Kim Kardashian doesn’t want to divorce Kanye, but she’ll live separately from him

Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West pose for a photo at the WSJ Innovator Awards in NYC

The Quarantine Divorce is a real thing, with celebrities and non-celebrities alike. Over the past two months, we’ve seen a rash of celebrities filing for divorce during the pandemic. For the most part, I feel like those marriages were already on their last legs anyway, and the lockdown was just the final nail in the marriage-coffin. So it is – sort of – with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. For two solid months, we’ve heard about how they are not used to spending this much time together, how they’ve been “arguing a lot” and “at each other’s throats” and how Kim, especially, needs some f–king space from Kanye. Well, here we go.

Kim Kardashian has told friends she ‘doesn’t want to divorce’ husband Kanye West – as ending the marriage is a ‘last option’ for her. The A-list pair have been dogged by split rumours after reports of tension in lockdown – and while the insider doesn’t deny there’s tension between the couple, friends think a formal split is the last thing on her mind.

“Things are tough between Kim and Kanye because they never normally spend this much time together, but she doesn’t want a divorce,” says the insider. “She considers her marriage to Kanye and their family together a huge success – she’s the only sister who is married and thinks of herself and Kanye as a power couple. The last thing she wants is a divorce – especially because the public backlash after her second divorce was unbearable. What I think will happen is they’ll spend time apart in different houses – but not divorce.”

The couple has been splitting their time between their $19m LA home and Kanye’s Wyoming ranch in lockdown – with a source telling The Sun that the couple was finding spending so much time together tough.

[From The Sun]

“I don’t want the public backlash” is not a good reason to stay married. Neither is “I still want to be part of a power couple.” But those reasons are on-brand for Kim. She just misses being able to keep Kanye at a distance and only seeing him here or there on her terms. That’s what their marriage has been like for years – performative for the cameras, but they spend tons of time apart. She misses that. So she’ll try to recreate it with separate houses. And I assume she’ll encourage Kanye to spend more time in his dome in Wyoming?

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Well. Absolutely no-one saw this coming. /sarc

  2. minx says:

    Didn’t we say? She and PMK were jealous of the attention the Cavallari/Cutler split—and others—got. This way there’s a split that’s not really a split, and they can still milk it.

  3. grabbyhands says:

    We’re still knee deep in the middle of a pandemic and people are being clubbed left and right (and worse) by the police, but yeah – why not take time to moan publicly about your marriage?

    Wait, I mean your marriage to the jackass who still supports the guy in the White House who is stoking violence and constantly dog whistling to his Neo Nazi supporters.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      There’s a cigarette-paper’s-worth of difference between Kim Kardashian and Karen Middleton, it seems. Bringing attention to what really matters in the world right now.

      • Meg says:

        Exactly my thoughts on the last Kate Middleton article, why are you leaking this now? U seem out of touch and selfish

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      This really nails it @grabbyhands

    • anon says:

      Hey, I’m jealous now! i’m never allowed to call these people jackasses at Celebitchy!

  4. Oatmeal says:

    As I said in another post, quarantine has been make or break

    When it first started , my local sports radio station had a show one day where they discussed how the pandemic was affecting people . And the hosts were basically like “Ya know, a lot of things with this plague , it’s either or, there is no middle ground. Either you will come out of it with your relationship strengthened, maybe even have an ooops baby, or you will be divorced , period. Either you will use the time to cook and get in shape, or let it all go. Either your home.maintennancw will improve or your house will become a shambles ”

    Now the latter two can be seen as an exaggeration, but I absolutely believe the first

    I think half the clamoring for everything to reopen so quickly is because of folks realizing…they dont like spending so much time with their partner and/or kids. Cant stand in fact

    I never understood how in this day and age with advanced communication and everything from entertainment to basic sustenance available at the click of a button without having to leave the house , how hard is it to stay home

    Well……there ya go.

    T

    • Tina says:

