Last month, US weekly broke the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had hired a surrogate to carry their third child, and assuming the reports are true, the couple will likely welcome baby boy or girl in early 2018.
A source recently revealed to the magazine that a San Diego mother in her late 20's, chosen by the couple after she was referred by an agency, is now three months pregnant.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and rapper wed in 2014 and are already parents to two children under five-years-old – North, four, and Saint, 19 months.
Kim has never been shy about expressing her desire to have a large family. Speaking on the Ellen Show back in 2014 she said: "I have so many siblings and I love it, they're my best friends and I would love that for my kids.”
However, the reality star was left devastated when she was told another pregnancy could pose serious risks to her health.
She suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows too deeply into the womb during pregnancy.
However, determined not to let her condition stop her from having more children, Kim and Kanye agreed to pay a surrogate $45,000 in 10 monthly instalments of $4,500, according to TMZ.
Should the surrogate become pregnant with multiple children, the couple will pay a additional $5,000 per child – all on top of the huge $68,850 deposit given to the agency.
Long before his wedding to Kim Kardashian and the arrival of their two children, Kanye West was in a long-term relationship with Amber Rose.
And following the demise of that union in 2010, Kanye chose to degrade his former girlfriend through song lyrics in a move which Amber today admits left her feeling suicidal.
In the same year that the pair parted ways, Kanye released two tracks, Blame Game and Hell of Life which detailed his time with the model and businesswoman.
However, given Amber's relatively low profile when compared to Kanye's, she reveals that his decision to slam her in public had a far-reaching effect.
"At that point, I have no voice at all. I have a couple followers on Twitter, maybe, at that point. That’s an extreme form of bullying as well," she told Complex Magazine's Everyday Struggle.
"To have such a huge voice to put out an album to say whatever the f*ck you want. It’s a great part of history and hip-hop, and I’m happy to be a part of it, but during that time, it was not a great time for me. "
"I’m famous and I’m broke, I don’t have any money, we weren’t married, he didn’t owe me sh*t, and I had to figure out what I was gonna do with the fame and with my life at the time."
Reflecting on the time that followed their split, Amber, who admitted she was utterly heartbroken by the break-up, continued: "If I was going to kill myself, I would have done it during those times."
Amber went on to admit that Kanye's decision to mock Wiz Khalifa, the father of her son Sebastian, in recent years left her reeling, saying: "You don't say nothing about my baby."
"I was quiet for so long. I could have got a reality show just off the fact that I was his girlfriend," she argued.
Refusing to cash in on a relationship which caused her such heartache, Amber insisted: "I could have wrote a book just off the fact that I was his girlfriend. I said, 'You know what? I'm a real a** b***h'.
US reports have claimed that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child.
Kim suffered a number of complications during her two previous pregnancies and was told by doctors that it was too risky for her to carry another child.
Citing unidentified sources, People Magazine and E! News reported that the couple has chosen their surrogate, while TMZ claimed the couple had agreed to pay the woman more that $113,000 to carry their child.
“Kim and Kanye will use a surrogate to carry their third baby. They are both very excited to give their kids a sibling,” a source told People.
The rumours have been fuelled by a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in which Kim spoke about the option of surrogacy:
"I think I always knew that surrogacy was an option, but I didn't think it was that realistic of an option, and now I feel like that's my reality."
The news comes after a difficult year for the couple. Last October Kim was the victim of a robbery in Paris and Kanye was forced to cancel his December tour after he was hospitalised for apparent mental health issues.
Since then, the couple, who are already parents to North (age 4) and Saint (age 1), have taken a much more modest approach to social media, with just the occasional post about family life.
The reports did not reveal whether the supposed surrogate was already pregnant.
According to reports emerging Stateside, a number of staff members at the UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles have been fired after attempting to access data on Kanye West.
The rapper, who was admitted to hospital for sleep deprivation and exhaustion last month, is at the centre of another media storm this week after it was revealed that UCLA staff members had been dismissed for breaching protocol.
According to TMZ, staff at the well-known treatment centre became curious after the star's admission and made an attempt to access the rapper's records.
Commenting on the matter, a source told TMZ: "Kanye’s West stay at UCLA Med Center had some staffers hunting for medical info, according to multiple people at the facility."
"A slew of people couldn’t resist attempting to look at his info in the computer," the source added.
While reports are at this stage are conflicting, it has been suggested that up to a dozen staff members breached protocol during Kanye's nine-day hospital stay.
A staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, John Legend was understandably unimpressed by Kanye West's decision to meet with President-Elect Donald Trump in recent days.
The unprecedented meeting, which made headlines around the world, didn't sit easy with the All Of Me singer who questioned both parties' motivation.
Speaking to French media outlet Clique, John feared his long-time friend and colleague had been used by the Trump camp, saying: "I don't think it's impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won't be used as a publicity stunt."
"I think Kanye was a publicity stunt," he said when asked about the meeting which has apparently accelerated Kanye's future presidential bid.
While John was reluctant to discuss Kanye's recent hospitalisation out of respect for the father-of-two, he didn't adopt the same approach when it came to Kanye's political stance.
"I'm pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country."
"I think the things he has promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing." John added.