Kim releases statement and insists 'we still remain friends'
Kris 'only found out Kim was filing for divorce a few hours ago'
He is 'devastated' and wants to fight to save marriage
Couple made a reported $18m from August wedding
Reality star tweets to plug new business venture
Kim's sisters Kourtney and Khloe rush to show their support on Twitter
E! could pull re-runs of Kim & Kris's Fairytale wedding
By Chris Johnson
Updated: 08:22 GMT, 1 November 2011
Kim Kardashian has spoken out in the wake of the bombshell news she is divorcing Kris Humphries, insisting she had hoped the marriage would 'last forever'.
The 31-year-old reality star said it was 'not an easy decision' after filing for divorce from NBA star Kris, 26, after just 72 days of marriage on the grounds of 'irreconcilable differences'.
In a statement to E! - which screens her TV show - Kim said: 'After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision.
'I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.'
Kris, meanwhile, says he is devastated by Kim's decision, with TMZ claiming he only learnt she was divorcing him this morning.
'I'm committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents,' he said in a statement via his representative.
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It's over: Kim Kardashian is reported to be filing for divorce from husband Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage
We're done: Court documents filed today show Kim has filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences
'I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce ... I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.'
Earlier this morning Ryan Seacrest, the producer of her reality show, tweeted: 'Yes @KimKardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins.'
Kim ensured they both signed a prenuptial agreement before they got hitched at a lavish ceremony on August 20 in Montecito, California.
It netted the couple a reported $18m from magazine deals, TV coverage and endorsements - that's $250,000 every day.
Hours before the big news: Kim with sisters Khloe, left, and Kourtney, right, last night on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! stage to film an anti-bullying segment for Extreme Makeover
News of their divorce will no doubt add fuel to the fire that the wedding was merely a cynical manoeuvre to cash in at a time when Kim's star had reached its zenith.
Today Kim took to Twitter, but rather than mentioning anything about her marital breakdown cynically plugged her new boutique Kardashian Khaos, which opens tomorrow at The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian also took to her Twitter account to defend her elder sister against negative comments.
'Reading some of these comments r so hurtful,' she wrote. 'I'm grateful 4our fans who understand & r being respectful. Hate is disgusting. Love is everything.'
She then added on a later tweet: 'Thank God for family. We are strong and we will only become closer! I love YOU.'
Tweet response: Kim's younger sister Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter to tweet against the fans who have written 'hurtful' comments about the split
Family united: Kourtney Kardashian tweeted her support for Kim saying that the family are 'sticking together' as always
Kourtney Kardashian also rushed to Twitter to voice her support for her sister.
'Our sister is going through a difficult time but we're a close family and are sticking together as always,' she wrote.
'We appreciate everyone's kindness and support. @kim kardashian, we love you.'
Insiders have revealed the entire wedding was a sham.
'It was pretty much an arranged marriage right from the start,' one source, close to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians production told RadarOnline.com.
'Kim was looking for a husband and Kris was selected for her, amongst others. She wasn't really into him but she hoped she would be able to develop some feelings, but it never happened.'
The date of Kim and Kris's separation is listed as today (October 31), divorce papers logged with the Superior Court of California show.
'It's true': Ryan Seacrest, the producer of her E! reality show, just tweeted: 'Yes @KimKardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins'
She has hired top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has dealt with the likes of Britney Spears, Maria Shriver, Angelina Jolie and Ryan Reynolds.
According to Us Weekly, the couple's assets will be divided in accordance with their prenuptial agreement.
Kim's assets prior to the marriage are said to all be protected, and she will also keep everything she earned during their short union.
Television network E! - which screens the Kardashian reality show - released a statement about the divorce.
Trouble in paradise: Kim pictured with Humphries on October 19 in New York. MailOnline reported around the time this picture was taken how the couple's marriage was in crisis
Coming to blows: The couple were pictured in their car having what appeared to be a heated row
Storming off: Kris is then seen exiting the motor and leaving before leaving in a separate car
It read: 'All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news, and we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time.
'The Kardashians have always been uniquely open with all aspects of their lives from joyous events to intimate moments to heartbreaking transitions.
'E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family.'
However, an insider told the New York post that producers are considering whether to stop showing re-runs of Kim's Fairytale Wedding, which was first broadcast in two parts from October 9.
