Could there be an unspoken beef brewing between Kim Kardashian and her former assistant Stephanie Shepherd? Shepherd’s recent social media post fuels rumors of bad blood between the reality star and her former employee.
Shepherd took to her Instagram story writing, “Self care isn’t always Lush bath bombs & $20 face masks. Sometimes, it’s going to bed @ 8PM or letting go of a bad friend. It’s forgiving yourself for not meeting your impossible standards & understanding you are worth it. Self care isn’t always a luxury but a mean[s] for survival.”
The social media post probably would’ve gone unnoticed, but earlier this month, reports surfaced that Kardashian severed ties with Shepherd because their “relationship wasn’t professional enough.” A source close to the situation said Shepherd, who briefly held a position as the COO of Kardashian’s KKW Beauty, “was very friendly with Kim’s family — she was almost part of the family,” in a statement to People.com.
The source continued, “Kim needed an assistant where the relationship is more professional… It’s very difficult to work with friends, so Kim decided to hire someone else. The bottom line is that Steph was hired an assistant, and Kim wanted to keep it like that. They are not friends now.”
Shepherd’s close relationship with Kardashian’s family wasn’t only one issue that led to her being let go. Her sudden rise to social media superstardom reportedly played a role in Kardashian’s decision. “For a regular girl, she has a huge social media following. She loves the attention, but it took away from her job. There was a feeling that being Kim’s assistant, Steph should stay more in the background,” the source concluded.
The straw that broke the camel’s back might have been a recent profile of Shepherd in Refinery29, which was shared all over the interweb and proved that the A-list assistant was truly becoming a star in her own right. Funnily enough, it was just over a decade ago that Kim herself sidestepped her former boss Paris Hilton to step into the limelight.
Kim Kardashian has yet to speak out about her decision to part ways with Stephanie Shepherd.
See Steph and Kim (along with the other Kardashian sisters) in happier times, below:
Kim Kardashian has let go of her assistant of nearly 5 years @steph_shep. This news comes shortly after Kim confronted Stephanie on an episode of KUWTK about her supposedly feeling unfulfilled with her life as an assistant. Apparently Kim promoted Steph to be the head of her Kimoji brand but she proved to be unqualified for the position. Hopefully Stephanie is enjoying some well deserved downtime since she's ceased working with the most famous woman in the world
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