When Kim Kardashian married Kanye West back in 2014, she no doubt thought the A-list rapper would help her open doors to a new level of fame.
Obviously, Kim was already famous in her own right, but criticism that she lacked talent or relied upon a declining E! reality show for her popularity kept her from certain entertainment in-crowds.
Kanye was and remains a big deal in the music world, and for years it was widely assumed that he was extremely close with both his "big brother" Jay Z and with Jay's wife Beyonce, creator of (in Kanye's estimation) "the best video of all time!"
But perhaps not coincidentally, right around the time Kanye tied the knot with Kim, the rapper's friendship with Jay began to show signs of strain.
More than two years later, the couples are still rarely spotted together in public.
Last week, the surest sign that the Jay-'Ye alliance is kaput came when West went off on his former mentor during a concert in Seattle:
In the above rant, Kanye reveals that Jay never visited after Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
He claims that the couple's kids have "never played together."
And he sounds genuinely wounded as he reveals that he and the man who gave him his start in the industry are now nothing more than business partners.
It sounds like quite the rift - but those closest to the couples say the relationship between Jay and Kanye is not the problem.
“Beyoncé has never genuinely liked Kim," one insider tells Page Six.
"She’s mostly tolerated her because of their husbands’ friendship and [their] mutual friends, like Jennifer Lopez. She is always a little icy to Kim."
The source adds that when the two mega-stars do spend time together, the conversation doesn't exactly come easily:
"The last time they hung out, the minute Beyoncé could leave the conversation, she did. They always have lots of awkward pauses”
Yes, it seems Kanye may not have been quite the ticket to the world of the Hollywood elites that Kim had been hoping for.
Unfortunately for Kim, people some people still look for personality and depth of character in their friends.