Kim Kardashian Explained Why She Hired Private Firefighters To Protect Her Home From California Fire
The wind-driven California wildfires forced many people to evacuate their homes earlier this month. With 84 people dead and 870 others missing, it's been the most devastating wildfire in the state's history.
With the fires reaching wealthy areas of California, celebritiessuch as Gerard Butler are amongst those to have lost their homes.
However, a report by TMZ revealed that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hired private firefighters to keep the blaze away from their home, and according to the same report, neighbours thanked them for also saving their homes too.
This was met with mixed reactions online, with many people criticising the use of private firefighters, especially since officials said it was only making their job harder.
People hit Twitter to express their "disgust" at the news, calling it an abuse of their privilege.
Others compared Kim and Kanye's actions to those of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who lost their home to the fires and donated $500,000 to fire relief efforts.
However, some people did jump in to defend the couple.
Now, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Kim discussed the couple's decision to hire the private firefighters. "I feel like we were really blessed to have the help of the firefighters that we did. Our house is right on the end of a big park, so the whole park had caught fire and if our house went, then every other house would go," she explained.
Acknowledging that not everyone has the luxury of being able to protect their homes in the same way, Kim went on to explain that the company that the private firefighters came from had been recommended to her by friends who had recently lost their home in a Santa Barbra fire.
But after noting that she'd seen some of the comments and reports online, she fought back against claims that the decision was selfish, revealing that she instructed the team of firefighters to protect all the houses on the edge of the park for fear that if one caught fire, the rest would follow.
They saved our home and saved our neighbourhood. I had them just make sure that they controlled every house on the edge, so it wasn't just my home that I said "just take care of our home". Take care of everything, because once they go, once ours starts, the whole neighbourhood can go.
She finished by saying, "I don't take that for granted and that was such a blessing that we were able to do that."
During the appearance, Kim also presented donations on behalf of Kanye, Yeezy, and Adidas, totalling $500,000.
Watch the FULL interview below: