Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s split is one of the most high-profile breakups of the year, but the pair continue to keep fans on their toes.
The KUWTK star, who is mother to the hiphop superstar’s four children, has been openly supportive of his latest venture – the release of hotly anticipated album Donda – turning up at each of his three promotional “listening parties” and hyping up the record on her social media pages.
The third such event, held at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium, was the most headline-grabbing yet, with West setting himself on fire on stage, creating a replica of his childhood home, and inviting cameos from two musicians engulfed in controversy: Marilyn Manson and rapper DaBaby.
But it was his soon-to-be ex-wife who really stole the show, emerging from the audience in a wedding dress months after filing for divorce.
She appeared in a Balenciaga wedding gown during ‘No Child Left Behind’, the final song of the night.
The stunt sent Twitter users into a frenzy, with some speculating as to whether it meant the pair were getting back together:
Still, sources close to the former couple have allegedly quashed any suggestion of a reconciliation.
TMZ reported that it had been told “the two are NOT back together… but they’re forever family.”
The site’s contacts added: “Kim and Kanye have always supported the other’s endeavors and will continue to do that in the future, whether it be a collaborative effort or not.”
Kardashian West filed for divorce in February after almost seven years of marriage.
Her estranged hubby, known as a perfectionist, has spent weeks putting the finishing touches on the much-delayed Donda, his 10th studio record which is named after his late mother.
The event, which typically of West started almost two hours late, also offered on-site vaccinations, and whilst the previous listening events failed to result in Donda’s release, West’s team insisted before Thursday that it would finally arrive after the party.
After keeping fans waiting in Chicago, the mercurial man of the hour emerged from the replica house to repeated utterings of “Donda” while a collage of pictures and videos of his mother appeared in black-and-white on a giant screen.
West left fans stunned as he was accompanied on stage by shock rocker Manson, who has denied multiple allegations of sexual assault, and DaBaby, who was criticised for homophobic comments made at a music festival.
The latter apparently replaced Jay-Z on one of the Donda tracks.
The unlikely trio stood on the porch of the replica home, surrounded by a small army of backing dancers in matching masks and dark-colored uniforms as a cavalcade of SUVs drove around the building.
The album featured contributions from hip hop stars including The Weeknd and Travis Scott, as well as a sample from Lauryn Hill.
Donda has suffered multiple delays after being initially promised a year ago.
West had said it would arrive in July, then spent time living at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, while working on completing the record.
A second event was also held in Atlanta, with no sign of a release.
Donda West was an English professor at Chicago State University who died in 2007 aged 58 following complications from cosmetic surgery.