The couple, lovingly referred to as Kimye, has been plagued by divorce rumors since their extravagant wedding in 2014. The pair went on to build their brood, having four children along the way — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 19 months — and even renewed their vows on their fifth anniversary.
Kardashian shared the first few lines from her vow renewal on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, saying: "You are my husband. You are my best friend. My biggest believer and my one true love."
The ceremony appeared to be a last ditch effort to steady their rocky relationship, as their marriage began to crumble shortly after. Though the couple appeared to have the perfect life, building their billion dollar empires and backing each other in public feuds, their marriage was starting to crack under the pressure of internal strife.
West and Kardashian’s relationship has been put through the wringer during their high-profile, yet relatively short marriage. From the rapper’s very public breakdowns and subsequent diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2017, to reports of the “Gold Digger” singer living apart from his estranged wife and children, the writing was on the wall.
Scroll through the gallery below to see five signs that the stars' marriage was doomed.
The Two Have Been Living Apart
In 2019, West shocked everyone when he purchased a ranch in Wyoming, going against Kardashian’s Los Angeles lifestyle of glitz and glamour. West would go on to purchase a second ranch months later, and the pair began living much of their lives in separate states.
West's Political Aspirations
West's political aspirations reportedly put a strain on their already shaky marriage. In July 2020 at his first campaign event, West made the shocking announcement that him and Kardashian had considered aborting their first child, North — shattering any privacy between the couple.
Cheating Rumors Constantly Swirled, Prompting West To Threaten Divorce
West went on a Twitter rant — which has been since-deleted — and claimed Kardashian was trying to “lock [him] up," in addition to him alleging that he was trying to divorce the reality star.
West Was Absent From Their Family Vacation Photo
Rumors really began to circulate once Kardashian posted a family photo of the Kardashian-Jenner clan during their family vacation to Tahoe at the end of 2020, and West was notably absent. As eagle-eyed fans began to rummage through some of Kardashian’s older posts on social media, they began to notice that wasn’t the first time the Grammy winner was nowhere to be found in family photos.