YAHOO-LOS ANGELES-Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are feeling positive and are ‘’looking forward’’ to a new start in 2017, according to close pal Jonathan Cheban.

The couple - who tied the knot in 2014 - have had a tough end to 2016 after Kim was robbed at gunpoint and Kanye was hospitalised for exhaustion but close pal Jonathan Cheban says the pair are feeling positive about the future.

He said: ‘’Kim and Kanye are looking forward to the new year, new changes. They’re going to be great. Kanye’s doing much better. We’re all looking forward to the new year.’’

And Jonathan has poured cold water on the rumours Kanye and Kim - who share three-year-old daughter North and 12-month-old son Saint - are going through a difficult time in their relationship.

He added to Us Weekly magazine: ‘’Well, I can tell you the divorce is not happening. I was so surprised when someone asked me that on a red carpet ... But I’ll tell you they are definitely not getting a divorce.’’ Meanwhile, Jonathan previously insisted the couple are ‘’in good spirits’’.

He shared: ‘’I just FaceTimed with Kim and Kanye and everyone’s talking about some divorce rumours and I was laughing because I didn’t hear that all day and I guess everybody else apparently here did and it’s so funny to me because it’s so not true.

‘’I don’t know where people come up with stories but it’s literally hysterical but Jennifer Aniston has also been pregnant like 1,000 times so it’s kind of a joke. They’re in good spirits. I don’t want to talk much about them because it’s not my business but I do have to say that the divorcing is kind of hysterical, that I will mention, because I just spoke to both of them on FaceTime literally before I was coming here and when I heard that I literally burst out laughing.’’