West alluded to divorcing the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star on July 21 in a since-deleted tweet. "I've been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf for 'prison reform,'" he wrote, regarding the time she met up with fellow rapper Meek Mill and philanthropist Clara Wu Tsai at the Waldorf Astoria restaurant in LA. In another tweet, he posted the following message: "Meek is my man and was respectful. That's my dog Kim was out of line I'm worth 5 billion dollars and more than that through Christ But ya'll ain't listen to MJ and now ya'll believe them???"
Kardashian responded by penning an open letter about West's struggles with bipolar disorder, asking the media and public for compassion for her husband and their 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," she wrote on her Instagram story on July 22, adding, "He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.... I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this."
West later apologized to Kardashian on July 25 for discussing their private family matters at his South Carolina presidential rally, tweeting, "I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me. To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me."
West and Kardashian were married in May 24, 2014, during a private reception at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. The wedding took place 11 months after Kardashian gave birth to their firstborn, North, in June 2013.
This would be Kardashian's third divorce. She was previously married to songwriter Damon Thomas and NBA player Kris Humphries.