Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced.
This is only interesting to the extent that fans of the reality TV queen firmly assumed that this decision would only be announced in the series finale of her show "Keeping up with the Kardashians" - as a big show exit, so to speak.
However, the AP news agency reported that Kim Kardashian had filed for divorce papers in Los Angeles.
The rumors of a separation between the two had been brewing for a long time.
So the divorce of the two staging superstars is not a surprise - but it is still thought-provoking.
Because once again a love comes to an end that has been publicly staged for years, whose ups and downs have been turned into show gold.
Kim and Kanye have shaped the "power couple" term in recent years with their considerable influence on pop culture: Both had their own careers, trumped each other on the celebrity scale, but they were always united in the common ultra-clean athleisure aesthetic, which has been imitated all over the world.
And when Kanye West announced that they were going to run for the US presidential election, they were only too keen to introduce themselves as first lady.
Now the marriage ends after seven years after the over-the-top wedding with bachelorette party at Versailles Palace.
The couple has four children together.
What exactly was going on in the marriage, why it didn't work out with the two in the end, is not even worth speculating about at the moment;
the drama will certainly still be negotiated on TV, at least from Kim Kardashian's perspective, when she and her clan say goodbye to the television screen after 14 reality TV careers this year.
The conclusion from the whole matter is rather, once again, that even the most privileged life does not guarantee the happiness of love.
Even in a cool, luxury, monastery atmosphere, such as that created by interior designer Axel Vervoordt for the couple in their property in a suburb of Los Angeles, there can be arguments, dissatisfaction and all kinds of problems.
And that is banal, sad and comforting at the same time.
Why is not only the relationship but also the separation a staging for celebrities? We discussed this question in the podcast THE REAL WORD:
Why is not only the relationship but also the separation a staging for celebrities?
We discussed this question in the podcast THE REAL WORD:
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