Executives fear the illusion of the fairytale has now been shattered and, therefore, it could ultimately damage the Kardashian brand to keep showing it.
Business usual: Kim tweeted today - not about her marriage breakdown, but about her excitement about the opening of her new boutique store in Las Vegas, Kardashian Khaos
Business as usual: Kim had various assistant showing up at her Calabasas home in Los Angeles today, with one seen carrying paperwork while another was carrying exercise equipment
Support from friends and family: Bruce Jenner was seen arriving at Kim's house while her friend Brittny Gastineau said the news of the break up was 'very sad' as she appeared on Extra TV at the Grove
MailOnline reported earlier this month how Kim and Kris's marriage had hit the rocks.
A source close to the couple told us just two weeks ago: 'I don't know when they'll announce the split or why they got married in the first place but they are done.'
'They are divorcing. Kim has been staying in a New York hotel which Kris has failed to visit.'
The couple have been dogged by persistent reports that all is not well between them for several weeks now.
Going solo: Kim went to the Midori Green Halloween Party at Lavo in New York City on Friday without Kris
Charting the downfall: The MailOnline reported earlier this month how Kim and Kris's marriage was in crisis
Cracks beginning to show: On October 21 we carried a story about Kris moving out of their NYC hotel where they filmed their reality show
Insider: A source told MailOnline that the couple were headed for a split
Earlier this month Star magazine claimed Humphries has been spotted partying in both Miami and New York without Kim, getting flirty with multiple women and 'acting like a single man.'
U.S. magazine Life & Style alleges that on a recent trip to Toronto, Kris contacted his ex-girlfriend, Bianka Kamber.
The magazine also spoke to a Kourtney & Kim Take New York producer who said: 'Kim's mapping out 2012, including holidays, and Kris isn't a part of it. Any itineraries for the future don't include Kris very much.'
The couple's fiery relationship was captured on her reality show Keeping Up With Kardashians, where strong-minded Kris frequently complained about feeling 'emasculated' by Kim.
Another big factor behind the split apparently hinged on a difference in opinion about where to live once the wedding fuss died down.
Showing the strain: Kim and Kris, pictured last Wednesday, leaving Izakaya Restaurant. Soon after this picture was taken they were spotted having what appeared to be a heated discussion in their car by videographers
Frosty: Kim and Kris pictured together just a week ago leaving the Dancing With The Stars studios where the reality star supported her brother Rob from the audience
According to TMZ, sources revealed Kris was set on moving to his home state of Minnesota.
Kim, meanwhile, wanted to stay in Los Angeles, she she is from and where she believes her career can be best served.
The website adds that the while the break up is not a 'nasty one' the couple came to the realisation that things would not work out long-term.
Lavish affair: Kim and Kris raked in a reported $18m from their wedding in Montecito, California on August 20
Over the weekend Kim attended a Halloween party in New York - but tellingly did not bring Kris along.
She instead made a red carpet appearance with her PR friend Jonathan Cheban at the Midori Green event.
Over recent weeks the reality star has often been spotted alone and without Humphries.
Following their wedding, the couple shared a brief honeymoon together in Italy.
Former flames: Kim was married to music producer Damon Thomas, left, between 2000 and 2004, and also dated singer Ray J, centre, for two years and NFL star Reggie Bush for three years, right
Kim & Kris rollercoaster relationship...
November 2010: Kim Kardashian starts dating basketball player Kris Humphries after spotting him at a New Jersey Nets game towards the end of filming the first series of spin-off reality show Kourtney & Kim Take New York. 'I'm having a lot of fun with him,' she tells People.
May 18 2011: After just six months of dating, Kris proposes to Kim in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home, spelling out the words: 'Will you marry me?' in red rose petals on the floor, and arranging candles in hearts around the room. A 16.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring worth a rumoured $2 million sealed the deal. 'Words can't describe how happy we are,' Kim tells E! News.
June 2011: Kris joins the Kardashians for a family trip to tropical Bora Bora where he and Kim witness stepfather Bruce and mother Kris Jenner renewing their marriage vows.
August 20 2011: Kim and Kris tie the knot in Montecito, California in a $10 million ceremony captured by the E! Online cameras for a two-part reality wedding special
August 21 2011: The newlyweds get away for a week-long honeymoon at Italy's Amalfi coast. 'Our honeymoon was so perfect,' Kim told Us magazine
October 20 2011: Reports surface that the marriage is on the rocks after Kris is spotted out in New York without his wedding ring.
