There’s no shortage of people, columnists, bloggers and casual observers who have wondered whether or not Kim Kardashian‘s marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries was a sham. And now a line on the December 2011 cover of Marie Claire magazine, which features Kardashian and is due to hit newsstands any day now, has some people thinking that the demise of this marriage has been in the works longer than a few weeks.
The cover, on which Kardashian doesn’t smile, wears minimal makeup and a noticeable pout, promises a a story in which the celebrity “reveals what went on in her crazy marriage.” Our friends at Fashionista note that while the story of her divorce has been reported, reblogged and commented on far and wide, Kardashian only filed for divorce 10 days ago. That’s precious little space for a magazine with a three-month lead time to reorganize its cover and rewrite its most important feature.
But it’s not like this hasn’t happened before. Jennifer Lopez‘s September 2011 cover of Vanity Fair debuted just two weeks after she announced that she would divorce her husband, singer Marc Anthony. VF had to scramble to get a new story out in time for the issue not to be dated before it even got printed. The magazine still ended up using a photo of Lopez wearing included her 8.2 carat diamond engagement ring on the cover — but inside, Lopez is quoted as saying “Sometimes it doesn’t work — and that’s sad.”
Clearly that’s what happened with Kim and Kris — and we would hope that she would have the presence of mind to send Marie Claire an alert once she’d made up her mind to go through with the divorce. Maybe she even talked with them in an effort to salvage her story — or maybe whoever wrote it just quoted from the explanation Kardashian posted on her blog. We can’t think of another way the magazine would be able to turn this story around otherwise.