      I see what you’re saying about experiencing two contrastingly different outcomes, but I also think for a lot of us who have always floated somewhere in the middle, it’s not exactly true. I know for me, I’ve been pretty active but not extremely so I’ve gained maybe a pound or two just from not getting all my steps in and eating a little more because of extra time but I still work out routinely and eat well. Same for my relationship, we argue and there’s days I wanna kill him but overall we’re going through similar things as we did before. Neither worse or better but consistently good! I see that with people I know too. This also perpetuates this idea especially for productivity that we have no excuse now that we’re not confined to our usual routine to get more done and be more fit and I think that is causing a lot of unnecessary mental health problems for people. Implying that u either let it all go or get super fit implies that everything that happens to us is obky within our discretion without considering how traumatic and impactful a pandemic of this nature can implicitly be to the course of our life. And when we don’t get good results we internalize and feel bad about ourselves and think we are the problem when there are external forces that are definitely contributing to it. I say this as someone who tries to hold myself super accountable for my life and I think these sentiments while not intended to be dysfunctional, carry a really negative rhetoric of Ur success and failure is all on you and only you when, there’s accountability from many sides. Anyways, I hope this doesn’t feel like an attack on you, I don’t mean it thay way at all, just wanted to share my thoughts.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Yep, I can see what you’re saying, too, Oatmeal. My brother and I laughed about it when it first started down here. I said to him, “Eh, it’s like the entire world has finally caught up with me.” I’d always loved being at home, and especially when all my kids were on school holidays; the weeks flew by too quickly. As soon as our lockdown began, I knew people would panic buy. too. My siblings and I chortled about that, too: “What’s wrong with people, that they don’t already have 280 rolls of toilet paper stashed away, or 8 bags of sugar/flour/rice, 10 packs of coffee or tea, 20 litres of laundry liquid etc etc?!” It’s the way our mother was, it’s the way we are. I’m loving being at home, and now I’m serious;y considering early retirement.

      I think the Wests are both high maintenance narcissists, as are a lot of celebs, so two of them locked in together can only spell trouble. No one here is at all surprised. They’ve been pretending for years.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Does she really think anyone cares about her living situation, her marriage, or her image right now?

    • Janice Gerow says:

      Unfortunately, just ask her 170 million (or whatever) Instagram followers. Apparently they do.

      • Meg says:

        Do they? Or are they just there for the naked selfies?

      • ME says:

        How many of those 170 million are actual people and real accounts? People have questioned Kim and Kylie why they get such low “likes” on their pics when their follower count is so high. Makes you wonder.

      • Jules says:

        they are not real.

    • josephine says:

      I’m thinking the kids care. But they don’t seem to at all be part of the equation. Treating a marriage so callously has consequences, especially for the kids. It also has consequences for the spouse who may think it’s real – I really hope he realizes what the situation is. I’m no fan at all of his given his dealings with satan and his pseudo-religious undertakings lately, but I do wonder if he is mentally ill, and whether he has a single person who actually cares about him.

      • lucy2 says:

        He does struggle with mental health, and has publicly discussed it. I always try to temper my reaction to him with that, but he says some BAD stuff sometimes, and beyond his health struggles, I think he’s just a jerk too. But I do hope he has people who love and care for him, because everyone needs that. I imagine when things are bad in their household, it’s very difficult for the kids, and I hope they have a good support system as they grow up too.

    • HeyDay says:

      We clicked on this didn’t we, I for one, relish the distraction… I actually can’t imagine having to converse w Kanye on a moderately short shuttle ride, let alone an entire quarantine.

  6. Ariel says:

    Can you imagine having to spend more than 90 seconds listening to Kanye talk about how great he is, talk in circles, talk nonsense? I’d have hit him in the head with something heavy long before now.

    When they first got together he was obsessed with her- and i’m sure she enjoyed listening to him talk about her for a year or two. Though those stories about him “remaking” her and throwing away all her clothes are horrifying to me.

    But yeah, once he got back to himself as the center of the universe- and being a narcissist, and an jackass, and bipolar.
    She has to be exhausted.

    • Laura says:

      This is actually why, when the full “receipts” of the Taylor/Kanye conversation dropped earlier this year, I couldn’t listen to it. He spends SO MUCH time talking about how amazing he is.

  7. Busyann says:

    This actually makes me sad. I know I shouldnt, but there are some couples Im always rooting for and they are on that list. I know, thats so stupid because its Kanye, but still.

    My office went WFH on March 16th. One of my coworkers with young children is begging for a date when we are going back to the office. We’ve been told that telework is our new normal. I dont think my coworker liked that response.

    • josephine says:

      I wouldn’t wish her on anyone. She seems truly and deeply devoid of all things human. She’s just better at hiding it in my opinion.

  8. Swack says:

    My daughter is now divorcing. The problems started way before the pandemic. I don’t feel sorry for Kim and Kanye. They could live in the house they are in and not see each other for days.

    • minx says:

      Yes, and they could live separately and no one would really know. But that wouldn’t give them attention, which is what they want.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m sorry for your daughter, I hope it’s as peaceful as possible. I know someone going through the same, the pandemic seems to have been a breaking point for a lot of people.

      • Swack says:

        Thanks. Her soon to be ex is a full blown narcissist and takes no responsibility what so ever. It hasn’t been pretty especially with children involved.

    • Onyx XV says:

      True! They probably have separate wings they could both live in.
      Sorry about your daughter. I hope it will be amicable. I work for a divorce attorney and we have been getting a lot more calls and several new clients a week since the pandemic started.

