Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are pushing back hard against divorce rumors, and now their friend Jonathan Cheban has come to their defence.
Us Weekly magazine reported yesterday that the couple were on the verge of a formal break up. The magazine alleged that they were living in separate houses and Kim was keeping their children away from their father after his hospitilization.
Us claimed to have been told by a source that Kim was staying at her mom Kris's house with the children while Kanye was living in a rental.
The magazine quoted a source as saying, “Kim really wants to protect the kids and will do everything she can to see that that happens… Kanye has not seen the kids very much since he was released and Kim does not think he should. She has no plans for them all to live together.”
Their reps moved to deny the story with alacrity, and now Cheban, a publicist, food entrepreneur and de facto Kardashian surrogate who makes frequent appearances on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has stepped in, laughing off the idea that Kim and Kanye will split in the wake of the rapper's breakdown and hospitalisation.
Cheban added in a video segment that he had been using Facetime to speak to the couple as they were 'going over some stuff.'
He also said that filming of KUWTK wil recommence next year.
Some reports had claimed that while E! had enough footage to play out the current series, a question mark was hanging over the future of the ratings-topping show.
Kim has brought her public life to a shuddering halt following her traumatic ordeal at the hands of a gang of masked raiders who tied her up in a Paris apartment and robbed her of millions of dollars of jewelry.
She has not posted on social media since the terrifying incident and production on Kim’s show has not resumed since the Oct. 3 attack.
Kanye's physician Michael Farzam has reportedly referred to his patient's breakdown, which saw him voluntarily check into UCLA hospital for psychiatric care for nine days following a 911 call by his personal trainer, as a case of 'temporary psychosis.'
There have been reports that the breakdown occurred after Kanye stopped taking prescribed medication.
He has previously rapped about psychiatric medication on his Life of Pablo album, writing, “You ain’t never seen nothing crazier than / This nigga when he off his Lexapro.”
West had been working at a frenetic pace, playing 40 dates in 86 days prior to his hospitalization, which was reportedly triggered by the anniversary of his mother’s passing. Sources said Kanye had failed to properly grieve at the time of his mother, Donda’s, death.
However TMZ is reporting today that the experience may have fired Kanye’s creative juices.
Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ the rapper has “built a temporary studio in their Bel-Air mansion so he can have the privacy he needs to get healthy, while also making new music as ideas come to him… an album's worth of material is a real possibility.”