When the news first broke about Kim Kardashian being robbed at gunpoint in Paris last October, it was absolutely horrifying to read the details of what happened. And when Kardashian finally got to tell her own story on Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it became obvious that news articles couldn't do her story justice compared to when the reality star relived it herself. But despite the fact that something so awful happened to her, she's not letting it change her. Kardashian's tweets after the KUWTK robbery episode are a great show of her strength, and after seeing the way she and her family reacted on TV, it seems that's been her approach from the beginning.
Before the episode aired, Kardashian had never shared what happened that night in her own words. Since she took a break from public life immediately after the robbery, it's not like she posted the details on social media, which she might have done before. Hearing her tell the story to her sisters on camera was absolutely heartbreaking, and it's hard to imagine what it must have been like to live it.
And right after the episode ended, Kardashian took to Twitter to share her thoughts, which were surprisingly uplifting considering everything she's been through over the past several months.
I took a tragic horrific experience and did not let it diminish me, rather grew and evolved and allowed the experience to teach me.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 20, 2017
I can say I've become so much better because of it....thank you for allowing me to share my story tonight #KUWTK— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 20, 2017
These tweets are exactly the reason I've been a fan of Kim Kardashian for so long. Her critics may say that she's "famous for nothing," but what one of the things that make her so interesting is how she is constantly able to overcome adversity. This may have been her biggest hurdle so far, but it's a relief to see that she was able to not only survive something so horrific but also find the good in it and allow it to make her a better person in the end.
Hours before KUWTK, Kardashian tweeted about how tough it would be for her to watch, but that she felt it was important to tell her story since it was such a life changing experience for her. I've always suspected that someone as successful as she is must have a pretty strong backbone, and Sunday's episode was solid proof that it's true. Her strength radiated through every scene, and now, in these tweets, too.
Even just after the robbery happened, when Kardashian was in an elevator with Kanye West and Kris Jenner, about to see Saint and North for the first time since landing in New York, she made her family agree not to cry or talk about the robbery in front of the kids so they wouldn't be scared. True to her word, Kardashian was all smiles when she hugged an excited North, and it was like she was returning from just another trip.
I have always shared so much & I'm not going to hold back when this was probably one of the most life changing experiences for me.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 19, 2017
And then, later, when she broke down into tears while telling Kourtney and Khloé the details of what happened when she was duct taped to the bed in her Paris apartment, her thoughts during the robbery weren't even about herself. She admitted that she just wanted Kourtney to live a normal life after finding her dead body, and when she was done telling the story, she said, "It's all replaceable. None of it matters."
Although she did lose her things — including her engagement ring from West — and will have to live with what happened that day for the rest of her life, she's right. It is all replaceable, but her life wouldn't have been. When other people might have used this as an excuse to completely withdraw from their lives, Kardashian has used it as an opportunity to make her appreciate what she does have even more.
Kardashian, you're my hero. My hope for the rest of her 2017? Lots of selfies, lots of time with her adorable kiddos, and plenty of safety and happiness. After everything she's survived, she could probably use it.