“I protected that for so long, but I said I will never let that happen to you guys again.”
If you’ve been following Kimye over the years, you’ll know that at times throughout their seven-year marriage, Kanye West publicly aired his grievances toward his now-ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
Before she filed for divorce in February 2021, Kim sporadically found herself being called out by Kanye, who has bipolar disorder. Perhaps the most notable instance was during a series of tweets in 2020 where he claimed she’d tried to force him into a mental health facility against his will.
He also publicly revealed some of his and Kim’s most personal and private information onstage at a political rally, when he claimed that they’d planned on having an abortion when the mogul was pregnant with their first child.
But as well as speaking out against Kim, Kanye also appeared to clash with her family, namely her mom, Kris Jenner. He branded the mother-daughter duo “white supremacists” and infamously called the matriarch “Kris Jong-Un,” before sharing a screenshot of his texts with Kris, in which he asked her if she wanted to “go to war” when she hadn ‘t messaged him back.
At the time, Kim wholeheartedly defended Kanye, releasing a statement in July 2020 speaking publicly about his bipolar disorder for the first time in a bid to help break the “stigma and misconceptions” around mental health.
A couple of years prior, she defended the rapper when he posted a string of tweets about his love of President Donald Trump. He went on to visit Trump at the White House as he embarked on his own presidential run, which he later admitted had “embarrassed” Kim.
Now, with Kim having parted ways from Kanye — and gotten in a new relationship with Pete Davidson — it looks like she’s reflecting on the tumultuous past marriage as candidly as ever.
In the latest installment of Hulu reality series The Kardashianswhich aired on Wednesday night, Kim sat down with her family to address the way that Kanye has treated them over the years.
In the episode, we see Kim hosting a small dinner at her home to catch up with her nearest and dearest, including Khloé, Kendall, Kourtney and her then-fiancé Travis Barker, and Kris and her boyfriend, Corey Gamble.
Kris tells Kim that she’s received a text from her “friend” warning her about the release of a new song from Kanye, which prompts concern given that at the time that the episode was filmed, the rapper had begun to publicly speak out against his and Kim’s divorce.
He continued to label the mogul his “wife” during an appearance on the Drinks Champs podcast and claimed he’d “never even seen” the legal papers, while expressing his annoyance at her for joking about the split during her Saturday Night Live monologue in October.
Looking uneasy, Kim says she’s received the message too, before reading it aloud to the group: “Kanye’s coming out with a new rap song.” She goes on to speculate, “It means he’s talking mad shit about me and probably saying whatever.”
Jumping in to defend her sister, Khloé tells Kim: “Most men are not trashing the mother of their kids like that publicly. We don’t have to sit here and throw stones back, we take it on the chin.”
“You are the mother of his kids,” Kris notes, adding that Kim has “done nothing but be great” to Kanye. She elaborates further in a confessional: “When people are saying disparaging things about any of us, it hurts all of us. Because one day your kids are gonna read all of it, and see all of it. And that’s something that everybody has to be really aware of.”
Meanwhile, Khloé tells Kim: “The truth always prevails.” Kendall agrees, adding: “Karma is always gonna be on your side.”
Remaining calm, however, Kim reassures her mom and sisters that she’ll “never stoop” to Kanye’s level. “I think that I will never stop being me,” she says. “All I can do is control how I react to something.”
And Kim goes on to address Kanye’s past treatment of not just her, but her family members too.
“I can’t control how he treats me, or how he’s always treated you guys,” she says. “I protected that for so long, but I said I will never let that happen to you guys again.”
Further commenting on Kanye’s past spats with her family in a confessional, Kim admits: “I do recognize the impact that my relationship has had on my family, and that I’ve never had the opportunity to just say, ‘I’m sorry guys .’”
Kim goes on to tell her family, “For once in my life, I feel strong. I’m not gonna let anyone treat you guys a way — or myself.”
As we now know, Kanye did end up releasing a song mid-January, titled “Eazy,” which contains a scathing reference to Kim’s boyfriend Pete. “God saved me from this crash / Just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s ass,” Ye raps.
Shortly after the track’s release, Kanye went on to spend months sharing Instagram posts slamming both Kim and Pete, throughout which the mogul largely remained silent.
He shared a bunch of videos accusing Kim of purposefully excluding him from their daughter Chicago’s fourth birthday party, claiming that he “wasn’t allowed” to know where the location was.
He later demanded an apology from the “entire family,” tagging all of the Kardashian-Jenners in a hastily-deleted Instagram post that requested they all “take accountability” and stop trying “to bully” him.
And after Kanye also accused Kim of trying to “antagonize” him by letting their daughter North wear makeup on TikTok, the beauty mogul ended up issuing a statement to her Instagram story calling him out for his “constant attacks.”
“Kanye’s constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create,” Kim wrote.
“I have wanted nothing but a healthy and supportive coparenting relationship,” she added. “It saddens me that Kanye continues to make it impossible every step of the way.”