Why Kanye And Kim Were Doomed From The Start

For a little under a decade, Kim Kardashian and Kanye "Ye" West were more than an "it" couple. Their relationship constantly made headlines and drew opinions from people that ranged from admiration to abhorrence. Just when you thought their 2014 marriage was the biggest story of all time, the news of their divorce eclipsed it. 

That has a lot to do with West bashing Kardashian on social media after they split in 2021. What's more, the two struck up relationships with other people, which sparked another level of chatter. Kardashian dated former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson and West has been linked to actor Julia Fox, model Chaney Jones, and model Juliana Nalú.

During the first several years of their relationship, West and Kardashian seemed like the perfect couple. But as we all know, hindsight is 20/20. Fasten your belts and hold onto the dash, because we are about to get into why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's marriage was doomed from the start.

The media was all over their union from day one

While they undoubtedly became one of the most famous couples in recent history when they went public with their relationship in 2012, it may be easy to forget just how famous Kanye "Ye" West and Kim Kardashian were before Kimye. West had already released five critically acclaimed solo albums before he dated Kardashian and was already one of the biggest celebrities in the world. Kardashian was a pretty big deal by that point, too. Not only had "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" been on the air for four years, but she'd made a name for herself as an ultra-successful businesswoman and social media personality. Unsurprisingly, when Kardashian and West got together, the media hounded them right away.

Paparazzi flocked to the couple, but it didn't always go well. In 2012, TMZ reported West tried to snatch a camera away from a photographer while he and Kardashian were leaving a restaurant, as he felt the person's line of questioning was not okay. According to the outlet, the musician, who'd clashed with the paps long before he was with Kardashian, felt paparazzi took things too far with regards to his new relationship. 

This amount of attention can put a significant strain on any relationship. As actor Ben Affleck told Howard Stern (via ET), the media frenzy was a major reason why his first engagement to Jennifer Lopez didn't work out. A lack of boundaries can derail things in a major way.

Kanye West tends to express his frustrations publicly

Kanye "Ye" West is unfiltered to a fault, someone who makes his personal matters public knowledge whenever the mood strikes. It's something that Kim Kardashian has had to deal with during their time together, especially as their relationship came to an end. Rather than handle family matters behind closed doors, it's all out in the open. In January 2022, for example, Ye publicly accused Kardashian's family of trying to keep him from daughter Chicago West's fourth birthday party.

"I done call Kim, texted nannies, I got on the phone with Tristan [Thompson]. He asked Khloé [why] won't nobody give me the address to my daughter's birthday party right now," said the rapper in a now-deleted Instagram video (via Complex). "That's gonna imprint in her mind that I wasn't there for her." As XXL reported, he doubled down on the accusation in another social media post in October of 2022. And as far as Ye posting about Kardashian on social media goes, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Years before their split, Kardashian defended Ye's lack of filter. In a 2016 interview with GQ (via People), she said, "Kanye is always so honest and speaks his mind. And you know, when we were first dating, people would always talk s*** and he always had my back." 

Kanye West kept on moving

When Kim Kardashian and Kanye "Ye" West invested big bucks in a swanky Bel-Air mansion early in their relationship, Kardashian probably thought staying settled in the Los Angeles area wouldn't be an issue. It was, however, because based on his actions, the "College Dropout" creator wanted to split his time between various states. Besides his California homes, West purchased a ranch in Wyoming, he's spent a lot of time in Hawaii recording, and bought a place in New York City. Plus, he once told his ex-wife that he wanted to move back to his hometown of Chicago permanently. In the end, it was too much for Kardashian to take.

"I honestly can't do this anymore," she said during a 2021 episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," while shedding tears. "Why am I still in this place where I'm stuck for years? Like, he goes to move to a different state every year. I have to be, like, together so I can raise the kids." She spoke more about her ex's vagabond lifestyle in the series finale of the show as well.

"Like, no. I don't want a husband that lives in a completely different state," Kardashian said in part. "That's when we're getting along the best but then that is sad to me." As for why West didn't want to reside in the Los Angeles area full-time, a Us Weekly source said he had a hard time feeling inspired there.

Kim Kardashian reportedly lacked trust

A relationship without trust is like a house without a proper foundation. As psychologist and marriage expert John Gottman once said, "Trustworthiness is number one. ... It's not being sexy or attractive, it's really being able to trust somebody." Now, while we will never know the behind-the-scenes details of Kim Kardashian and Kanye "Ye" West's marriage, there have been reports that suggest their bond lacked trust. Apparently, that lack of trust reached its inevitable tipping point. 

"There were things that happened during their marriage that Kanye has apologized about," an unnamed source told People in 2021. "It was hurtful things that made Kim upset. Kim has had some trust issues. This is partly why their marriage didn't work out."

That source's statement is fairly vague, but that "things that happened" feels a little less cryptic after listening to West's song "Hurricane." In the 2021 track, he raps, "Here I go acting too rich, here I go with a new chick / And I know what the truth is, still playing after two kids." A tipster told Page Six, "If you look closer to the lyrics, he is referring to his infidelity during his marriage with Kim, even after two kids."

