What caused the demise of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West?

What caused the demise of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West?

In the past months, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been plagued with rumours of strife given a legion of troubling incidents, which have led to fresh reports they are set to divorce. 

And since news erupted on Tuesday evening that the couple of eight years are set to split, a host of recent events have resurfaced seemingly pointing to the reason behind the break-up, including the rapper’s recent run for president, his mental health struggles and his explosive claims about their daughter North. 

The couple, who are parents to North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, two, and Psalm, 19 months, are said to be  ‘done’ and are currently in talks about dividing up their fortune after leading separate lives over the past year, with Kanye spending most of his time at his $14 million ranch in Wyoming

It has been claimed that Kim, who wed her third husband Kanye in 2014 after two years of dating, has hired superstar lawyer Laura Wasser, as the pair prepare to head to the divorce court.

But what events led to the demise of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples?

Way back when: Kim and Kanye pictured in their first red carpet appearance at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2012

The last: Kim and Kanye pictured last at their last red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in January 2020

First and last: As Kim and Kanye reportedly prepare to divorce, a look at what could have caused the split (pictured in their first red carpet appearance at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2012, left, and their last at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in January 2020, right)

Kanye For President: Kardashian concern 

On 4 July, Kanye announced he was planning to run for president as he took to Twitter to pen: ‘We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God…

‘Unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” He then added the hashtag #2020VISION.

Mental health battle: The rapper's behavior was increasingly erratic over the summer as he suffered a major bipolar episode

Mental health battle: The rapper’s behavior was increasingly erratic over the summer as he suffered a major bipolar episode 

Initially, Kim threw her support behind the bid, alongside billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk. 

However things soon took a turn for the worse, with shockwaves reverberating around the world while Kanye held his first presidential rally at North Charleston’s Exquis Event Center in South Carolina on 19 July 2020.

A tearful Kanye delivered a rambling, unscripted speech to supporters, during which he sported a bullet-proof vest and had 2020 shaved into his hair. 

In the speech he was seen stating: ‘I don’t give a f*** if I win the presidency or not…

‘There are homeless people in front of the Gucci store. I care about these things. And I am in service of God.’ 

He focused frequently on the topic of abortion and made an explosive claim about his own wife.

He also said he wished to meet with George Soros to discuss building houses, and with Mark Zuckerberg to talk about improving internet connectivity in Africa. 

But he shocked the crowd and drew condemnation when he said Harriet Tubman did not free slaves, but ‘just had the slaves go work for other white people’.

It was reported afterwards that Kim was growing concerned, while a source told TMZ that the rapper is in the midst of a manic episode caused by bipolar disorder – a condition that he has been open about in the past.  

Heartbreak: He shocked the crowd and drew condemnation when he said Harriet Tubman did not free slaves, but 'just had the slaves go work for other white people'

Hitting out: Initially, Kim threw her support behind the bid, alongside billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk

Heartbreak: He shocked the crowd and drew condemnation when he said Harriet Tubman did not free slaves, but ‘just had the slaves go work for other white people’

Abortion Claims: ‘I almost killed my daughter’

In July, the rapper left the Kardashians 'shocked beyond words' after he revealed that he and Kim considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with North West in 2012 (Kanye, Kim and North pictured in 2015)

In July, the rapper left the Kardashians ‘shocked beyond words’ after he revealed that he and Kim considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with North West in 2012 (Kanye, Kim and North pictured in 2015)

Elements of Kanye’s rally appeared to pave the path for the imminent divorce news. 

With collective tongues wagging around the world about the disturbing event and his behaviour, it was reported that the Through The Wire rapper left the Kardashians ‘shocked beyond words’ after he revealed that he and Kim considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with their first child North West in 2012. 

He revealed that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North, now seven, before he got a ‘message from God’. 

However, his unscripted speech, which came two weeks after he announced his unlikely bid for president, had left his wife and her family upset and alarmed, TMZ reports.

He regaled: ‘My girlfriend called me screaming, crying. I’m a rapper. And she said I’m pregnant. She was crying.’ 

West said he was weighing up what to do, when he received what he interpreted as a sign from God. He told that he was in Paris, working on his laptop at the time. 

Family: Kanye and Kim share daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 2, and sons Saint, 4, and Psalm, 14 months (pictured together recently)

Family: Kanye and Kim share daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 2, and sons Saint, 4, and Psalm, 14 months (pictured together recently) 

‘My screen went black and white,’ he said. ‘And God said, if you f*** with my vision I f*** with yours. And I called my girlfriend and said we’re going to have this child.

