Kim Kar­dashian is dealt an­other crush­ing blow as Kanye West leaves her to go back on tour

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It was the long­est Kim Kar­dashian had ever stayed out of the pub­lic eye. In the weeks fol­low­ing the shock­ing Oct. 3 Paris heist that saw the at­ten­tion-ob­sessed re­al­ity star gagged, bound and held at gun­point as she was robbed of $10 mil­lion in jew­elry, she didn’t tweet. She didn’t post on In­sta­gram. And she ven­tured out in pub­lic only twice af­ter re­turn­ing to the States fol­low­ing her har­row­ing or­deal — first while leav­ing her NYC apart­ment in a hooded sweat­shirt as she went home to LA onoct. 6, and again in Bev­erly Hills at night on Oct. 13 where she was incog­nito in an­other hooded sweat­shirt. “Kim is still in­cred­i­bly trau­ma­tized,” says a Kar­dashian in­sider. “She’s locked her­self in­side her man­sion and is afraid to do any­thing. She’s go­ing through hell right now. Luck­ily she has the love and sup­port of her family.” But her hus­band has dumped her

when she needed him the most. In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the rob­bery, Kanye West pulled out of two tour dates to be by her side. But barely four days later, the rap­per, 39, was back on the road, telling Kim he’s ex­tended his tour and is leav­ing her alone even more than he has al­ready. “Kim and Kanye got into a blaz­ing ar­gu­ment when he told her he was adding 20 new dates to his Saint Pablo Tour,” a Kim source ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “She ex­plained to Kanye over and over again how she hates be­ing alone right now. She screamed at him for not tak­ing her feel­ings into ac­count.” But the ar­gu­ment only went from bad to worse. “He told Kim, ‘I’m not your full-time ther­a­pist,’ and stormed out. At the low­est point in her life, Kim was dumped.”

It sent the emo­tion­ally frag­ile re­al­ity star spi­ral­ing all over again. “She be­came even more hys­ter­i­cal. She ex­pected Kanye to back down and lis­ten to her, es­pe­cially af­ter ev­ery­thing she’s been through,” says the Kim source. “She just couldn’t be­lieve that her own hus­band who should be there for her ‘for bet­ter or worse’ is putting the tour be­fore her emo­tional state.” But that’s what he’s do­ing. In­stead of be­ing by her side, “Kanye made it clear he was go-

ing back out on the road,” adds the Kar­dashian in­sider. “He told Kim to get over it and just walked away.”

At first, his con­cern for Kim was over­whelm­ing. “He was dev­as­tated when he heard about the rob­bery and wanted to be there for Kim,” ex­plains the Kim source, not­ing how Kanye even walked off­stage in the mid­dle of his NYC con­cert on Oct. 3 upon learn­ing of his wife’s night­mare or­deal. But by Oct. 7, he was back on the road, this time in Illi­nois for two con­certs, fol­lowed by Min­nesota and three more in Canada as his trau­ma­tized wife, 36, re­mained holed up at home with­out him. Then on Oct. 18, he an­nounced that his tour, which was ini­tially sched­uled to wrap up on Nov. 2, had been ex­tended through the New Year. “Kanye is over it and act­ing dis­mis­sively to­ward his wife,” says the Kim source. “He has a big ego and ul­ti­mately, it’s al­ways about him.”

Kanye told Kim she could come with him on the road. “But she just ex­ploded in anger. She doesn’t feel com­fort­able leav­ing the house right now, so how could she live out of ho­tels with Kanye?” says the Kar­dashian in­sider. “She feels he’s show­ing a com­plete lack of em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing of the hell she’s go­ing through. She thinks he could have post­poned his shows un­til next year. But at this point, she also feels like if she has to beg him to do it, there’s just no point. He ei­ther wants to sup­port and be with her, or he doesn’t.”

