On the July 6 episode of The Kardashians, Kim Kardashian suffered a nervous breakdown due to her ex-husband, Kanye West’s, behaviour.
Kanye was pulled from his affiliations with Adidas and other firms in October 2022 after making awful, public antisemitic statements. Kim confronted Khloe about the matter and burst into tears.
“It stinks when people don’t recognise how different they are,” she said. “You always hope to see a glimpse of [that person], and I hope I do.”
Kim explained to her sister that she couldn’t “get it together” for a meeting that was already an hour late. “I feel so bad for him,” Kim said.
“I don’t even know if he feels bad for himself. I don’t know if he knows how. But I feel so bad.” Khloe described Kanye’s behavior as “watching a car crash in slow motion,” because she and the rest of the family were “helpless” to do anything. Kim added, “It’s really confusing to me. [He’s] so different than the person I married. That’s who I loved and who I remember and I’ll do anything to get that person back.”
Amidst the controversies, Kim admitted that she hadn’t even spoken to her ex-husband, who is also the father of her four kids. “He’ll probably go off on me,” she said. At the time of Kanye’s controversy, Kim didn’t publicly make a statement directly about the rapper.
However, she did post on social media in support of the Jewish community. “People dropped him today and I’m like..is it my fault because I posted that?” she wondered. “Did that push them? I should’ve just kept quiet, but then I’m vocal about everything else. I never know what to do.”
Khloe assured Kim that none of the backlash Kanye was receiving was her fault. “He’s had so many opportunities to retract what he said and he would double down,” Khloe pointed out.
In a confessional, she also made it clear that none of her family members share Kanye’s views. “We think it’s gravely irresponsible,” she said.
“We are all aware of the following Kanye has and how his words can be used to rile up.” She also explained to Kim that she can relate to how she’s feeling, because she still feels bad about the backlash that her exes, Lamar Odom and Tristan Thompson, faced for mistakes they made themselves.
“You’re such a good person and that’s why you feel like this,” Khloe said. “Your heart is breaking for him. People have probably wanted to cancel him for a long time and he always said, ‘I’m not cancellable,’ but this is probably the last thing.” Kim admitted that she wasn’t sure how to “emotionally manage” the situation, especially because there are children involved.
“I don’t ever want to jump in and be part of a downfall for the father of my kids,” she explained. “It’s really f***** hard.”
In another scene, Kim spent some quality time with all four of her kids. “Obviously there’s time in life when things get really hectic and I think you have to tune it all out and realize that being a mom and being really present is the most important thing,” she said.
“I am just in protection mode of my kids and just trying to hide everything. It’s hard for me to figure out, like…if they don’t know anything, then why wouldn’t dad come over for dinner? Why isn’t dad at [their] things? That kills me. It’s the one thing that gives me anxiety.
Then I’m embarrassed if someone’s going to say something at a game or function. I just don’t know what to do. I’ve been managing it the best way I know how because I want my kids to see a healthy dad. I take it day by day.”