Sad tale of Kim’s ro­man­tic R55m ring

Lost in armed heist

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LON­DON: She lost her prized new 20-carat di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring af­ter be­ing held up at gun­point in her Paris abode.

But just days be­fore the or­deal, Kim Kar­dashian shared the touch­ing story of how her hus­band, Kanye West, sur­prised her in the mid­dle of the night by leav­ing the bauble on her pil­low.

The rap­per also showed his trade­mark ro­man­tic side by hav­ing the $4 mil­lion band, by Amer­i­can jew­eller Lor­raine Schwartz, en­graved with the word “Adi­das”.

Kim first showed off the ring at last month’s MTV Video Mu­sic Awards.

She told the story af­ter TV per­son­al­ity Andy Co­hen asked about her “up­graded” en­gage­ment ring on his show, Ra­dio Andy, just days be­fore the rob­bery.

Kim said: “I was sleep­ing and (Kanye) woke me up in the mid­dle of the night and said: ‘Babe, babe, I got you some­thing from Adi­das.’

“And I said: ‘I’ll get the shoes in the morn­ing, babe, I’m sleep­ing.’

“And then he put a box on my pil­low, a Lor­raine Schwartz box, and he goes: ‘No, open your eyes.’

“And I opened my eyes and it was a box and I like woke up and I was like: ‘What is this?’ ”

She ex­plained how the record­ing artist told her he had got her a spe­cial gift, which he even had per­son­alised for her, to cel­e­brate a busi­ness agree­ment he had just inked.

Kim said he told her: “Well, you know I just did that big Adi­das deal, so I got you some­thing from Adi­das.”

“And he en­graved Adi­das on the band in­side be­cause he’s funny like that.”

How­ever, there were more laughs to come dur­ing the emo­tional mo­ment, as her man weighed up the idea of re­turn­ing her other en­gage­ment band.

She said: “I was like, ‘Do I have to give my other ring back?’ and he was like: ‘Can you do that?’ ”

But quick- wit­ted Kim stepped in, telling him: “‘Nooo! You can’t do that, I’m just kid­ding.’ “Thank you, Adi­das!” The re­al­ity tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity was held at gun­point in the early hours of Monday morn­ing, with her ring among the pieces of jew­ellery worth an es­ti­mated $8.5m (R117.4m) that were stolen.

Five gun­men dis­guised as po­lice of­fi­cers and wear­ing ski masks to hide their faces bound and gagged her in the lux­ury Ho­tel de Pour­talès.

Mother-of-two Kim had been left alone in the suite while body­guard Pas­cal Du­vier went to high-end night­club L’Arc with her sis­ters Kourt­ney and Ken­dall Jen­ner.

Du­vier, 43, had ear­lier filed for bankrup­tcy in his home­town of Hei­del­berg, Ger­many. Court doc­u­ments show the body­guard had lodged pa­pers some 10 weeks ago af­ter re­port­ing debts of more than 1m (R15.4m).

Kim has been crit­i­cised by se­cu­rity ex­perts, as well as fash­ion de­signer Karl Lager­feld, for flaunt­ing her jew­ellery on so­cial me­dia.

Speak­ing at Paris Fash­ion Week, the Ger­man style icon said: “(She is) too public, too public – we have to see in what time we live.

“You can­not dis­play your wealth then be sur­prised that some peo­ple want to share it.

“I don’t un­der­stand why she was in a ho­tel with no se­cu­rity and things like this.

“If you are that fa­mous and you put all your jew­ellery on the net, you go to ho­tels where no­body can come near to the room.”

Mean­while, pro­duc­tion on the TV re­al­ity show Keep­ing up with the Kar­dashi­ans is on hold, the E! Network said just days af­ter the show’s star, Kar­dashian, was robbed.

“Kim’s well- be­ing is our core fo­cus right now.

“No de­ci­sion has been made as to when pro­duc­tion will re­sume,” said a spokes­woman for the network, which broad­casts the show.

On Thurs­day, flanked by mul­ti­ple se­cu­rity guards, Kar­dashian and her fam­ily left their Man­hat­tan apart­ment, where they have been clos­eted since she re­turned from Paris.

News video and pho­tos showed Kar­dashian, 35, her face partly hid­den by a hoodie and base­ball cap, get­ting into a car with their two young chil­dren, daugh­ter North and son Saint and West.

It was the first time Kar­dashian had been seen since re­turn­ing to New York af­ter the rob­bery from Paris.

Celebrity web­site TMZ and mag­a­zine Us Weekly re­ported on Thurs­day that a badly shaken Kar­dashian was tak­ing about a month’s break from work.

The celebrity fam­ily have been un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally quiet since the rob­bery. No ar­rests have been made. TMZ, quot­ing an uniden­ti­fied source close to Kar­dashian, said that when she does re­turn to work she will cut down on her use of so­cial me­dia and dis­plays of her wealthy life­style.

Kar­dashian’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­clined to com­ment on the re­ports. – Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: AP

Pho­tog­ra­phers and re­porters wait out­side the build­ing where Kim Kar­dashian and Kanye West live in New York. In their lux­ury Paris ho­tel, armed rob­bers snatched R117.4m worth of jew­ellery, po­lice say.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Kanye West with Kim Kar­dashian wear­ing her enor­mous di­a­mond ring.

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