Kim Kardashian & Kanye West: THE TROUBLE COUPLE LEAD MORE AND MORE SEPARATE LIVES. WHAT’S AT STAKE?
In addition to spruiking her KKW Beauty line sales and the latest SKIMS shapewear launch, Kim Kardashian took time out over the holiday period to share a few homespun highlights with her 197 million Instagram followers. Noticeably absent from any of the warm and fuzzy posts was her husband, Kanye West. “Kanye is taking time and space to work on himself and is spending a lot of his time in Wyoming,” a source close to the family shared with website Hollywood Life. “Right now, Kanye is focusing on Kanye while Kim holds down everything and keeps the kids’ lives normal.” Normal by Kardashian standards, anyway. Kim, 40, showed off her ice-skating skills and figure-hugging winterwear while spending early December in Lake Tahoe, California, with kids North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 19 months. “They all played outside and sat by the fire and roasted marshmallows,” a source told E! News of the three-day trip, which was filmed for the 20th and final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “They also went ice-skating on a private rink and enjoyed a hot chocolate bar and had a big fireworks show over the lake at night.” Putting on happy displays for their children remains a priority for the power couple who, since July, have seemed on the brink of divorce, following Kanye west ‘s ill-fated presidential bid – which Kim Kardashian has since attributed to a bipolar episode. Since then, a source tells E! News, “Kim lets Kanye go off and be who he is. It’s what it is.” If they were to call it quits, financially there’s a lot at stake. In 2020, Forbes magazine estimated Kim’s net worth to be around $1.2 billion and her husband’s at almost $1.7 billion, although the rapper himself contended the figure was more like $4.2 billion (“since no one at Forbes knows how to count,” he tweeted).
In addition to the couple’s ultra-modern LA mansion, which alone is worth $ 60 million – is their sprawling ranch in Cody, Wyoming, where Kanye, 43, is spending the bulk of his time. “It sounds like he has no plans to return to LA anytime soon, at least not full-time, but Kim is OK with that,” says the source. “He has an amazing support system around him, which does help put Kim at ease … They communicate daily and he’s in touch often on FaceTime and also on the phone with the kids.” As for any split plans, it could be all about timing. “Kim Kardashian has the whole divorce planned out,” an insider told the Page Six in September. “But she’s waiting for him to get through his latest episode.”