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Why Kim Kardashian ‘Knows’ Her Marriage to Kanye West Is Over: Months in Counseling, a Big Fight, and More

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Last night, Page Six broke the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are close to filing for divorce. People, E!, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, and Us Weekly later published their own reports, with sources telling the outlets that Kardashian hasn’t filed yet but knows her marriage has been over for a while. The sources collectively painted a stark picture of what things are like in the Kardashian-West marriage now and why the relationship fell apart.

Here, all that has come out about why the two are separating.

Page Six spoke to multiple sources, who gave insight on why the relationship isn’t working for Kardashian or West.

Kardashian and West are separating in part because Kardashian has reached her limit with West. “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign,” one source said. “Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s–t, and she’s just had enough of it.”

West, meanwhile, has had enough of the Kardashian family and their reality show. “[He] is completely over the entire family…He wants nothing to do with them,” a second source said. That source added that he finds their show now to be “unbearable.”

TMZ revealed Kardashian and West are in counseling, with divorce very much on the table. Their issues aren’t “contentious,” but they have “a lot of differences,” from lifestyle to politics.

The outlet was told by multiple sources that Kardashian and West have been living separately “for a few months,” with West based in Wyoming and Kardashian based in Los Angeles. The outlet described their marriage as being in “deep trouble” for the second half of 2020. “Kim was ready to pull the plug on the marriage at one point, but it was when Kanye was going through a serious bipolar episode and she felt it was cruel to do it when he wasn’t well,” the outlet wrote.

The outlet also detailed why they’re having issues, describing the problems as “neither contentious nor ugly, but they do have lots of differences from lifestyle to politics. They are, however, fully aligned on parenting.” Sources emphasized to TMZ that there’s no third party.

People echoed TMZ’s report that Kardashian and West are in counseling, adding West “knows” Kardashian is “done” with the marriage. Kardashian filing for divorce “will happen eventually, but she’s waffling,” one source said.

One of People‘s sources got insight on how West is feeling about that. “She has had enough,” that source said, “and she told him that she wants some space to figure out her future.”

West is bracing for the filing, although he doesn’t know when it’ll happen, People reports. The outlet’s source said, “He’s okay. He’s sad, but okay. He knows the inevitable will happen, and he knows that it’s coming soon.”

A second source told People that they’re still trying to save their marriage, calling it “not over yet.” A third source explained, “Kim and Kanye are in counseling and exploring their options. They have been working on their marriage for a long time, but no decision has been made.”

Us Weekly reports that Kardashian and West had a big fight in December that was a final straw. More generally, a source said, Kardashian has struggled to deal with West’s “unpredictable” behavior and resistance to getting treatment for his mental health.

In the summer of 2020, Kardashian and West, who suffers from bipolar depression, had been on the cusp of divorcing and went on an emergency vacation to try to save their marriage. West had been in the midst of a manic episode leading up to that trip. During a July South Carolina campaign rally, West brought up the possibility of Kardashian divorcing him because he publicly spoke about how he and Kardashian discussed terminating her first pregnancy with North West during an anti-abortion rant.

People reported in September that West promised on that trip to take his medication. He didn’t keep his word. “He’s off his meds,” the source claimed at the time. “He promised he’d stay on them. The last time, part of his negotiation with Kim was that he’d get back on his medication and he would work very hard to control his impulses. He made a lot of promises. And now those promises are broken, less than a month later.”

Now, Us Weekly was told by a source that Kardashian is just done. “Kim is done dealing with Kanye’s unpredictable behavior, she has tried to get him into treatment for his mental health and all attempts have been unsuccessful,” the source said. “No one can tell Kanye what to do other than Kanye.” Kardashian’s friends, the source added, “are surprised she has waited this long to file for divorce.”

A source told Us in a separate article that the couple had a bad fight in December that really changed their dynamic. “They had a big fight in early December,” the source said. “Kanye blew up at Kim and she was really upset. Things between them don’t seem to have healed since that.”

A second source said that a divorce happening was “only a matter of time,” especially after his North West anti-abortion rant remarks. “She [Kardashian] didn’t just walk away,” that source said. “The comments about North and the abortion were the final confirmation. She will protect the children first, always.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in February 2020.

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E! reports that Kardashian knows her marriage is over and is just trying to make the best decision for their four children—North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm—before making her final choice and filing for divorce.

