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Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce, seeking to end a nearly seven-year marriage to Kanye West that had become an endless source of celebrity news, family turmoil and brand sponsorships, a spokeswoman for Ms. Kardashian West said on Friday.

The spokeswoman, Christy Welder, would not elaborate on the filing, which would dissolve a union that came to be known as Kimye. Ms. Kardashian West, 40, and Mr. West, 43, have four children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

Their tumultuous marriage was tracked incessantly by the media; became fodder for occasional episodes of her long-running reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”; and was documented for millions on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Ms. Kardashian West was often said to be famous for being famous, but she spun her reality-show prominence into a number of businesses and products, including Skims shapewear, underwear and loungewear; KKW Fragrance; KKW Beauty; and “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” a game for mobile devices.

She also became active in the movement for criminal justice reform. In 2018, President Donald J. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who had been serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction, after Ms. Kardashian West visited Mr. Trump at the White House and helped bring her case to his attention.

Mr. West is widely regarded as one of the godfathers of contemporary hip-hop, with a profound influence on younger stars like Drake. He has also fully embraced the model of the pop artist as commercial branding exponent, working with Adidas and Gap on consumer products like his Yeezy sneakers.

Before their courtship became public in 2012, Ms. Kardashian West and Mr. West had known each other for roughly a decade. They were first introduced in about 2002 or 2003 by a mutual friend, the singer Brandy. The pair dated for two years before marrying in an opulent $2.8 million ceremony at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, on May 24, 2014.

The marriage was the third for Ms. Kardashian West. She was divorced from the music producer Damon Thomas in 2003 and from the NBA player Kris Humphries in 2013. The marriage also came after Mr. West had ended high-profile relationships with the designer Alexis Phifer and the model Amber Rose.





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