On Feb. 19, reality star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West after being together for almost seven years. While their separation has been known to many for some time now, Kardashian filed papers at the Los Angeles County Superior Court to make it official.
Due to their marriage being so public, news of this was of interest to many.
“I’m surprised that Kim and Kanye split, but at the same time, I’m not completely surprised due to Kanye’s mental state,” said sophomore Adriana Bracco.
The issues were said to have begun in their relationship after West launched his presidential campaign for the 2020 election in July, according to TMZ.
During his campaign event in South Carolina, West shared tears and deep secrets from his marriage. He mentioned Kardashian’s consideration of aborting their first child, and even called Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, “Kris Jong-un.” After these instances, Kardashian finally decided she had enough, according to TMZ.
The one aspect preventing Kardashian from leaving was West’s bipolar depressive episodes, and she thought it would be cruel to end the marriage in the midst of him being unwell, according to TMZ.
Many considered Kardashian’s decision in light of what has been publicized about West.
“I was proud of Kim for doing what was right for her mental health at the end of the day,” said sophomore Brianna Ramos. “It’s hard to help someone that doesn’t want it.”
With the divorce, Kardashian is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four children, along with a prenup neither party is contesting to. According to TMZ, they are already far along in reaching a property settlement agreement amidst the divorce as well.
The two have also agreed to commit to co-parenting with one another.
“I hope and believe they will be able to co-parent happily like Kardashian’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian, and her ex, Scott Disick, for the sake of the four children,” Ramos said.
With a divorce in the spotlight, such as this one, comes the rumors and speculation of who the two celebrities will end up with next.
“I heard Kanye was with Jeffery Star, a well-known beauty influencer,” said sophomore Jenna Dimech. “Therefore, he could possibly be with a man next, but as for Kim I’m not sure.”
Both Kardashian and West have brands to maintain throughout all of this and many wonder how they will be affected throughout the process.
Sophomore Juliana Beaton sees it from a beneficial point of view for the two.
“I think with all of the publicity they are both getting as individuals and together, it will help their brands tremendously,” said Beaton.
Many anticipate what is next for the two.
Some students think West should take time to find himself and become more stable in order for anything between the two to progress.
“What I think is next for Kim and Kanye is definitely Kanye figuring himself out so that he and Kim can have a bond, whether it is being civil, creating a friendship or finding a bond they once had,” said sophomore Julia Cunningham.