After receiving news that NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others lost their lives in a Calabasas helicopter crash, things hit close to home for makeup mogul Kylie Jenner.
Jenner recently shared a tribute for Bryant on Instagram, explaining she also knew the pilot Ara Zobayan because she flew on the same helicopter with her niece Dream just two months prior.
However, not everyone took Jenner’s message lovingly. Speaking through her lawyer on Monday, Dream Kardashian’s mom Blac Chyna blasted Kylie for taking her daughter on the helicopter without her permission in the first place.
Instead of bashing Dream’s aunt online, Blac Chyna took the more official route, making a statement about Kylie and the situation via her lawyer Lynne Ciani.
The statement reads, “Chyna has become aware that Kylie Jenner is using the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his beautiful daughter, and seven other precious souls to profess her ‘distress’ that she and Dream had ridden on the same helicopter with the same pilot prior to Sunday’s horrific crash. What Kylie failed to disclose was that Chyna never gave Kylie permission to take her precious daughter Dream on a helicopter ride and that Chyna never would have given Kylie that permission.”
I agree with Blac Chyna on this 100%! Why is #KylieJenner trying to exploit, sensationalize poor #KobeBryant death any further. Please stop being attention seeker. Blac Chyna 'never gave permission' for Kylie to take Dream on chopper https://t.co/ssSgfWQbQi via @DailyMailCeleb
— maria (@jazmee324) January 28, 2020
After delivering the initial statement, Blac Chyna’s lawyer offered more background on the situation, explaining Blac Chyna’s take on what happened behind-the-scenes and her own opinion on it.
“No parents should find out after-the-fact that their child has participated in a dangerous activity without their permission. Chyna was distraught to learn that Kylie had taken Dream on that helicopter ride in November 2019. Chyna voiced her strong objections to Rob [Kardashian] and insisted that it never happen again. Chyna sends her heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the families impacted by yesterday’s tragedy,” Ciani said.
@BLACCHYNA trying to say she never gave permission for Dream to ride on the helicopter w/ Kylie and she never knew… OK @robkardashian is her father first of all and doesn't need your permission
2nd, it was all over his IG, you had to of known….. uh can't stand her
— Lucinda (@Lucinda79303039) January 28, 2020
While Blac Chyna claims she wasn’t made aware that Kylie planned to take Dream on a helicopter ride for her third birthday, Dream’s dad and Kylie’s half-brother Rob Kardashian was a part of the planning process.
In fact, Rob Kardashian documented the day on his Instagram page, writing in the caption, “Happy Birthday Dream ??.”
His Instagram photo series shows Dream eating a cupcake before boarding the helicopter and later sitting in one of the helicopter’s seats with headphones on.
After the latest tragedy, many of the comments on the photo now say things like, “soooo scary,” while others agree with Chyna and criticize the Kardashian-Jenner fam for making the tragic situation about themselves.
While some of the Instagram comments backed Blac Chyna, the general consensus over on Twitter was that Blac Chyna was the one causing drama and being disrespectful to the Bryant family, not Kylie Jenner.
“I think Kylie’s post was paying more tribute to the pilot. Blac Chyna is the one starting drama. I don’t think Kylie did anything wrong,” one user tweeted.
Similarly, another Twitter user called Blac Chyna out, writing, “Why did you lie about not knowing Dream was on that helicopter like you didn’t get sent pictures or see them online? And if you did why wait until AFTER Kylie posts about it? You ain’t got no leverage in your case so you gotta reach huh.”
Why did you lie about not knowing Dream was on that helicopter like you didn’t get sent pictures or see them online? And if you did why wait until AFTER Kylie posts about it? You ain’t got no leverage in your case so you gotta reach huh
— (つ.と) Domi' と(°.°)つ (@Domi_BdaZen) January 29, 2020