Kylie Jenner said that she and Travis Scott are “devastated” by the deaths at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, following criticisms that the show wasn’t stopped quickly enough.
At least eight people died and hundreds were injured as the crowd rushed the stage on Friday night (November 5).
24-year-old Jenner, who is currently pregnant with her second child with Scott, attended the event with her three-year-old daughter Stormi and sister Kendall Jenner.
Kylie wrote in an Instagram story early on Sunday, “Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured, or affected in any way by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community.”
“I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing,” Jenner added. “I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted.”
Jenner was criticized online for leaving up Instagram stories of the crowd, which appeared to show an ambulance trying to make its way through. One person on Twitter wrote, “Not Kylie Jenner lying saying they didn’t know what was happening when she posted a picture of the crowd and the ambulance was there fetching injured people. And whereas there’s a video of Travis Scott telling his team to do what they came here to do and ignore all else.”
Not Kylie Jenner lying saying they didn't know what was happening when she posted a picture of the crowd and the ambulance was there fetching injured people. And whereas there's a video of Travis Scott telling his team to do what they came here to do and ignore all else. pic.twitter.com/A96fxejeBV— siphesihle (@nkosinathinomvu) November 7, 2021
Per Insider, reports have also emerged suggesting that Travis Scott and the festival organizers did not end the concert quickly enough. First responders arrived at the scene at 9:30 pm and a “mass casualty event” was declared, but Scott’s set didn’t end until 40 minutes later, according to a timeline by officials.
In a video posted to Scott’s Instagram Stories, the rapper said while rubbing his head throughout the series of videos, “I just want to send out prayers to the ones that was lost last night. We’re actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time.”
“My fans really mean the world to me and I always just really want to leave them with a positive experience. And any time I can make out, you know anything that’s going on, you know I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need,” he continued. “I could just never imagine the severity of the situation. We’ve been working closely with everyone to just try to get to the bottom of this: the city of Houston, HPD, fire department.”
“Everybody continue to just keep your prayers. I mean, I’m honestly just devastated and I could never imagine anything like this just happening,” he concluded.
JUST IN: Travis Scott shares video addressing the tragedy at Astroworld Fest pic.twitter.com/MSjVpJH3fK— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 7, 2021
In response to Scott’s video, one person on Twitter called him out for continuing his set while looking at the victims.
Trav looking at the victims and still performing pic.twitter.com/aqvbjCW0Zk— Saint in the Paint 🩸 (@BMWHOOLIGAN) November 7, 2021