Kim Kardashian 'wants full custody' amid reports of Kanye West split

Kim Kardashian has ‘had celeb attorney Laura Wasser on a retainer for MONTHS’… as word she wants ‘full custody’ of the kids emerges amid increasingly ‘ugly’ split from husband Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s already strained relationship was dealt its final blow after the couple had ‘a big fight in early December,’ according to Us Weekly.

Though things had been tense for some time – with other sources saying the reality star has had celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser on retainer since ‘last summer’ – the 40-year-old beauty guru and her rapper husband’s most recent fight left their marriage beyond repair.

‘Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that,’ the insider explained, which another close source said it was ‘only a matter of time’ until the six-year-long marriage came to an end.

And Kardashian – who was sans wedding ring in a Tuesday mirror selfie – is reportedly ready for things to get ‘ugly’ during the split, with The Sun saying she’s looking for ‘full custody’ of their four children and won’t be ‘back[ing] down’ anytime soon.

All in: Kim Kardashian is prepared to ‘fight hard’ for custody of the four children she shares with Kanye West after reports about the power-couple’s imminent divorce emerged on Tuesday. Reinforcing claims, Kardashian went without her wedding ring in a Tuesday Instagram shot, above

‘Neither of them want to seem like the loser in this divorce and they both will fight hard for their kids,’ the insider said of the celebrities, who are parents to daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, along with sons Saint, five, and Psalm, one.

‘Kim has made it clear she wants full custody so if Kanye tries to fight her on that, the custody battle will be brutal,’ The Sun’s source went on.

Though the A-list power struggle is likely to drag out, sources say that Kardashian is keen on settling their affairs before taking any legal steps.

‘Kim wants the divorce settlement finalized before formally filing,’ an Us Weekly insider said. ‘Settlement talks are ongoing. Kim wants to control the PR campaign of the divorce and she was blindsided by leaks about the divorce reports.’

Though the December fight seemed to be the breaking point for the couple, another Us Weekly insider admitted it was ‘only a matter of time’ until Kim had to separate from the troubled musician/designer. 

Tough run: Kardashian is reportedly ready for things to get ‘ugly’ during the divorce, where she is reportedly being represented by A-list attorney Laura Wasser. The couple, who were wed in 2014, are seen at the 2019 Met Gala above

All in: ‘Kim has made it clear she wants full custody so if Kanye tries to fight her on that, the custody battle will be brutal,’ The Sun’s source went on about the couple’s four children, who range in age froom 19-months to seven-years-old

Breakdown: According to insiders, there was no turning back after Kanye revealed the pair considered abortion before deciding to have daughter North during his presidential campaign kick-off in July (above)

Still, the decision came with careful consideration according to the source who said Kardashian: ‘didn’t just walk away’ from the relationship.

‘The comments about North and the abortion were the final confirmation,’ they said, referring to revelations about the couple’s first pregnancy made during a rambling speech when West kicked off his ill-fated presidential campaign last July. 

During a sprawling Twitter rant short after, the Yeezus rapper – who is Kardashian’s third husband – claimed he had been ‘trying’ to divorce the bombshell/criminal justice advocate for years.

‘She will protect the children first, always,’ the source continued, underscoring reports Kim will be looking for control of the family. 

A third insider noted that Kardashian and West have been ‘living separate lives for many months now,’ seeing as the Jesus Is King musician ‘isn’t as focused and doesn’t live in the real world.’

Yet another Us Weekly source supported the sentiment, saying: ‘Kim and Kanye haven’t been on the same page for a while now’ while also noting that friends of the star are ‘surprised’ she waited ‘this long to file for divorce.

While some sources say that the holidays marked the end of Kimye, TMZ insiders claim neither star skimped on gifts for their other half. 

Fairy tale interrupted: Kim and Kanye married in 2014, seen above with daughter North during the ceremony

Professional: Last summer West also insinuated his wife had an inappropriate relationship with rapper Meek Mill, while referring to a 2018 meeting the celebs had with philanthropist Clara Wu about criminal justice reform (above)

The site reporting he gave her five 2021 Maybachs while she presented him with James Turrell artwork valued at over $1million.

