There's a reason Kanye West hates the paparazzi so much -- it's a terrible reason -- but a reason nonetheless ... and it stems from a few rotten eggs, TMZ has learned.
It's no secret Kanye's been running on a short fuse since at least 2008, when he smashed a TMZ camera at LAX. After that, he vowed to have a more peaceful relationship with the media ... but that all changed in 2012.
Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... after he started getting serious with Kim Kardashian, he felt a couple of paps would cross the line and ask him inappropriate questions about their relationship in public. We're told he started to feel like certain paps were "heckling" him.
Things escalated in October 2012 during a trip to Miami ... when a local photog -- not a TMZ guy -- asked Kanye and Kim if they would be inviting Kris Humphries and Reggie Bush to their wedding.
Kanye was pissed ... and, rightfully so, felt the photog was just trying to antagonize him.
Things got worse a few months later, after Kim announced she was pregnant -- when another pap started hammering K&K about whether they would invite Ray J to the baby shower.
That, we're told, was the breaking point -- and from that moment on, Kanye decided to impose his "DON'T EVER TALK" policy on anyone with a camera.
Here's the problem ... if Kanye doesn't want to talk to a pap, that's fine -- he has that right. But when he starts attacking people and smashing camera equipment ... dude, you crossed the line.
Take this example, Kanye -- if a white person walked up to you and said the N-word, would you hate all white people??? Would you try to ATTACK every white person you encountered???
Bottom line -- we get why he's upset ... but seriously, GET OVER IT.
Bruce Jenner's memory is disappearing faster than Kim's figure ... because the Kardashian patriarch has met Kanye West SEVERAL times, despite claiming he's only met the rapper once -- and Kim is pissed at her stepdad for saying it.
We've done our research -- and came up with at least FOUR different occasions where Bruce and Kanye were both present ... Kourtney's baby shower in May 2012, a taping of "X Factor" in November 2012, a Clippers game in December 2012, and the Kardashian family Christmas party.
The photographic evidence contradicts what Bruce told Extra this weekend ... that he only met Kanye once in his entire life, saying, "[Kanye is] not around."
We're told Kim's upset with her 63-year-old stepdad ... because Bruce makes it sound like Kanye doesn't care about the family.
And here's a clue that maybe Bruce isn't so into Kanye -- back in April, 2012, he said he was "not that excited" when Kim started dating the rapper ... because he felt Kim was rushing into a new relationship too quickly after leaving Kris Humphries.
Bad memory or bad feelings? We report ... you decide.
Ever wonder what happened to the woman who allegedly broke up Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush by spreading her legs? No? Well in case you're wondering ... she was arrested for trying to pass phony checks.
January Gessert's claim to fame was allegedly banging Reggie back in 2010, while he was still dating Kim K. The former blonde denied the home-wrecking allegations and even hired Gloria Allredto clear her name.
Things have only gone downhill ... TMZ has learned a bank manager in Redondo Beach called cops on January in March, after she tried to get some loot with forged checks. She was arrested for a felony and is currently free on bail.
Sources close to January tell TMZ ... she claims it was all a misunderstanding and she's hired a lawyer to handle the situation.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just made more than a million bucks in a month, but they're so rich they're not even cashing in ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Kim and Kanye bought a $9 million, Bel Air, CA mansion on January 30th. It hasn't even been a month, and they've received 3 offers from people who want the estate so badly ... they're willing to pay A LOT more. The highest offer -- $10.5 million.
Sources directly connected to Kim and Kanye tell TMZ ... the couple turned all 3 offers down -- they're already deep in the throes of remodeling and they plan to move in a few months from now. There's a report out that they sold the estate -- not true.
The main house will be 14,000 square feet. After all, they're having a baby.
2:00 PM PT -- A rep for American Airlines tells TMZ ... the company is taking responsibility for the incident, explaining, "This was a lapse in judgment by one of our employees."
AA adds, "We’re working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."
But the airline says the 50-minute delay wasn't ENTIRELY due to the Kimye incident ... saying, "It was delayed in part ... because a number of connecting bags were delayed getting to the aircraft."
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are at the center of a TSA investigation following a major security violation at JFK yesterday ... but the TSA tells TMZ Kimye is NOT to blame.
We've learned ... K&K had taken a flight from Brazil to JFK on Tuesday, where the plan was to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles.
But once they landed in NY, the couple met up with an airline greeter ... who, according to the TSA, allowed them to bypass a key security checkpoint to get them to their next flight as quickly as possible.
After Kim and Kanye took their seats on the L.A.-bound plane ... a TSA agent yanked them off the flight ... and made K&K go through another layer of security.
We're told the plane was delayed for roughly an hour while the couple was screened by TSA agents.
Now, the TSA tells us it wasn't Kim and Kanye's fault ...explaining, "An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight."
"In doing so, the airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travelers to by-pass the TSA security checkpoint. TSA officials learned of the violation and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jetway."
"The passengers were cleared to board their flight, which departed after a delay of approximately 50 minutes. TSA is actively investigating the incident."
The couple ultimately touched down in L.A. ... where they were greeted by a gaggle of paparazzi ... but seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through.
An $11,000,000 mansion in Bel Air might be enough for some people, but not Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ... because TMZ has learned they have their sights set on buying THREE other multi-million dollar mansions across the globe.
As TMZ first reported, KK and KW plunked down a huge chunk of change to build a 14,000-square-foot pad in an über-private, gated community in Bel Air, CA.
But sources close to the couple tell TMZ they aren't stopping there. We're told they plan to buy homes in New York, Miami and Paris too -- and, no it's not a coincidence those are all centers of the fashion industry. Also, the Kardashians have DASH stores in all, but Paris.
Kim and Kanye have been in Brazil the last few days, and there are rumors they're looking to scoop up a home there too -- but we're told that wasn't the plan ... they were just meeting an architect they might hire for their Bel Air pad.
However, our sources say the Brazil trip has been so enjoyable ... they're now open to buying a place there too.