A former publicist for reality TV star Kim Kardashian told RadarOnline.com that his former client "is very selfish." Jonathan Jaxson, owner of JJ Public Relations, also said of Kardashian, "She knew marriage was a bad P.R. move as her value has dropped since the wedding."
Following the announcement that the TV star had filed for divorce from a marriage just 72 days old, speculation has been rampant as to Kardashian’s motivations.
Added to this suspicion is soon to be ex-husband Kris Humphries's statement, Monday: "I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce."
According to Jaxson, who claims to have known Kardashian since 2007, including during her relationship with NFL star Reggie Bush, and has assisted her through a number of publicized scandals, "When we first met it was all about getting publicity and turning her into a star."
Jaxson suggested that he was not surprised by the news of the TV star’s divorce and explained that even before Kardashian became a household name, through her hit reality TV show, she had always sought publicity.
"I staged so many paparazzi moments for her, I arranged for her to be coming out of a jewelry store and made it look like Reggie was planning to propose to her," Jaxson said.
According to numerous reports, Kardashian exploited her wedding for profit. She reportedly received $1.5 million dollars from People magazine for exclusive rights to photos of the event.
In a statement issued on her website, Kardashian denied that she profited from her wedding:
"There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation."
As for her marriage with Humphries, Kardashian said:
"First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show! I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision."
The TV star continued by defending her filming of personal events:
"But it’s who I am! We filmed Kourtney giving birth, Khloe getting married, break ups, make ups, our best moments and our worst moments. These were all real moments. That’s what makes us who we are. We share, we give, we love and we are open!"