But it appears the pair were apart for Christmas, as Kim sources say they have not ‘been together in weeks and didn’t spend the holidays together.’

Kardashian has been in California with the couple’s children while West has been spending most of his time at his $14million Wyoming ranch. 

The high-profile relationship’s fairy tale facade has been battered as West’s struggle with bipolar disorder has become more public.

He made a number of shocking claims during a July event to launch his haphazard presidential campaign, weeping as he told audiences how he ‘almost killed’ daughter North by considering an abortion. 

Around the same time West also insinuated his wife had an inappropriate relationship with rapper Meek Mill, tweeting that he had been ‘trying’ to divorce Kardashian since she ‘met’ with Philadelphia rapper.

Nothing to do: Kim publicly addressed Kanye’s mental health for the first time after the multi-media tirade, calling him ‘a brilliant but complicated person’ whose ‘words sometimes don’t align with his intentions’ and she is ‘powerless’ to control

Emotions: After the Jesus Is King artist’s campaign speech and subsequent Twitter tirade in July, Kim jetted to Wyoming to be with her husband. During that trip she was captured breaking down during an emotional conversation, above

The Beverly Hills lunch meeting, which was also attended by philanthropist Clara Wu, was reportedly to discuss prison reform, a cause close to both Mill and Kardashian.

Kim publicly addressed Kanye’s mental health for the first time after the multi-media tirade, calling him ‘a brilliant but complicated person’ whose ‘words sometimes don’t align with his intentions’ and she is ‘powerless’ to control.

Just days Kim jetted to Wyoming to be with her husband and during that trip, she was captured breaking down during an emotional conversation with Ye. 

Sources told People at the time: ‘She is very emotional about everything, and also exhausted…

‘She feels very hurt by Kanye. She has tried to reach him multiple times and he just ignores her. It’s all a bad situation. She decided to fly to Cody to speak with him in person. She doesn’t want to be ignored anymore.’



DAMON THOMAS: 2000-2004

Kim was a fresh-faced 19-year-old and years from worldwide fame when she eloped with music producer Damon Thomas, 29 for a Las Vegas wedding. They split three years later.

First marriage: Kim wed music producer Damon Thomas in 2004 (pictured 2009)

She later claimed the music producer repeatedly beat her and demanded to know where she was at every minute of the day – in the couple’s divorce papers, which were filed at Los Angeles Superior Court back in 2003.

According to the documents, Thomas would punch her in the face, slam her against walls and throw her across the room, leaving her bruised and battered. 

He has always staunchly denied domestic violence.

His alleged bullying was so terrible he gave her $3,650 to get liposuction because he wanted her to be ‘perfect’ – then gave her an additional $1,000 for further surgery.

At the time of their quickie Vegas wedding she was working as a sales girl at a Los Angeles shop called Body, but her new husband soon made her quit the job. 

Their marriage was officially dissolved in February 2004.#

Thomas was ordered to give Kim a one-off payment of $56,000.

RAY J NORWOOD: 2005-2007

Sex tape: Kim’s sexual exploits with Ray-J were leaked in 2007 – with the couple going their separate ways

One of the defining moments that brought Kim into the public was the leak of a sex tape between her and rapper boyfriend Ray-J -shot in 2002 and entitled Kim Kardashian Superstar.

The tape was leaked in 2007 escalating her fame to exponential heights.  

While chatting with Oprah in 2012, Kim explained that she was ‘humiliated’ but has since embraced the tape.

‘I’m aware that that’s how I was introduced to the world,’ she said.

 ‘It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me.’

She later claimed in a 2018 episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians that she was ‘high on ecstasy’ while filming the tape.       

She said: ‘I got married on ecstasy—the first time. I did ecstasy once, I got married.  I did it again, I made a sex tape’.

‘Everyone knows it. Like, my jaw was shaking the whole time.’   

NICK CANNON: 2006-2007 

Kim briefly dated presenter and comedian Nick September 2006 to January 2007. 

Fleeting: Kim briefly dated presenter Nick from 2006-2007

Despite calling the reality star ‘one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet’ Nick explained that he couldn’t forgive her for denying her sex tape existed.   

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show he explained: ‘This was my issue. We talked about this tape…And she told me there was no tape.

