A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday granted Kim Kardashian, the businesswoman and star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, request to be declared legally single from rapper Kanye West after nearly eight years of marriage.
Kim Kardashian 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.
Kanye West, 44, had objected to the divorce and publicly appealed for his wife to return to their marriage. In recent Instagram posts, he 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 bifurcation proceeding, which allows for a change in marital status while other issues are addressed.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, married in May 2014, making them one of the most talked about celebrity couples in Hollywood, popularly known as “Kimye.”
The couple’s relationship became strained in 2020 when West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, ran an unsuccessful campaign marked by erratic statements to be elected U.S. president under his self-styled Birthday Party.
The marriage was the first for Kanye and the third for Kim after she had brief marriages with basketball player Kris Humphries and music producer Damon Thomas.