Why Kim Kardashian Tried to Have Melyssa Ford Removed From a Humanitarian Trip

Kim Kardashian may be the ultimate humanitarian and criminal justice advocate today; but according to Former video model Melyssa Ford, Kardashian once used her star power to try and have her kicked off of a humanitarian trip that Ford part of…before the reality star! 

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian 2018 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ford shared her story on the latest episode of her podcast, I’m Here For The Food. She was invited to the trip with her mentor, Rev. Marcia Dyson, who is the mother to educator and black cultural critic, Michael Eric Dyson. The two worked with an organization called Sow a Seed who, every Christmas, created a “fantasy land” for kids in orphanages.

In 2011, the women traveled to Haiti following the country’s devastating earthquake to help with the event and provide overall relief. According to Ford, Kardashian and momager, Kris Jenner, were added late to the roster. But that didn’t stop the Kardashian-Jenner duo from acting entitled. 

Melyssa Ford details Kim Kardashian’s attempt to have her removed from the humanitarian trip in Haiti

Ford admitted that she was initially skeptical of Kardashian’s involvement in the trip. At the time, Kardashian was fresh off her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries. “She had been getting a lot of bad press because of it, so suddenly, she and Kris Jenner were on this humanitarian mission to Haiti,” she said. Dyson told Ford to give Kardashian a chance but her skepticism was pushed further pushed when the drama ensued.

Melyssa Ford
Melyssa Ford 2014 | Andrew Toth/FilmMagic

Dyson says the message was sent to her through Jenner. “Well, Kim is feeling uncomfortable with [points to Ford]’ because of something that was said on social media at the time, and Kim wants to go home if my girl doesn’t leave,” Dyson says Jenner told her.

Both Dyson and Ford were shocked and confused but Dyson refused to give in. She let Jenner know that though she didn’t want Kardashian to go home, she wouldn’t stop her and she felt it would be a great experience for her.

Dyson found herself in a crutch. She knew the Kardashian star power and the media attention she’d lose if Kardashian left, so she figured out a way to make it work. She created a special itinerary for her and Ford that was separate from any activity involving Kardashian. 

Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Maria Bello, Patricia Arquette
L to R: Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Maria Bello, and Patricia Arquette during Haiti trip via E! Online

As a result, Ford was unable to participate in several key moments on the trip, including a visit to meet then-President Michel Matilly. Kardashian and Jenner were at the meeting front and center for PR and photo purposes.

Melyssa Ford says Kim Kardashian wanted her removed from the  humanitarian trip because they both dated Reggie Bush

Ford was annoyed with the whole ordeal but more so with Kardashian’s alleged excuse of being “uncomfortable.” Ford says there was never any bad blood between the two and Kardashian lied about any social media beef. Ford summed it up to Kardashian’s being “petty.” 

“I didn’t bother with the girl…One thing anybody, you can go back in all my social media, I do not talk about people,” she exclaimed. “You’re worried about your girl meanwhile there’s six orphanages of children here and we’re designing a fantasy land for them to experience one day of joy. You’re worried about her being uncomfortable with me?”

Kim Kardashian Reggie Bush
Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush 2009 | Mike Coppola/FilmMagic

What Ford really believes Kardashian’s issue was is that they both dated the same guy. Though Ford didn’t mention their exes by name, it’s common knowledge that they both dated NFL champion, Reggie Bush, at separate times.

Reggie Bush, Melyssa Ford and Big Tigger
L to R: Reggie Bush, Melyssa Ford and Big Tigger 2006 | Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

“She was upset that we dated the same guy,” Ford said. “And listen, what’s ridiculous is I dumped him and they dated way later!” she said. 

How does Melyssa Ford feel about Kim Kardashian today?

Despite the unpleasant and uncalled for interaction, Ford insists that she still managed to have a good time on the trip. Furthermore, she completed her mission while she was there, which included supplying the people of Haiti tons of condoms to help people practice safe sex at a time when HIV/AIDS was a major issue – and treatment was impacted because of the earthquake. 

Ford also says that she’s proud of the strides Kardashian has made since the trip. “I don’t want to leave off on a sour note because I am really pleased with the transition that Kim has made over the course of time,” she said. 

Thank God for growth and forgiveness!