Kim Kardashian broke down in tears during her first TV interview since being robbed at gunpoint in a Paris hotel last October.
The reality star had jewellery to the tune of $10 million stolen from her in the traumatic incident, but six months on, she believes her ordeal was “meant to happen” to her.
“I know this sounds crazy but I know that was meant to happen to me. I don’t want to start crying, but I feel like that was so meant to happen to me. I am such a different person,” she told US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres last night.
“It was probably no secret, you see it on the show, us being flashy. I was definitely materialistic before. Not that there’s anything bad with having things and working hard to get those things.
“I’m really proud of everyone around me that’s successful, but I’m so happy my kids get this me and this is who I am raising my kids. Because I just don’t care about that stuff anymore. I really don’t.
“Of course when you get engaged, you’re going to show off your ring. If you get a new car, you get so proud and you get so happy and you show that off. But it’s just…it’s not worth it.
“I don’t care to show off the way that I used to. It’s okay if you’re proud of that and you work so hard and you get something. It’s just not who I am anymore.”
Kardashian recalled how armed robbers handcuffed the hotel concierge and demanded to be taken to see “the rapper’s wife” (“How dare they not know your name,” said Ellen, speaking all of our thoughts) in her luxury suite. She was tied up and locked in a bathroom as they stole her jewellery.
Investigators believe the shocking, highly-coordinated crime was the result of the robbers following Kardashian for two years and noting the jewellery she mentioned online and in interviews. She no longer wears expensive jewellery in public and doubts whether she will “ever feel comfortable” doing so again.
“My whole life has changed as far as how I travel and security. I never thought I needed security staying outside my door, even though I had a lot of jewellery,” she continued.
“If you think about it, yeah, I should have had a security guard outside my door when I’m travelling and I didn’t. Now, I have several just for me to be able to sleep at night.”
Kardashian, an Instagram queen with 100 million followers, insists that despite everything, she is “grateful” for her life after being “100 per cent” sure she was going to die.
“Your stomach drops. It’s a feeling you can’t even explain. I knew that was it for me. I said a prayer: ‘I know I’m going to heaven, I hope my kids are OK, my husband…’” she said.
“It was a good seven or eight minutes of torture but when I look back and I analyse it I’m like, ‘OK, they weren’t aggressive’. It could have been way worse, so I don’t want to sound like I’m not grateful.
“I’m out, I’m home, I’m safe, I’m such a better person. It’s OK. Let’s move on.”