His estranged wife Kim Kardashian was declared legally single by a judge on Wednesday.
And Kanye West seemed to be moving on from the development on Thursday when he was seen stepping out in Miami with his new girlfriend Chaney Jones.
The 44-year-old rapper and the 24-year-old model were spotted in complementary all-black ensembles a they stepped out of his hotel.
Moving on: Kanye West was spotted leaving his hotel in Miami on Thursday with his girlfriend Chaney Jones, 24, leading the way just a day after his ex Kim Kardashian was declared legally single
Chaney rocked an edgy black leather jacket with silver zippers running across her chest and an upturned collar.
She highlighted her toned legs in a skimpy pair of black shorts, and she wore her long raven locks swept back in thick waves while sporting slim black sunglasses.
Kanye looked casual in a black tank top that he tucked into his black jeans, and he also wore one of a variety of tall black rain boots that he has favored in recent weeks.
Chaney, who’s noted to be a dead ringer for Kanye’s ex Kim, has been spending time with the rapper since his split from Julia Fox.
Earlier this week, he posted a photo of himself and Chaney together, captioning it with a black heart, to which she replied in the comments, ‘My love.’
Earlier this week, the hitmaker caught up with another figure banished from the Kardashian–Jenner clan, Khloé Kardashian’s ex Tristan Thompson.
Kanye and the Chicago Bulls player were seen dining with other women on Tuesday night at the Setai Hotel, though it’s unclear if Chaney was part of the group.
Back in black: Chaney rocked an edgy black leather jacket with silver zippers running across her chest, plus tiny black shorts and slim sunglasses
The Monster rapper was back in public after he suffered a setback in his attempts to slow down his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
The day before, a judge declared the 41-year-old reality star legally single and allowed her to return to her maiden name after she had adopted West’s last name.
The legal action is called bifurcation, which Kanye had opposed.
The judge’s move to make Kim legally single also meant that he is now officially single, even as the couple are still working to finalize their divorce and to untangle their assets.
Kardashian — wearing a black blouse and styling her hair swept back — appeared via video on Wednesday at a court in downtown Los Angeles, but Kanye didn’t attend at all, as sources close to the rapper had expected.
In addition to granting Kim’s request to have her maiden name restored, Judge Steve Cochran denied West’s motion to prevent her from transferring assets out of trusts set up during the marriage.
The feuding couple, both billionaires, had their high powered attorneys in court Wednesday: Laura Wasser for Kardashian and Samantha Spector for West. Spector was only appointed last night after West fired his previous lawyer.
Monochrome: Kanye looked casual in a black tank top that he tucked into his black jeans, and he also wore one of a variety of tall black rain boots that he has favored in recent weeks
Single life: The rapper spent time with his new girlfriend after Kim was granted a bifurcation, meaning they’re both legally single even as they still work to split their assets
Judge Cochran began the hearing by asking Kardashian how her four children by the hip hop star and producer — North, eight; Saint, six; Chicago, four; and Psalm two — were doing.
‘Everybody is doing OK,’ she responded.
Asked by the judge if she was ‘showering her children with affection,’ she replied, ‘Absolutely.’
She added, ‘We’re having so much fun.’
After asking Kardashian to raise her right hand to be sworn in, Judge Cochran asked her a series of five questions:
Is everything true in your petition? ‘Yes,’ she replied.
Did you live in Los Angeles at least six months prior to filing for divorce? ‘Yes.’
Is your marriage irretrievably broken? ‘Yes.’
Will counseling save your marriage? ‘No.’
Is it your desire to be granted single status? ‘Yes.’
Going solo: Kim Kardashian, 41, attended the hearing remotely, though Kanye wasn’t present art all amid his Miami trip; seen February 24 in Milan
With a grin, the judge told Kim it was his practice to see photos of children involved in cases before his court.
But in this case, he added, he did not ask to see pictures, ‘to protect the children’s privacy. Is that OK with you?
‘Yes your honor, thank you,’ she responded with a smile.
Wasser told the court that she ‘didn’t believe there would be any disagreements’ between the celebrity couple over custody of their kids.
But she and West’s attorney, Spector, hit roadblocks on two other issues.
The first was Kanye request to prevent Kim from transferring assets out of any trust — a request Kim has fired back at due to their existing prenup, which already keeps their trusts and assets separate.
Wasser told the court today that Kim ‘uses these trusts for her business and to freeze her assets would…create problems. It would prevent her from doing business.’
