Unsmiling Kim Kardashian shows the strain of divorce from Kris Humphries as she insists: ‘I DID marry for love’
- Supported by Khloe at Kardashian Kollection launch
- ‘It just wasn’t the fairy tale I had hoped for’
- Claims she didn’t make any money from her wedding
After the shock announcement of her divorce, Kim Kardashian has obviously decided work is the best way to cope with her troubles and today headed to the launch of her handbag range.
However the 31-year-old reality star looked tired and strained as she posed for photographers in Sydney, Australia.
Unsmiling Kim wore a patterned dress and black cape as she attended the launch of the Kardashian Kollection at Hugo’s department store.
Scroll down for Kim’s statement to her fans….
Showing the strain: Unsmiling Kim Kardashian put her personal troubles behind her today to attend the launch of the Kardashian Kollection handbag range
Kim’s public appearance came just hours after she posted a statement on her official website insisting that despite sceptics dismissing the marriage as a ‘hoax’, she did marry for love.
She told fans: ‘I married for love.I can’t believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show!’
Supportive sibling: Kim was supported by her sister Khloe at the Sydney launch
Distracted: Kim appeared to be in a world of her own as she posed for photographers
‘Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic!I love with all of my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon.
‘I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have.
‘I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.’
That’s better!Kim, who was not wearing her wedding or engagement rings, did manage a small smile as she met fans before the launch
Pushing through: Kim signed autographs for fans outside the Hugo’s store
Posing up: Inside the launch, Kim and Khloe sat with Mel B and her husband Stephen Belafonte, as well as Khloe’s husband Lamar Odom
Kim also said in the statement that ending her marriage to Kris Humphries was not an easy decision to make.
She wrote: ‘I’m being honest here and I hope you respect my courage because this isn’t easy to go through.But I do know that I have to follow my heart.
‘I never had the intention of hurting anybody and I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for.’
‘It was not the fairy tale I had hoped for’: Kim released a statement to fans insisting she did marry Kris Humphries for love
Kim also addressed claims she has made money from the wedding, which was shown on celebrity TV channel E!.
She wrote: ‘There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this.
‘I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.’
Kim is thought to be donating $200,000 to the charity.
Feeling the strain: Kim arriving in Sydney yesterday
Arriving Down Under: The 31-year-old arrived in Australia and was seen carrying a Louis Vuitton Suitcase in the same clothes she left LAX in
Her remarks follow claims made by her mother that Kim didn’t make any money from the marriage.
Kris Jenner, 55, took to the airwaves today to defend her daughter amid mounting speculation the ‘fairy tale wedding’ was nothing but a publicity stunt to boost the Kardashian coffers.
The event reportedly generated a staggering £18million in magazine and television deals, plus endorsements.
Sibling support: Khloe put a protective arm through Kim’s as the sisters made their way through the airport
But Jenner claims Kim shelled out millions of dollars of her own and ‘didn’t earn a dime’.
The mother of six and manager of her family brand found time to discuss the debacle while plugging her new book, Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian, on the Johnjay and Rich In The Morning radio show today.
Addressing reports that the lavish Montecito nuptials on August 20 saw Kim earn a fortune, Jenner said: ‘The one thing that is the most annoying is the rumour that she made millions off of this wedding.
‘She didn’t make a dime and, actually, spent millions of dollars on the wedding – so it’s not something that she thought would ever not be happily ever after.’
Spread out family: While Kim is in Australia with Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney was seen in Beverly Hills while Kris Jenner was in New York today
Supporting Rob: With most of the Kardashian clan out of town Bruce Jenner was supporting Rob on Dancing With The Stars last night
Kim filed for divorce from Kris Humphries yesterday after just 72 days of marriage.
Their short union has drawn criticism far and wide, from fellow celebrities to Twitter users convinced the entire wedding was a cynical business endeavour.
Sources close to Kim and Kris have also revealed the nuptials were a hoax, according to RadarOnline.com.
But Jenner insisted she was proud of her daughter for making such a ‘difficult’ decision.
Minus the Klan: The Kardashian Khaos store opened today in the Mirage hotel without any Kardashians in attendance
She went on: ‘Kim had to make a very difficult, grown-up decision. She needed to do that on her own.
‘She’s not a five-year-old girl, she’s a 30-year-old woman (Kim is actually 31) and right now Kim needs support from her mom today.’
Lavish: The couple exchanged vows at a sprawling mansion in Montecito, California, on August 20
Jenner added that she wished Kim had tried counselling before severing ties.
She said: ‘I met and married Bruce in five months and it is 20 years later and we’re still going strong and I think that obviously I feel that way about marriage because it has it’s ups and downs.’
But she added: ‘(Kim’s) not the first person in the world to get a divorce, and she won’t be the last.She just happens to be a very public person with a couple of television shows on the air so it makes it bigger than life.’
‘Kim’s making a huge mistake,’ say parents of Kris Humphries
Kris Humphries’s parents have told friends that Kim has made a ‘huge mistake’ dumping their son.
William and Debra Humphries have told friends of their disappointment that Kim filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage.
According to TMZ.com Kris’s family are still holding out hope the couple will get back together and the divorce will not go through.
But Kim is said to have told her friends that Kris’ family is ‘partly to blame for the failure of their marriage’, according to TMZ, adding that they constantly ‘belittled’ her and were ‘nasty’ to her family.
Support: Kris with parents William and Debra, pictured here in September
A huge chunk of the $18million Kim and Kris reportedly earned – around $15million – is thought to have been TV rights which formed part of the family’s exclusive deal with E!
Whatever the exact breakdown, their marriage ending now means that the couple earned about $250,000 per day.
They bagged a reputed $1million from People magazine for exclusive shots of the apparently joyous occasion too.
That’s not including the value of the numerous other magazine covers that have added grist to the mill of the Kardashian publicity machine.
Even before the big day, Kim was paid $500,000 to host her bachelorette party at Tao in Las Vegas.
Involvement: Loyal viewers of the E!reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians bought into Kris and Kim’s courtship
Was it ever love?This is the moment when fans wept to see Kim find happiness, but now they doubt it
But then, however heartbroken he is, Kris has benefited hugely.
He was earning around $40,000 per game but since marrying Kim, has been hitting the quarter of a million mark each day.
This is sure to be a loss he feels keenly.
Especially as Kim seems determined to sever ties sharply and swiftly.
E!report that alongside the prenuptial agreement she put in place, the brunette wants property separated immediately, and for each party to pay their own legal fees.
She listed ‘miscellaneous jewellery and other personal effects’ as well as ‘earrings and accumulations’ amassed before, during and after her marriage to be confirmed as separate property but no word on whether that includes her $2 million, 20.5-carat diamond ring.
It was business as usual for Kim yesterday, as she jetted off to Australia to attend the Melbourne Cup just hours after filing the divorce papers.
The end: Kris and Kim were grim-faced after a meal on Thursday night, this was the last time they were seen together in public
Kim Kardashian’s blog post to fans
This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.I see all of the support and I am so thankful for my fans, friends and family who are helping me through this difficult time.
I am trying not to read all the different media reports but it’s hard not to see all the negative ones.First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show!
I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision. But it’s who I am!We filmed Kourtney giving birth, Khloe getting married, break ups, make ups, our best moments and our worst moments. These were all real moments. That’s what makes us who we are. We share, we give, we love and we are open!
Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic!I love with all of my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon. I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have.
I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.
I’m being honest here and I hope you respect my courage because this isn’t easy to go through.But I do know that I have to follow my heart. I never had the intention of hurting anybody and I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for.
There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding.These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.
I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart and I believe now that I really am.