‘If she might have been honest with me I might have tried to hold her down and be like “That was before me” because she is a great girl.

‘She’s actually one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. But the fact that she lied and told me that there was no tape?’  

Nick revealed that he had always suspected that Kim might have had something to do with the tape’s release.

‘And I still think she might have even had a part to play with [its release],’ he said.

REGGIE BUSH: 2007-2010

Kim enjoyed an off-off romance with the then-NFL running back who was seven years her junior back in 2007.

Great love: Kim and Reggie Bush dated from 2007-2010 (pictured 2010)

Kim and Reggie enjoyed a two year relationship before initially splitting in July 2009. Two months later they got back together before ending their relationship again in March 2010.  

Kim, and Reggie were the subject of repeated engagement claims throughout their relationship.

Many thought that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and the sports star would end up getting married due to the closeness of their relationship.

In 2011 Kim’s former publicist claimed the reality star had never got over her ex Reggie Bush – and that her marriage to Kris Humphries was a sham.

Jonathan Jaxson – who worked with the reality star between 2007 and 2009 – claimed that Kim still held a candle for her former footballer beau.

During an interview with New York’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Jaxson said: ‘She’s never gotten over [her ex Reggie Bush].’


Moving on from Reggie, Kim fell into the arms of another NFL player, Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Miles Austin who she dated from June to September 2010.   

Romance: Moving on from Reggie, Kim fell into the arms of another NFL player, Miles Austin who she dated from June to September 2010 (pictured July 2010)

At the time it was reported the then 29-year-old reality TV star and her beau decided to break up because they couldn’t cope with a long-distance relationship.

A source told American website ‘There’s no huge reason except their distance apart.  

‘With his season and Kim’s filming of Keeping Up with the Kardashians it just slowly split them apart.’

The couple had spent months apart as Kim had been promoting her family’s reality TV show in Europe while Miles has had sporting commitments with the Cowboys.

The source added: ‘They tried to keep it as low profile as possible when they were together.  

‘They were acting as if they were single or just having fun, but they never were.

‘It was the real deal. They were always strong. But before Kim left for Europe they decided it’s not fair that they don’t get to spend more time together and ended it.’


Kim enjoyed a brief romance with Halle Berry’s model ex Gabriel Aubrey shortly after splitting from Miles.    

Fleeting: Kim enjoyed a brief romance with Halle Berry’s model ex Gabriel Aubry (pictured 2010)

The pair were later pictured at a basketball game together. 

Page Six confirmed the pair were dating, saying: ‘They started seeing each other in the last few weeks.

‘They have been out a few times, he’s visited her house in LA. 

‘Sunday’s game was the first time they were comfortable enough to be seen in public together. 

‘It’s early days but they’re getting on well.’

However the relationship was not meant to be, allegedly because Halle was displeased, which ‘scared Kim off.’  

 KRIS HUMPHRIES: 2010-2011

Kim’s romance with the basketball player may have only lasted a year but became etched in the world’s memory when she filed for divorce just 72 days after their fairytale wedding.   

The couple began dating in October 2010 before an engagement in May 2011 which was featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Their wedding on August 20, 2011 was well-attended by 450 guests and cost approximately $10million, but their relationship began to sour and by October, Kim filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. 

72 day marriage: In August 2011, Kim and Kris Humphries wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

While Kris and Kim split in October 2011, they faced a lengthy legal battle and finally reached a divorce settlement on June 3, 2013. 

In the aftermath of the split it was claimed the nuptials were a hoax ‘right from the start’.

A source close to the pair at the time alleged Kim was ‘never really into’ her husband, but went along with the wedding as a ‘publicity stunt’.

In 2017 Kim revealed she knew her marriage to Kris would end while on their honeymoon.

Appearing on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, the star confessed that she had a ‘freak out’ when she turned 30, which spurred her on to ‘get her life together’ and tie the knot with Kris.

However, the reality star went on to admit that the decision may have been too rushed as she realised on their honeymoon, just days after the wedding, that the NBA player, 32, was not her Mr Right.  

Speaking of the fleeting romance, Kim admitted to host Andy Cohen that she had panicked after turning 30, when she realised her friends were all getting and married and having children.

