On Friday, Feb. 19, Kim Kardashian made the decision to file for divorce from Kanye West after six years of marriage.
“She tried to give it a chance,” a source shared with E! News. “She wanted to do this last year. She gave it plenty of time, but it’s just time to move on. There were no affairs. No one did anything bad. They grew apart.”
Although the couple faced their fair share of headlines in recent months regarding the status of their marriage, Kim and Kanye also experienced plenty of happy memories in their love story.
In fact, fans won’t soon forget some of the lavish gifts the Grammy winner gifted the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star throughout their highly publicized relationship.
A 15-carat engagement ring designed by Lorraine Schwartz? Check! A $1 million donation to various prison reform organizations? Absolutely. And don’t get us started on Kanye’s Valentine’s Day surprise with the one and only Kenny G.
Reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from her rapper husband Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage and months of rumours that their relationship had broken down.
Representatives for Los Angeles Superior Court and for Kardashian, 40, on Friday said she had filed the divorce papers.
Celebrity website TMZ cited unidentified sources as saying the split was amicable and Kardashian had asked for joint custody of the couple’s four children. The grounds for the divorce were not immediately known.
Representatives for West did not immediately return a request for comment, but a source close to the Jesus Walks rapper told People magazine he was “resigned to reality”. “This is a sombre day for him,” the source said.
The filing follows months of leaks and reports that the marriage between the two celebrities was on the rocks.
Kardashian, who made her name in the reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, married West, 43, in May 2014, making them one of the most talked about celebrity couples in Hollywood and popularly known as Kimye.
The couple’s already unconventional relationship became strained last year when West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, ran an unsuccessful campaign marked by erratic statements to be elected US president under his self-styled Birthday Party.
Kardashian in July released a statement urging compassion for West’s mental heath struggles after he swiftly deleted a tweet in which he said he had been trying to divorce her for months.
The couple appeared to grow further apart with the 21-time Grammy winner spending most of his time at his ranch in Wyoming and Kardashian remaining in their Calabasas mansion outside Los Angeles.
Kardashian and West are reported to be billionaires. West made his money through his music as well as his Yeezy fashion and sneaker line.
Kardashian, who is training to be a social justice lawyer, made her money through her TV series, as a social media influencer, and by developing a lucrative line of cosmetics and foundation garments.
TMZ reported the couple had a prenuptial agreement and discussions on a property settlement were well advanced.
The wedding was the first for West and the third for Kardashian after she had brief marriages with basketball player Kris Humphries and music producer Damon Thomas.
The divorce papers were filed a month before the March 18 premiere of the final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which is expected to chronicle the recent rift in the couple’s relationship.
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Larsa Pippen has hit back after she was criticised for dating a married man.
Kim Kardashian’s former BFF has defended her relationship with NBA star Malik Beasley, insisting that he had separated from his wife Montana Yao when they started dating.
The jewellery entrepreneur, 46, who has split from her NBA husband Scottie Pippen, was furious when she was labelled a “homewrecker”.
And she said that anybody would have known she had done nothing wrong if they’d “spent a minute Googling their situation”.
The mum-of-four told Hollywood Unlocked: “We had spoken about it. It wasn’t a secret. I know a lot of people that are married and exiting. I’ve played that part. So for me, if you’re not being shady and you’re telling me all your stuff, I’m going to believe you.
“A lot of people are not happy in their situations and they don’t want to jump ship until they see someone they like.”
However, Larsa says she does regret the way her relationship with the Minnesota Timberwolves star became public knowledge.
They were pictured holding hands and Montana, who shares a one-year-old son with the athlete, quickly filed for divorce, claiming she was blindsided.
Larsa said: “I feel like I wished that wouldn’t have happened. What’s the point of that, taking a beating over a guy I just started talking to? It was stupid.”
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“I just feel like I need to do a better job of not being public with my situation. I wasn’t trying to be public with this situation, but it just went and happened that way.”
Larsa said she doesn’t believe she’s the cause of Malik’s divorce, and that she Googled him when they first met and found out that he had separated from his wife.