‘Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world, when I did not want to. She had the pills in her hand. I almost killed my daughter!’

Sources told the outlet that the family were ‘shocked beyond words’ by the Grammy-award winner’s personal revelation and feel he is in ‘desperate need of professional help’ for what they claim is a bipolar episode.

Additionally he was sparking anger for becoming a ‘distraction to what was a very important election’.

During his rally speech, the rapper appeared to acknowledge that his comments would be met with a negative reaction by his family. 

He explained that if his wife were to divorce him after making the comments, he would still be thankful that she had North.

Their love: He revealed that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North, now seven, before he got a 'message from God' (pictured at their 2014 wedding with North)

Their love: He revealed that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North, now seven, before he got a ‘message from God’ (pictured at their 2014 wedding with North) 

The Meek Mill Saga: ‘I’ve been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek’

Amid Kanye’s dramas in July, he once again left fans in shock after he claimed that he had been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim since she met with Meek Mill to discuss prison reform in 2018 at the Waldorf in Beverly Hills.

Pictured: A picture of Kim Kardashian meeting with rapper Meek Mill to discuss prison reform back in 2018 at a hotel in Los Angeles has emerged via Twitter

Pictured: A picture of Kim Kardashian meeting with rapper Meek Mill to discuss prison reform back in 2018 at a hotel in Los Angeles has emerged via Twitter

A photo from the meeting clearly shows Kim and the rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, meeting in a professional capacity. 

The duo were joined by philanthropist Clara Wu at a rooftop restaurant, where they are believed to have discussed prison reform.

Mill was clear in his denial that nothing untoward happened between himself and Kim, writing: ‘Sh** is cappp cmon’, which is slang for lies. 

After the photo emerged, Kanye took to Twitter to tweet: ‘Being around the wrong environment and wrong people will make you forget your worth! Stay focused.’

Kim earned glowing praise from Mill in 2019, when he called her a ‘friend’ and hailed her for ‘doing a lot of good work’ on prison reform. 

Kim has been training to be a lawyer and working on prison reform (pictured with Donald Trump in 2019)

Kim has been training to be a lawyer and working on prison reform (pictured with Donald Trump in 2019)

Meek and Kim both attended a Criminal Justice Reform Summit in LA in November 2018, but it was at the Jeremy Hotel rather than the Waldorf in Beverly Hills which Kanye appeared to be referring to.

After the image surfaced in July, in a string of now-deleted shocking tweets, Kanye claimed: ‘I’ve been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf for ‘prison reform’…

‘Meek is my man and was respectful That’s my dog Kim was out of line I’m worth 5 billion dollars and more than that through Christ But ya’ll ain’t listen to MJ and now ya’ll believe them???’

Following the outburst, Kanye later apologized to his wife, amid reports that he went to hospital to be treated for anxiety. 

The humbled rapper swiftly tweeted: ‘I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me… To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.’

Kim’s Statement: ‘I’ve never spoken about how this his bipolar has affected us at home’

After the Meek rant, Kim shared a statement stating that 'Kanye's words sometimes don't align with his intentions' but admitted that his bipolar diagnosis affects the family at home

After the Meek rant, Kim shared a statement stating that ‘Kanye’s words sometimes don’t align with his intentions’ but admitted that his bipolar diagnosis affects the family at home 

After the Meek rant, Kim shared a statement stating that ‘Kanye’s words sometimes don’t align with his intentions’ but admitted that his bipolar diagnosis affects the family at home.

Sharing three pages to her Instagram story on Wednesday morning, Kim said: ‘Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.’

She continued to her 180 million followers: ‘I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions.

‘He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder.

‘Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions…

The couple have been together since 2012 (pictured)

The couple have been together since 2012 (pictured) 

As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.

‘I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health….

But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.

‘People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.

‘Living with bi-polar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some…

‘That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.’

Nothing to do: Kim took to Instagram Wednesday morning following Kanye 's late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is 'powerless' and calling her husband 'brilliant but complicated'

Statement: This is the first time she has released a statement this week

Nothing to do: Kim took to Instagram in July following Kanye ‘s late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is ‘powerless’ and calling her husband ‘brilliant but complicated’

She finished off the post, saying: 'We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of menatal health as a whole, however we shoul also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most'

 

Kim’s Wyoming Tears: ‘Stressed and exhausted’ star holds crisis talks 

In July, following his episode Kim reunited with Kanye after flying into Wyoming where she was pictured sobbing during an intense conversation with the troubled rapper

In July, following his episode Kim reunited with Kanye after flying into Wyoming where she was pictured sobbing during an intense conversation with the troubled rapper

In July, following his episode Kim reunited with Kanye after flying into Wyoming where she was pictured sobbing during an intense conversation with the troubled rapper.

