If Kim K hadn’t disrespected Kris by blindsiding him with public divorce papers, they could have settled their split without bitterness, a friend of Kris Humphries tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.

Like Khloe Kardashian said — Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian‘s divorce has lasted longer than their 72-day marriage!

But a friend close to Kris, 27, tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that this disastrous divorce could have been easily avoided if Kim was just honest with Kris from the start.

“He’s so easy to talk to,” the source tells us. “If she had just gone to him and opened up to him, they wouldn’t be here right now. They wouldn’t be in this position where he felt cheated out of respect.”

And we totally agree. Kris was definitely disrespected by Kim — it’s pretty awful what she did to him! A source tells us if Kim would have just approached him privately — rather than publicly tell everyone, but him — this divorce would already be part of the past.

“He would have been able to settle this privately,” the source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “Kim completely disrespected Kris by filing divorce papers and leaking them to the press.”

If you watched last season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you know that Kim was being more honest about how she felt about her marriage with the cameras — than she was with Kris…..more