Kim Kardashian looks tense after Kanye West divorce victory as Balenciaga crisis looms large


Kim Kardashian looked tense on Monday afternoon as she arrived at what looked like a family conference following the conclusion of her divorce from Kanye West, even as she battled widespread backlash to her refusal to cut ties with Balenciaga.

The 42-year-old reality star–turned–fashion icon appeared to cast aside her usual haute couture looks in favor of casual gray sweats while meeting up with momager Kris Jenner and her sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian at Kourtney’s husband Travis Barker‘s DTA Records Studio in Calabasas, California.

Rather than celebrating Kim’s divorce finalization, which sees her getting $200,000 per month from the disgraced rapper, the Kardashian–Jenner clan has been engulfed in scandal due to their close relations to the fashion house after Balenciaga released a disturbing holiday ad campaign featuring child models posing with its Plush Toy Bag, which resembled teddy bears dressed in BDSM gear. 

Safe space: The reality star, 42, wore casual gray sweats while meeting up with momager Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian at Travis Barker's studio in Calabasas, California

‘Crisis talks’: Kim Kardashian looked tense on Monday afternoon as she arrived at what looked like a family conference amid the widespread backlash to her refusal to cut ties with Balenciaga. The reality star, 42, wore casual gray sweats while meeting up with momager Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian at Travis Barker’s studio in Calabasas, California

In the photo shoot, the children also appeared to be surrounded by empty wine and champagne glasses, further contributing to the disturbing setting.

Kim’s crisis meeting attire including a simple, nondescript gray hoodie, which she paired with matching sweatpants.

She stuck to a low-key theme with a pair of plain white sneakers, and she continued to show off her long platinum blond–dyed hair, which she wore tied back in a low-slung bun.

The Kardashians star had a prominent middle part that revealed her raven roots peaking through. 

She was seen stepping out of her silver luxury vehicle as she arrived for the family meeting. 

Father–daughter time: Kim's ex-husband Kanye West was seen a day later on Tuesday as he took their daughter North to a mall as news broke that their divorce had been finalized

Father–daughter time: Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West was seen a day later on Tuesday as he took their daughter North to a mall as news broke that their divorce had been finalized

No fuss: Kim's crisis meeting attire including a simple, nondescript gray hoodie, which she paired with matching sweatpants

Simple style: She stuck to a low-key theme with a pair of plain white sneakers

No fuss: Kim’s crisis meeting attire including a simple, nondescript gray hoodie, which she paired with matching sweatpants. She stuck to a low-key theme with a pair of plain white sneakers

Comfy: She stuck to a low-key theme with a pair of plain white sneakers, and she continued to show off her long blond-dyed hair, which she wore tied back in a low-slung bun

Comfy: She stuck to a low-key theme with a pair of plain white sneakers, and she continued to show off her long blond-dyed hair, which she wore tied back in a low-slung bun

Modest entrance: She was seen stepping out of her silver luxury vehicle as she arrived for the family meeting. The Kardashians star had a prominent middle part that revealed her raven roots peaking through

Modest entrance: She was seen stepping out of her silver luxury vehicle as she arrived for the family meeting. The Kardashians star had a prominent middle part that revealed her raven roots peaking through

Supplies: Kim brought along a small brown paper shopping bag in one hand while she sipped from a hot pink smoothie in her other hand

Supplies: Kim brought along a small brown paper shopping bag in one hand while she sipped from a hot pink smoothie in her other hand

Kim brought along a small brown paper shopping bag in one hand while she sipped from a hot pink smoothie in her other hand.

She didn’t seem to take a pause and could be seen chatting on the phone as she stepped out of the car and made her way into the studio. 

Joining the meeting was the family matriarch Kris Jenner, who wore a chic yet business-ready suit.

The 67-year-old businesswoman and manager’s outfit was a cross between a military uniform and a Mandarin suit with its single-breast design and a row of large buttons running up the front and cuffs with red patches and stripes.

She paired it with matching black slacks and chunky black shoes, and her jet black pixie cut was swept up messily in the breeze.

Kris included her taste for luxury by carrying along a plain black Hermès Birkin bag.

