By Diana Dasrath and David K. Li
Kim Kardashian, who built a business empire as a reality television star, filed for divorce Friday from her husband of nearly seven years, the rapper Kanye West, appearing to end one of the entertainment world’s most famed unions.
The divorce petition was filed at the downtown offices of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, with Kardashian represented by prominent divorce attorney Laura Wasser.
The development wasn’t a surprise to reality TV fans, as the pair had been living apart, NBC’s “TODAY” show reported in January.
Kardashian disclosed over the summer that the couple had been struggling with West’s bipolar disorder.
He staged a brief but chaotic White House bid and got onto the ballot in 12 states, gaining more than 66,000 votes. That was the seventh most of any candidate, trailing Joe Biden, then-President Donald Trump and nominees from the Libertarian, Green and Alliance parties and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Kardashian, 40, and the multi-Grammy winner West, 43, tied the knot during an elaborate 2014 ceremony in Florence, Italy, about a year after her divorce from the former NBA star Kris Humphries was finalized.
For years, Kardashian has been the star of the hit E! reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and other spinoffs of the franchise, chronicling the day-to-day, often dramatic, lives of her extended, affluent Southern California family.
She’s the daughter of Kris Jenner and the late Los Angeles attorney Robert Kardashian, best known as a friend and lawyer for former football player O.J. Simpson.
Wasser could not be immediately reached for comment Friday. She’s previously represented a slew of celebrities in divorce court, including the singers Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson, the actors Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard, and the model Heidi Klum.