We don’t know what’s harder to believe – the fact that Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kanye West actually lasted six years, or that it’s really the end of an era that entertained, amused and often shocked us. (We still have nightmares about the “pregnant couch dress” at the 2013 Met Gala.) According to Page Six, Kanye’s outrageous behaviour in the past year, which included an unsuccessful presidential run , public meltdowns and addressing family matters on social media , may have influenced Kim’s widely rumoured decision to end their marriage as the new year kicks off. The best Twitter reactions to Kimye’s divorce rumours Whatever the reasons, there’s no doubt that Kim’s life was drastically changed when she married the era-defining musician and entrepreneur. As they apparently prepare to go their separate ways, here’s how Kim’s reality flipped after becoming Mrs West, from an expanding family to building on their empire. Her adorable family The couple have four children together. Daughters North (aged seven) and Chicago (two) along with sons Saint (five) and Psalm (one) have all reportedly been living with Kim in Los Angeles while Kanye has been at his Wyoming ranch . After the birth of her second child, Kim was advised by doctors not to get pregnant again because of complications. She turned to a surrogate to have Chicago and Psalm, completing the Kardashian-West brood. A high fashion makeover Back in the day Kim was famous for many (er, many) things, but fashion wasn’t anywhere near the top of that list – until Kanye came along. “I always ask his opinion on everything and he always helps me put together my looks,” she explained at the time. Since then, Kim has become something of a fashion icon gracing the pages of the world’s top style bibles. “I really think that my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything,” Kim told CNN Style in 2016. “I mean, back in the day I thought I had the best style. I look back at outfits and I’m, like, mortified.” Kim Kardashian’s 10 most striking looks ahead of her 40th birthday A-list friends Let’s be honest: when Kim infamously married American basketball player Kris Humphries during a televised E! Special in 2011 – a union that would last just 72 days – it was a tabloid dream with a guest list that included the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne and Eva Longoria. Flash forward a few years and a new husband later, and the reality stars and has-beens of the past have been replaced with the likes of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen , and Jay-Z and Beyoncé (although we’re pretty sure Kim’s days of hanging out with Queen B has come an end). Ivanka Trump’s BFFs: Kim K and 4 more surprising celebrity friends of the president’s daughter Empire strength Kim is undoubtedly a business mogul in her own right, but there were certainly big changes in her brand after she married Kanye. And who wouldn’t have taken advice from someone whose own fashion empire topped US$1.5 billion in annual sales. Not only does he make plenty of dollars, West has maintained creative control over his Yeezy designs in a deal that is set to go on until 2026, as well as making numerous smart property investments . Kim, who has referred to Kanye as a “master” of creative thinking, took a feather out of his cap, launching various products to strengthen her empire. Her KKW Beauty brand is worth an estimated US$500 million. Since marrying Kanye, Kim focused on building the cosmetics company and leveraging her social media account to make it into the multimillion-dollar behemoth it has become. I can tell you what the Kardashians were like before they got world-famous A new purpose From being Paris Hilton’s stylist to releasing that infamous sex tape, Kim has carved her life by being surrounded by the rich and powerful, and shrewdly realising who could make her (more) famous. But that changed in 2019 when Kim decided to study law, saying she would take the bar in 2022. She apparently discovered new dreams, famously meeting with US president Donald Trump to secure the release of Alice Marie Johnson, the 63-year-old grandmother who faced a life sentence for cocaine trafficking. The move cemented Kim’s determination to reform the criminal justice system in the US . Was Kim K’s extravagant 40th birthday bash in bad taste? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kardashians on E! (@kuwtk) Money (a lot of it) Together, Kimye are worth an estimated combined fortune of US$2.1 billion. Although Kanye is the richer of the pair with an estimated US$1.26 billion of the pot, mainly earned through Yeezy, his money largely remains tied up in the apparel company. Kim, meanwhile, has more liquid funds at her disposal. Her US$750 million net worth includes KKW Beauty, cash and other investments like her mobile phone app, endorsement gigs and earnings from her reality show. That leaves a comparatively slender US$70 million said to be shared between the couple, including homes, art, cars and jewellery. Given Kim’s history with marriage, there’s sure to be a prenup, although details have not yet been revealed. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .