For months, speculation has been brewing that the final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will feature the Kimye marriage demise, and it's true. We're only on the second episode of the long-running reality show and there are already clear indications of trouble for the couple’s marriage. The show’s slow trickle of information surrounding the lead up to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's divorce will certainly keep myself and other fans riveted for quite some time.
During the March 25 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, fans got their first look into Kim Kardashian's past stressful year in her marriage to Kanye West. She clearly wanted to keep it as under wraps as possible, even from the show's production crew, as she shut down most discussions of West on camera. The SKIMS entrepreneur did hint, however, that West’s social media posts from last year were causing the problems. She said,
One can only assume that the social media posts in question are from when Kanye West seemed to accuse Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner of being white supremacists. He even equated Jenner at one point to Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator, and said the movie Get Out was about him – referring to the movie's plot of a black man entrapped by a white family. West also accused Kardashian of wanting to get him a doctor and “lock him up.”
From the footage shown in the latest episode, though, it's clear Kim Kardashian was still fighting for her marriage in those early days. The mic caught Kardashian talking on the phone with what sounds like someone from Kanye West's camp in Wyoming and she sounded desperate for contact. She told them,
Kim Kardashian alludes to Kanye West's needy tendencies in the phone call but stated by the end of the episode that she was going to Wyoming to sort things out with him. Yet her family and friends around her clearly could see the problems, with Kris Jenner even saying out loud that Kim was “struggling a bit.” But according to Kardashian, “Being with Kanye, you have to grow a thick skin.”
This is only Episode 2. I wonder if Kim Kardashian will be able to maintain this herculean composure and mindset when the timeline finally catches up with Kanye West's campaign trail speech, where he claimed that Kardashian wanted to abort their eldest daughter, North. At the time, Kardashian urged the public to be understanding of West's bipolar disorder, but whether that was her initial reaction remains to be seen.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians is doing a clever edit of the family dynamics for this last season. The unspoken words and deft parallels between the couples makes one curious if there are hidden meanings being conveyed. When Kim Kardashian advises Tristan Thompson, “You don’t want to be this kept secret,” is she referring to herself and Kanye West’s divorce? Tune in to E! to find out more Kardashian bread crumbs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET!
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