The television personality is facing a backlash and torrent of memes after sharing pictures of her 40th birthday blowout at an undisclosed island — an experience which, she says, gave her a slice of normality in challenging times.
She posted photos of her 40th birthday celebration on Twitter, along with a string of captions assuring us that her “inner circle,” which seemed to consist of a hundred people, had quarantined for two weeks and had been tested before embarking on a trip to a private island where they could “pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.”
West also let us know that she understands many of us aren’t able to host birthday celebrations on private islands at the moment and was reminded of how privileged her life is while she “danced,” “rode bikes” and “swam near whales” during her tropical birthday extravaganza.
Her entire statement reads:
“40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter. For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment. After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.”