October 21 2011: Kim and Kris put on a united front as they celebrate Kim's 31st birthday together in New York
October 31 2011: Kim and Kris announce they are to divorce after just 72 hours of marriage
... and her other loves and losses
Damon Thomas (2000-2004)
The 19-year-old Kim marries the music producer in a Las Vegas ceremony but the pair divorce four years later, with Kim accusing Damon of physical and emotional abuse in the divorce papers, which he denies.
Ray J (2006-2007)
Then just a Hollywood stylist, Kim finds fame with Brandy's younger brother after their sex tape is leaked, with Vivid Entertainment buying it for $1 million back in 2007. She becomes a household name and Keeping up with the Kardashians begins airing on E!
Nick Lachey (2006)
Kim has a brief unconfirmed fling with the TV presenter and singer, after his split from wife Jessica Simpson. 'They're sweet on each other,' a source tells People.
Reggie Bush (2007-2010)
Kim dates American footballer Reggie Bush on and off for three years with the Kardashian reality show cameras capturing plenty of their relationship drama. They finally call it quits in September 2009.
Miles Austin (2010)
Her romance with the Dallas Cowboys American Football star fizzles out after a few months with the couple unable to manage a long distance relationship
Gabriel Aubry (2010)
Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend is spotted out and about with Kim following his break up from the Oscar winner, but the romance is over after just a month
But they quickly returned to New York to begin filming on her spin-off reality show Kourtney & Kim Take New York, where they lived in a plush NYC hotel suite along with Kourtney and her boyfriend Scott Disick.
Kim and Kris started dating last November soon after Kim ended her brief dalliance with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry - Halle Berry's ex - and announced their engagement in May.
This will mark the second failed marriage for Kim, she eloped to Las Vegas with music producer Damon Thomas - 10 years her senior - when she was just 19, but divorced in 2004 after four years together.
She has also had high-profile relationships with RnB singer Ray J, who she filmed a sex tape with, and NFL star Reggie Bush.
Saying it with flowers: Kris proposed to Kim in May in scenes filmed for the Kardashian reality show, spelling out 'Will you marry me?' in rose petals
'Yes': Kim agreed - but the marriage was short-lived
SHORTEST LIVED CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
1. Britney Spears and Jason Alexander (55 hours)
It was a mere 55 hours before Britney Spears called time on her marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander, after they impulsively wed in Las Vegas back in 2004. 'We were just looking at each other and said, "Let's do something wild, crazy. Let's go get married, just for the hell of it,' Alexander told Access Hollywood about their nuptials.
2. Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips (nine days)
The actor married Mamas and Papas singer Michelle Phillips in 1970. But their marriage only lasted eight days. Apparently, Hopper woke up so stoned the morning after their wedding that he didn't recognise his new bride.
3. Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra (nine days)
The Baywatch star and eccentric basketball player wed in Las Vegas back in November 1998. Just nine days later, Rodman filed for divorce, claiming he was of 'unsound mind' when the couple tried the knot.
4. Ali Landry and Mario Lopez (14 days)
The Extra host dated the model and actress for six years before tying the knot in April 2004. The couple split two weeks later amidst rumours of Lopez's infidelity. Lopez recently told Howard Stern: 'That was a situation where I was not mature and man enough.'
5. Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas (19 days)
Drew Barrymore was just 19-years-old when she tied the knot with bar owner Jeremy Thomas back in 1994 after dating for just six weeks. 'We're trying to figure out (living arrangements) now,' she told People after the nuptials. 'Usually people live together first and then get married. I guess we're doing it the old-fashioned way. Kind of.'
6. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon (70 days)
The Baywatch star married film producer Salomon in October 2007, in the two and a half hour break between Anderson's magic show in Sin City before Anderson filed for divorce, citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
7. Nicholas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley (121 days)
Cage and Presley filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, less than four months after they wed in 2002 in Hawaii. 'I'm sad about this, but we shouldn't have been married in the first place. It was a big mistake," Presley said in a statement.'
8. Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney (121 days)
After a romantic beach side wedding at St. John in the Virgin Islands, the Oscar-winning actress and country singer filed for an annulment. Chesney has since opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the split saying: 'I panicked. She's a sweet soul, no doubt about it, but I just wasn't ready.'