The public appearances are glittering. The social media is littered with love. In October 2018, The Daily Mail reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's marriage is "under strain." One too many rants from Kanye is increasingly suggesting that a straw just might break the camel's back – Kim herself has more than suggested that their marriage is hard work.
Kim recently revealed that Kanye "wants seven children," as Cosmopolitan has reported. A little more down-to-earth than her husband, Kim has thought it over. She called the idea "crazy." Just when we thought that Kim was the level-headed, self-starting #IndependentWoman, she goes and says that Kanye has "taught me to have more of an opinion," as Elite Daily reports.
A divorce settlement between these two would hit the billion dollar mark. Kim and Kanye have been married since 2014, but we all know that Hollywood marriages come with a #HollywoodShelfLife. Kim has been down the divorce route before – twice. Her marriage to Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days. She was also married to Damon Thomas.
Kanye doesn't make many appearances on KUWTK. He sure gets mentioned, though. In 2018, Kim shared a giant fight between them– over Band-aids. "You're not going to tell me what to post" was another argument that saw Kanye try and control what Kim posted to Instagram, as reported by The Daily Mail. This mismatched couple might seem weirdly made for each other, but there are cracks. They might look perfect on social media, but every marriage has its ups and downs.
20 A "Mid-Nuptial Settlement"
It doesn't matter who you are– signing a "mid-nuptial agreement" isn't a great sign. In 2017, In Touch Weekly reported that Kim and Kanye were to file a mid-nuptial agreement. There's a big difference between a prenup and whatever this is (although we'll assume it does what it says on the tin).
While Kanye sells properties for around $1 million, that's a drop in the ocean compared to Kim's financial acquisitions. "He's making all kinds of deals right now that are very high stakes," a source told Radar Online.
Kim and Kanye looked #CoupleGoals in this 2018 pic at 2Chainz's wedding, but will it last?
19 Kim Wants It "Ironed Out And Watertight," Is "Nervous About Kanye's Finances"
Nothing makes this family more nervous than a bank balance that isn't consistently soaring. Kim might seem shallow, but she's one of the savviest businesswomen we've ever seen– think about it, everything Kim touches turns to gold.
"Kim's worried sick about Kanye's current situations, which has incurred millions in legal fees already," Radar Online reports.
To be fair, the rapper has openly tweeted about his debt in the past, and it seems that Kim just wants to make sure that their financial situation is secure.
18 "I'm Not Going To Have A Fully-Fledged Fight Because I Won't Get You A Band-Aid"
Couples fight. We fight over the dishwasher and we fight over the remote. There's a point at which tiny arguments can tip a couple over the edge, though.
In October 2018, Kim opened up about a fight with Kanye. "He was like, 'I've slaved around the world for you making clothes for you to make sure you find the best outfit and you let me go out wearing a Jesus Band-Aid,'" Kim said on KUWTK, as Cosmopolitan reports.
"He said I should have [bought] skin-colored Band-Aids," Kim continued. Kim added that Kanye was upset because the Band-Aid she'd bought for Saint was "right," but this wasn't. Is there a Band-Aid for couples?
17 "You Should Be Studying This Book," Kim Feels "Smothered" By Kanye
In 2016, The Mirror reported that Kim was feeling "smothered" by Kanye. Reports of Kanye having a somewhat-controlling streak continue to plague this marriage, although Kim maintains that she is mostly happy. Whether it's a sign of compatibility or the exact opposite, here is Kim's take.
"I remember one day he brought me [this] book and was like, you should be, like, studying this book. This is, like, the fashion bible," Kim said about Kanye, as E News reports.
The book was written by a former Vogue editor. Oddly, Kim is the one who gets front-row Fashion Week invites next to Anna Wintour. Kanye may get Yeezy style props, but should a fashion queen be bowing out?
16 Credits Kanye For Rediscovering Fashion, All We're Seeing Is Yeezy
Enter Kim Kardashian, the Yeezy version. One half of Kim is full-on Versace glam (and covering up isn't her jam). As every day throws us a new #YeezyDrop via Kim's increasingly Yeezy-centric IG, we can't help but notice that Kim seems less...herself.
"Kanye sees what's out there on the streets and just knows how to translate that into something that would look good on me," Kim said in 2015. That was 3 years ago, though.
In 2018, Kim headed to Japan with Khloe and Kourtney. All outfits were Yeezy (as was the purpose of the trip). Kim called her sisters' outfits "disgusting" and "embarrassing," AOL reports. Here is Kim modeling the "look."
