New parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired bodyguards for their two-week-old baby, North West, and the couple has chosen a security team said to be the best in the business, according to British magazine Heat.
Kardashian and West have reportedly become paranoid since becoming parents, and they’ve gone to great lengths to protect baby West, an insider told the magazine.
“Their security team are the best in the business; they’re trained in handling vast amounts of confidential information, so they are perfect for the Hollywood elite. Their strength lies in their ability to deal with situations such as stalkers and death threats,” the insider said.
Reportedly, family members also are not exempt from rigorous checks by the bodyguards, and anyone who visits baby West is required to leave their cell phone with the security. "Everyone is cleared by security. Even [Kim’s siblings] Rob, Khloé and Lamar [Odom, Khloé’s husband] had to go through the full security scan when they visited," the source said.
The couple, believed to have moved out of mother Kris Jenner's home to an undisclosed location to avoid paparazzi, has managed to irk family members with their over-protectiveness, the source said.
"They [family members] were absolutely devastated – they felt they couldn’t be trusted to bring their phones into the nursery. Khloé said she felt it was over the top and told them they were acting ‘like crazy freaks’, but Kanye insisted he was doing what was ‘necessary to protect the baby.’"
Days before Kardashian gave birth to the baby, West, in a New York Times interview, said he will do his best to keep his baby away from the prying eyes of the media, as he did not want his daughter to grow up in the spotlight. “This is my baby. This isn't America's baby," West said, at the time.
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.