She said they had “issues” that were nothing to do with her.
Larsa was famously best friends with Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim for more than 10 years before they had a mysterious falling out.
It happened around the time of Kanye’s ill-fated and controversial Presidential rally.
After being Kim’s closest confident for more a decade, it was said the star was worried about her secrets being spilled, especially after hearing Larsa was being offered her own show within days of the announcement that Keeping Up With The Kardashians would be ending.
A source told Closer magazine: “Kim heard Larsa was in talks for her own reality show just days after they decided to end theirs. Kim’s upset about it because if Larsa becomes a global superstar, there’s a huge possibility she could eclipse Kim, stealing her fans and her business empire.”
Kim and Larsa unfollowed each other on social media around the time of Kanye’s public meltdown and have remained distanced from each other ever since.
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No one should ever expect to pull a fast one on Kim Kardashian.
Beauty influencer James Charles posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday, Feb. 3 of himself using FaceTime to call a number of his well-known acquaintances for the “I’m Busy” challenge that has been going viral on TikTok lately. Kim was among those he contacted, but she was the only one to shoot him down before he could even ask if he could call her back, per the challenge.
“What TikTok scam are you doing right now?” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star abruptly wanted to know.
“No!” James replied, realizing he’d been caught red-handed. “You’re so annoying!”
Among the other stars to get a FaceTime call was Kris Jenner. James asked her, “Hey, mama, I’m actually busy right now, can I call you back a little later?”
First, a confused Kris asked him to repeat himself, and then she said incredulously, “You’re busy?” Frankly, we’re surprised he could even get away with calling her “mama.”
A man accused of brokering deals for North Korea, including missiles, has alleged he had connections to the country’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, a Sydney court has heard.
Chan Han Choi is accused of brokering transactions for missiles, coal and petrol
His defence lawyer said it was all “just talk and hot air”
The Australian citizen is alleged to have “extensive” connections to North Korea
Chan Han Choi has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including contravening United Nations sanctions and providing services to assist a weapons of mass destruction program.
The 62-year-old was born in South Korea, arrived in Australia in 1987 and became a citizen in 2000, the NSW Supreme Court heard today.
For about four months before his arrest in the Sydney suburb of Eastwood in December 2017, he was allegedly involved in brokering five transactions, including for coal, petrol and missiles.
The alleged transactions were both from and to North Korea.
Crown Prosecutor Jennifer Single SC told jurors there would be no eye witnesses, but rather the case would rely on documents, emails, intercepted phone calls and experts.
Ms Single foreshadowed evidence of Mr Choi alleging “connections” to Kim Jong-un.
“The accused has travelled to North Korea on at least seven occasions,” Ms Single said.
Despite his South Korean origin, Mr Choi had “extensive connections” to the country, she said.
“He has had a North Korean bank account … he regularly communicates with people who, on the Crown case, are from North Korea.”
Ms Single told jurors none of the alleged transactions were successful, but the fact that Mr Choi had “pulled the plug” before they succeeded was not relevant.
“That does not matter, on the Crown’s case,” she said.
“What is important is the accused’s role in terms of those transactions and whether you are satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that he was involved in brokering those transactions.”
The court heard there will be references in communication to “pine trees” and “the nursery” which the Crown alleges were coded language for missile technologies.
Defence barrister Robert Webb said his client held himself out to be a civil engineer but his communications amounted to nothing more than “just talk and hot air”.
He urged the jury to approach the case with an open mind and said some key matters that were in dispute included the question of intent.
“As the burden of proof is on the Crown, really the question is not ‘what on earth was he doing or trying to do’, but rather ‘did he intend to provide the prohibited or sanctioned services’,” Mr Webb said.
The trial, before Justice Christine Adamson, continues.
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SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been elected as general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, state media KCNA said on Monday (Jan 11), taking over the title from his late father in a largely symbolic move seen aimed at further cementing his power.
The election took place on Sunday during the party’s ongoing multi-year congress, designed for Kim to map out blueprints for his diplomatic, military and economic policy over the next five years and make key personnel decisions.