15 Wants To Select Her Own Pictures, Kanye Disagrees: "I See The Vision"
If Kim is anything, it's #InControl. With 120 million Instagram followers, Kim has us in the palm of her hand– literally. Whether her pics are eye-popping, risqué or straight-up ditching clothes altogether, Kim calls the shots. In 2018, Kim and Kanye had a fight. "He wanted them to all match up and be all from the motel," Kim said, as Yahoo reports.
"No, You don't understand, I see the vision" was Kanye's reply.
"I posted one from the beach," Kim told Kourtney on KUWTK. "That's what the [...] fight was about." Kim deleted the beach photo. We saw six motel polaroids. "You're not gonna tell me what to post," was Kim's final statement. Kanye got his way, though.
14 Kanye's Ups And Downs
In 2016, Kim straight-up broke down during a KUTWK episode. Recalling the horror of her harrowing Paris robbery, Kim may have been fragile, but her anguish was being fuelled by Kanye's meltdowns. Kanye had been hospitalized in a facility, although it wasn't until 2018 that we learned about Kanye's bipolar disorder diagnosis.
It's rare for Beyonce to weigh in on other peoples' relationships, but even queen Bey said that she "felt sorry" for Kim. Hollywood Life reported that Beyonce felt sorry that Kim "has to deal with Kanye's meltdowns." Kanye briefly deleted his social media, but he's back...
13 Pregnancy Restrictions
"Kanye wants the absolute best for the baby and Kim," Closer reported as Kim embarked on her second pregnancy. Kanye reportedly didn't want Kim to gain as much weight as she did during her first pregnancy. Kanye hired experts to "prevent [Kim] from bloating and gaining too much weight."
Kanye hired two nutritionists for Kim. "Banning all white foods and sugar."
Kim revealed she ended up binge eating in secret. Closer also reported that Kim had been experiencing nausea and that she "couldn't cope" on Kanye's diet. "The only thing that will make her feel better is carbs like rice or pasta, and also ice-cream." Kim confessed to binge eating.
12 Easter 2017: Photoshop Suspicions
This family is used to fans calling Photoshop. Kim has been slammed for her "edited" selfies as much as Khloe and Kendall have, although it's rare for fans to call Photoshop on the family pics. Easter 2017 brought us a series of cute family snaps showing Kim, Kanye and the kids as one happy family.
"Something about this seems photoshopped," one fan tweeted about this pic. As The Sun reports, a pic showing all of them together was compared to a "wax cutout," with one fan tweeting: "I don't get it? It's strange that Kim is holding onto all her kids and Kanye is like just standing at a distance. Is he [sic] photoshop?"
11 June 2017: Kanye's 40th Birthday, Fans Weren't Feeling The Smile
Poor Kourtney got "trolled" over this pic. In June 2017, Kanye West celebrated his birthday in full Kardashian style – that's one huge birthday dinner, one luxury Bahamas vacation, plus a stop-off in Cuba for good measure.
"Why doesn't he look happy anymore?" one fan tweeted. "I feel so sorry for him."
To be fair, Kanye isn't Hollywood's biggest smiler. The guy barely manages to break free of his usual #PokerFace, but the fans had a point. Kim had gone all-out to celebrate her husband's birthday. "Happy birthday babe I love you so much! You inspire me every day to be a better person!" was Kim's birthday message. Kanye looks neither inspired nor inspiring.
10 Kanye's Affect On The Brand
Kim makes no secret of how important her brand is– and why should she? $350 million is what this woman has to her name (and she started out as Paris Hilton's stylist). Following Kanye's political rants in 2018, Kim found herself dealing with a husband who was getting extremely involved in controversial politics, not to mention his claims that slavery is "a choice."
In 2016, Kris Jenner was already worried that Kanye was "ruining Kim's brand." In Touch Weekly now reports that Kim herself is afraid of the same outcome. "Absolutely worried" is Kim's reported state as she desperately tries to initiate "damage control" over the guy who is Hollywood's biggest loose cannon.
9 Confidence To A Whole Other Level
Kanye West is a man with an ego. While some see a narcissistic streak in Kanye West, the statements made by this man aren't up for debate. These are his thoughts, and Kanye isn't going to dispute them.
"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live," says the man who calls himself both a "god" and a "genius,"
as News reports. "Only thing close to this is the iPhone," Kanye has tweeted about Yeezy. Quite where Kanye places himself as a deity is unknown. Then again, Kanye has been going by "Ye" of late. He has also called his son Saint.
