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According to several studies on celebrity relationships, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be facing a divorce very soon. Of the studies conducted on celebrity divorce, none paints a rosy picture for marriage longevity, and the odds are so stacked against Kim and Kanye that divorce in their case is nearly guaranteed. It has been proven by several surveys that celebrities have a higher divorce rate than the general population. Experts attribute this to many different factors. First, celebrities are often apart from each other for long stretches of time, which can weaken any relationship. Second, celebrities are often surrounded by adoring people and often, this can lead to the inclination that “out of sight is out of mind” as it pertains to their spouses. Third, celebrities often suffer from narcissism and thus exhibit a lack of empathy which can irreparably fracture a relationship. Needless to say, the countdown to Kim and Kanye’s divorce has already begun online.
Another indicator that Kim and Kanye’s divorce is nearly guaranteed is that Kim already has two previous divorces under her belt. Anyone thinking that “the third time is the charm” might be in for a bitter disappointment: According to studies, previous divorce is a good indicator of future divorce. In Kim’s case, it is a particularly precarious situation. People who have been divorced twice before face a staggering statistic: anywhere from 70 to 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.
It seems the factors against the success of Kim and Kanye’s marriage are insurmountable once they are stacked up. People with a friend or family member who is divorced are 75% more likely to get a divorce themselves. Kim’s parents Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian got divorced, and now Kris is separated from her current husband, Bruce Jenner. In addition, Kim’s sister Khloe is divorced from ex-husband Lamar Odom. Besides these family divorces, the list of all of Kim and Kanye’s friends who have gotten divorced would be too long to publish without the document being the length of an old fashioned encyclopedia. Therefore, the fact that a Kim and Kanye divorce is nearly guaranteed and that the countdown has begun should come as no surprise to anyone.
Believe it or not, the one factor that some might think could accurately predict divorce—a prenup—is actually not a good indicator of a marriage’s longevity or lack thereof. Kim and Kanye did indeed sign a prenup, which, surprisingly, might be the only neutral factor in determining the success or failure of their marriage.
Kim and Kanye’s divorce is nearly guaranteed and the countdown has begun for the almost certainly doomed couple. While it seems a shame and macabre to speculate on the end of their marriage so soon after they have tied the knot, it is difficult to imagine how this couple could make their union last in the face of overwhelmingly negative odds. There are many out there who are pulling for the toothsome couple, but chances are, this marriage will end in abject failure and pain for both parties. Fortunately, although the divorce may already be in the works, odds are in the couple’s favor that each will find a new partner relatively quickly.
By: Rebecca Savastio
The Marriage Foundation