The congress “fully approved” a proposal for promoting Kim to general secretary of the party, KCNA said, calling the position “head of the revolution and centre of guidance and unity.”
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Kim has wielded almost absolute power in dynastically ruled North Korea since taking over following the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011. In 2012, the party named Kim Jong Il “eternal general secretary” and Kim Jong Un “the first secretary” at a conference.
The party also held elections for its Central Committee, a key governing body that includes the powerful politburo, KCNA said.
Kim Yo Jong, the young leader’s sister and senior party official who had previously been a candidate member of the politburo, was not on the list, confounding widespread expectations from observers of the reclusive regime.
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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, vowed to advance his country’s nuclear capabilities, declaring that it will build land- and submarine-launched solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as making its nuclear missiles smaller, lighter and more precise, the North’s state media reported on Saturday.
Mr. Kim’s declaration comes as President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. prepares to take office, succeeding President Trump. Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump met three times, but their meetings failed to produce a breakthrough in either ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program or lifting devastating sanctions the United Nations has imposed on the country for its weapons activities.
But despite his pledge to advance his country’s arsenal, Mr. Kim, speaking to the congress of his ruling Workers’ Party, said he did “not rule out diplomacy.” He said his effort to strengthen his country’s weapons capability was designed to gain leverage in dealing with Washington and its allies in order to “drive diplomacy in the right direction and guarantee its success” in achieving “peace” on the Korean Peninsula.
He said he would adjust his policy according to that of the incoming Biden administration, “responding to force with force, and to good will with good will.”
“Our external political activities must focus on controlling and subjugating the United States, our archenemy and the biggest stumbling block to the development of our revolution,” Mr. Kim said. “No matter who takes power in the United States, its true nature and its policy toward our country will never change.”
Mr. Kim’s comments, carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency early Saturday, marked his first official reaction to the election of Mr. Biden to replace Mr. Trump.
Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump started their relationship with a blistering exchange of personal insults and threats, including Mr. Trump’s warning of “fire and fury.” Then they made a dramatic switch to diplomacy, meeting in Singapore in 2018 in the first-ever summit meeting between the two nations. Mr. Trump later said he “fell in love” with the North Korean dictator, who once called him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
During his report to the party congress, Mr. Kim laid out plans for making his nuclear weapons “small and light,” as well as continuing to build “super-large nuclear warheads,” the North Korean news agency said.
He also ordered his country to improve the precision of its intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as to develop long-range solid-fuel ballistic missiles to be launched from land and submarines. And he instructed his military to build a nuclear-powered submarine.
Solid-fuel and submarine-launched missiles are considered harder to detect for pre-emptive strikes, and North Korea has conducted numerous tests in recent years in an attempt to convert many of its shorter-range missiles from liquid to solid fuel.
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It remains unclear how fast North Korea can achieve the ambitious weapons-development goals Mr. Kim has set.
When North Korea test-launched the Hwasong-15 in late 2017, it claimed the missile could reach any part of the continental United States carrying a nuclear warhead. Although North Korea flight-tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles, all in 2017, it has yet to demonstrate whether it has the technology needed to protect a nuclear warhead during atmospheric re-entry and deliver the weapon to its target.
The party congress, the biggest political event in North Korea, was being closely watched by outside analysts for clues to how Mr. Kim may calibrate his policy toward Washington under the Biden administration.
Since his diplomacy with Mr. Trump collapsed, Mr. Kim has refrained from resuming nuclear or long-range missile tests. He appeared to wait out the November election in the United States, deciding not to provoke Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly touted his special “personal relationship” with the North Korean dictator.
But the display of a new and larger I.C.B.M. during a nighttime military parade in Pyongyang in October also was designed to demonstrate the North’s growing military threat and press whoever won the United States election to make concessions to North Korea, analysts said.
Mr. Kim convened this week’s party congress amid mounting challenges at home.
When North Korea held its last party congress, in 2016, it was the first such gathering in 36 years and was Mr. Kim’s major coming-out event as leader. There, he adopted his ambitious five-year goals, promising to build a “great socialist country” by 2020 that would have both a nuclear arsenal and a growing economy.