She appeared distressed and cried as she talked to Kanye, 43, in a vehicle, following his political rally.

It was the first time that the married couple had been pictured together since before his disastrous first campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, after announcing his unlikely bid for presidency.

The pair were seen having what appears to be crisis talks in his car after leaving a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in Wyoming where he owns a $14 million ranch.

Sources told People at the time: ‘She is very emotional about everything, and also exhausted…

‘She feels very hurt by Kanye. She has tried to reach him multiple times and he just ignores her. It’s all a bad situation. She decided to fly to Cody to speak with him in person. She doesn’t want to be ignored anymore.’

She appeared distressed and cried as she talked to Kanye, 43, in a vehicle, following his political rally

She appeared distressed and cried as she talked to Kanye, 43, in a vehicle, following his political rally

KIM AND KANYE’S LOVE AFFAIR

A look at Kim and Kanye's love story

A look at Kim and Kanye’s love story 

2004: First meeting  

Kim and Kanye first met on a music video shoot when the KUWTK star was working as Brandy’s stylist and Kanye was working on a song with the songstress. 

At the time she was still married to Damon Thomas, who she wed in 2000, and Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer. 

Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer

Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer

Speaking about their first meeting on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10 year anniversary special, Kim said: ‘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’. 

She later told Vogue Arabia in 2019: ‘This was before you released your first album and you were known as a music producer. I was really shy…

‘You thought I was Brandy’s assistant, which I wasn’t. Ever since you said that, it’s everywhere… like “Kim is Brandy’s assistant.” I was her friend and stylist. [laughs]…

‘I thought you were attractive, nice, very charming, really funny, powerful – I was in awe of you, but I was really shy, quiet, and a little nervous, to be honest.’

Later on that year, Kim split from Damon, who she wed when she was just 19 after eloping. She attributed domestic violence for the split – a claim he has always staunchly denied . 

Kim wrote in the divorce papers: ‘Before we left out home, Damon hit me in the face and cut my lip open.. I fell into the bed frame and banged my knee hard. I was limping when we went skydiving.’

Sealing the deal: West's crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

Sealing the deal: West’s crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

2006: Heads turned further 

Kanye’s huge crush on Kim only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton. 

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2013, Kanye revealed that he truly fell for his future wife after he got a glimpse of a certain photo of her next to her pal Paris in Australia. 

He said: ‘I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. ‘I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, ‘Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?” 

Despite his growing attraction to Kim, Kanye went on to propose to longtime girlfriend Alexis in August of 2006. 

The proposal was slightly more low-key than his eventual proposal to Kim many years later. 

Kanye popped the question to Alexis over a lobster and pasta dinner during a vacation to Capri. 

Tradgedy struck the following year however, when Kanye’s beloved mother Donda passed away.

Following a number of procedures for liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast reduction, the following day she experienced a sore throat, pain and tightening in her chest, before collapsing. A friend who was with her called 911 and West was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

After her death, Kanye seemed keen to honour her wishes of his marriage as he said of tying the knot to Alexis: ‘I’m just going to go and get married — I’m not going to make a big deal out of it…

‘I wouldn’t get married to prove anything to anyone. It’s for me, for stability in my life, and I’m so happy that I found someone that I really love, that challenges me, that keeps my life interesting, that’s just as crazy as I am.’

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars' Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars’ Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

2008: A split, Princess Leia and two new loves 

In April, Kanye calls off his year-and-a-half engagement to Phifer, as confirmed by Phifer in a statement to People, in which she said: ‘It’s always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends’. 

Shortly after, Kanye asked Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars’ Princess Leia.

Although the show was rejected by Comedy Central, Kardashian still had fond feelings for the project as she shared behind the scenes pictures from the set of Alligator Boots to social media in 2018.

Kim wrote on her website: ‘We had met before this project (back in 2003), but I would say this is when we first really connected. These pics are SO funny!’ 

At the time of filming Alligator Boots, Kim was in a relationship with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who she started dating in 2007. 

Meanwhile, Kanye became involved with model Amber Rose in September of that year. 

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

2009: A fashionable meet and a mysterious mention 

In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich.

In April, during his appearance on Keri Hilson’s hit track Knock You Down, appears to reference his looming crush on Kim and his jealousy over her relationship with Reggie. 

