Relatives of the basketball player have claimed that Humphries, 28, is determined to get an annulment rather than just a divorce because the wedding was a cynical ploy to boost ratings of Kim's reality show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Since Kim, 32, dumped the Brooklyn Nets star in October 2011 his family have kept a dignified silence. But his aunt Dedria has now said, "It was a sham. My understanding of marriage is people are going to give it more than 72 days unless there's serious abuse."

"If I felt somebody had duped me and used me in front of the whole world, I would be very angry," she added. If the marriage is annulled, Humphries could argue that the pre-nuptial agreement was not legitimate and he would be freed from the confidentiality clause which prevents him from publicly shaming his ex-wife.

"An annulment says it wasn't valid in the first place. She should admit that it was a sham at the very least," said Dedria. Dedria and her husband Mike were among 36 Humphries relatives who spent a fortune travelling across the US to attend the lavish wedding in Santa Barbara, California, which was followed by a honeymoon in Italy.