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Kourtney Kardashian claps back at paparazzi for ‘monetizing’ health crisis of husband Travis Barker

By Taffy Bernales Published Jul 05, 2022 3:18 pm

After opening up about her husband Travis Barker’s “life-threatening” condition, Kourtney Kardashian slammed the paparazzi for their manipulating narratives while the newly-wed couple was fighting a “scary and emotional” health battle. 

The paparazzi in question had previously released weeks-old photos of Kourtney being “out and about” while Barker was rushed to the hospital due to severe pancreatitis. Contrary to the paparazzi’s report, Kourtney claimed that she has never left her husband’s side. 

“To the paparazzi who sold pictures of me ‘out and about’ while my husband was in the hospital fighting for his life…these were photos actually taken weeks ago, (I can’t even remember the last time I wore that sweatsuit in the photos)... I didn’t forget about you,” Kourtney said in an Instagram post. “Really savagely uncool when I actually didn’t leave his side…shame on you,” she added. 

She also described the paparazzi’s actions as “a new level of low” that “monetized” off of the couple’s “nightmare.”  

The outlet, which BuzzFeed News had reported to be TMZ, has previously claimed that Kardashian was running errands wearing Barker's DTA Records merch and that her outfit appeared to be similar to the one she wore when she took Barker to the hospital. 

TMZ has already updated its article and changed the narrative: “We've spoken to sources close to Kourtney who tell us the photos are actually from several weeks ago, and she has not left the hospital since Travis was admitted.” 

Blink-182 drummer Travis was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last June 28 after experiencing stomach pain so severe that it reportedly prevented him from walking. This was then followed by his “God save me” tweet, which had initially confused fans given the lack of context. 

However, in a recent Instagram Story, he finally revealed details about his health and wrote that his condition has improved “with intensive treatment.” 

“I went for an endoscopy on Monday feeling great. But after dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since,” said Barker.

“During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area usually handed by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube. This resulted in severe life threatening pancreatitis.” 

Kourtney first opened up about the health situation four days post-hospitalization of her husband. She wrote about how health can be taken for granted after sharing how devastating her family’s week has been.   

"What a scary and emotional week it has been. Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change," she said in an Instagram story. "Travis and I went in for a routine endoscopy together and he ended up with severe, life-threatening pancreatitis." 

She also expressed gratitude to supportive fans as well as appreciation to Barker’s specialists, doctors, and nurses. 

Kardashian and Barker got enganged in October 2021. They began exclusively dating in January that year and has been friends many years prior to that.

The couple had a "practice wedding" in Las Vegas in April 2022 and officially tied the knot in a civil ceromony at the Santa Barbara courthouse on May 15. One week later, on May 22, Kardashian and Barker had an intimate yet extravagant wedding ceremony at Catello Brown in Portofino, Italy.