June 2021: A few months later, Kardashian opened up about her reasons for ending the marriage in the two-part series finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In part one, which aired on June 4, she cried to her sisters, saying, “He deserves someone that can go support his every move and go follow him all over the place and move to Wyoming. I can’t do that…. I feel like a fucking failure that it’s, like, a third fucking marriage. I feel like a fucking loser. But I can’t even think about that. I want to be happy.”
Then, in the second part of the finale, which aired on June 10, she opened up to her mom. “I just feel like I’ve worked so hard in life to achieve everything that I’ve wanted to, and I’ve lived up to my expectations and achieved 10 times more than I ever thought was humanly possible, but I don’t have a life to share that with,” she told Kris Jenner, per Us Weekly. “Like, I do — obviously my kids and everything — but am I just going to sit here and think, ‘OK, my kids fulfill me and I’m good?’”
Ultimately, she wanted something more intimate with her partner than a series of grand gestures. “After turning 40 this year, I realized like, ‘No I don’t want a husband that lives in a completely different state,’” she continued. “To me, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, that’s when we’re getting along the best,’ but then that is sad to me and that’s not what I want. I want someone that we have the same shows in common. I want someone who wants to work out with me.”
In fact, it was her sister’s relationship that opened her eyes during the pandemic. “Like, every single day Khloé and Tristan and I would work out at 6 a.m., the three of us, and I was third-wheeling it for a good eight months in quarantine and I was so envious of that,” Kardashian said. “I was like, ‘Wow, it’s, like, the little things I don’t have.’ I have all the big things. I have the extravagant everything you can possibly imagine and no one will ever do it like that — I know that and I’m grateful for those experiences — but I think I’m ready for the smaller experiences that I think will mean a lot.”
On Kanye’s 44th birthday, June 8, Kardashian posted a picture to Instagram of herself, West, and three of their children on a private plane. In the caption, she wrote, “Happy Birthday Love U for Life! 🎈” That same day West was spotted with Irina Shayk. (Here’s everything we know about that.)
August 2021: On August 26, Kardashian appeared at West’s third Donda listening event. While she had attended the first two with their children, this time sparked serious reconciliation rumors when she appeared to recreate her 2014 wedding with West in a full wedding gown and veil.
The questions surrounding their current relationship status are strengthened by reports that Kardashian is not planning to remove “West” from her legal name. However, sources tell People that the couple is not getting back together.
“The thing that’s important is it’s not at all about them getting back together or something like that,” a source told the publication. “It’s really just kind of this more holistic sense of love as a healing force.”
Previously, another source told People that they are in a solid place as business partners and friends. “Kim and Kanye have a friendly relationship. It’s always been important to Kim to have a good relationship with Kanye. They are not getting back together though,” the source said. “Kim still appreciates Kanye’s business advice and guidance. She is happy that they can hang out.”
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