wyoming.
Last year, Mr. West mounted a long-shot bid for president as a Christian revivalist, a move that perplexed and concerned some close to him. Mr. West had spoken in the past about his bipolar disorder.
Ms. Kardashian West had opened up about it for the first time days after Mr. West made a campaign appearance in South Carolina, during which he broke down crying. Writing on Instagram, she called him a “brilliant but complicated person” who has to deal with “pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder.”
Before their courtship became public in 2012, Ms. Kardashian West and Mr. West had known each other for roughly a decade. They were first introduced in about 2002 or 2003 by a mutual friend, the singer Brandy. The pair dated for two years before marrying in an opulent $2.8 million ceremony at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, on May 24, 2014.
The marriage was the third for Ms. Kardashian West. She was divorced from the music producer Damon Thomas in 2003 and from the NBA player Kris Humphries in 2013. The marriage also came after Mr. West had ended high-profile relationships with the designer Alexis Phifer and the model Amber Rose.
In recent years, Mr. West has made an explicit turn to religious themes in his music.
Still, Mr. West’s albums continued to perform well on the Billboard charts. Since his second album, “Late Registration” in 2005, every one of Mr. West’s eight solo studio albums, including the gospel-infused “Jesus Is King” in 2019, has opened at No. 1.
But his long-promised new album, “Donda,” which he originally said would be released in July, has not materialized.
During the marriage, Mr. West’s star as a fashion designer rose: His first Yeezy shoe collaboration with Adidas (after parting ways with Nike following a five-year partnership) debuted in 2015 with all 9,000 pairs of the initial run selling in 10 minutes. Over the years, Ms. Kardashian West has given Mr. West credit for influencing and refining her personal style.
Mr. West, in turn, initially saw their match as a perfect fit.
“I knew that I wanted this family, and with her,” Mr. West said in 2013, when he and Ms. Kardashian West were interviewed by Angie Martinez on Hot 97. “Our love story is like a love story for the ages. I felt like when we first got together it was like a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing, where it’s like she’s a reality star and I’m a rapper.”