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Kim and Kanye: Custody Battle via Social Media

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s custody battle involving their four children has begun to heat up.  When Kim first filed for divorce early last year, both Kim and Kanye agreed that they should share joint custody of their four children.  Now, it appears the couple is a long way from agreeable terms.


It is not the first time Kanye West has taken to social media to air his grievances.  The artist often uses platforms such as Twitter and Instagram in a personal diary manner, posting entries for his millions of followers to read.  Kanye, who recently legally changed his name to Ye, shared a string of since-deleted images and messages about his fears for the safety of his daughter, North West, and allegations against Kim.  A few of the deleted messages are outlined below.

On February 4, 2022, Ye shared a screenshot of Kim and North’s viral joint TikTok account @kimandnorth.  Within the caption, Ye wrote, “SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIK TOK AGAINST MY WILL?”  A few hours later, Kim took to Instagram to share her side of the story.  Kim called Ye’s attacks “hurtful” and stated North was simply expressing her creativity.


Next, Ye began lashing out at the media, namely TMZ.  Ye claimed TMZ was publishing biased articles about him and wrote, “TMZ MY CHILDREN ARE NOT A GAME TO ME.  I NEED AN APOLOGY FOR HOW YOU TRIED TO SPIN THE NARRATIVE.  YOU ARE NOT BEING A FAIR MEDIA SOURCE, YOU ARE PICKING SIDES AGAINST THE DAD.”  As with any other divorce involving Hollywood stars, gossip columns and pop culture new outlets rush to publish stories.  With high-profile individuals like Kim and Ye, it is no surprise that articles are circulating related to their very public divorce and the status of the couple’s four children.


Then, Ye claimed Kim was making waves in their joint custody agreement.  Beside an image of him and his mother, Ye captioned, “I WANT TO BRING MY KIDS TO MY HOME TOWN OF CHICAGO TO SEE MY BASKETBALL TEAM PLAY FOR 7 THOUSAND PEOPLE AND KIM IS STOPPING THAT.  HOW IS THAT JOINT CUSTODY?”  Although the artist is known for his rants on social media platforms, some would say that posts such as this one are not helping his case when it comes to co-parenting with Kim.


By Sunday, February 6, 2022, Ye had deleted all of the aforementioned images and captions from his Instagram account.  However, although deleted, screen captures of the posts are still circulating the Internet and are very much present on social media feeds.  What are your thoughts on the situation?  Do you believe Ye is ultimately hurting his chances of successfully co-parenting with Kim?  At this point, it is clear the animosity between the two parents is not in the children’s best interest.