One source said, “They’ve seen each other for the sake of the kids but have been living separately. Kim knows the marriage is over. She’s known for a while.”

The source added, “It’s not about the marriage anymore, she’ll always care for Kanye but it’s over between them. Kim is only focused on what’s best for the kids. It’s a tough decision for her and she’s figuring it out.”

Entertainment Tonight reports that Kardashian and West haven’t made “much headway” in counseling after being in it for several months, and Kardashian is dedicated to ending things amicably with West if she files.

“She knows what’s best for her and their kids, so if things ended she would want them to end amicably so they can co-parent together as best as possible,” the source said. “They have been living separate lives for months, so any issues they’re having aren’t a surprise to Kim’s family or friends. Kanye has been wanting to make it work, and Kim has tried for so long.”

“Kanye and Kim have been trying to save their marriage but it’s been difficult when he acts out,” the source added. “She is focused on raising her kids and making sure they’re in a safe, stable environment. [Kardashian] has felt overwhelmed trying to take care of him too.”

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That Limitless Glow Multitasking Mask

JLo Beauty
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$48.00

Speaking of self-care…is there any stress a face mask won’t fix for even the briefest of moments? Infused with an ounce of the Glow serum and multiple antioxidants, this product combats fine lines, dryness, and 2021 spirals.

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30 Black-Owned Handbag Brands To Carry You Through 2021 and Beyond

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With 2021 trudging along the way it is, our fashion choices can and should be intentional. A handbag can be our most prized possession, a piece of art, or the everyday tote you rely on more than your BFF. The things we carry hold weight, both literally and emotionally, so make it a priority to diversify your closet. Black people matter and so do the businesses they own. We’ve rounded up 30 Black-owned handbag brands to know, support, and love. From fashion-industry favorites like Brother Vellies to indie brands you should be paying attention to, click through our gallery and remember to #BuyBlack.

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Mateo NY

We’ve sung the praises of Matthew Harris’ jewelry line Mateo before, but his expansion into handbags is not to be missed. His bags follow the same minimalist through-line of his architecturally-inspired jewelry in the form of embossed croc totes and ladylike box bags.

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Amina Iris

“Like the palm oil reds of Cameroon’s traditional Bamileke cloth, or the notable geometric shapes of Ghana’s kente, Africa’s bold history is reflected in the molds of our pieces,” Amina Iris’ landing page states. Handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal by seasoned craftsmen, this handbag line is the brainchild of designer Wilglory. Expect the unexpected with hexagon shapes, limited-edition metallic leathers, and more. If that’s not enough, you can even customize a bag to suit your tastes.

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Petit Kouraj

Fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste created Petit Kouraj—Haitian Creole for “little courage”—and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the burgeoning brand. The designer was born in London, raised by Haitian parents, and is currently based in Brooklyn, so her design sensibility pulls from all of these cities and beyond. Think elevated mesh bags, dipped in natural dyes and embellished with seashells.

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Yvonne Koné

Luxe doesn’t even begin to describe Yvonne Koné’s aesthetic. Her supple leather goods are made in Italy, inspired by Danish minimalism, and infused with colors sourced from her Ivory Coast lineage. Bonus point: Her Instagram also doubles as a serious source for interior design inspiration.

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Brandon Blackwood

Brandon Blackwood was born and bred between New York City and Tokyo, infusing his namesake label with a universal appeal. His designs vary so there’s something for everyone, but look to him if you want tight, clean, and boxy silhouettes like our favorite style, the Kuei top handle.

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AAKS

Launched in 2014 by Ghana native Akosua Afriyie-Kumi’s, AAKS is a true labor of love that offers marvelously crafted basket bags (and home goods!). These woven beauties can found in sixty stores worldwide, preserving traditional techniques while creating jobs in Africa.

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Agnes Badoo

Classically made leather goods are what you will find with Agnes Baddoo. The designer and stylist created her line with the focus on timelessness. These handbags are designed for everyday use to get you from point A to point B.

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Anima Iris

Inspired by matriarchs of her past, Anima Iris is a handbag brand crafted in Senegal. Holding to her beliefs and promises of sustainability, Anima Iris’ manufacturing process adopted a zero-waste model, which ensures no materials are wasted, so no two bags are the same.

