Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a rough 2016. Individually, they went through some of their toughest moments—Kardashian with her Paris robbery (opens in new tab) and West with his public breakdown (opens in new tab)—and that reportedly took a toll (opens in new tab) on their marriage.
Now, sources close to the couple have weighed in on the state of their marital union to People (opens in new tab).
"Things were just awful between the two of them, but also with both of them separately," said a source People described as being close to West. "It was like for the first time, they just weren't happy. I don't think they were happy separately, and I know they weren't happy together."
The couple allegedly struggled to prioritize their marriage in the midst of everything else that was going on last year, but they made a decision to fight.
"[Kim] kept saying, 'If we can get through this, we'll be stronger than ever,'" the source told People (opens in new tab). "They never fell out of love with each other, but it was just one of those times where marriage is hard work, and you have to push through the pain."
And, according to the source, the hard work paid off and Kardashian and West are in a much better place now—although they're still putting in the work.
"It's like the two of them were dangling on a rope off a cliff, and they used every single thing they had to find solid ground," the source said. "They clawed their way back to somewhere a lot more healthy, and they're still clawing their way back. There are good days and there are bad days."
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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