Things have not transpired as Mr. Kim had hoped.
Since taking over his country following the 2011 death of his father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, Mr. Kim has accelerated his country’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
But the United Nations Security Council responded by imposing devastating sanctions, which caused its exports to plummet.
In his New Year’s message 12 months ago, Mr. Kim sounded defiant, saying his country would slog through the sanctions and build a “self-reliant” economy, even if that meant that his long-suffering people would have to “tighten our belts” again.
Soon afterward, however, North Korea was hit by the pandemic, which forced the country to close borders with China, its primary trading partner. Then came extensive flood damage.
When Mr. Kim opened the party congress on Tuesday, he conceded that his efforts to rebuild the country’s moribund economy had failed.
“Our five-year economic development plan has fallen greatly short of its goals in almost all sectors,” Mr. Kim said, as the country struggled with “a series of the worst of worst unprecedented crises.”
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Kim Jong Un has threatened to expand North Korea’s arsenal of nuclear weapons and develop more sophisticated atomic weapons systems unless the US ends what he calls its “hostility” to his regime.
The North Koreanleaderordered officials to develop missiles with multiple warheads, underwater-launched nuclear missiles, spy satellites and nuclear-powered submarines, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
Speaking at a party congress on Friday, he said thekey to establishing new relations between his country and the US is “whether the United States withdraws its hostile policy”.
In what appears to be an attempt to put pressure on the incoming Biden administration, he said North Korea must further strengthen its military and nuclear capability to guard against the threat of a US invasion.
Mr Kim said he was not advocating a pre-emptive strike and would not use the weapons unless his country was itself threatened with nuclear attack.
The directive came on the fourth day of his country’s first ruling party congress in five years.
He also called the US the “biggest enemy” of North Korea and said Washington’s hostile policy toward Pyongyang would not change regardless of who occupies the White House, KCNA said.
Mr Biden, who is to take office later this month, called Mr Kim a “thug” during the presidential election campaign and said the “days of cozying up to dictators are over”.
Last year, North Korea called Mr Biden a “rabid dog” that needed to be “beaten to death with a stick.”
Mr Biden said in October he would only meet Mr Kim if he decommissioned his nuclear weapons, saying “the Korean peninsula should be a nuclear-free zone”.
Nuclear diplomacy between North Korea and the US has largely stalled since the breakdown of a second summit between the Mr Kim and outgoing President Donald Trump in February 2019 in Vietnam.
After the failed Hanoi summit, North Korea carried out several short-range missile and other weapons tests.
The two countries have since been in a face-off over the next steps in their negotiations, with North Korea refusing to disarm in return for a reprieve on its sanctions – dashing hopes of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.
Last January, Mr Kim accused the US of dragging its feet in nuclear negotiations and said his country will continue developing nuclear programmes and introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his economic development plans have failed as he opened the nation’s first full ruling party congress in five years, according to state media.
Mr Kim said that “almost all sectors fell a long way short of the set objectives” under a previous five-year development plan
He made the comments at a national congress designed to help him show a worried nation that he’s firmly in control
Last year, Mr Kim acknowledged economic “shortcomings” caused by “unexpected and inevitable challenges”
Mr Kim said that “almost all sectors fell a long way short of the set objectives” under a previous five-year development plan established at the 2016 congress, reports the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“We should further promote and expand the victories and successes we have gained at the cost of sweat and blood, and prevent the painful lessons from being repeated,” Mr Kim is quoted as saying.
The Workers’ Party Congress — one of the country’s biggest propaganda spectacles — is designed to help Mr Kim show a worried nation that he’s firmly in control and to boost unity behind his leadership in the face of COVID-19 and other growing economic challenges.
But some observers are sceptical that the stage-managed congress will find any fundamental solutions to North Korea’s difficulties, many of which stem from decades of economic mismanagement and Mr Kim’s headlong pursuit of expensive nuclear weapons meant to target the US mainland.
Mr Kim, 36, is holding the congress, which is expected to last a few days, amid what may be the toughest challenge of his nine-year rule and what he has called “multiple crises.”