Back in black: Joining the meeting was the family matriarch Kris Jenner, who wore a chic yet business-ready suit

Back in black: Joining the meeting was the family matriarch Kris Jenner, who wore a chic yet business-ready suit

Edgy: The 67-year-old businesswoman and manager's outfit was a cross between a military uniform and a Mandarin suit

Eye-catching: It had a single-breast design and a row of large buttons running up the front

Edgy: The 67-year-old businesswoman and manager’s outfit was a cross between a military uniform and a Mandarin suit with its single-breast design and a row of large buttons running up the front

On point: She paired it with matching black slacks and chunky black shoes

On point: She paired it with matching black slacks and chunky black shoes

Short hair, don't care: Her jet black pixie cut was swept up messily in the breeze

Short hair, don’t care: Her jet black pixie cut was swept up messily in the breeze

Fancy: Kris included her taste for luxury by carrying along a plain black Hermès Birkin bag

Fancy: Kris included her taste for luxury by carrying along a plain black Hermès Birkin bag

Kourtney had on a much more casual look as she arrived at the studio in her black Mercedes SUV.

She wore a puffy black cropped jacket with thick sleeves, and she paired it with figure hugging black pants that were enlivened with silver buttons over the crotch and flared legs.

She wore her dark hair tied down tightly with some strands dangling dramatically over her face, and she slipped on a pair of wraparound sunglasses.

Like Kim, she took a call as she entered the studio.

Her husband Travis appeared to have already been in the building, as he wasn’t seen entering with her. 

Casual: Kourtney had on a much more casual look as she arrived at the studio. She wore a puffy black cropped jacket with thick sleeves

Casual: Kourtney had on a much more casual look as she arrived at the studio. She wore a puffy black cropped jacket with thick sleeves

Striking: She paired it with figure hugging black pants that were enlivened with silver buttons over the crotch and flared legs

Simple: The reality star wore her dark hair tied down tightly with some strands dangling dramatically over her face

Striking: She paired it with figure hugging black pants that were enlivened with silver buttons over the crotch and flared legs. The reality star wore her dark hair tied down tightly with some strands dangling dramatically over her face

Looking cool: She slipped on a pair of wraparound sunglasses

 Looking cool: She slipped on a pair of wraparound sunglasses

Solo trip: Like Kim, she took a call as she entered the studio. Her husband Travis appeared to have already been in the building, as he wasn't seen entering with her

Solo trip: Like Kim, she took a call as she entered the studio. Her husband Travis appeared to have already been in the building, as he wasn’t seen entering with her

Kris breamed as she was seen entering the studio when she noticed her daughter Khloé Kardashian heading up to the front door.

Khloé opted for the most low-key, nondescript ensemble of the group.

The Revenge Body star appeared to do a little bow to her mother while showing off her black-and-white Nike basketball sneakers.

She could have disappeared into any crowd with her plain black oversize sweatshirt that hung loosely on her trim frame, along with similarly baggy sweatpants.

Her long blond hair cascaded down her back and peaked out from her black ski cap, and she obscured her impeccably made-up face with black sunglasses. 

Khloé appeared to be twinning with her mother, as both seemed to carry the same style of black Birkin Bag, though the former partner of Tristan Thompson also held a massive water bottle in her pointy burgundy-colored claws. 

Reunited: Kris breamed as she was seen entering the studio when she noticed her daughter Khloé Kardashian heading up to the front door

Reunited: Kris breamed as she was seen entering the studio when she noticed her daughter Khloé Kardashian heading up to the front door

Flying under the radar: Khloé opted for the most low-key, nondescript ensemble of the group

Flying under the radar: Khloé opted for the most low-key, nondescript ensemble of the group

Showing off: The Revenge Body star appeared to do a little bow to her mother while highlighting her black-and-white Nike basketball sneakers

Anonymous: She could have disappeared into any crowd with her plain black oversize sweatshirt that hung loosely on her trim frame, along with similarly baggy sweatpants

Showing off: The Revenge Body star appeared to do a little bow to her mother while highlighting her black-and-white Nike basketball sneakers. Showing off: The Revenge Body star appeared to do a little bow to her mother while highlighting her black-and-white Nike basketball sneakers