He rapped: ‘You were always the cheerleader of my dreams / Seem to only date the head of football teams/…

‘And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened’. 

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

2010: The end of two love stories 

In March, after three years of dating, Kim and Reggie split up for good. Reports at the time blamed the pressures of fame.

They had briefly split in August 2009 before reuniting, however he was unable to reconcile himself to Kim’s rising star. 

An insider told e! online: ‘They do truly love each other and there’s no bad blood… They’re even open to the idea of reconciling down the road, but need to be apart right now.’

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year. 

Following their split, Amber blamed Kim for the split, saying: ‘Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together. She’s a homewrecker!’ 

In the years after his split from Amber, Kanye has openly criticised the model – most famously saying in a 2015 interview that he had to take ’30 showers’ after dating her and reportedly branding her a ‘prostitute’. 

In December, as Kim filmed the music video for her single Jam (Turn It Up), Kanye was present on set. Famously, Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner snapped at him for checking out her daughter’s famous derriere by bluntly saying, ‘Don’t be looking at her a**’. 

The songwriter snapped back: ‘I’ve never seen it actually.’ 

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

2011: A Hump(hries) in the road  

In May 2011, Kim got engaged to her NBA star boyfriend Kris Humphries, who she started dating in October of 2010. 

In August that year, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA. The eye-popping nuptials were attended by 450 guests and cost approximately $10million,

In an explosive twist in the tale, after just 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce on October 31.  

Kim later revealed that she had misgivings about the marriage but felt she must go forward due to surrounding pressures. 

She said: ‘There was all this attention on the wedding, and I thought ‘maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety.’ 

‘The night before, my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, ‘This isn’t it for you,”

‘I felt like, if I pulled out now, everyone’s going to think I just did it for the show. Then afterwards, people were saying, ‘You have to stay married for a year,’ but I physically couldn’t do it. When I made the decision [to divorce], everyone said it was made up for the show. Everyone really wanted to take me down.’ 

Kris said of the split: ”It’s never easy to go through the embarrassment of something like that — with your friends, with your family …. But when it plays out so publicly, in front of the world, it’s a whole other level. It was brutal’.  

During his appearance on Kocktails with Khloe, Kanye revealed to Khloe that he tried to talk Kim out of moving forward with her marriage to Kris.  

Shortly after, rumors began to swirl that Kim had taken her friendship with Kanye to the next level.

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

2012: It’s TRUE and there’s a baby

They finally got together eight years after meeting. 

In March, The rumored couple let it be known they were spending time with each other when Kim sat front row at Kanye’s runway show during Paris Fashion Week. 

The following month, after months of rumors and rumblings, Kim and Kanye made their relationship official as they held hands in New York City. 

In May they took things a step further and make their red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival during the premiere for the film Cruel Summer. 

In December, the Stronger rapper joyously reveals that his is expecting his first child with Kim during a New Year’s Eve concert in Atlantic City. 

The rapper said ‘stop the music’, then announced ‘make noise for my baby mama right here,’ with a wide smile. Kanye’s announcement prompted a flurry of excited tweets from the audience 

Taking to her official website, Kim also confirmed the pregnancy, writing: ‘It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby…

‘We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.’ 

2013: A star is born… North West is here and a wedding on the way 

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

On June 15, Kim welcomed their daughter North West. Weeks later, the KUWTK star showed off a picture of her and Kanye’s baby girl, while appearing on her mother Kris’ short lived talk show.

In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring.

The proposal was a total surprise and went down at the AT&T Park baseball park in San Francisco, which Kanye rented out for the occasion. 

He had arranged for the words ‘PLEEESE MARRY MEEE!!!’ to flash up on the giant scoreboard at the ballpark. 

Despite his bravado, Kanye admitted prior to the proposal he was nervous, saying: ‘I was talking to a cousin, I said, ‘What do you think she’s gonna say?’…

‘I’m not arrogant about love and feelings at all . . . I knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time

In November, the couple then made headlines around the globe when shortly after their engagement, Kim famously appeared nude while straddling Kanye on a motorbike in his Bound 2 music video.  

2014: The wedding 

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at  the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy. The lavish affair saw 200 people in attendance and Kim walked down the aisle in a stunning Maison Margiela bridal gown.

They were wed under the direction of Rich Wilkerson Jr, a pastor from North Miami. Speaking moments after the ceremony to E! News, Kim’s mum Kris said she was ‘beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North’.

