Kim Kardashian West is no stranger to making headlines, thanks to her multiple brands, her hugely successful reality show, her famous family, and her high profile marriage to rapper Kanye West. But in October 2016, the social media and reality TV star made international headlines for a very different reason.
While in Paris for fashion week, Kardashian West was tied up and held at gunpoint in her hotel room. The thieves made off with millions of dollars worth of Kardashian West’s jewelry and left the mother of two understandably shaken.
Kim has kept a relatively low profile since the robbery, eventually sharing the details of the terrifying ordeal on this season of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Now Kim has given her first public interview since the Paris robbery, sitting down this week with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime TV show.
Fighting off tears throughout the interview, Kim says that the robbery has changed her outlook on life. “I know this sounds crazy, but I knew 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’m such a different person,” said Kardashian West.
After speaking with her attorneys and the police, Kardashian West found out that the criminal group behind her robbery had been following the celebrity for two years, taking notes from her interviews about new pieces of jewelry as she added to her extensive collection. Kim went on to say that following the robbery, she no longer wears jewelry in public and has increased the size of her security team to ensure that she has a guard outside her door at all times.
“I don’t care to show off the way that I used to, even though, truly, it’s okay if you’re proud of that and you worked so hard and you get something. It’s just not who I am anymore,” said Kardashian West.
The robbery caused a dramatic shift in Kardashian West’s priorities, telling DeGeneres the event not only made her a less materialistic person, but a better mother to her two children, three-year-old North and one-year-old Saint.
“Things happen in your life to teach you things. It’s probably no secret. You see it on the show, us being flashy and I was definitely materialistic before, and not that there’s anything bad with having things and working hard to get those things, and I’m really proud of everyone around me that’s successful, but I’m so happy that my kids get this me and that this is who’s raising my kids, because I just don’t care about that stuff anymore. I really don’t.”
Looking back on the event months later, Kim says that she’s been able to gain some perspective and find the silver lining. “It happened really fast. It was a good seven or eight minutes of torture, but when I look back and I analyze it, I’m like okay, they weren’t really 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 okay.”