Kim Kardashian covers the latest issue of Billboard, a magazine for people within the music industry. Of course she doesn’t belong on the cover of Billboard… or does she? Billboard acknowledges the question by writing: “She has become not only her 39-year-old husband’s muse, but his sounding board and amplifier of his message — and thus one of music’s most influential non-musicians.” So music’s muses can get the cover of Billboard too. The interview takes place in New York a few weeks back, as Kim helps Kanye organize his Life of Pablo concerts at Madison Square Garden, plus she’s helping out with his Yeezy show (which went badly). The biggest headline from this piece is absolutely the Taylor Swift section, even if Kim makes the effort to claim she doesn’t want to talk about Tay-Tay. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:
Their NYC rental: Here in New York, the couple still owns Kanye’s pre-marriage apartment, but it’s too small for their family, so they made a deal with Airbnb to provide a five-story place in Chelsea in exchange for social media posts. The apartment, she says, is “the sickest.”
She has a lot to say to Kanye about everything: “I’ll be a full critic. I could just say, ‘OK, the lighting should be different here.’ He loves the opinion. And then he will go into rehearsal the whole next day and totally perfect it.”
The Taylor Swift Receipts: “Ugh, do we really have to talk about Taylor Swift?” Just a little bit. “I’m so over it,” she says with a laugh. “If it were up to Kanye, it all would probably never have come out. He can handle it, he has no hard feelings. He doesn’t even really care. I just wanted to protect my husband. I saw him getting a lot of sh-t… It wasn’t even about a look or anything, or to have this feud — it was like, ‘OK, here’s the truth.’ Done. Let’s all move on. I feel like I don’t want to talk about her anymore.”
She was obsessed with MTV’s The Real World. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s what I want to do.’ It’s crazy that it has come full circle — the producers of my show were the ones that created The Real World.”
Her early days, hanging with Paris Hilton: “I just thank God for my rhinestone Sidekick. I would sit there checking Myspace all the time. They probably thought I was so boring.”
Her “surprise” first pregnancy: “I freaked the f— out. We weren’t trying or planning on it and I just didn’t think I was ready. But you’re never ready. It happens when it’s supposed to happen and at the right time.”
Their family life: They have a rule to never argue in front of the kids. “Right as my parents were splitting up I overheard one argument,” she says. “One time in my whole life.” They watch a lot of animated movies, which Kanye loves as much as the kids do, and when it’s just the two of them, they binge-watch shows like Empire. “We’ll go to Big Sur and not leave our hotel room for two days and just watch show after show.”
Eventually allowing North to be on KUWTK: “I would have to, like, change my clothes because I would have throw-up all over me.” And anyway, she’s pretty sure her kids (including Saint, who turns 1 in December), of all children, will be able to handle fame. In fact, it’s fate. “Both times when I was pregnant I’d literally just pray, ‘I hope my baby can handle this life.’ I believe their souls choose us to be their parents — that they choose this life. That’s my belief.”
She plays dumb on the show: “I just don’t think it’s exciting to see me building an app. The most exciting stuff is just when we are at home, in our kitchen, doing absolutely nothing. So I get that. I take one for the team.”
The Taylor Swift stuff is surprisingly well-played, right? It was obviously one of the big reasons why Billboard even gave Kim this cover, because they wanted her to speak about it. So she did, but she also let it be known that she’s over it too. Yes, she dropped the receipts and completely changed the narrative on and around Taylor Swift, arguably the most powerful woman in music today. And because Kim did it with a shrug, that makes it somehow even funnier/more powerful.
Regarding her babies and fame… “I’d literally just pray, ‘I hope my baby can handle this life.’” Are you joking?? Of all things, you pray that your babies can handle being fame-adjacent?
Photos courtesy of Billboard.
Well I don’t want to hear her talk about it anymore so win win
Yeah that’s probably the most sensible thing she’s ever said. She probably had to have a lie down after to recover.
