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Gay British Man Says He’s a Kardashianphobe

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Apr 21, 2014
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian  (Source:AP Photo/Francois Mori)

A lot of people really, really, dislike Kim Kardashian, but a gay British man has raised the bar to a new level.

Although Kim is considered one of the most beautiful women in pop culture, Mike Amess, 24, says that he is "allergic" to the reality TV star, claiming that just looking at her makes him want to vomit.

In an interview with the U.K. newspaper the Mirror, the retail assistant said he breaks out in a cold sweat anytime he hears or sees Kardashian.

"Just hearing the sound of the Kardashians’ nasal voices or catching a glimpse of them on screen makes me feel nauseous and shaky," Amess told the Mirror. "My hands get clammy, my breathing gets heavier and I start sweating. Sometimes, I get teary and want to retch."

Amess says the Kardashian freak-outs started when he was 17, after watching the reality star’s infamous sex tape. Still coming to terms with his sexuality, Amess told the newspaper he downloaded the clip "in the hope" it would turn him on.

"I was raised Catholic and growing up, I tried to repress my sexuality and deny that I was gay," he said. "Loads of the boys at school were going on about how good Kim Kardashian’s sex tape was."

He added that watching Kim "writhing around with her huge bum and the sound of her horrible high-pitched wailing repulsed me."

"I really wanted to be aroused by her so I kept watching it, but she made me feel more and more upset," he said. "By the end of the tape, I had burst into tears. The experience left me terrified and I never wanted to see Kim’s face again.

"I have come to terms with my homosexuality now, but my dread towards her has never left," Amess added.

His phobia has even spread to other members of the Kardashian clan.


Kim Kardashian  (Source:Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

"Kim and her sisters look and sound so similar. They make my stomach churn, I hate it," Amess told the Mirror. "I dislike everything about them, especially their physical appearance. I don’t understand how anyone could find them attractive."

He said he "can’t stand their voices," calling them "whiny and shrill."

"It’s impossible to get away from Kim, let alone her whole family, he said. "Every website or magazine you read has them plastered all over. I really enjoy reading the news but if I see Kim on the cover of a newspaper or a big picture of her across a website, I won’t go near it."

He added he misses out on news and celebrity gossip because he is worried he’ll run into an article about the Kardashians.

He also said that his friends mock him for his "condition."

"Once, my friend put a picture of Kim Kardashian on his bathroom door so I couldn’t go to the loo all night. It was unbearable!" he said. "They find it hilarious but they don’t realize how traumatic it is for me. I wish I wasn’t scared of the Kardashians."

Amess said he recently threw up after accidentally watching Kanye West’s music video for "Bound 2," which features a sexy Kim Kardahsian straddling her husband on a motorcycle.

"One day, I was lazing about on the sofa in front of the TV. I was skipping through music channels and that video came on," he said. "Seeing Kim naked, with her boobs bouncing about like that brought back memories of that horrendous sex tape. It was like reliving that incident all over again."

He said he was "sweating like a pig and throwing up."

His phobia has also impacted his love life: "A lot of the gay community love the Kardashians so it makes dating tough sometimes. I’ve been romantically involved with several people who like them and each one of these relationships has ended badly.

"My last boyfriend watched all of their shows and kept up with the celeb gossip surrounding them," Amess continued. "He thought the Kardashians were fascinating. At first, he found my fear funny and kind of cute."

He said they got into a "big argument" when he wanted Amess to watch an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," which lead to their breakup.

Although he’s bombarded with Kim K in the media, he’s yet to seek help for his Kardashian aversion.

"I don’t know how I could face a doctor about it," he said. "I can just see them laughing in my face the minute I told them about my fear of the Kardashians. It would be totally mortifying."


Watch the "Bound 2" music video below:


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