‘Such a magical, romantic wedding!’ she added. ‘I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.’ And Kanye seemed equally ebullient, with a source telling MailOnline he gave an eight-minute speech to the gathered guests.

‘I just wanna stop the music a second ‘cos my baby’s coming back with a new dress on. Here she is – Kim Kardashian West,’ he said, introducing his bride.

After the ceremony, the guests broke bread together sitting family style on a 70-metre-long marble banquet table – a gift from master craftsman Gualtiero Vannelli who used marble from the Tuscan quarry in Carrara, according to Us Weekly. 

During the ceremony Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of his songs, including Con te Partiro. Among the stars at the nuptials were Steve McQueen, Lala Anthony, Jaden Smith and Joe Francis. 

2015: Saint West 

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015.

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015.

In May, in wake of her first wedding anniversary with Kanye, Kim confirmed to Glamour that she was expecting her second child with the Grammy winner. 

‘North has taught me patience. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. And nothing I wouldn’t do for my husband. She’s empowered us to want to be the best parents and the best spouses,’ said the star.

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015. 

Eager to share her newborn with her massive Instagram following, Kim shared a portrait of Saint to the platform.

Kim later discussed life with two young children, saying of North: ‘I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother and it’s so hard for me… 

‘She would get so jealous when I would breastfeed and all that kind of stuff. And now, the phase isn’t going away.’ 

Famed and adored for her seeming diva ways, Kim continued to give insight into life with North, saying: ‘She thinks she’s outsmarting me. 

‘Like, she’ll have a tea party and say, ‘No boys allowed.’ Dad can’t come too then — no boys. And she’ll slam the door on her brother’s face and he’ll just start crying.’ 

2016: Kim’s trauma and trouble in paradise

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016 (pictured before the raid)

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016 (pictured before the raid)

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016. 

In 2018, she finally learning to be ‘okay’ with the horrifying experience because she has ‘learned so much from it’.

The reality star was robbed by five armed men wearing ski masks and clothes with police markings in the ordeal.

At around 3am, the robbers entered the building after the concierge let them in.

Handcuffed and at gunpoint, the concierge led them to the starlet’s flat. 

Kim reportedly ‘begged for her life’ and told the gunmen she had children at home when two of them entered her room and held the gun to her head.

The men stole a jewellery box worth €6 million ($6.7 million/ £5.24 million) and a ring worth €4 million ($4.5 million/ £3.5 million), prompting fears that the valuables were personal ones, and not just jewellery Kim was borrowing for fashion week.

Kim also lost two of her prized smart phones – ones that are likely to contain a great deal of personal information. 

As she recovered from the trauma of the robbery, Kim faced further plight when later that year, the couple were faced with allegations of ‘friction’ due to Kanye’s online behaviour.

After Kanye went on a number of Twitter tangents, insiders said: ‘ What causes friction in the marriage, however, is Kanye’s compulsive tweeting. 

‘Kim can’t stand it. She is all for self-promotion, but doesn’t approve of Twitter drama’. 

Despite this, they denied they were having issues with Kim saying ‘there’s just nothing to really report on’. 

2017: Baby number three

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies.

Kim, who suffered with life threatening placenta accreta when carrying North and Saint, is said to have been referred ‘by an agency’ to find the right surrogate.

TMZ claimed the famous duo paid $45,000 for the surrogate to carry their third child, before revealing the lady in question is an African-American college graduate in her Twenties who has been married for five years with two children. 

‘The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate,’ a source told People. 

The singer added: ‘They want everything to be perfect and for the baby to be extremely healthy. 

‘They don’t want any complications and Kim is providing an ideal eating regimen and diet so everyone knows what the baby is consuming before it’s born.’ 

Prior to hiring their surrogate, Kim spoke to her sister Kourtney about the perks of surrogacy, saying: ”If you use a surrogate, nobody has to know the whole time…

‘You could have a baby for a year and nobody would even know.’ 

2018: Chicago is here  

In January, their daughter Chicago was born

In January, their daughter Chicago was born

In January, their daughter Chicago was born. 

Kim delightedly announced the news, confirming in a statement : ‘We’re so in love. Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl’. 

Three days after the birth, Kim revealed that the couple had decided to call their newborn daughter Chicago.

 She shared a picture of the name, captioned with the date and time of the tot’s birth, plus her weight – 7lbs, 6oz.

She shared a post which explains how to pronounce the shortened version of Chicago’s name.

 The informative messages said: ‘And to everyone who thinks it’s literally pronounced as CHI. No. It’s ‘Shy’.’

