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Kim Kardashian declared “legally single” after latest Kanye West divorce hearing

A Los Angeles court appears poised to rubber-stamp the split

By Joe Goggins

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in a composite image
Kardashian first filed for divorce in February 2021. (Photo: Wikimedia commons/ultra 5280; Wikimedia commons; Nicole Alexander)

Kim Kardashian has been declared legally single after the latest hearing in her ongoing divorce from Kanye West.

Having changed her name to Kim Kardashian West after marrying the rapper in May 2014, the reality star will now revert to being known as Kim Kardashian. She first filed for divorce from West in February of 2021, and by April of that year, both had agreed in court to part ways over “irreconcilable differences”, with a joint custody deal for their four children in place.

Developments in recent weeks, however, have seen the initially amicable split has turned sour, with Kardashian last month filing a complaint to the Los Angeles Superior Court, requesting that it accelerate divorce proceedings and accusing West of trying to delay or prevent them.

“Mr. West, by his actions, has made it clear that he does not accept that the parties’ marital relationship is over,” read the complaint from Kardashian. Recent text message exchanges between the pair leaked by West suggested he was determined to win his estranged wife back, in addition to a number of social media pot-shots at Kardashian’s new boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson. In her complaint, she claimed that these posts had caused her “emotional distress.”

Today (March 2), though, West appears to have had a change of heart, telling Hollywood Unlocked in a statement that he would grant Kardashian’s wish for a quick divorce. “I’ve asked my team to expedite the dissolution of my marriage to Kim so I can put my entire attention into our beautiful children,” he said. The pair share North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and two-year-old Psalm.

The news comes just a week after West made his latest album, ‘Donda 2’, exclusively available through his Stem Player streaming device. The 16-track album is absent from mainstream streaming platforms, with West calling them “oppressive” and urging fans to be “a part of the revolution.” 

West had used a playback party for the record to reference the situation with Kardashian and Davidson as recently as Monday of last week (February 21). He’s also teased potential collaborations with Jamie Foxx and Beach House in recent days.