Kylie Jenner Defends Travis Scott, Says They Weren't Aware of Astroworld Deaths

Kylie Jenner has spoken out on Instagram and defended her boyfriend rapper Travis Scott after eight people died at the Astroworld music festival in Texas.

Jenner, 24, shared a statement on the social media platform on Saturday, one day after the tragedy unfolded during Scott's show at the Houston festival.

Her message read: "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 about 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.

"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."

It comes after Scott, 30, said he was "absolutely devastated" to learn about the deaths and the dozens who were injured in the crowd.

In a Twitter post shared on Saturday, Scott said: "I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night.

"My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.

"I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all."

— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021

The chaos started at 9 p.m. on Friday when tens of thousands of people at NRG Park began to compress toward the front of the stage" during Scott's performance, according to Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña.

Houston police have since launched a criminal investigation into what happened at the Astroworld festival.

Houston police chief Troy Finner said at a media briefing officers were working with "a lot of narratives out there right now."

Finner added: "I think that all of us need to be respectful of the families and make sure that we follow the facts and evidence and that's what we're trying to do here in the Houston police department."

He later continued: "I will tell you, one of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs.

"We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck.

"When he was examined he went unconscious. They administered Narcan [a medication used to block the effects of opioids], he was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if somebody is trying to inject."

At least 23 people were taken to hospitals, 11 of whom were in cardiac arrest and an estimated 300 people were treated at field hospitals that were set up nearby.

While speaking to reporters on Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the dead were aged between 14 to 27 and that a second teenage victim was just 16 years old.

Newsweek has contacted the Houston Police Department for comment.

Jenner defended Scott in an Instagram post
Kylie Jenner defended Travis Scott in an Instagram post shared on Saturday. Getty