Mother and child reunion: Khloé appeared to be twinning with her mother, as both carried the same style of black Birkin Bag, though the former partner of Tristan Thompson also held a massive water bottle in her pointy burgundy-colored claws

Mother and child reunion: Khloé appeared to be twinning with her mother, as both carried the same style of black Birkin Bag, though the former partner of Tristan Thompson also held a massive water bottle in her pointy burgundy-colored claws

Luscious locks: Her long blond hair cascaded down her back and peaked out from her black ski cap

Luscious locks: Her long blond hair cascaded down her back and peaked out from her black ski cap

Covered up: She obscured her impeccably made-up face with black sunglasses

Catching up: Khloé and Kris appeared to stop to briefly chat before heading into the studio

Covered up: She obscured her impeccably made-up face with black sunglasses. Khloé and Kris appeared to stop to briefly chat before heading into the studio

Care free: The duo appeared fairly relaxed, unlike the rest of the family

Care free: The duo appeared fairly relaxed, unlike the rest of the family

Happy to see each other: Khloé and Kris shared the only smile that was to be seen among the group as they entered the studio

Happy to see each other: Khloé and Kris shared the only smile that was to be seen among the group as they entered the studio

MIA: Notably, Kris' youngest children — Kendall and Kylie Jenner — both appeared to have given the meeting a pass

MIA: Notably, Kris’ youngest children — Kendall and Kylie Jenner — both appeared to have given the meeting a pass

Khloé and Kris shared the only smile that was to be seen among the group as they entered the studio.

They would have seemingly been more optimistic after Kim was reported on Tuesday to have finalized her divorce from Kanye West after nearly two chaotic years, according to TMZ.

The exes had finally reached an agreement over custody of their four children, as well as they parenting plans and the division of their multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio following repeated attempts by West to slow down the proceedings, which saw him firing multiple attorneys along the way.

According to documents viewed by the publication, Kim will be getting $200,00 per month from her ex-husband.

Split: Kim was seen just a day before TMZ reported that she and Kanye West had finalized their divorce. He will reportedly pay her $200,000 per month in child support, and they have also divided their assets and properties; seen in 2016 in NYC

Split: Kim was seen just a day before TMZ reported that she and Kanye West had finalized their divorce. He will reportedly pay her $200,000 per month in child support, and they have also divided their assets and properties; seen in 2016 in NYC

Pricey: The significant sum would only seem like a small amount of money when compared against the fortunes of Kim and Kanye

Inconceivable wealth: Both have been declared billionaires in the past by Forbes

Pricey: The significant sum would only seem like a small amount of money when compared against the fortunes of Kim and Kanye, both of whom have been declared billionaires in the past by Forbes

Major hit: However, West's net worth has plummeted after his Yeezy deal with Adidas was canceled by the sports brand

Major hit: However, West’s net worth has plummeted after his Yeezy deal with Adidas was canceled by the sports brand

Stuck his Yeezy in his mouth: Adidas cut ties with West in the wake of incendiary anti-Semitic comments repeatedly made by him

Change in stock: Without the money from the deal, Kim appears to now be significantly wealthier than her ex-husband

Stuck his Yeezy in his mouth: Adidas cut ties with West in the wake of incendiary anti-Semitic comments repeatedly made by him. Without the money from the deal, Kim appears to now be significantly wealthier than her ex-husband

Late-breaking: However, it's not clear if the final figures of the deal were arranged before or after Kanye's destructive behavior

Late-breaking: However, it’s not clear if the final figures of the deal were arranged before or after Kanye’s destructive behavior

The significant sum would only seem like a small amount of money when compared against the fortunes of Kim and Kanye, both of whom have been declared billionaires in the past by Forbes.

However, West’s net worth has plummeted after his Yeezy deal with Adidas was canceled by the sports brand after incendiary anti-Semitic comments repeatedly made by him.

Without the money from the deal, Kim appears to now be significantly wealthier than her ex-husband, though it’s not clear if the final figures of the deal were arranged before or after Kanye’s destructive behavior. 

