After Kanye West was spotted returning to Los Angeles to presumably deal with the reported marital problems he's having with Kim Kardashian, OK! has learned that the rapper is looking to move back to California to be closer to his children.
“Kanye is based in Wyoming at this point. That is his home. However, both parents would need to give permission for the children to leave California to be with him on his ranch in Wyoming, which is why Kanye has returned to L.A.,” a source exclusively tells OK!, noting that “you can say what you want about Kanye and his behavior, but everyone who knows him thinks he is a great dad.”
The insider stressed that his “children mean everything to him,” and that he is determined to do whatever he has to in order to spend time with them. “He will 100% fight to get joint custody with Kim. Even if this means him returning to L.A.,” the source added.
As OK! previously reported, the “Gold Digger” singer was photographed on Sunday, January 24, at the Van Nuys Airport in L.A. after leaving his ranch in Wyoming, where he has been in hiding since the news broke of his alleged split from the reality star. The rapper looked solemn as he departed his private jet, wearing distressed leather pants and a mustard yellow hoodie.
West and Kardashian’s messy marital issues have been making headlines for weeks, with one of the biggest lingering questions being who will get custody of their four kids: North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 19 months?
OK! learned that the duo's prenup agreement contains nothing in regards to a custody arrangement for their children in case of a divorce, which is consistent with California law. With Kardashian wanting full custody of the kids, it means she is going to have to fight West for it.
“Most divorces start with parents getting 50/50 custody. But if Kim or Kanye want to spend more time with their kids, they will need to prove that it would be detrimental for the children to spend time with the other parent,” a source previously told OK!, adding that “if Kim wants full custody of the kids, she will need to fight and reveal everything about life behind closed doors with Kanye.
“Kim doesn’t have to prove she is a great mom,” the source continued; her battle now will be “to prove Kanye is a bad dad.”
Although an inevitable nasty legal battle for custody of their kids appears imminent, OK! reported the couple have made sure that the children have remained in the dark about their parents' relationship troubles. "[Kim] is worried about what a permanent split will be like for all of them…,” a source added.