Last year on October 3, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her apartment in Paris. Kardashian West was attending the Paris Fashion week. Ever since Kim’s terrifying encounter, the Kardashian family has been more vigilant than before. Appearing on an episode of the Hollywood Reporter Reality TV Roundtable, Kris Jenner divulged that the Kardashians have drastically increased their personal security.
“It really changed all of our lives and the way that we live.”
When Kardashian West arrived in her No Address Hotel room, she soon realized she was not alone. A group of men wearing masks, who had infiltrated the apartment, grabbed Kardashian West, bound her and gagged her. The robbers got away with expensive jewelry valued at millions of dollars.
Kardashian West was so traumatized by the event that she decided to withdraw from public life for a few months, while her husband, Kanye West, immediately ramped up her personal security detail.
Before the break-in, Kim Kardashian had openly paraded her jewelry – including a 20-carat, emerald cut Lorraine Schwartz ring given to her by Kanye – which made Kardashian matriarch Kris decide to restrategize the way they exhibit their lives on social media. Moreover, the incident involving Kim was a wake-up call which prompted Kris to increase the security of all the Kardashians.
“Not only do we now have an enormous amount of security — everyone is armed and licensed; it’s legit companies that protect all of us — but also the way that we deal with our lives on social media took a huge turn: what we show, what we don’t show.”
Jenner illustrated the change in approach by providing an example of a hypothetical Kardashian family trip to Disneyland. She says that if they were to visit the famous adventure park, they would not take “pictures with Dumbo,” and adds that “we’ll wait until we leave and then share something we want to share. But it also gave us great pause about what to share.”
The Kardashians work hard, and Kris doesn’t see anything wrong in displaying the luxuries they allow themselves to acquire. However, she says that now they “think five times” before deciding to put a picture up on social media.
Kim Kardashian West’s harrowing experience was featured in Season 13 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which gave fans of the family some insight into the aftermath of the Paris incident. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was able to secure the first sit-down interview with Kim Kardashian since her ordeal. During the interview, which aired in April, Kardashian opened up to Ellen about how her life has changed since Paris.
“It was probably no secret, you see it on the show when I was 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 who’s successful, but I’m so happy that my kids get this me and that this is who is raising my kids. I just don’t care about that stuff anymore.”
Chillingly, Kardashian West also told Ellen about how she found out that the people who burglarized her had been following her and planning the theft for more than two years before the actual event. The details of an eight-hour-long testimony in the case against her assailants were included in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which revealed to fans that the perpetrators had attempted to rob her once before. Luckily, that time Kanye West was present with Kim, which thwarted their plan.
In hindsight, Kardashian West admits that her social media posts were giving away the details of her locations and that “there was probably a group of guys that were following us the entire trip.” She adds that she “was Snapchatting that I was home and that everyone was going out. So I think they knew [the Kardashians’ bodyguard] was out with Kourtney and that I was there by myself.”
Nevertheless, Kardashian West believes she has learned something valuable from the experience, and that she is a better person for it.
“I know this sounds crazy, but I know that was meant to happen to me. That was so meant to happen to me. I really feel that things happen in your life to teach you things.”
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