Kris Humphries desperately tried to save his marriage to Kim Kardashian, because he's telling friends ... he doesn't believe in divorce.
Kris, who's a religious guy, is telling friends he and Kim discussed the possibility of divorce, but he believed they could work their problems out.
We're told Kris didn't know Kim was actually filing legal papers until this morning.
And, Kris is telling friends ... the stories that he was cheating on Kim are B.S. We're told Kris is "bummed."
12:38 PM: Kris just released a statement on the split, claiming he'll do anything to repair his broken marriage.