The Kardashian–Jenner clan has been known to film its family meetings for both Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its bigger-budget Hulu follow-up The Kardashians, though they didn’t appear to be followed by cameras while outside the studio. 

Kim and her mother and sisters were subsequently seen leaving the studio later in the evening, after the sun had gone down. 

Constantly documented: The Kardashian–Jenner clan has been known to film its family meetings for both Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its bigger-budget Hulu follow-up The Kardashians

Constantly documented: The Kardashian–Jenner clan has been known to film its family meetings for both Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its bigger-budget Hulu follow-up The Kardashians

Camera-free: However, they didn't appear to be followed by cameras while outside the studio

Under cover of dark: Kim and her mother and sisters were subsequently seen leaving the studio later in the evening, after the sun had gone down

Camera-free: However, they didn’t appear to be followed by cameras while outside the studio. Kim and her mother and sisters were subsequently seen leaving the studio later in the evening, after the sun had gone down

Although it is unclear why the family were meeting, they were gathered as Kim has been lambasted by critics for her refusal to cut ties with the embattled fashion house Balenciaga.

The brand, which has used Kim as its most high-profile ambassador, came under fire after releasing its holiday 2022 ad campaign.

The photoshoot including disturbing images of young children posing with Balenciaga’s Plush Toy Bag. The bag was designed to look like a colorful teddy bear, but covered in black straps resembling BDSM gear.

The children themselves didn’t appear to be in sexualized positions or clothing, but the photoset included other disturbing details.

Eagle-eyed viewers noted that they were empty wine glasses and champagne flutes decorating the room where the children were photographed.

Crisis mode: Although it is unclear why the family were meeting, they were gathered as Kim has been lambasted by critics for her refusal to cut ties with the embattled fashion house Balenciaga

Tasteless: The brand, which has used Kim as its most high-profile ambassador, came under fire after releasing its holiday 2022 ad campaign

Crisis mode: Although it is unclear why the family were meeting, they were gathered as Kim has been lambasted by critics for her refusal to cut ties with the embattled fashion house Balenciaga. The brand, which has used Kim as its most high-profile ambassador, came under fire after releasing its holiday 2022 ad campaign

Creepy: The photoshoot including disturbing images of young children posing with Balenciaga's Plush Toy Bag

Unnecessarily sexualized: The bag was designed to look like a colorful teddy bear, but covered in black straps resembling BDSM gear

Creepy: The photoshoot including disturbing images of young children posing with Balenciaga’s Plush Toy Bag. The bag was designed to look like a colorful teddy bear, but covered in black straps resembling BDSM gear

More: The children themselves didn't appear to be in sexualized positions or clothing, but the photoset included other disturbing details

More: The children themselves didn’t appear to be in sexualized positions or clothing, but the photoset included other disturbing details

Balenciaga initially seemed to try to skirt past the controversy by shifting the blame to the photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who snapped the pictures in Paris.

However, Galimberti doesn’t appear to have designed or decorated the set on which he was photographing, and the brand subsequently agreed that he did not have control over the shoot.

Making matters worse, another separate Balenciaga photoshoot also featured a disturbing connection to pedophilia.

For the brand’s spring 2023 campaign, celebrities including Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman were photographed in business settings in what appeared to be a skyscraper.

However, eagle-eyed observers noted that one of the photos featured a pile of documents in the background, which upon closer inspection were revealed to be a printout of a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not child pornography could be considered a protected former of free speech.

The image was specifically from the opinion in United States v. Williams, which upheld a federal child pornography law.

Odd: Eagle-eyed viewers noted that they were empty wine glasses and champagne flutes decorating the room where the children were photographed

Pointing fingers: Balenciaga initially seemed to try to skirt past the controversy by shifting the blame to the photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who snapped the pictures in Paris

Odd: Eagle-eyed viewers noted that they were empty wine glasses and champagne flutes decorating the room where the children were photographed Balenciaga initially seemed to try to skirt past the controversy by shifting the blame to the photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who snapped the pictures in Paris

Changing its tune: However, Galimberti doesn't appear to have designed or decorated the set on which he was photographing, and the brand subsequently agreed that he did not have control over the shoot