  9. AnnaKist says:

    Meh. It’s pretty much what we’ve been saying on here for years. Nothing to see here, folks. As you were.

  10. Eleonor says:

    A lot of couples stay together for their brands cough cough Victoria Beckham?
    Bey and Jay?

  11. Jules says:

    Major eye roll at the power couple idea. Delusional, fake, narcissistic. That’s all.

  12. ME says:

    I think she just misses her pap strolls and posting 1000 selfies a day. I mean, wouldn’t this actually be a good time to divorce as people have their attention on a f*cking pandemic and racism/police brutality? Oh wait, this is a Kardashian…they want to get divorced when nothing else is going on in the world because they love to milk things for all their worth. Also, he’s worth a lot more money than her so she won’t leave him for that reason alone.

  13. KellyRyan says:

    Whole lotta brand building going on with this family. :) What do we do to remain relevant and make a whole lotta money. Marriage and babies, yeah that’s it that’s the, “ticket.” :) Cynicism my BF.

  14. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I imagine spending so much time with someone who refuses to acknowledge he needs medication to sustain his moods, and then doesn’t take the medication is probably tiresome. He is either manic or probably depressed and is probably like another child for her to care for. I also think Kim didn’t want as many kids as Kanye did, so the lockdown coupled with her being with the kids AND Kanye 24/7 is probably A LOT for her. I imagine Kanye is also getting a dose of reality being around his own kids that often since he normally isn’t. (Which is of course why he wants a billion children….he doesn’t know the stresses of raising them) I see this marriage as doomed at some point. He seems to be getting more and more frivolous with money too as time goes on. Doesn’t he own TWO $20 million dollar pieces of property in Wyoming? Why is that even necessary? Then the $10 million condo he bought Kim for her birthday one year in Miami? I see a split happening at some point.

    • minx says:

      Agree, but I do think Kim wanted that many kids. She lives for attention and she has won the breeding trophy over her sisters. She didn’t get pregnant for the last kids and obviously isn’t doing all the grunt work of raising them, so it’s a win/win.

  15. Daisyfly says:

    He sees her only when he needs to? He pays for her to come and go? He has sex with her when he feels horny? She feeds his ego?

    He’s not her husband. He’s her John.

  16. Jay says:

    Maybe he’s become a liability for her and the brand- not the cool, talented cred she signed up for. Plus, now the show can be single mom Kim back on the scene, and few people will fault her, given how exhausting it must be to be married to Kanye.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ Jay. I have always said she would stay with Kanye while it was still worth the money, while he helped the KK brand. I never thought they would make it this far but I guess living in separate places really helps. I think Kanye is STILL helping Kim’s brand, so she will stay for now.

  17. bahare says:

    I must have missed the words “children” and “love” im my haste to get through this shocking bullsh,it.

  18. Meg says:

    Jesus this is pathetic and just confirms how desperate Kim is to hang onto fame and how aware she is of how fragile her fame is.
    At least Beyonce and jayz seemed to have patched things up as opposed to let’s just stay married because our relationship contributes to how famous we are. That may have been a factor for them but not entirely it. I’m not naive that they’re marriage is perfect but who’s is? But it seems better than this
    Will Kim and Kanye be happy in a marriage requiring be apart so much and still not date other people then? I can’t imagine being lonely like this in your marriage and these two not finding someone else? How often do they see their kids then if they require this much time apart?

  19. shanaynay says:

    Yada, yada, yada. Nobody gives a f*^k!!!!!

  20. Sumodo1 says:

    So, who’s her billionaire jump-off? Let the speculation begin!

  21. MsIam says:

    They’re trying to get material for next seasons KUWTK. Maybe spin-off.

  22. Lea says:

    They’ve never even lived together. They’ve always lived in separate houses and lived independant lives.
    She does that every time she is afraid he will hurt her brand. Last time was when he had his breakdown, she leaked stories that she was considering a divorce.
    This time she is trying to protect her brand because Kanye’s horrible opinions are not compatible with the BLM movement.

    She will not divorce him.

    • lucy2 says:

      100%.

    • Sparky says:

      I agree with 99% of what you said. A few weeks ago there was a story about Kim being so overwhelmed because Kanye was in Wyoming and she had to be the sole parent. It’s all storylines–end of.

      That said I DO think she’ll divorce him if it’s the right business decision for her brand.

  23. Bluenoser says:

    “A-list pair”? Really???

  24. CantTakeHerAnywhere says:

    Her second divorce? Ok pmk. We know this would be number three.

  25. SilentStar says:

    The important thing is that they need to set up an opportunity to wear their all-denim outfits in the same photo together ASAP.

  26. LRobb says:

    Interesting. I didn’t think they lived in the same house full time anyway.

  27. Jennifer Smith says:

    Please, for the love of God, tell me this means he will no longer “style” her.

