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Why Is Kanye West Moving to Chicago Without Kim Kardashian?

Here are tips to help a long-distance relationship survive — whether that distance is two miles or 2,000.

By Marianne Garvey

Kanye West does some crazy things, but now he says he’s moving to Chicago — without wife Kim Kardashian and the couple’s three kids.

So what’s going on here?

According to People, Kanye made the unexpected announcement that he’s returning to the Windy City, where he’s originally from, but Kim’s not so sure he’ll actually pack up and go. 

“Kanye has a tendency though to change his mind quickly, so she is just going along with his plans because it makes him happy,” a source says. “Next week, something else might make him happier.”

A second insider says, “He changes his mind like he changes his underwear.” (Just for the record, we have no idea how often Kanye changes his underwear.)

Kim has no plans to join her husband if he really does make the move, and will stay with North, 5, Saint, 2, and Chicago, 9 months in Calabasas, California. “Kim plans on spending more time in Chicago, but she isn’t moving there full-time,” a source said. “She thinks it’s best for the kids to continue their schedule in L.A. North is in school and everything is working great. Kim doesn’t think a permanent move to Chicago benefits the kids.”

But he insists he’s going and Kim is now considering a “long-distance” marriage with the rapper. “She doesn’t necessarily love when people now keep asking her if she is moving to Chicago and she has to explain to everyone what’s going on. It can be exhausting,” the source told the magazine. “When it comes to their living situation, Kim and Kanye have had a long-distance marriage in the past. She isn’t concerned about this … Kim has help when she is alone with the kids. She is amazing at balancing her family’s needs with her career. If Kanye starts spending more time in Chicago, she will manage.”

According to Psych Central, which published a report on how best to survive a long distance relationship (which can cause extra stress and challenges), a couple should do the following:

See the good in it.

“View the distance as an opportunity … extra time with family and friends; an opportunity to learn to communicate even better; the anticipation and thrill of weekend trips; maintaining your individuality; and spending more time on your own interests, goals and passions, such as ‘working on your next book, your art, your hobbies [and] exercising.’”

Establish crystal-clear expectations.

“Get clear on things like how often you’ll communicate each day and how and when you’ll visit each other.”

Have an end goal.

“Ttalk about the future of their relationship and ‘when you’ll move back together again.’”

Communicate every day.

“Telling each other about your little triumphs and tragedies, asking for advice and talking about your day. Use your preferred mode of communication, whether that’s talking or texting on your phone, email or video chats.”

See each other regularly.

“It’s essential to make visiting each other a priority.”

Work on your trust issues.

“Talk often about how you feel toward one another, remember to trust each other until there is reason not to, and keep your suspicions out of the relationship.”

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