Kim Kardashian ‘set to divorce’ Kanye West and fight for custody of her children with troubled rap star

Kayne West and Kim Kardashian

It took two failed marriages before Kim Kardashian found the love of her life – but is it all over now?

Sources are claiming that Kim has been plotted to divorce husband Kanye West and fight for full custody of their children North and Saint.

New claims have emerged that Kim has wanted a divorce for a while, and is allegedly trying to “build a case for full custody of the kids North and Saint”, according to American magazine Us Weekly.

The magazine says Kim definitely “wants a divorce” and knows for sure she “doesn’t want to stay married to him” despite over two and a half years together as husband and wife.

With the fairy tale possibly coming to an end, we take a look back at Kim and Kanye’s love story.

From the first time they met, there was a spark between Kim and Kanye.

They were destined to end up together despite a series of relationships with other people that kept them apart for years.

Neither were superstars yet when Kim joined the R&B singer Brandy, whom she worked for as a stylist, for a recording session of a track called Talk about Our Love at the Record Plant Studio in Hollywood.

Curvaceous and stunningly beautiful, Kim immediately caught the eye of Kanye, then, in early 2004, a young producer and songwriter with one hit album to his name. He was recognised as talented but had yet to become the enigmatic and controversial figure he is today.

Kim made the tea. She was in a steady relationship with Brandy’s brother, the rapper Ray J, with whom she made the notorious sex tape, so wasn’t free to pursue Kanye even though they fancied each other. He too was in a long standing relationship.

Kanye didn’t forget Kim, however, and, glancing through a magazine, he saw a picture of her with Paris Hilton in Sydney, Australia, in 2006 that reminded him what great legs she had.

The following September they were pictured together at the opening of the Intermix boutique in West Hollywood. Kim arrived with her younger brother Rob while Kanye was with his girlfriend, designer Alexis Phifer. Kanye is in the middle of a picture taken that night with Alexis on his right arm and Kim on his left.

This was the year, 2007, that Kanye told Kim he would marry her one day.

Kim had moved on from Ray J and had begun a relationship with the famous American footballer, Reggie Bush. Many predicted they would marry but this was clearly not the right time for Kim, who threw herself into her work after Keeping Up with the Kardashians began.

She was determined that her fifteen minutes of fame would become a lifetime.

“You have to stay committed,” she said.

She wanted to be a Bond girl but instead made a badly received film called Disaster Movie which showed acting was not her forte. A stint on Dancing with the Stars ended with an early exit from the top rated show.

These disappointments didn’t matter, however, because they kept her in the public eye and exposure is the key to building a brand. And while her reality show continued to prosper so did her business empire. Kim Kardashian was the product and she sold it relentlessly to the public.

She endorsed shoes and cupcakes, made a fitness video and was paid more than £6,000 for announcing on Twitter that she liked a particular salad. As her fame grew so did the sums involved – her fee for turning up at a club grew from £12,000 to £60,000.

She had her own line of jewellery and watches and in 2010 realised a long held ambition by bringing out her perfume called Kim Kardashian, the ‘voluptuous new fragrance’.

By the end of the year, she topped the list of highest earning reality stars with earnings of $6 million (£4 million). No wonder she could afford a £3 million villa in a quiet cul-de-sac off Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills with its own waterfall in the garden.

Kanye was still around. She was the guest star in his hip-hop puppet show pilot called Alligator Boots in 2008. The X rated show was never shown on TV but Kim played a super sexy version of Princess Leia from Star Wars at Kanye’s request because he observed, “Kim Kardashian’s ass is so perfect.”

He even did his best to support her efforts to become a singer in the autumn of 2010 and was seen entering the studio in Culver City, Los Angeles, where she was recording. The resulting single Jam (Turn It Up) was not a success and Kim’s pop career was put firmly on the back burner.

By this time they were both single again. Kanye had split from his latest girlfriend, former stripper Amber Rose. She alleged that Kim had sent explicit pictures of herself to the rapper.

When asked if it was true, Kanye replied, “I wish.”

Inexplicably, when they were both unattached, they did not seize the opportunity. Out of the blue Kim began dating basketball player Kris Humphries. It was a whirlwind romance and they married in Montecito in a ceremony filmed as a two part episode for Keeping up with the Kardashians.

They were not well suited and she filed for divorce after just 72 days. Kim defended the marriage against accusations that it was a stunt for the show: “I’m a hopeless romantic! I love with all my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed into something too soon.”

By the time her acrimonious divorce was finalised twenty months later she was expecting her first baby with her true love, Kanye West. After her split from Kris, she had waited for Kanye to call but she didn’t hear from him because he was so hurt when she married someone else.

n the end she rang him up. Six weeks later they were seen in public together for the first time at a party in Beverly Hills.

She was technically still married when Kanye told the world she was pregnant at a concert in Atlantic City in December 2012. Twelve days after her divorce was finalised she gave birth, five weeks early, on 15 June 2013 to a baby girl called North, who they call Nori.

They married in Florence the following May and this time there were no cameras from E! filming the occasion.

Kim didn’t slacken as a young mother and newly married woman. She works as hard today as she did when KUWTK started ten seasons ago. She has been up for six hours by the timefilming begins at noon. She wakes at 6a.m., checks North’s baby monitor by the side of the bed and then her emails on her phone.

She and Kanye will talk about their day before she pops in to her daughter’s bedroom to say good morning. Then she is straight into her jogging gear for a run around the trails of Hidden Hills, the gated community in Los Angeles county where they now live, before a healthy breakfast prepared by their chef.

She foregoes her morning exercise if she has an early business meeting but needs to be ready for hair and makeup in the ‘glam room’ at 10.am where it takes an hour and half to fashion her into the Kim Kardashian the world knows.

She has had to take it easier as she enters the latter stages of her second pregnancy in preparation for a birth in late December. The demands of a second child seem unlikely to slow Kim down, especially as her brand continues to flourish and now, in effect, she has double the power because she is married to such a famous man. She is worth £65 million, a figure that is rising fast.

In the evening, Kim and Kanye will talk not just about their world but about the bigger things in life. As a result there is a more serious side to Kim emerging. She is prepared to speak out about the Armenian genocide or the stigma attached to mental health problems.

They support each other and she listens to his advice and, in particular, his views on fashion.

The couple has been through a tough time recently.

Kim became very reclusive after being armed at gun point in Paris and Kanye was hospitalised after suffering a break down.

They appeared to have been standing strong alongside each other throughout it all – but has it all just become a bit too much?

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