Is Kim Kardashian manipulating Kanye West into filing for divorce first?

There were jokes going around that Kris Jenner had a hand in organizing the January 6th insurrection as a way to draw attention away from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s incipient divorce. What’s even funnier is that I actually think Kim is really mad that so many other stories are pulling focus away from her marriage drama. She keeps leaking sh-t to People Magazine to remind people about it. It’s like she’s screaming “don’t forget about MY melodrama!” I mean, I’m on Kim’s side about the divorce, but yeesh. It’s strange to see Kim performing this indecisive Hamlet act every week in People Magazine, but I have a new theory about why she’s doing it: I’m starting to wonder if Kim wants Kanye to be the one to file for divorce. This piece is what convinced me:

An official split between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West may be fast-approaching, a source tells PEOPLE. According to the source, the stars, who tied the knot in May 2014, have “completely” stopped going to marriage counseling. A separate insider told PEOPLE earlier this month that the couple was in marital therapy in an effort to salvage their fractured relationship.

“He is talking to divorce lawyers this week,” the source adds of the 43-year-old Grammy winner.

Reps for Kardashian and West did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. The news comes less than two weeks after multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 40, plans to file for divorce from West and has been working with high-profile divorce attorney Laura Wasser.

“They are just not on the same page when it comes to their future as a family,” one insider told PEOPLE. “And Kim is okay with it.”

Kardashian and West share daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and Psalm, who turns 2 in May. As the reality star works towards her law degree and continues to fight for criminal justice reform, she wants to keep her focus on her children and her career. “Kim knows what she wants to do with her life,” said the insider. “She wants to keep living in L.A., create the best life for the kids and focus on her work passions.”

According to sources, following nearly seven years of marriage, Kardashian feels her future doesn’t align with West’s, especially following his 2020 presidential run and controversial Twitter rants. “Kim has become more independent and has lost patience with his antics, rants, the presidential campaign and tweets,” a TV industry source said. “The love story between Kim and Kanye has been over for a long time. They adored each other but have too many differences.”

[From People]

We’ve heard for weeks from Page Six and People’s sources that Kim has hired Laura Wasser and that she already has plans for everything, from splitting up finances and real estate to what will probably be a custody battle. So… why hasn’t Kim filed yet? Is it because she was waiting for Kanye to come to Jesus, realize that their marriage is beyond repair, hire his own lawyer and file for divorce? It would make some kind of sense, especially because I believe Kim has avoided filing for divorce because she was worried she might trigger another manic episode for Kanye. Manipulating Kanye into thinking the divorce is his idea might solve some of that.

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