Changing its tune: However, Galimberti doesn’t appear to have designed or decorated the set on which he was photographing, and the brand subsequently agreed that he did not have control over the shoot

Again?! Making matters worse, another separate Balenciaga photoshoot also featured a disturbing connection to pedophilia

Again?! Making matters worse, another separate Balenciaga photoshoot also featured a disturbing connection to pedophilia

Innocent enough: For the brand's spring 2023 campaign, celebrities including Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman were photographed in business settings in what appeared to be a skyscraper

Detail: However, eagle-eyed observers noted that one of the photos featured a pile of documents in the background

Innocent enough: For the brand’s spring 2023 campaign, celebrities including Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman were photographed in business settings in what appeared to be a skyscraper. However, eagle-eyed observers noted that one of the photos featured a pile of documents in the background

What a strange choice! Upon closer inspection, the documents were revealed to be a printout of a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not child pornography could be considered a protected former of free speech

What a strange choice! Upon closer inspection, the documents were revealed to be a printout of a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not child pornography could be considered a protected former of free speech

Details: The image was specifically from the opinion in United States v. Williams, which upheld a federal child pornography law

Details: The image was specifically from the opinion in United States v. Williams, which upheld a federal child pornography law

Although the two photoshoots were not connected, critics worried that together they represented a concerning culture within Balenciaga.

Although it was speculated that the Supreme Court documents might have been left over from the filming of a legal drama, the fashion house still struck out at the ‘reckless negligence’ of North Six Inc., the company that managed the photoshoot. 

Balenciaga has claimed that North Six was solely in charge of dressing the second photoshoot, and has said it believed the items used were ‘fake,’ though it’s unclear why the brand would have been preemptively concerned about fake documents. 

Notably, North Six Inc. only worked on the spring 2023 campaign, and not the holiday campaign featuring child models and the BDSM bears. 

Odd timing: Although the two photoshoots were not connected, critics worried that together they represented a concerning culture within Balenciaga

Mixup? It was speculated that the Supreme Court documents might have been left over from the filming of a legal drama

Odd timing: Although the two photoshoots were not connected, critics worried that together they represented a concerning culture within Balenciaga. It was speculated that the Supreme Court documents might have been left over from the filming of a legal drama

New target: The fashion house still struck out at the 'reckless negligence' of North Six Inc., the company that managed the photoshoot

New target: The fashion house still struck out at the ‘reckless negligence’ of North Six Inc., the company that managed the photoshoot

Caught off guard? Balenciaga has claimed that North Six was solely in charge of dressing the second photoshoot, and has said it believed the items used were 'fake'

Strange concern: However, it's unclear why the brand would have been preemptively concerned about fake documents

Caught off guard? Balenciaga has claimed that North Six was solely in charge of dressing the second photoshoot, and has said it believed the items used were ‘fake,’ though it’s unclear why the brand would have been preemptively concerned about fake documents 

Separate shoots: Notably, North Six Inc. only worked on the spring 2023 campaign, and not the holiday campaign featuring child models and the BDSM bears

Separate shoots: Notably, North Six Inc. only worked on the spring 2023 campaign, and not the holiday campaign featuring child models and the BDSM bears

Although the documents might have been an unfortunately placed prop, the spring 2023 shoot featured another disturbing detail when combined: the inclusion of a book of art by the painter Michael Borremans.

Borremans, a Belgian artist, has had a varied career, but he is responsible for a disturbing 2017 series of paintings titled Fire From The Sun.

The paintings depict a group of toddlers against what appears to be a photography studio backdrop, but the naked children are surrounded by severed limbs — presumably from unseen adults — in several images.

Some paintings depict the children starting small fires, while other disturbing images show the children smeared with blood.

Some of the most horrific of the paintings appear to show some of the toddlers after being castrated. 