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Asata Maisé

Every so often a brand will burst onto the scene offering a special piece of magic This is Asata Maisé, the namesake label for a young black designer who specializes in sustainability with a vintage feel via one of a kind, patchwork designs. Based in Delaware, Maisé has been designing since she was 14, and already her creations ell out like hotcakes. Consider yourself blessed if you get a hold of one of her items.

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Ashya

Pronounced “agh-shya”, ASHYA was established in 2017 by co-founders Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece. Their collection of unisex travel accessories exude the brand’s motto: “Ode To Exploration.” Ultimately, ASHYA wants you to be your best self navigating this world in chic leather waist bags and accessories.

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Brother Vellies

You might know Brother Vellies for its beautiful shoes, but the brand’s unique and stylish handbags are not to be missed. These luxury handbags are an industry favorite, crafted with the goal of continuing African design practices. Backed by Aurora James, the designer is notable for creating economic equity for Black brands with 15 Percent Pledge, an organization that pushes retailers to reserve 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses

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Cheyenne Kimora

Cheyenne Kimora is taking the term “bling bling” to the next level in 2020. The self-taught designer is based in Los Angles and established her eponymous brand in 2008. She is known for her signature crystal mini bags, but don’t sleep on her blinged out hats, durags, and more one-of-a-kind denim pieces . If you are addicted to handbags, be sure to snag one of these babies for your revered collection.

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Edas

Edas seeks to accommodate the everyday eclectic. Designed by Sade Mims, the brand’s sleek and feminine handbags standout amongst the rest.

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Haiti Design Co.

Guided by an old Haitian proverb, “men anpil, chay pa lou,” which means “many hands make the load light,” Haiti Designs Co. focuses on making a lasting impact. Rooted in sustainable effort since 2014, the brand partners with and houses production teams that work with various artisans to create their leather handbags.

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Helmer

Together, a mother and her two daughters are the force behind the handbag brand Helmer. Their vision is to bridge harmony and heritage with uniquely crafted handbags, inspired by their culture and love for travel. To dreamers everywhere, this bag is for you.

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Jumz Accessories

Caution: here’s your next bag addiction! Ethically handmade in Lagos and founded in 2018, Jumz Accessories makes contemporary woman bags inspired by African heritage. You can get it all here, from beaded clutches to woven basket bags, with most styles capping off around $100.

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KAYADUA

Ghanian Eyiwaa Agyekumhene is a designer with a purpose to honor the craftsmanship of her elders while appealing to all audiences. Each handmade piece tells a beautiful story.

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Kintu New York

Minimalist and vibrant bags for the practical shopper are what you will find by Kintu. These bags are consciously designed with vegetable tanned leather, appealing to the dynamic urban wearer.

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Love, Cortnie

A week after learning to sew, Cortnie opened up her Etsy shop. Since then, she’s created statement clutches in various colors and textiles (our current fave is lime green calf hair), as well as crossbody, waist and bucket bags. A girl’s gotta have options!

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Mifland

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Mifland Leather Goods offers leather accessories that specialize in form and function. With architecturally inspired details, each bag is thoughtfully constructed to meet all of your needs.

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Mowalola

Mowalola Ogunlesi was named design director of the upcoming Yeezy and Gap collaboration, but the designer’s own label is just as hot. Her eponymous label evokes that ’90s cool— her always-sold-out Bundle Bags are a true testament of that.

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Off-White

By now you can probably recognize an Off-White bag by its arrowed “X”, adorned binder clip, or cheeky quotation marks. In other words, an Off-White bag has become a modern classic.

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Peju Obasa

Peju Obasa’s playful bags are exactly what we need to keep us together for the rest of the 2020. Make sure you peep her Instagram page, filled with cheeky “virtual styling sessions” with the designer’s dream clients.

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ROOP

Inspired by Japanese Furoshiki bags, Roop makes the cutest bundles of joy made from deadstock fabrics. Elastic scrunchie handles makes carrying this brand so much fun.

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SHEKUDO

Made locally in Lagos, Nigeria, Shekudo focuses on making wearable art while incorporating age-old techniques. Not only do their bags make a visual statement, but the brand aims to create a global sisterhood of Shekudo wearers, empowering and celebrating women across the world.

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Telfar

Affectionately known as the Bushwick Birkin, Telfar bags are not just for you, but for everyone. Seriously, the cult following includes New York Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. These bags are hot like fire, but if you don’t believe me, check out the brand’s bag security program.

