It's the end of an era. According to reports, the Kardashian-Jenner family has cut ties with their longtime makeup artist, family friend, and beauty brand founder, Joyce Bonelli.
Bonelli has been working with the Kardashians since 2007, and helped perfect the early iterations of Kim's seriously contoured glam. But now, it seems that the fam has abruptly booted Bonelli from its notoriously tight inner circle — and there's a lot of speculation why.
According to "anonymous sources" speaking to Us Weekly, the Kardashians cut ties with Bonelli several months ago.
“The family doesn’t speak to her anymore,” the insider says. “She hasn’t worked for them for months."
The decision was made amicably, though. The source assures Us, “They just stopped working with her because they didn’t see it as a right fit anymore.”
I know what you're thinking; an unnamed source? OK, perhaps not that reliable. But consider the smoking gun — though Bonelli still follows all the Kardashian-Jenners on Instagram, NONE of them follow her back.
That may seem trivial, but Khloe and her sisters reserve the unfollow for only the gravest of insults. The Kardashians unfollowing former stylist Monica Rose was the first hint eagle-eyed detectives had that she had been 86'ed from the family.
At the end of the day, this "split" may just be a case of powerful people who are not too busy to work together. The Kardashians have their own empire, and Joyce is a fashion designer who also founded her own beauty brand.
Being part of the inner Kardashian circle is basically a full-time job. It may just be that their schedules no longer aligned.
And it may also be that the Kardashians aggressively kurate (sorry, I'll stop) their follows. Kim follows primarily her IRL friends, the doctors (Dr. Ourian) and glam team members (Mario, Ariel) she's working with currently... but not many from her past.
"We text every other day and we talk about everything. Even if I’m working with a different client we’re always talking and FaceTiming — we talk about kids, we talk about the fun, scandalous stuff. They’re like my sisters."
So if you're really like a sister to someone — or multiple someones — do you really unfollow them just because you're not working together anymore?
Me right now:
KRIS JENNER ALWAYS KNOWS.
This is not the first time a high-profile member of the Kardashian glam squad has been dumped for mysterious reasons. Recall what happened with longtime stylist Monica Rose.
At the time, there were a million wild rumors about why Rose was fired. To this day, these remain speculation only — because the Kardashians know how to keep a secret.
But many stories speculated that Rose was let go because she was very comfortable with the press. Allegedly. There is no quicker way to get bounced from the Kardashian-Jenner world than to leak info to the media. Kris Jenner manages the narratives of her family with the finesse of a conductor, and derailing her finely-tuned machine with an unsanctioned rumor just CANNOT happen.
Allegedly, of course.
And it doesn't even matter if you didn't really tip off a tabloid. Even if it's just a rumor that you *might* be doing it, or you *might be thinking about it,* it's enough to get you iced out.