Oh, ok, ….sure…you don’t want to talk about it any longer, now that you and your husband made all kinds of headlines from it.
Yea, for a person not wanting to talk about it, she does it quite a lot. So does Kanye. Obsessives.
Kim can’t get headlines anymore without Swift. Her nipples and now crotch are not interesting enough. She needs a new strategy.
Kardasian speaks with forked tongue.
How off was this interview. Where to begin, the show gets 300 thousand viewers not 10 million, cause if it did, it would be right up there with ratings of NFL. Next, 90 million instagram followers? Nope. They say what ever # u say u have it really is 5-10% and by her likes. She has never passed a million. So if she has mad #’s like that why did her picture book tank, 1/2 a mill sold. The company for her app said she is not getting 100 million for the game, lies lies lies. Her TV show never shows the 3 nannies who basically do it all. She walks around half naked, making sure her nipple shows by pushing her jacket open, that’s how she’s popular. Business woman? Please. Every celebrity sells their name to products to make $$$$. Lol, she tells Kanye about lighting and that makes them special. My friends must be my soul mates since we talk décor all the time for new home renovation s. These stupid mags keep hyping her up she actually believes it.
U wanna see who she really is, the clip where they almost had a car accident,her real life reaction was to call Kanye,ignore North in car and cry how scared she was for herself. Yup.
No one wants to hear her talk at all
” If it were up to Kanye, it all would probably never have come out. ”
Then why is he so damn obsessed with her?
He is not. Kanye is obsessed with Kanye and Kanye’s art, that’s it. Kim is telling the truth. He would never have leaked any of this on his own.
In other words, “Pay attention to MEEEEEEE, not Taylor!”
“plays dumb” hahaha sure
What a twit. Her passive aggressive husband dragged Taylor’s name for years and Kimmie put the icing on the cake with her posting of the phone call. Please, she got what she wanted and now wants to put it to bed. Like a child making a mess and then leaves it there for someone to clean up the mess after the damage is done. For the first time ever, I’m rooting for Swift to make a direct Kim hit, although all of her dirt has already been exposed and she can’t sweep a ten year old sex tape under her expensive Persian rug, it’s there forever.
I’m glad she said that! I feel the same way about Taylor. And Kim as well.
I do like the no arguing in front of the kids rule though.
Yes, I truly never thought that I would think the same thing as Kim Kardashian. Pigs fly!
Here’s the thing, Kim-your kids don’t HAVE to know how to handle that fame. It is well within your control to keep them off the show and out of that spotlight loop indefinitely. But you won’t because you don’t really want to-you would rather risk them not liking the spotlight than allowing potential viewing numbers to escape by NOT having them on the show.
I’m reasonably certain any property owned by Kanye West would have been more than enough room for a family of four, but I guess when you have to have nineteen thousand people taking your picture and filming every second of your life, you for a mansion instead.
And finally, even though Kim would very much like to be excluded from this narrative now, it is laughable to believe that Kanye, who just days ago sang his Famous song three times in one concert and said F**k Taylor Swift to the audience, really was the one who didn’t want any of it to come out or that he didn’t care. Girl, please.
100 grabbyhands. I can only imagine how those kids will turn out. Northwest already has a little attitude and snarls with lips like her dad. Kardashian is pushing 40, and this show can’t last forever (I hope). She should follow the example of her older sister Kourtney who appears to put her children before herself.
Nori has already made it very clear she doesn’t like the cameras and the paps. Kim just ignores all those signs because Kim needs her as a prop. She’s been stressing out that kid this way ever since Nori became cute enough to get Kim more attention. Hope those nannies are really good and stay until Nori can get away from the Kardashians on her own. It will be really sad if she turns out like Kylie – undereducated and superficial but yearning for a normal life.
I wish we didn’t have to see her face anymore. It was nice to have Brangelexit on for a while, they kept the Ks at bay and off the front cover of any gossip magazine.