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Tongoro

Favored by celebrities like Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, and Alicia Keys, Tongoro is a brand to watch. The Senegal-based brand is known for its beautiful RTW pieces, so it’s no question that its handbags are equally exquisite.

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Vavvoune

Brooklyn based Vavvoune, pronounced vav-une, is a whole mood. Behind these leather goods is Valerie Blaise, a self-taught designer convincing us that both lavender and pea green is a neutral.

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Yaito

Paisley and the bandana print made a forceful comeback this year, and they were the source of inspiration for Yaito’s latest designs.

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Zashadu

Quiet elegance and unabashed glamour is what you will find with Zashadu handbags. Created in Lagos, Nigeria, Zashadu is redefining luxury, where traditional techniques are harnessed by artisan using locally sourced materials.

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Don’t Take Another Bubble Bath Until You Get One Of These Bath Trays

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Baths have solidified themselves as a self-care and “me time” staple. Whether you’re a simple bath bomb person or bubbles galore is more your speed, bath time always has the potential to open another dimension of relaxation. If you’re anything like me, a bath isn’t complete without a glass of wine, a candle, and if you get bored quickly, a good book, podcast, or show to binge. This is where the perfect bath caddy comes in. This handy bath accessory keeps everything in reach while you soak in relaxation. Not to mention they make your self-care Instagram post 10 times more aesthetic. Ahead, 10 bath caddy trays to take your bath time to the next level.

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The Eclectic

Me Time Bamboo Bath Tray Caddy

Umbra
urbanoutfitters.com

$49.00

This Bamboo bath caddy from Urban Outfitters is a must for anyone with eclectic decor. The unique design makes it so pretty to look at while the bamboo and stainless make it durable against mildew. The compact design allows for easy travel for maximum relaxation anywhere

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The Antique

Maison Storage Bath Caddy

Anthropologie
anthropologie.com

$148.00

Calling all antique lovers! The antique brass on this bath caddy makes it feel like a rare find. The compartments are spacious enough to hold bath salts, body scrubs, and all your other bath fixings.

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The Modern

Acrylic Bathtub Caddy, Clear Bath shelf

AHCCustomCreations
etsy.com

$139.00

If your space is filled with sleek decor, this bath caddy absolutely belongs in your bathroom. The clear acrylic surface has a cool modern look with enough space to hold just about anything you could need while in a bath.

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The Classic

Witt Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

Get ready to spend way too much time taking Instagram pictures of your bath with this caddy. This bamboo tray from Pottery Barn is simple yet so aesthetically pleasing.

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The Minimalist

Live Edge Charred Bath Caddy

If “less is more” is your style motto, this is the bath tray for you. This gorgeous bath tray brings a bit of nature into your bathroom with a charred teak wood surface. The adjustable track on the bottom also makes it customizable to any size bathtub. 

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The Multitasker

Pristine Bamboo Bath Caddy Tray for Tub

Pristine Bamboo
amazon.com

$45.99

If the idea of doing nothing isn’t relaxing for you, you need this bath tray. The multifunctional design holds so much allowing you to stay occupied with your book, candle, wine, tablet, and whatever else you may need in arms reach.

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The Rustic

Bath Caddy in Walnut, Modern Bathtub Tray

whiskyginger
etsy.com

$178.00

This bath tray is a unique blend of rustic and modern. Made to order and handcrafted from Michian walnut wood, you’ll want to have this on display in your bathroom all the time.

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The Romantic

Wardlow Bath Caddy

Rebrilliant
wayfair.com

$54.90

Never underestimate the power of a luxurious bath to bring out the sexy vibes. Whether you’re indulging in a warm soak alone or with your partner, this bath tray is the perfect accessory to hold your rose petals and chocolate. 

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The Convenient

Swivel Bath Tray

Sometimes you just need to reach basic bathroom necessities while you’re in the tub and this bath tray allows you to do just that. The small swivel design makes it so convenient and adaptable to any bathroom.

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The Functional

Expandable Bathtub Caddy

Tower
theyamazakihome.com

$25.00

This self-draining bath caddy screams functional. The variety of compartments makes it so easy to keep all your products nearby and even have your tablet or phone with you without fear of it getting wet or dropping.

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