Kim Kardashian and Kanye West filed for divorce in 2021, but even before their official spilt the couple made headlines severally as controversial stories were never far from them.
Although in marriage it’s is hard to place the blame on just one partner, in this case it was obvious that West's string of erratic behavior during their union put a serious strain on their relationship, compounded by the rapper's very vocal support for former President Trump and numerous controversial remarks.
Let us consider some of these controversial moments that inadvertently led to the end of their marriage.
Kanye West is hospitalized for exhaustion
In 2016, Kanye who was reportedly acting erratically at his trainer's home was taken to UCLA Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation. A source told PEOPLE that the breakdown added to the strain on his and Kardashian's marriage, especially considering the couple was still dealing with the aftermath of Kardashian's traumatic robbery in Paris.
“Kim has had a very rough time since the robbery, said the source. "It hasn't helped that Kanye has been touring. Their lives have been quite chaotic. It's been very trying for them both and not a good recipe for a happy marriage.
Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump
Another controversy that plagued their union till their divorce was Kanye’s love for former president Donald Trump and in 2016, West's meeting with him put even more strain on his marriage with Kardashian, but their inner circle encouraged them to work through their issues.
Lots of couples have political differences; that's not a deal breaker. They're dealing with much more important things than who each of them supported for President, a source told PEOPLE.
We're telling them to hold on, to get through this, added the source, who also said that Kardashian had no imminent plans to file for divorce. They both need to understand that adversity is what will make them stronger as a couple.
Kanye’s scary statement about slavery
In 2018, the couple made headlines again when Kanye made the controversial statement that slavery was a choice.
A source told a publication, The turning point in Kim and Kanye's marriage was when he said that slavery was a choice.
They went through a really rough patch in the aftermath of that. Kim was completely mortified by Kanye's ridiculous and outrageous comments, the source added saying that it took a lot for them to move past it, but they were able to eventually.
Kim Reveals Kanye’s Illness
After years of coming under fire for remarks made by her husband, Kardashian publicly spoke about West's bipolar diagnosis in 2020, asking the public for compassion and empathy as they worked through their struggles as a family.
I've never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye's right to privacy when it comes to his health, Kardashian wrote on Instagram. ... I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. She wrote in a statement. However, this blew up in her face as Kanye felt it wasn’t in her right to make excuses for him.
Kanye Reveals Kim’s intended Abortion
The statement that broke the camel’s back was when Kanye started sharing details of their personal life with the media.
In an interview, Kanye revealed that he and Kim had discussed aborting their child North and this news made Kim very sad as was worried about what North would think the day when she grows up and reads it.