Kim Kardashian, 31, came to Australia to promote a new line of her family’s handbags, granting her first interview since she filed for divorce from Kris Humpries on Monday.
“I mean, you know, in a tough situation. I think I’m trying to do the best I can, and it’s actually a bit of an escape to come here,” Kim said during a radio interview on the Kyle and Jackie O show.
E! had a long and quite profitable relationship with the Kardashian family — one it is seeking to protect. When the wedding special made its debut last month, it lifted E! to its highest-rated week ever.
Kim is still upset about her divorce, she wrote in her blog to explain herself and express authenticity. She also gave her first interview about the split, again promising true heartbreak.
“I don’t think I’m ready to go into, you know, the details of what went on in my marriage,” she said in the interview. “But I do want to make clear that I would never marry for a TV show, for money, for anything like that. I think that’s really ridiculous that I have to even defend that… I guess, you know, that comes along with when you film your wedding for a reality show.”
Some hours later after the divorce was announced, most of the mockery was directed at Ms. Kardashian. She was being accused of concocting the wedding as a for-profit publicity stunt.
Khloe Kardashian supported the sister, “The thing I’ve always admired about Kim, and I know right now it’s of course too soon, but I’ve always admired her view on life and love,” she said. “I don’t have that, I never had that view. So I’ve always loved that about Kim. It makes her such a real person and I never want that to go away.”
Ms. Kardashian met her former husband ,Humphries, a forward for the New Jersey Nets, on Oct. 31, 2010, and married him on Aug. 20 in a literally made-for-TV ceremony. Some weeks passed, and reports of the couple’s fights and quarrels appeared. E! seems to be “surprised and saddened” by her divorce filing on Monday. Humphries said he was devastated in a statement that called him “committed to this marriage.”
In September and October E! cameras were recording for “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” a reality show about Kardashian sisters running businesses and love lives in the city. Before the divorce announcement, E! had set a Nov. 27 premiere date for the season. The episodes are expected to show disputes between Ms. Kardashian and Mr. Humphries, but it is still unclear whether E! will show discussions about the divorce.
“They did stay together 72 days longer than most reality TV couples do,” the author of “Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, Jennifer L. Pozner, said, “and a critic of the fake reality of television shows that place more importance on a lavish wedding than on a lasting marriage”.
“This divorce is useful in interrupting reality TV’s extremely shallow emphasis on the ‘perfect fairy tale wedding’ narrative you hear over and over,” she added. [Via The New York Times and The Huff Post]