One of the most famous (and richest) couples in the world, Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West, are splitting up. That’s right, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce. The couple has four children, daughter North (aged 7), son Saint (aged 5), daughter Chicago (aged 3), and son Psalm (aged 1).
The couple, who started dating in 2012, are no strangers to being in the public eye. Their marriage is one which has been reported heavily on since they wed in 2014. Find out more about the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian divorce below.
What We Know About the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Divorce
From Kanye West’s mental health battles to his presidential bid, to his infamous Twitter rants, there has been no shortage of controversy for the couple over the years. These issues, along with others, are said to be some of the reasons why Kardashian wants to end the marriage. Sources state that Kim “needed to end the marriage for the sake of her kids and her own sanity.”
Reports also state that the couple has not been living together for a few months and that they have also stopped going to marriage counseling.
Kanye’s Mental Health Struggles
In 2018, West revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. With his mental health issues at the forefront of the media for several years now, many are speculating that his illness was a major factor in Kardashian’s decision to end their marriage.
Mental health issues can have a huge impact on any relationship. Coping with these issues is challenging and extremely stressful. This is because partners who suffer from mental health issues typically require more support and attention. They also tend to withdraw from spouses or close themselves off from their partner. When a partner is unwilling or simply unable to cope with their mental illness or find tools to help them cope, divorce is sometimes the only option. Add these struggles with the stress that comes with being in the public eye, and conflict is inevitable.
Kardashian spoke about her husband’s mental health issues in a 2019 interview with Vogue, explaining that dealing with West’s mental health issues is “an emotional process.”
Bipolar disorder can cause extreme shifts in behavior and mood. People suffering from this mental health condition often experience “highs” (manic episodes) and “lows” (depressive episodes). Episodes can last anywhere from hours to days, to weeks.
Mental health can take a toll on any family and relationship. For tips and resources on how to deal with mental health issues during divorce or in a relationship, click here.
How Will Kardashian and West Divide Their Empire?
The Kanye West and Kim Kardashian divorce has a lot at stake. As a couple with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of assets, many people are wondering how their empire will be split. High-asset divorces can either be contentious or amicable depending on whether the divorce is a high-conflict one. How the couple decides to divide their empire will also depend on whether there was a valid prenuptial agreement signed before the marriage.
The couple has an estimated net worth of over $4 billion, which could result in a very complicated division of assets. California is a community property state, which means that all assets acquired during the marriage must be divided 50/50. This means that the property they purchased during their marriage belongs to both of them
The couple owns a mansion in Los Angeles which was purchased in 2014 for $20 million. They also have a ranch in Wyoming and a two-acre plot of land that they purchased for $6.3 million in 2019.
Sources tell TMZ that the divorce is an amicable one, but with a lot at stake for the couple, only time will tell if the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian divorce will remain so. Needless to say, this high-profile divorce case is one that people all around the world will be keeping their eyes on as 2021 unfolds.