When grilled on the unusual name: ‘Everyone asks me where we came up with that,’ Kim said about her baby girl, whom she regularly calls ‘Chi.

‘Kanye is originally from Chicago, and the city is really connected to his memory of his mom. So, we went with Chicago.’ 

2019: The brood continues to grow and Sunday Service arrives 

In May, they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows

In May, they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows 

In May,  they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows.

She announced Psalm’s arrival on Mother’s Day with a picture of the baby asleep. 

Kris later explained what the name meant, saying: ‘The inspiration was the Book of Psalms in the Bible. I think it’s just a wonderful way to celebrate how they feel. And he’s such a blessing, so it’s perfect. He’s just adorable.’ 

Kim had spoken earlier about moving on to having four children.

She said: ‘I think that, [for] anyone that has three, I do recommend going for the fourth. You’re already there. You’re so close. It feels so balanced. It feels like there’s a partner for everyone—no one’s left out. Everyone gets along now.’

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye’s Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019.

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye's Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye’s Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019

Kim discussed the services and detailed what they meant to Kanye, saying: ”Kanye started this, I think, just to heal himself. It was a really personal thing, and it was just friends and family…

‘He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ…

‘For the most part, it’s just a musical ministry. Kanye doesn’t have his 501 [registered non-profit exempt from federal tax] yet to make it an official church, but it is for God and it is a Christian church. It started off healing for him and it’s become something that he really wants to share for everybody else.’ 

Kanye himself spoke about Sunday Service, telling David Letterman: ‘It was really an idea that we had to open up our hearts and make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible… 

‘And just do it for an hour every Sunday. And just have somewhere where people can come together and just feel good with their families.’ 

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim - as well as Elon Musk - backed him

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim – as well as Elon Musk – backed him 

2020: Kanye’s troubles and Kim’s birthday

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim – as well as Elon Musk – backed him. 

Later that month, on July 19 he held a campaign rally in South Carolina, wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked ‘security’ and with ‘2020’ shaved into his head. 

In a rambling speech, he revealed he and Kim had considered aborting North and also claimed abolitionist Harriet Tubman ‘never actually freed the slaves’. 

On July 22, he fired off a series of tweets claiming Kim was trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, that he had been ‘trying to get divorced’ since Kim allegedly met rapper Meek Mill at the Waldorf Hotel and called mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’. 

Kim subsequently released a statement saying Kanye was suffering a bi-polar episode at the time. It was later revealed he was holing up at his Wyoming ranch and Kim was seen in tears as she visited him,

In October, Kim and Kanye through the stunner an elaborate 40th birthday festivities, which included dinner at candlelight with her nearest and dearest on a private island. 

After the event, Kim shed light on some of the precautions she had everyone take in order to safely celebrate her big day, which included a two week quarantine prior to the party. 

She penned: ’40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter,’ she wrote.

Virtual: Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West , in celebration of her 40th birthday

Virtual: Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West , in celebration of her 40th birthday 

‘For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment…

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more.

‘I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40.’

During the trip, she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye

Famed attorney Robert Kardashian, who tragically passed away from esophageal cancer in July of 2003 at the age of 59, was brought back to virtual life for the unconventional gift, which a number of fans have branded ‘creepy’.

Among the statements made by the virtual incarnation of the late Kardashian patriarch were that his famous daughter was ‘all grown up’, while he also hailed Kanye, 43, as ‘the most genius man in the whole world’.

The two-and-a-half minute video showed the late Kardashian wearing a beige suit jacket layered over a crisp white dress shirt as he seemingly spoke directly to Kim.

‘Happy Birthday Kimberly,’ greeted the hologram. ‘Look at you! You’re 40 and all grown up. You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl. ‘I watch over you and your sisters and brother and the kids everyday. Sometimes I drop hints that I’m around,’ noted hologram Robert, who made reference to something the Kardashians refer to as a ‘big peefee’.

2021: The end? 

The couple have been rocked by claims that their six-year marriage is over, with sources saying ‘divorce is imminent’ for the power couple.

Several sources have claimed that Kim is preparing to file for divorce from her rapper husband while he is said to be fed up with the whole Kardashian clan.  

The rumors of a split follow a rocky year for the couple where they were spotted having ‘crisis’ talks after Kanye accused Kim of trying to ‘lock me up’ and said he wanted to divorce her in a series of rambling Twitter posts while he was said to be in the grips of a bipolar episode. 

Kanye also made a failed run for the White House in 2020 and during his first presidential campaign rally told attendees that Kim had considered aborting daughter North. 

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