Is there bad blood between Kim Kardashian and her former assistant Stephanie Shepherd?
The reality TV star parted ways with her longtime assistant back in September, leading fans to wonder if Kim and Stephanie had had a falling out. While both women have been tight-lipped about the change, TMZ reports that Kim's decision to part ways from Stephanie was strictly a business move.
According to TMZ's sources, Stephanie was promoted earlier this year from executive assistant to Chief Operating Officer of Kim's brands, but the change reportedly made it apparent that Stephanie "wasn't a good fit." The decision to split was mutual.
However, People's sources tell a different story, with an insider close to the KarJenner clan reporting that Kim and Steph parted ways because Steph had started to seem more like a member of the family than an employee.
"Kim needed an assistant where the relationship is more professional," said People's source. "It's very difficult to work with friends, so Kim decided to hire someone else. The bottom line is that Steph was hired as an assistant, and Kim wanted to keep it like that. They are not friends now."
Added the source, "Steph went from being an assistant to being a celebrity. 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. But Kim is the one who helped her get the followers by posting pictures with Steph."
So what is the truth? As Kris Jenner would say, this is a case for the FBI.
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