Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly made the decision to part ways with their longtime bodyguard Pascal Duvier.
Entertainment Tonight spoke with two sources who each claim that the Kardashian-West family made the ‘tough decision’ to let Pascal go, four years after he first started working with Kanye.
News of Pascal’s firing comes exactly one month after Kim was robbed at gunpoint inside her Paris apartment by a group of men who made off with $11million worth of jewels.
Pascal was out at a Paris nightclub providing protection for Kim’s siblings Kourtney and Kendall at the time of the robbery, leaving Kim alone in her bedroom with no bodyguard when the men broke in.
Kim has largely avoided going out in public since the attack, and TMZ reports that for an intimate family dinner to celebrate sister Kendall’s birthday on Wednesday she brought along three off-duty cops.
Those $100-an-hour cops came in addition to the personal bodyguards of each sister, meaning that security almost outnumbered the 20 guests.
Kim also did not wear any jewelry for her night out.
In the aftermath of the robbery, both Kim and Kanye seemed to show their support for Pascal, who stayed on as their bodyguard and was seen protecting the couple in New York City immediately after the robbery.
A shift began to occur in recent weeks though according to some close to the family, with Kanye becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of his wife Kim and their two children, North and Saint.
A source told Entertainment Tonight a few weeks back: ‘Kim and Kanye are reassessing their security detail now. Kanye is freaking out – this really threw him for a loop.
‘There will be a lot of things that change now in terms of security, especially with the children.’
And it was not just Pascal whose employment was terminated by the Kardashian-West family either according to another source.
‘Pascal, along with a couple other security members of their team, were recently let go by Kim and Kanye,’ said the individual.
‘It’s a pretty tough situation overall and they love Pascal, but they couldn’t take any more chances.’
Kim had spent the days before the attack praising Pascal on social media, writing on Twitter just five days before the robbery: ‘My security @PascalDuvier is a G!’
That tweet came just after Pascal slammed celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk to the ground when he came up behind Kim and tried to grab her while she was entering a Paris Fashion Week event.
Then, just one day before the multi-million dollar jewel heist, Kim posted a paprazzi photo of herself entering the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris with Pascal right behind her, joking that ‘this guy is always in my shot.’
Pascal and his boss seem to have shared a love for social media too, with the bodyguard frequently posting photos and tweets.
He also posted the day before the robbery, writing on Twitter: ‘You don’t become a bodyguard overnight. It’s a job with dedication, responsibility, and passion.’