Kim’s family has been a huge source of com­fort amid her emo­tional cri­sis. Khloé, 32, made it clear the close-knit clan would be there for Kim in her time of need. “Our family is su­per close and great, and we’ll get through it to­gether,” Khloé said on Oct. 11, though she ac­knowl­edged it “will take time.” (Big sis Kourt­ney, 37, told In Touch on Oct. 19 that Kim was still “not do­ing good.”) Mom Kris Jen­ner, 60, just wants to make ev­ery­thing right for her baby. “You do what a mom does: You gather around and you make sure that she feels loved and safe,” Kris said on Oct. 18. “She wants to be with her kids and family. It’s family first.” Kim’s friends have pitched in, too, with her as­sis­tant and friend Stephanie Shep­pard step­ping in to up­date Kim’s web­site and app as Kim takes time off to re­cover.

It’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that Kim feels loved and sup­ported right now. “It’s re­ally im­per­a­tive that a part­ner pro­vides emo­tional sup­port, is present, and rec­og­nizes and un­der­stands what post-trau­matic symp­toms are,” ex­plains Paula Bruce, a Bev­erly Hills clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist who’s not treat­ing Kim. “If she can’t rely on her hus­band, that’s a bit prob­lem­atic and that may speak to their re­la­tion­ship. This is a le­git­i­mate time of emo­tional need.”

It’s al­most cer­tain that Kim will have lasting is­sues as a re­sult of her vi­o­lent holdup. “Acute stress disor­der, PTSD, de­pres­sion, panic at­tacks — all those are com­mon disor­ders af­ter one has ex­pe­ri­enced a trauma [ like Kim has],” adds Great Neck, N.Y., clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist An­drea Macari, who hasn’t coun­seled Kim. “Af­ter a trauma, it’s re­ally im­por­tant that the vic­tim has family and pro­fes­sional sup­port so they know they’re not alone in this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

‘‘ Kim is fu­ri­ous with Kanye for be­ing so self­ish when she’s in such a ter­ri­ble state” — A KIM SOURCE

Kanye thinks it’s time for Kim to move for­ward. “He’s done lis­ten­ing to her com­plain non­stop about how, ‘I’m so ter­ri­fied, I can’t be­lieve this hap­pened to me,’” says a Kar­dashian source. “He can’t take her dra­matic on­go­ing re­ac­tion to the rob­bery. And he still can’t be­lieve Kim was left alone [since her se­cu­rity guard was out with one of her sis­ters and an as­sis­tant in­stead of with her] when they pay so much to have her pro­tected.” Kim’s sob­bing and whim­per­ing be­came too much. “Kim cries all the time and lies in bed,” adds the Kar­dashian source.

“Kim thinks Kanye should be more lov­ing, but he re­ally just can’t wait to get out of the house.”

Yet Kanye has done some nice things for her. For Kim’s 36th birth­day on Oct. 21, he took to Twit­ter to pub­licly share his gift to her: a five-minute video com­pi­la­tion of never-be­fore-seen clips from Kim’s child­hood that promi­nently fea­tures her beloved late fa­ther and grand­mother, all set to one of his songs, “Only One.” “Kanye knows he and Kim are a brand and if he hadn’t posted any­thing on her birth­day, the pub­lic would have picked up on it,

which could have led to a huge back­lash,” says the Kim source. “Kanye would never want to pub­licly come across as be­ing a bad hus­band. He feels for Kim, but that hasn’t stopped him from mak­ing his tour a pri­or­ity.”

Kim doesn’t want to pick up the pieces by her­self. Even with her family and new lay­ers of se­cu­rity around her, there’s no sub­sti­tute for a lov­ing hus­band. “Kim feels iso­lated and is very much on her own,” says the Kar­dashian in­sider. “This is the worst time of her life and she thought she could count on Kanye. She was wrong.” ◼

A dressed-down Kim clutched daugh­ter North, 3, as she fled NYC for LA on Oct. 6, three days af­ter be­ing robbed at gun­point. Flee­ing the Spot­light

IN CRI­SIS “Kim can’t be­lieve what Kanye did,” says a family in­sider. “This is when she needed him the most.”

OVER IT “Kanye’s been moody and grumpy,” says a Kar­dashian source.

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