CAPTION: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are believed to be divorcing, sparking a fight over the couple’s £1.6billion fortune.
Kim, 40, has been pictured on Instagram without her £1million wedding ring and has apparently contacted lawyer to the stars, Laura Wasser.
Kim used Wasser in 2013 after filing for divorce from basketball star Kris Humphries after 72 days’ married.
According to business magazine Forbes Kim, who wed Kanye in 2014, is worth £660m. His estimated wealth is £952m, although he believes the figure should be nearer £2.4bn.
The couple has four young children and their home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, is said to be worth £47m.
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An insider said: “It is a case of when rather than if friends say. Divorce is on the cards. They want it to be done, very low key and move on. Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement and custody talks.”
US sources allege they have been “living apart” after being “at each other’s throats” with “daily bust-ups” during the pandemic lockdown.
The couple were said to have been living at opposite ends of their LA compound due to mounting tensions.
Kim and Kanye were said to have been living at opposite ends of their LA compound due to mounting tensions
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Kanye, whose wealth comes from a clothing brand, property, and shares, has been staying at his £10m Wyoming ranch, away from the Kardashians.
Sources say, Kim, whose riches come largely from her KKW Beauty line and the reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has “grown up a lot” in the past year wants a career in law.
In July, Kanye tweeted he was running to be US President and claimed he had been “trying to get divorced” from Kim since she met fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel. Kim and Meek were speakers at a criminal justice summit.
US sources allege they have been “living apart” after being “at each other’s throats” with “daily bust-ups” during the pandemic lockdown
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's sprawling Hidden Hills mansion
During his failed White House bid, Kanye tearfully claimed to supporters he had stopped Kim from aborting their first child, North, now aged seven.
Shortly after, Kim, on social media, publicly addressed her husband’s bipolar disorder diagnosis and asked fans for “compassion”.
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The pair reunited in LA to spend time with their kids over the summer. But in September, another series of tweets from West appeared to land their marriage in trouble as he began to struggle with his bipolar disorder.
A source said: “He’s on very thin ice with her right now, and she’s truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids, but also her own sanity.”
This is Kim’s third marriage, she also divorced music producer Damon Thomas in 2004. The Mirror approached the couple for a comment but there was no response.