Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at an award show in 2019. AFP
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Is the end of the road nigh for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, one of the most high-profile celebrity couples on the planet?
The self-styled high priestess of high-end living, Kim Kardashian, whose popularity has hit the stratosphere thanks to the TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Kanye West have been living separately. For the past few months West, 43, has been living in Wyoming while Kardashian West, 40, and their four children stayed in California, a source said on Tuesday.
The mega-celebrity couple, who married in a lavish ceremony in Italy in May 2014, have been repeatedly dogged by gossip that their marriage was on the rocks.
The couple were going through counselling dealing with "regular relationship issues" and no one else was involved, the source said.
"Kanye loves his extended family. They are super close. They have been going to therapy. They are working on their marriage," the source told NBC News.
They had discussed divorce, but Kardashian West had not filed for divorce. "They are working through it... (and) trying to work through things," the source said.
People magazine, Page Six and other celebrity gossip outlets, however, said Kardashian West was preparing to file for divorce, according to Agence France-Presse.
West has opened up about his struggles with bipolar disorder.
In July last year the mercurial entertainment mogul launched a bid for the US presidency with a rambling speech that saw him rant incoherently, reveal he had wanted to abort his daughter, and break down in tears.
He also posted a series of tweets, later deleted, that accused his wife and mother-in-law of trying to lock him up, and suggested he was seeking a divorce.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children.
Kardashian West called on the media and public to show "compassion and empathy" following her husband's erratic behaviour.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterised by extreme mood swings.
Patients experience both mania, where they feel euphoric and often act recklessly, and bouts of severe depression that can leave them unable to function and fixated on suicide.
"Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor," Kardashian West said in her lengthy Instagram post in July.
"People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try."
Kardashian West has a huge following on social media, but her husband has been absent from her posts in recent weeks.
The couple have four children: seven-year-old daughter North, son Saint, five, daughter Chicago, two, and 19-month old son Psalm.
It is the first marriage for West and the third for Kardashian West, who came to fame with the US reality TV series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" which followed the lives of her family in Los Angeles.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians will reportedly end this year.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star filed the papers in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday through her lawyer Laura Wasser, according to TMZ, which reports that Kardashian is asking for “joint legal and physical custody” of the couple’s four children.
"Kim is getting stir crazy, as she's used to being on the go. It's also a lot of time alone with the kids for her. She is frustrated with Kanye and thinks he's not pulling his weight in family responsibilities.
Kanye West's tweet came after an earlier bizarre outpour as well where he alleged that his wife was trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, comparing himself to Nelson Mandela and suggesting the movie "Get Out" was based on his own life.
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