Both came off high-profile relationships

Did Kanye "Ye" West and Kim Kardashian date each other too soon after coming off high-profile relationships? One could say it's not only possible, but one of the reasons their relationship was over before it began. Remember, West started dating TV host and model Amber Rose in 2008 and they split in 2010, right before he began dating Kardashian. For her part, Kardashian ended her 72-day marriage to ex-NBA player Kris Humphries in 2011.

"I called [Kanye] because I'm sure it was really hurtful that I got married and even though it's not like we communicated all the time, I knew what he was thinking," Kardashian told Access Hollywood in 2015. "So I thought he was going to call me as soon as he knew that I was single again. He didn't, and so I called him and I said, 'Hello? I thought you were at least going to call me and [say] 'I told you so.'"

On an episode of "Kocktails with Khloe," West also spoke about getting together with Kardashian after she split from Humphries and admitted that he tried to sabotage their relationship.

Kanye West wasn't into the reality show

From the start, Kanye "Ye" West wasn't interested in being on Kim Kardashian's reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," as he'd already established a name for himself as an artist. As Kardashian said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, he even told her as much. But that doesn't mean the rapper and fashion designer didn't make sporadic appearances.

"It's kind of hard not to at least reference [your relationship]," Kardashian stated. "[He was like], 'I'm not a part of the show. That's not what I do. I have my own career and life.' He'll really surprise you, though. He'll be like, 'I'm not filming' and then randomly show up. But I will get [the footage] and show him."

Kardashian also explained that if West did come on the show, he'd demand that certain cameras be used. On top of that, the California native said she was okay with sharing her feelings on the marriage but avoided talking about her ex's life specifically. She said it was her way of protecting him. Some might notice that In the beginning, as The Washington Post noted, the "Life of Pablo" artist seemed camera-shy, only making quick appearances. But that changed over the years, as he appeared to be more comfortable with being on his future ex's reality series.

They're both awfully busy people

It's safe to assume that celebrity couples are quite busy, which in the end, could put a strain on the relationship. Don't believe us? Just look at all of the A-listers who have broken up over the years due to "scheduling conflicts."

From the very beginning, Kim Kardashian and Kanye "Ye" West were pulled in various directions. West, of course, has been a famous rapper since 2004 after dropping his debut album "College Dropout." He's also worked as a music producer, gotten into the world of fashion design, and has a slew of business commitments. Kardashian also has an incredibly full plate, hustling as a media personality, entrepreneur, and law school student. "Let's say it's a school day. I'll wake the kids up at 7:05 a.m., and we'll all have breakfast together," Kardashian once told Poosh. "I'll get the kids ready and then take them to school, come back, and start my day. Usually, we're filming, and we have to get ready in hair and makeup, so I'll have glam at 9:30 a.m. and I'm ready to film by 11 a.m."

But regardless of the former couple's busy schedules, it seems they have a deep desire to keep doing normal mommy and daddy things like any other loving parent. "Nothing with my career, with this rap, with this media, with none of that, that's gonna keep me from my children. And that's what I want everybody to know," West told "Hollywood Unlocked" in 2022.

They didn't agree on the number of children they'd have

If one person in a relationship wants children but the other feels the opposite way, it can certainly end things. And a couple not agreeing on the number of kids they'll raise could also be a problem. Again, we cannot say for certain, but maybe this ended up being an issue in Kanye "Ye" West and Kim Kardashian's marriage. It turns out, the outspoken artist wanted way more children than his former spouse did, something he once talked about. "The richest thing you can have is as many children as possible ... [I would like] seven children," West revealed on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" in 2019 (via Cosmopolitan).

But on the other side of the baby spectrum stood Kardashian, who in that same year told E! News she was done having kids, as she was worried about spreading herself too thin. "Being a mom of four is definitely really hectic but it feels so complete," she explained. "I believe that everyone needs so much attention and I need to be available to give it to everyone."

Kardashian's answer may have people wondering if she and West argued about the number of children they'd have. Or, if it was a point of contention they just couldn't get around.

Kanye West took issue with Kim Kardashian's sexy image

With Kanye "Ye" West seeming to be an in-your-face type of guy who likes attention, he's probably okay with Kim Kardashian posting risqué photos, right? It's actually the opposite. "It's like half and half," Kardashian said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2018. "Because he always wants me to be me and feel confident and we're having fun, but it also bothers him."

You might recall the 2019 episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" when West disapproved of the dress that Kardashian wore to the Met Gala, deeming it too sexy. The reality star wasn't happy with her then-hubby's remarks and pretty much told him to back off. As outlets like Page Six noted, West has continued to criticize Kardashian's outfits since their split. For example, in a 2022 episode of "The Kardashians," Kardashian shared that West ripped the orange Prada jumpsuit she wore during Milan Fashion Week.

"He can't help himself," she said on the Hulu series, per People. "We can laugh about things we like or don't like. No matter how crazy things are sometimes, we're always gonna be family, and I'll text him back and be like, 'You know, you have been wearing those boots for a long time, so when you're ready to change your outfit, let me know, and then you can have advice on mine.'"