Or her other body parts.
Absolutely. Over it. In fact, not commenting again on this useless waste of air.
Kim: I feel like I want to talk about me. More. Still.
Lol! Yup, nailed it, you did.
I flip-flop on how I feel about her constantly. Lately, I’ve been finding her a lot more tolerable, but the one constant is that she always says something dumb that makes me roll my eyes.
I guess it figures that the only thing she would pray about regarding her babies is that they can handle “this life” because that life is what matters the most to her.
“She plays dumb on the show: “I just don’t think it’s exciting to see me building an app.”
BUILDING an app? Really? Is she really trying to insinuate that she builds the apps herself? This is where she annoys me endlessly. This woman needs to stop taking credit for things that she does not actually do. She’s basically a spokesperson who lends her image to things that other people create. Companies go to her with their ideas and items asking her to sign off on them because they know that she has a ton of influence and fans who will snatch it all up. I hate that she is always trying to take credit.
No one can play dumb so well unless they are, indeed, dumb.
the only intelligent person in that family is Kris.
She is the human Big Bang. She has created an empire with literally nothing.
She should teach in schools and Universities how that it’s done.
LOL, so true! Kris is so shameless, she would’ve done and pretty much did do anything she could to get where she is today. “Human big bang,” I like that!
Funny, my two bedroom apartment is big enough for me AND my two kids. No five floors needed.
I just make my hair and makeup team sleep outside.
They need 5 floors for the nannies ,camera crew and staff.
I’m gonna go ahead and put the Billboard people responsible for this cover in the same recycle bin as Anna Wintour and offer Kim K another A+ for revealing people’s greediness and ignorance.
The headline He’s with Her is ridiculous and the interview is zero because Kim called off their bluff by cancelling the Taylor Swift topic.
They wanted Kim, the porn reality star, to open the door to gossip magic and she shut that door in their faces but she still got the cover and some nice publicity.
The Kardashians are a reflection of this exact brand of greediness that Billboard is diplaying with this cover.
All this praise for Kim is truly gross. You would have thought she cured cancer.
Kanye’s obession with Taylor is now shared by Kim.
Honestly, this is just too painful to read. She tries so hard to be a real mum and someone all could relate to. But how can I relate to the fact that she can go to a hotel room with her husband and stay there alone for two days watching some tv series while her children are where? At home with their nannies? Seriously?
She’s able to choose to go and watch tv for two days instead of spending all this free time with her kids? Is she even serious?
I’m a working mum and weekends with our little guy are the most precious moments and I would never ever choose anything over it….
The “I hope my baby can handle this life” thing made me shudder – because the unspoken part of that statement is “because there is no way in hell I’m giving it up if they can’t.”
+1. You hit the nail right on the head.
I like her. Not the brightest buld but harmless
i find no issue with her wanting her babies to be able to handle the fame intense life they have. it is a lot. this interview wasnt bad. why arent we talking about her playing dumb comment??
At first read, I thought she was referring to Paris Hilton as her “rhinestone Sidekick.”
Me too! 😂
I know! I actually got quite a chuckle from this description of Paris,thinking to myself “wow ,that was actually witty”, then I realized she was taking about her phone.
She had her 15 minutes of fame … Again …
I’m getting more and more fond of her. I liked it when Kanye went public with their relationship because it taught us a great lesson in classism. I was worried he would be eaten by the K machine though. Not anymore. They are a great couple and she found her way through. Kimye is the real Brange.
I love the cover and those silver boots.
ONLY MORONS GO TO BIG SUR (the most fabulous place on earth) TO BINGE WATCH HOURS OF TV.
Same as brown-bagging MacDonald’s takeout to the best restaurant in the world.
But idiots always miss the point, don’t they?
Can’t believe I’m agreeing with a Kardashian. and…the aluminum foil boots are kinda cool. Now to hang my head in shame.