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Beyonce Knowles and husband Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter have reportedly banned reality TV personality Kim Kardashian from mingling amongst their inner circle after learning about her relationship with their good friend Kanye West.
"[Beyonce] wasted no time in banning Kim from being invited into their inner circle, which is exclusive to say the least. Beyoncé is used to hanging out with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow- she's in a totally different league," a source told Heat Magazine.
Kardashian, who was recently spotted showing off a new pair of 'K W' initial earrings in honor of Kanye West, has been photographed hand in hand with the 34-year-old rapper as they have been enjoying romantic evenings together in New York City.
Beyonce has made it clear that she wants no part of it.
"Beyoncé doesn't want the kind of celebrity that Kim Kardashian has nailed down as her own thing. Beyoncé doesn't want to bring that reality show infamy and drama into a personal life that Beyoncé has tried to keep close to her," a source told Hollywood Life.
"The Beyoncé the world knows and the Beyoncé [and] Jay-Z that her close friends know are completely different and she wants to keep it that way," the source added.
Kardashian, who has received widespread backlash since divorcing Kris Humphries after just 72-days, remained coy about her relationship with West when she was asked about their recent movie date in New York.
"The movie was really interesting," a giggling Kardashian said on NBC's "Today" show. "Kanye and I have been friends for years ... you never know what the future holds."
Fans of West have expressed concern via social networking site Twitter suggesting that although he is falling for Kardashian, her feelings may not be as genuine as his.
Some critics have suggesting that she is only interested in the Grammy award-winning artist because she may believe that having an association with him could help revive her image.
"While they were out in New York, she made Kanye get Beyonce on the phone to try to set up something where Kim and Beyonce would be photographed together. She thinks if she's seen with someone like that everyone will like her again. That's her plan," a source said.