A judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday applied to reality TV star Kim Kardashian to declare that she was legally single from rapper Kanye West after nearly eight years of marriage.
The businesswoman and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star filed for divorce a year ago, citing irreconcilable differences with West, who has legally changed his name to Ye. The couple have four children, ranging in age from 2 to 8.
West, 44, has opposed divorce and publicly called for his wife to resume the marriage. In a recent Instagram post, she criticized her parenting and her new relationship with “Saturday Night Live” actor Pete Davidson.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steve Cochran approved Kardashian’s petition to end the marriage through a two-pronged process that allows for changes in marital status while other issues are addressed.
“The court allows the termination of marital status,” the judge said in a written order issued after a public hearing.
A representative for West did not respond to a request for comment.
West and Kardashian, 41, got married in May 2014, making them one of Hollywood’s most popular celebrity couples, verbally known as “Kimye”.
The couple’s relationship came under strain in 2020 when West, suffering from bipolar disorder, staged an unsuccessful campaign for US president at his self-styled birthday party, marked by contradictory statements.
As the 21-time Grammy winner spends most of her time on his ranch in Wyoming while Kardashian stays at his Calabasas, California mansion outside Los Angeles, the distance between the two is growing further and further. Kardashian released a statement urging sympathy for West’s mental health struggles.
This is West’s first and third Kardashian’s marriage after a brief marriage to basketball player Chris Humphreys and music producer Damon Thomas.