Exes: The couple married in 2014 and have four children together. She filed for divorce from Kanye in 2021
The second point of dispute was West’s request for Kim to ‘waive marital privilege.’ Waiving marital privilege would means all of their communication would no longer be private and instead would be part of the court record.
Wasser branded the request ‘unprecedented’ and accused West of trying ‘to prevent or make it difficult for Ms. Kardashian to remarry’ in the future.
Judge Cochran denied West’s attempt to stop Kardashian from taking money out of her trusts and he also denied the rapper’s request for her to waive marital privilege, telling the court, ‘The law provides no support for that condition.’
The judge scheduled August 5 for a status and pretrial hearing to hear arguments from both sides about financial and child custody issues still to be settled.
Lashing out: In recent weeks West has taken to attacking her boyfriend Pete Davidson on social media. West didn’t object via his attorney, but he asked a judge to let funds meant to be split between the two go to the other partner if one of them dies, which they agreed to
Following the court appearance, Samantha Spector, the fourth divorce attorney to represent West in the proceedings, shared a statement to ‘to dispel a few mistruths.’
‘Kanye’s paperwork has always indicated that his problems with the divorce [were] only procedural,’ she claimed, before saying that her client would be providing any ‘official’ comment at that time. ‘Moreover, he was always in support of the divorce only if Kim satisfied the procedural requirements to protect rights under the [California] law — the same rights afforded to any litigant going through a divorce.’
She continued: ‘Today it was determined and addressed in court that Kim initially did not have the proper paperwork to get the bifurcation of the marital status. As mentioned in our statement yesterday, Ye is focusing his entire attention to their children.’
A source close to the rapper claimed that he also wants the divorce to proceed, though that doesn’t align with his delay tactics in court or his public statements about trying to get his wife back
She filed for divorce in February 2021 and the couple initially seemed to be on the same page, but in recent weeks West has taken to attacking her boyfriend Pete Davidson on social media.
Demands: The judge rejected his request that Kim not transfer assets held in trusts and that she waive the right to have a spouse avoid testifying about conversations with her; seen in 2020
He has also repeatedly posted text conversations that appear to be with his estranged wife, including one conversation in which she appeared to write, ‘Why can’t you keep any of our conversations private ???’
‘Cause I got a text from my favorite person in the world,’ he allegedly replied. ‘I’m your number one fan. Why wouldn’t I tell everyone!!!!’
Kardashian doesn’t appear to have any desire to slow down her divorce, but her ex has shared multiple times in public that he hopes to win her back.
West’s ex previously filed documents claiming that his recent social media posts have been riddled with ‘misinformation,’ and she claimed their attacks on her and her boyfriend Pete Davidson have caused her ’emotional distress.’
‘I believe that the court terminating our marital status will help Kanye to accept that our marital relationship is over and to move forward on a better path which will assist us in peacefully co-parenting our children,’ Kardashian wrote in documents filed on February 23, according to Rolling Stone.
West’s attorneys said Kardashian would need to prove he had personally written the posts, though they didn’t appear to explicitly deny that he had written them in their own filings.
‘Kim claims she read something online allegedly by Kanye and characterizes the posts in her declaration as misinformation. The social media posts are not attached to the declaration. Kim needed to offer the social media posts into evidence, and show that the posts were written by Kanye,’ his lawyers wrote, adding that Kardashian’s claims amount to ‘double hearsay.’
Unrelenting: Kardashian pleaded with him over text: ‘Why can’t you keep any of our conversations private ???’ and he replied: ”Cause I got a text from my favorite person in the world’
Although West’s attorneys appear to be raising doubts about whether he’s responsible for posts on his social media account, he seems to have taken steps in his posts to cast himself as their author.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, the rapper shared a photo of himself holding up a yellow notepad that read, ‘My account is not hacked,’ and the date, ‘ 2 13 22.’
The post’s caption featured the recognizable breathless all-capitals style that many of West’s recent posts have adhered to.
‘MY ACCOUNT IS NOT HACKED,’ the post repeated in the caption, before noting that West would be taking his children to Sunday Service, followed by the Super Bowl.
Sources claimed to TMZ that the musician and fashion designer has not been working closely with his legal team.
Instead, he made it clear that he didn’t want to divorce Kardashian, but left it up to his attorneys to craft a legal strategy for him, though he now seems to be back on board with a divorce.
Mixed messages: The rapper filed to have Kardashian’s complaints about his social media posts ruled inadmissible, claiming she hadn’t proved he wrote them, but he previously posted on Instagram that his account was ‘not hacked’