Whoa -- sh*t just got real!

X17online can reveal exclusively that Kanye West left LA urgently in the middle of the night last night! Kanye skipped town, surrounded by security in an SUV, driving out of LA in the middle of the night, leaving wife Kim Kardashian at home with kids Saint and North. It looks like Kanye might be headed to a treatment facility, while Kim may be headed for a divorce lawyer!

A source tells us exclusively,
    "Kanye's got to fix himself. He went away to give Kim some space but he's hoping to save his marriage. At this point, Kim is tired of dealing with his issues and he doesn't want Kanye around the kids."

Meanwhile, Kim's at the couple's Bel Air mansion, prepping for Christmas with the kids and her family, but she'll be staying close to home and not venturing out, according to our source:

    "Kim still isn't ready to go out. At this point, her concern for Kanye has overtaken any stress she was suffering after the robbery. She doesn't want to have to answer questions about her husband and their marriage so she's going to stay hidden for a while. She has absolutely no plans to make any appearances or to even be seen in public at all in the near future."

Stay tuned for more info on Kanye's whereabouts ...