  28. Bread and Circuses says:

    “…the public backlash after her second divorce was unbearable.”

    Well. That was because it was super expensive and ostentatious and over-hyped and then she flicked buddy off in a matter of days like she was returning a pair of shoes to the store.

    Which…was probably wise. She got married for stupid reasons. That was part of why everyone ridiculed her for it all.

    But there’s not going to be anywhere the magnitude of backlash if she ends this marriage, because the situation is not comparable. They were together for years. They have kids. As weird as it all has been, it’s obviously a real marriage, not (just) a PR stunt.

  29. Kynesgrove says:

    This is one area where i feel sorry for Kim. My husband is a bipolar 2 with PTSD and let me tell you.. Thank God he finally has meds that work for him. Bipolars can be extremely charming and on top of the world while they are on a manic/hypomanic phase but can crash and burn while down so to speak. If he isn’t taking his meds he could be swinging back and forth and feeling trapped with the stay home order. The stress could be making him unstable and I don’t think the people he works with really care for his emotional well-being. Think of how Britney Spears was before. It can be exhausting dealing with an improperly medicated bipolar.

    • B.B. says:

      If you can’t accept your husband’s condition then you shouldn’t callously complain about it on the Internet, you should be going to therapy.

      Unmedicated bipolar type II, here. I’m doing therapy without medication and I’m doing fine. Not everyone can or will want to medicate. My parents went to therapy to know how to deal with me when I was a child and it ended up strengthening us as a family.

      Why is it that every single time people who are not mentally ill want the mentally ill to accommodate them? Communication and empathy goes both ways.

      • Kkat says:

        I’m unmedicated bipolar I &II and various other things, but I’ve had a ton of therapy to deal with all my underlying crap. (Sexually abused as a child, narc parents)
        I was also on medication for years so I know what normal looks like for me. I monitor myself closely and am fully aware at some point I may need medication again.

        That being said both my boys are bipolar. On medication. My youngest is 15 and so severe he had to be in the hospital 2 years ago. He is on a lot of medications to keep him at a ” mostly normal” Thank God we finally got one that works without a lot of side effects Zaprexa (my sister is on that one too)

        Unmedicated bipolar or medicated poorly bipolar is a nightmare to live with. The above poster was just being honest about her relationship with her husband.

        My kid is a child and that’s one thing.
        But my sister who will decide she doesn’t need medication when she is “better” sucks. She won’t get therapy, she only goes to a shrink for the medication part. We all go to the same psychiatrist who is excellent so it’s not on him.
        She is 36 and lives with my parents and is like having a selfish 15 year old.
        When she is manic my mom or I will go to her shrink appts with her to make sure he is getting the full story and get her meds adjusted if need be ( I also bitch about it in my appointment since it directly effects my life and mental health. We can’t discuss her but I can discuss my issues which are directly related to her :p)
        So yeah unmedicated bipolar can be ok if it’s very well managed (me)
        Or a nightmare to live with even if it’s medicated.

        I also know people don’t understand how bipolar ness works. There are manic episodes that can rapid cycle then there is mania which can go on for months or years.
        Kanye seems to be that, long term mania with manic episodes. Plus he’s a dickbag. You can be both mentally ill and an asshole. Being mentally ill doesn’t make you a jerk. Your a jerk with mental illness.

        For me I haven’t had true mania for years, if I have any break through mania I make sure I’m sleeping (with medication if need be) and if I get any agitation I take a little Ativan.
        I ride the hypomania pony, I don’t get the crashes and lows I’m mostly at a medium up I just have to be very careful it doesn’t go into actual mania (sleep is a huge indicator for me)
        I love my children so I need to be stable. It’s selfish to not make being stable your top priority when you have kids.

        I’m just rambling but maybe this is some more insight for people to understand how bipolar can work. It manifests differently for everyone, personalities and co diagnosis can make a big difference. But a lot is the same too.

      • Janet says:

        She wasn’t complaining about her husband she was sympathizing with someone that shares her situation and the struggles she has gone through. It’s called empathy. And I too have empathy for Kim.
        Kenya has no desire to get help of any kind and has put his family through hell. His life isn’t his own anymore, he’s a father and husband. If he doesn’t want to get better for himself than fine, but he can’t keep thinking soully about himself anymore and that’s all he ever wants to do regardless of how much he hurts those around him. It’s a very toxic situation and I really feel for Kim.

  30. Heather says:

    I’m not surprised that quarantine is hard on this pair. I think that part of the reason that they “work” as a couple is their usual distance. He spent her first pregnancy in Paris, her second in Chicago (I think…maybe somewhere else), and is generally doing his own thing, while she does hers. Even though I don’t really understand it, that is their dynamic.