Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting a divorce, but that doesn’t mean both of them are ready to move on from their marriage. On Wednesday, April 28, West appeared to still be wearing his wedding ring in an Instagram photo shared by DJ Khaled. “TRUE STORY: KANYE STOPPED BY MY HOUSE AT 8 AM THE OTHER DAY! I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS COMING!” Khaled captioned the image. This, of course, led fans to believe that perhaps the rapper is having a much harder time with the split than the reality star.
“It’s weird that Kanye is still rocking his wedding ring,” Instagram user @v_fontaine wrote in the comments. And although several other people seemed to agree, there were also many fans who came to the Jesus Is King rapper’s defense. “That’s what respect looks like. He ain’t no stupid dude,” @justyn_legacy wrote. “Kanye wearing his wedding ring tells me he is still committed to his wife,” someone else commented before tagging Kardashian and asking her to fight for her marriage.
As devoted fans already know, the 40-year-old KUWTK star stopped wearing her wedding ring several months ago. She first appeared without it in a series of photos from a family trip to Lake Tahoe in late December. Eagle-eyed fans also noticed that the KKW Beauty founder seemed to delete a picture without her ring that she shared on Instagram shortly before the news of their split broke. Curiosity among fans reached a fever pitch on Jan. 11 when Kim shared an Instagram post where her ring was noticeably absent.
Apart from the former couple’s ongoing ring saga, speculation that they were ending their nearly seven-year marriage began on Jan. 5, when Page Six reported that divorce was “imminent.” The outlet also noted that Kardashian hired renowned celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who previously handled her separation from her ex-husband, Kris Humphries. A month later, in February, Kardashian officially filed. “They are just not on the same page when it comes to their future as a family,” a source told People at the time. “And Kim is okay with it.”
On April 13, West officially responded to Kardashian’s divorce filing. In the document obtained by People, the musician requested joint legal and physical custody of their four children — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1 — and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. He also agreed that they do not need spousal support. His response did not appear to contradict anything that Kardashian requested in her initial paperwork, and according to TMZ, the two remain “committed to co-parenting together.” The outlet also described their split as “amicable” and reported that neither party contested the terms of their prenuptial agreement.
Despite agreeing on the terms of their divorce, the exes did encounter some bumps along the way. In March, Page Six reported that they were no longer on speaking terms and that the 43-year-old changed all of his phone numbers. Still, their main priority has been the kids. “They both agree that the less stress the kids experience, the better,” a source told People. “Kanye loves his kids. He wants them to be happy. He doesn't want to fight with Kim about anything.” But that doesn’t mean he wanted things to end this way. According to one of People’s sources, West finally “resigned to reality” when Kardashian filed the paperwork. “He knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier,” the insider said.