What are the odds? Although the documents might have been an unfortunately placed prop, the spring 2023 shoot featured another disturbing detail when combined: the inclusion of a book of art by the painter Michael Borremans

What are the odds? Although the documents might have been an unfortunately placed prop, the spring 2023 shoot featured another disturbing detail when combined: the inclusion of a book of art by the painter Michael Borremans

Disturbing: Borremans, a Belgian artist, has had a varied career, but he is responsible for a disturbing 2017 series of paintings titled Fire From The Sun

Violent: The paintings depict a group of toddlers against what appears to be a photography studio backdrop, but the naked children are surrounded by severed limbs — presumably from unseen adults — in several images

Borremans, a Belgian artist, has had a varied career, but he is responsible for a disturbing 2017 series of paintings titled Fire From The Sun. The paintings depict a group of toddlers against what appears to be a photography studio backdrop, but the naked children are surrounded by severed limbs — presumably from unseen adults — in several images

Creepy: Some paintings depict the children starting small fires, while other disturbing images show the children smeared with blood

Creepy: Some paintings depict the children starting small fires, while other disturbing images show the children smeared with blood

Shocking: Some of the most horrific of the paintings appear to show some of the toddlers after being castrated

Shocking: Some of the most horrific of the paintings appear to show some of the toddlers after being castrated

Heading home: Following the family meeting, the whole group was seen exiting Travis' studio

Heading home: Following the family meeting, the whole group was seen exiting Travis’ studio

Coupled up: Travis made his first appearance as he exited the studio in a simple black T-shirt and matching baggy jeans. Kourtney held hands with him and stayed close, and she even showed off a soft smile to lighten the mood

Coupled up: Travis made his first appearance as he exited the studio in a simple black T-shirt and matching baggy jeans. Kourtney held hands with him and stayed close, and she even showed off a soft smile to lighten the mood

Following the family meeting, the whole group was seen exiting Travis’ studio.

Travis made his first appearance as he exited the studio in a simple black T-shirt and matching baggy jeans. Kourtney held hands with him and stayed close, and she even showed off a soft smile to lighten the mood.

The day after the Kardashian family meet-up, Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West was seen spending some quality time with his older daughter North, nine.

The Flashing Lights rapper also shares Saint, six; Chicago, four; and Psalm, three, with his ex. 

North was still dressed in sporty attire after her dad picked her up from basketball practice, while he wore a black TT-shirt and hoodie with a lustrous black bag strapped to his midriff.

He continued to wear his standard chunky black rain boots and black jeans as well. 

It’s unclear if the rapper was responsible for his daughter’s shirt, which appeared to promote his Donda pre-release show in Atlanta from August 2021.

However, the shirt featured a small cross contained within a stylized, stretched-out star, which appeared to be similar to a Star of David.

The image was an odd choice for West’s daughter, as his public image has been further eroded due to his numerous recent anti-Semitic statements. 

Father–daughter duo: The day after the Kardashian family meet-up, Kim's ex-husband Kanye West was seen spending some quality time with his older daughter North, nine

Father–daughter duo: The day after the Kardashian family meet-up, Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West was seen spending some quality time with his older daughter North, nine

Family: The Flashing Lights rapper also shares Saint, six; Chicago, four; and Psalm, three, with his ex

Family: The Flashing Lights rapper also shares Saint, six; Chicago, four; and Psalm, three, with his ex

Back in black: North was still dressed in sporty attire after her dad picked her up from basketball practice, while he wore a black TT-shirt and hoodie with a lustrous black bag strapped to his midriff. He continued to wear his standard chunky black rain boots and black jeans as well

Back in black: North was still dressed in sporty attire after her dad picked her up from basketball practice, while he wore a black TT-shirt and hoodie with a lustrous black bag strapped to his midriff. He continued to wear his standard chunky black rain boots and black jeans as well

Tasteless: It's unclear if the rapper was responsible for his daughter's shirt, which appeared to promote his Donda pre-release show in Atlanta from August 2021. The shirt featured a cross contained within what looked like a stretched-out Star of David. It was an odd choice for West's daughter, as his public image has been further eroded due to his numerous recent anti-Semitic statements

Tasteless: It’s unclear if the rapper was responsible for his daughter’s shirt, which appeared to promote his Donda pre-release show in Atlanta from August 2021. The shirt featured a cross contained within what looked like a stretched-out Star of David. It was an odd choice for West’s daughter, as his public image has been further eroded due to his numerous recent anti-Semitic statements



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