Kim, Kanye, crisis – when the husband no longer fits the new image

Kim Kardashian apparently wants to divorce Kanye West. There are rumors like this again and again, but this time it seems to be really serious – the background.

The rumors of a breakup are mounting: Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West at the 2020 Oscar party

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There’s one rule in Hollywood that anyone interested in celebrity rumors should know: Pay attention to what Laura Wasser is doing. The lawyer supervised the divorces of Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp and Heidi Klum as well as the separation of Kim Kardashian from her second husband Kris Humphries. Rumors are currently circulating again about Kardashian, allegedly she also wants to divorce husband number three, entertainment total work of art Kanye West. Normally you would now ask two questions. First, what, again? And second: Oh, does Kanye bring out a new album, or Kim a fashion collection?

However, there are now consistent reports from generally well-informed media such as Page Six or TMZ that Wasser has been working for Kardashian since the summer. The second clue that something is wrong between West and Kardashian is their persistent silence. Two people who log every detail of their life on social networks and look for the public like moths for light, only stay in the dark if they don’t want anyone to discover a dark spot.

As a reminder, Kardashian and West have been married for six years with two daughters, North (seven years) and Chicago (two), and sons Saint (five) and Psalm (one). Arguments between the two are not new, they can be seen regularly on the TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. West delivered one of the most beautiful moments on the show: Kardashian asks what is the best thing about being a parent. She hopes for the most philosophical answer from her husband, but he only says, and there can be no better answer: “The children.”

If you want to know why people don’t usually take all the rumors about this family so seriously, you should take another look at West’s Twitter posts from the summer. “I’ve wanted to get a divorce since Kim met Meek about prison reform,” he wrote in July, referring to rapper Meek Mill. Shortly thereafter, West referred to mother-in-law Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the family, in reference to the North Korean president as “Kris Jong-un” accusing her of the Kardashians trying to control his life and admitting him to a mental institution.

The scandal as a business model

The well-timed scandal is a business principle for both West and the Kardashians. Of Kim Kardashian’s public sex video with rapper Ray J 13 years ago, Jenner said that while she found it horrible as a mother, it was terrific as a businesswoman. And it was certainly no coincidence that West gave the entertainment industry rebel at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and stormed onto the stage to protest Beyoncé’s non-award. Shortly thereafter, the album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was released, subject: Kanye as a much needed rebel in the entertainment industry.

The latest scandal: the 40 million party in Tahiti on Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday. The family flew to a private island in the midst of the pandemic to really let the fuck out (and show everything on social media, of course), but that’s more a six than a ten on the Kardashian Richter scale. The fact that West only peeked there briefly and also spends most of his time not on the $ 78 million family estate in Calabasas, California, but on his ranch in the state of Wyoming: No need to worry, he usually does that when he is is working on new music, he released the gospel album “Emmanuel” on Christmas Day and announced further material.

The lives of the two do not have a lot of points of contact – but that is not unusual for successful celebrities, which is why observers did not even cynically ask whether the two could not stay married for business reasons.

So what’s different this time? Why could it be really serious? The reality TV show will be discontinued after 20 seasons, Disney recently announced the move of the family to the company’s own portal Hulu; And it is now said that “crazy” is not an exclusion criterion for an artist, on the contrary – “psychologically unstable” is.

West suffers from bipolar disorder, he has repeatedly said that, but has been said to have been without medication for months. He recently attracted attention with erratic actions such as the bombastic church service concert “Nebuchadnezzar” in the Hollywood Bowl, his friendship with Donald Trump or his own candidacy for the US presidency including a grotesque election campaign appearance in a bulletproof vest. He got 60,000 votes. Irrelevance is bad for someone like Kanye West, who keeps saying that his creativity should make him a lot richer and more famous.

Her subject: prison reform

“I don’t know anyone who is as screwed up as I am and yet so successful,” he once said, but that is now becoming a problem. Kim Kardashian wants to break away from the famous-for-being-famous image of the family and be less involved in reality formats and scandals. She wants to get a law degree and work as an activist or even a politician. Her subject: prison reform. Last year she tried unsuccessfully to prevent the execution of Brandon Bernard, who had been convicted of murder 20 years ago but developed so well in prison that politicians like Bernie Sanders spoke out against the execution.

The Kardashians are known to subordinate everything to success, and maybe that’s why one shouldn’t pay too much attention to scandals. Kim Kardashian is currently planning a career realignment, and nobody who says disgusting things about racism and has still not distanced himself from Trump fits into this overall picture.

The last episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was recorded last Friday, West was not there. On Sunday, Kardashian attended a service, not West’s in Wyoming. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a video soon showing Kardashian having lunch with lawyer Wasser.

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