It’s been a frightening few days for Kim Kardashian. The reality star was in Paris for Fashion Week (sis Kendall walked many of the top shows), and her time in the French capital started out poorly: first, she was assaulted by Ukrainian ‘prankster’ Vitalii Sediuk (he’s been approaching/touching/grabbing/kissing stars without their consent for too long now) who ran up behind Kim as she was entering a fashion show, and attempted to kiss her bum “in protest of her butt implants.”
Then, over the weekend, the social media mogul was tied up and robbed at gunpoint in her private apartment in Paris, at No Address Hotel, an A-list favourite. It’s safe to say that the reality star is probably going to be seeking a little more privacy, both online and in the real world.
You would too, wouldn’t you?
It’s been two days since her last post on Instagram or Twitter, and her Snapchat is flat as well. The radio silence makes a lot of sense.
The last post to her Insta account is a “details” photo of the outfit (which, yes, is just a trenchcoat and boots) that she wore to the Balenciaga show.
Chief Spokesperson for the Paris police department, Johanna Primevert told CNN that her social media presence likely helped the criminals.
“It was really the celebrity who was targeted, with possessions that had been seen and noticed via social media, and it was these goods that the attackers targeted,” she said.
A private security consultant interviewed by People magazine agrees: Kim K has been making herself into an easy target by revealing so much about her wealth, her lifestyle and often even her exact location on social media.
As frequent viewers of her Twitter, Instagram and Shapchat, we know how often she posts images of her impressive—and wildly expensive—jewelry collection. The new $4-million dollar engagement ring that Kanye gave her has been the star of her account for the last week (yes, they’ve been together for a while, but sometimes you need to upgrade the bling… apparently), and it’s one of the pieces that may have been stolen during the heist.
So, she’s taking some time away to reassess her strategy (with a much increased security presence, we hear). According to People, she’s also placing a lot of blame upon herself, “Kim’s in shock and blaming herself. She’s tearing herself up that she Snapchatted the ring so much and wore it all the time, ” a source told the mag. “This incident is making her question everything. How she dresses, what she does.” A source also added, “She has no plans to work in the near future. She just wants to stay home with her kids.”
We think Kim’s actions are totally, 100 per cent justified. We’d be doing the exact same thing—upping our personal security, receding from the public eye on social media and through appearances—if we’d experienced what she did. It was reportedly over in just four minutes, but we can’t imagine what it was like for her. It sounds like a scene out of a horror film. Kim asleep in bed, she hears a noise on the stairs and tries to get to her phone to signal for help. But the bad guys bust in, grab her phone, tie her up, tape her face and put her in the bathtub while they make off with her cash and jewels.
It’s one thing to be in the public eye, but when you can’t even travel without serious, dangerous criminals knowing when and where you’ll be around, you know something’s gotta change.
The star immediately flew back to New York after the incident to be with her number one, Kanye. We’re all for a social media detox. Be safe and take your time, Kim.