She explained: ‘I just thought, ‘Holy s**t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together, I better get married.’ 

The following year Kim began dating long-term friend Kanye West and the rest is history…  


ALEXIS PHIFER: 2002-2008

First fiancee: A then unknown Kanye started dating model and designer Alexis in 2002

A then unknown Kanye started dating model and designer Alexis in 2002 – around the same time he met future wife Kim for the first time.

They had an on-off romance for a few years before getting engaged in 2006. However, 18 months later they called off the wedding.

Alexis told People in 2008: ‘It’s always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends

‘I wish him the best in his future and all of his endeavors. He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met.’ 

Kanye processed the break-up by working on 808s and Heartbreak – an album which would top the charts and propel him to rap superstardom.


Romance: Brooke dated Kanye for two-and-a-half years after meeting backstage at a gig in 2004 (pictured 2006)

Brooke dated Kanye for two-and-a-half years after meeting backstage at a gig in 2004 when she was working as a production assistant for MTV.   

But the couple eventually called time on their long-term romance because Brooke wasn’t comfortable with ‘sharing’ her man with other women.

She added in an interview with The Sun newspaper in 2013: ‘I was never OK being one of many — or even one of a few. 

‘Kanye was very open and honest but it ended up with me knowing too much. 

‘I don’t want to be silly and say it wasn’t cheating because I knew about it.

‘He definitely had an appreciation for the feminine form and a curiosity. 

‘As a celebrity, sex becomes cheap but his obsession with sex was more sophisticated.’

AMBER ROSE:  2008-2010 

Kanye’s most high-profile romance pre-Kimye was with model and social media star Amber Rose. Kanye is said to have spotted Amber on a video shoot for Ludacris’ 2008 single What Them Girls Like and they struck up a bond.

The beauty was by his side when he stole the mic from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs and the pair stayed together for two years.   

Kanye was bold about slamming his former girlfriend in 2015 when he said in an interview that he had to take ’30 showers’ after dating Amber.

Acrimonious split: Kanye’s most high-profile romance pre-Kimye was with model and social media star Amber Rose (pictured 2010)

He candidly confessed: ‘If Kim had dated me when I wanted, there would be no Amber Rose.’

The rapper is said to have had his eye on Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim as early as 2008, naming her his ‘girl of the week’ in early blog posts which resurfaced in October 2014.  

He added in the one-to-one: ‘It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose. I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.’   

Amber later branded Kim a ‘homewrecker’. 

In January 2012, Amber accused Kanye of cheating on her with Kim, who was then dating American footballer player Reggie Bush.

She told America’s Star magazine: ‘They were both cheating. They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other.

‘She was sending pictures, and I was like, “Kim, just stop. Don’t be that person.”‘         

In January 2016 West reignited his long war with ex-girlfriend Amber after dragging her name into a 30 tweet tirade against her then partner Wiz Khalifa.

But her revenge was rather more concise – a short, shocking and sexually explicit response that caused a collective gasp across the Internet.   

In 2020 he was also said to have called her a ‘prostitute’ at a presidential rally.   


Relationship? The star was linked to Victoria’s Secret beauty Selita Ebanks in 2010 and Chanel Iman in 2011 (right)

The star was linked to Victoria’s Secret beauty Selita Ebanks and did little to quell the rumours after casting her as the lead in his 2010 short fashion film, Runaway.

He is then said to have moved on with Pussycat Dolls star Melody Thornton but the romance fizzled out.    

Kanye continued his model dating as he was linked to fellow VS star Chanel Iman, although she denied they were ever in a relationship.

He was then seen packing on the PDA with French model Virginie Maury in France although this soon came to an end.  

KIM KARDASHIAN: 2012 – 2021

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012

 They finally got together eight years after meeting. 

In March, The rumored couple let it be known they were spending time with each other when Kim sat front row at Kanye’s runway show during Paris Fashion Week. 

The following month, after months of rumors and rumblings, Kim and Kanye made their relationship official as they held hands in New York City. 

In May they took things a step further and make their red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival during the premiere for the film Cruel Summer. 

In December, the Stronger rapper joyously reveals that his is expecting his first child with Kim during a New Year’s Eve concert in Atlantic City. 

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