The authoritarian nation is one of the poorest countries in Asia.
North Korea’s already besieged economy is being hammered by pandemic-related border closings with China, the North’s major economic lifeline, the fallout from a series of natural disasters last summer and persistent US-led sanctions over its nuclear program.
US president-elect Joe Biden, who takes office later this month, will likely maintain the sanctions and avoid any direct meeting with Mr Kim until North Korea takes significant steps toward denuclearisation.
The congress met in Pyongyang to determine “a fresh line of struggle and strategic and tactical policies,” with thousands of delegates and observers in attendance, KCNA reported.
In his speech, Mr Kim described the present difficulties facing his government as “the worst-ever” and “unprecedented”, according to KCNA.
Mr Kim called for a new five-year plan and reviewed the present status of North Korea’s metal, chemical, electric and other key industries and set unspecified tasks for future development, KCNA said.
It’s not the first time Kim has been candid about flawed systems and policies.
Also last year, he said North Korea lacks modern medical facilities and that anti-disaster conditions in coastal areas is “poor.”
Few experts doubt Mr Kim’s grip on power. But a prolonged coronavirus-related lockdown may be further destabilising food and foreign exchange markets and aggravating livelihoods in North Korea.
That could possibly lessen Mr Kim’s authority, some observers say.
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said that “the fundamental problem” is that “Kim wants regime-sustaining economic growth while retaining nuclear weapons.”
“Pyongyang is thus likely to demand sanctions relief for merely reducing tensions rather than making progress on denuclearisation,” he said.
US-led sanctions toughened after Mr Kim’s unusually aggressive run of nuclear and missile tests in 2016 and 2017.
They maintain a ban on major export items such as coal, textiles and seafood.
Nevertheless, Mr Kim has still repeatedly pushed for an expansion of his nuclear arsenal to cope with what he calls US hostility.
After the year-long closure of its border with China, bilateral trade volume plummeted by about 80 per cent in the first 11 months of last year, said analyst Song Jaeguk at Seoul’s IBK Economic Research Institute.
North Korea’s GDP was estimated to have contracted by 9.3 per cent in 2020, he said.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has admitted his economic development plans for the country are a failure.
In his opening speech to the congress of the Workers’ Party, Mr Kim confessed his five-year finance programme had failed to achieve its goals “in almost all areas to a great extent”.
According to the country’s official Korean Central News Agency, he described the difficulties facing his government as “the worst-ever” and “unprecedented”.
Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event
The five-year plan was established at the 2016 congress but following its collapse, the leader has now called for a replacement, as well as a review of North Korea’s metal, chemical, electric and other key industries.
Authoritarian North Korea is one of the poorest countries in Asia, and the already-besieged economy is being hammered by pandemic-related border closings with China, the North’s major economic lifeline, the fallout from a series of natural disasters last summer and persistent US-led sanctions over their nuclear programme.
Mr Kim appealed to the congress: “We should further promote and expand the successes and victories that we’ve achieved through our painstaking efforts but prevent us from having the painful lessons again.”
The Workers’ Party Congress, one of the North’s biggest propaganda spectacles, is meant to help Mr Kim show a worried nation that he’s firmly in control and to boost unity behind his leadership in the face of COVID-19 and other growing economic challenges.
It is thought a prolonged coronavirus-related lockdown may be further destabilizing food and foreign exchange markets and aggravating livelihoods in North Korea.
But some critics are sceptical that the stage-managed congress will find any fundamental solutions to North Korea’s difficulties, many of which stem from decades of economic mismanagement and Mr Kim’s headlong pursuit of expensive nuclear weapons meant to target the US mainland.
US-led sanctions against North Korea toughened after Mr Kim’s unusually aggressive run of nuclear and missile tests in 2016 and 2017.
Nevertheless, he has still repeatedly pushed for an expansion of his nuclear arsenal to cope with what he calls US hostility.
Mr Kim entered talks with President Donald Trump in 2018, but their diplomacy has been deadlocked for about two years because of wrangling over the sanctions.
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