Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from husband Kanye West after nearly seven years of marriage.

A Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Kardashian filed the divorce papers on Friday.

A representative for the 40-year-old reality TV star also confirmed that she had filed papers.

TMZ said sources called the divorce “amicable,” saying Kardashian is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four children, which the rapper is “fine” with.

It follows months of speculation that the couple’s marriage was in trouble, with multiple sources close to the couple telling US media that their “divorce is imminent” and Kardashian hiring renowned divorce lawyer Laura Wasser.

Kardashian, who shot to fame in the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, married Gold Digger hitmaker West in May 2014 – making them one of the biggest celebrity couples in Hollywood.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Image:The couple have been living in separate homes over the past few months
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Their marriage is believed to have hit the rocks last year when West, 43, who suffers from bipolar disorder, ran an unsuccessful US presidential campaign marked by erratic statements under his self-styled Birthday Party.

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In July, Kardashian, who is studying to become a lawyer, defended West’s behaviour in a statement urging compassion for his mental struggles.

However, the couple appeared to continue to grow apart with the 21-time Grammy winner spending most of his time at his ranch in Wyoming, while Kardashian resided in their Calabasas mansion outside Los Angeles.

Entertainment websites E! News, TMZ and Variety first reported on the split and it was later confirmed by the Associated Press.

The couple married in 2014
Image:The couple married in 2014

The couple married in a ceremony at a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy, in 2014 and have four young children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

It was the first marriage for the 43-year-old West, and the third for Kardashian.

The couple were previously friends before they began dating in 2012, and had their first child, North, in 2013.

West proposed later that year using the giant screen at the empty waterfront ballpark of the San Francisco Giants in front of her family, and the engagement was featured in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Image:Kanye West reportedly spent around £9.2m on his unsuccessful presidential campaign

The beginning of the end of the marriage comes after the September announcement that her family’s reality show was coming to an end this year after 14 years.

Kardashian was previously married to NBA player Kris Humphries, whom she divorced after 72 days of marriage in October 2011.

In 2000, 19-year-old Kardashian married music producer Damon Thomas, but Thomas filed for divorce in 2003.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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