8 Living With Momma Kris
You'd think that the whole point of being married is to enjoy it – by living together. Kim and Kanye own a $20 million Bel Air mansion. It wasn't until 2017 that these two actually moved in together.
The official reason for the delay is that a further $20 million was being spent renovating the property. It has a recording studio, a spa, marbles galore and a whole lot of space for a family. Camping out at Kris Jenner's place is how viewers saw this family (for quite some time).
Kim, Kanye, North, Saint and West are now finally living together. It took over three years, though. Isn't that slightly bizarre?
7 Different Views On Social Media
Kim Kardashian wouldn't have a career (let alone that bank balance) without social media. With 120 million Instagram followers and close to 59 million on Twitter, Kim lives for the buzz of what she shares (and the cash it earns her).
"I totally attribute my career to social media,"
Kim said in 2016, as CBS reports. Kanye? If he isn't embarking on a string of social media rants, he's deleting entire profiles. @PrivateKanye was Kanye's IG handle. That seems to have disappeared. Kanye will attempt to control what Kim posts on her Instagram, but these two don't share the same views on the use of social media in general.
6 Kanye Is Always Traveling
When you've got a career as a chart-topping rapper and international fashion designer, it's impossible not to spend your life on a plane. Of the few pictures that Kim posts of Kanye on social media, a fair chunk show Kanye on a private jet (well, except that one power nap with North in the background).
In 2018, Elle ran a headline: "Are Kim Kardashian And Kanye West In A Long-Distance Marriage?" While the family manages to squeeze in precious family time together (like their 2018 trip to Uganda), their packed careers and hectic schedules aren't allowing for an ideal family situation. "Under strain" is the current status from The Daily Mail.
5 Kanye's Busy Schedule
In July 2018, this was major news. Kim has a powerful PR team on the payroll though– when Kim wants a story to die down, it does. The Mirror was reporting that Kim "resents being Kanye's other woman" back in July.
Kim was reportedly concerned about Kanye's closeness to the model and singer, Teyana Taylor. "Kim has been feeling a bit put out by Teyana and Kanye bonding."
The Mirror continued to report that Kanye and Teyana were spending "hours holed up in a studio," leaving Kim feeling "more distant than ever for Kanye." Kim "100% trusts Kanye," the report clarified, but it did mention resentment.
4 Kanye Announces The Family Is "Moving To Chicago"
In 2018, Kim and Kanye welcomed their third child into the world. She is named Chicago after the city that Kanye grew up in (and the close ties that Kanye had with his late mother).
In September 2018, Kanye announced that he is "moving back to Chicago." Considering that their entire lives revolve around the gated Californian community of Calabasas, this naturally made headlines. The Sun reported that Kim was "upset" by Kanye's statement. Kim later confirmed that she isn't moving.
"I gotta let ya'll know that I'm moving back to Chicago and I'm never leaving again,"
were Kanye's words. Kim wants to be around her family and have the kids raised in LA. Another statement, another dispute...
3 Past Relationships
There's no denying it– divorce is a bit of a thing in this family. Kim has been divorced twice. Khloe finalized her divorce from Lamar Odom in 2016. Kris Jenner has been married (and divorced) twice.
Following his "glad he got out while he did" tweet, Kim's second husband, Kris Humphries said that he was "shocked and surprised" that Kim and Kanye were celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary in 2018, as Hollywood Life reports.
Having been divorced isn't necessarily a sign that you'll do it again. That said, Kim has been known to call the lawyers in quickly. Her marriage to Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days.
2 Kim Was Worried About Their Relationship
The great thing about Kim is that she'll openly share her concerns, past and present. In September 2018, Kim opened up about her marriage insecurities during her pregnancy with North.
"When I got pregnant with North, I had no idea if Kanye and I were going to end up together. I was like, we can break up," Kim admitted,
as Pedestrian reports. Speaking on KUWTK, Kim elaborated, saying: "Let me just at least have some sperm so I can have another one, so I could have siblings." Kim said that she wanted all of her kids to "come from the same person."
1 A $1 Billion Settlement
A billion dollars might be on the horizon for Kylie Jenner, but don't think for a minute that Kim wouldn't jump at the chance to earn those figures. The Hollywood Gossip reports that$1 billion could be at stake in this split.
Kim has made no statements regarding a split, nor has she suggested that it's on the cards. What her thoughts on $1 billion are though, guess we'll find out (or not).
Marriage isn't easy. It's even harder if you're a Kardashian.
References: Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily, In Touch, Weekly, Radar Online