Coming into 2017, the future wasn't looking very bright for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
New rumors about Kim and Kanye divorcing seem to have popped up at the rate of about one a week since the couple walked down the aisle back in 2014, but this time, it seems there's real reason to believe their marriage hit hit a serious rough patch.
Kanye was hospitalized following an emotional breakdown back in November, and far from running into his arms after he was released, Kim appeared to keep her distance.
The two of them were only spotted separately in public, and there were even rumors of Kim and Kanye living in different homes.
Weeks later, no one is denying that they were sleeping under different roofs for a time, but family insiders have offered the explanation that the Wests were just following doctor's orders for the safety of their kids.
Believable, but still not a great sign for the future of their marriage.
Last week, however, a gradual Kimye reconciliation seemed to begin, as evidenced by the holiday photo that Kanye posted on Instagram.
Was it a transparent attempt to send the message that the and Kim had patched things up?
But according to sources close to the couple, they are actually making an attempt to rescue their relationship.
Of course, it's anyone's guess as to whether or not those efforts are paying off.
“Kanye and Kim are still in that very polite stage after a blowup,” a source tells People magazine.
“They’re getting along better, but it’s still a difficult time. He’s committed to getting healthy.”
As for what may have triggered the meltdown that nearly led to divorce, insiders say Kanye is struggling to cope with the 2007 death of his mother, Donda West.
“Kanye still doesn’t have closure about his mother, and I don’t know that he ever will," one source tells the magazine.
"[Her death] was unexpected, and he had no time to prepare for it.
"When the anniversary comes along, it’s like the wound is reopened. Some years, he does okay in managing it. Other years, not as much. This was a year where things went off the rails.”
Obviously, Kanye is a frequent punchline in celebrity circles, but if the reports of what he's going through are true, then it's certainly no laughing matter.
We wish him all the best and hope he's able to find the help he needs.