Kim Kardashian s telling friends … she is so “distraught” over the divorce and torrent of publicity that followed, she’s bailing on her Australian appearances and returning to the US of A.

Kim is moaning to friends, The Melbourne Cup appearance — a Thoroughbred horse race — is the first time she’s ever missed work, but she says she just can’t handle it.

And, we’re told she’s saying, “I need to take care of me now, and I can’t work for awhile.”  It’s unclear if Kim means that she’s put the brakes on her reality show, or whether she’ll be selective as to what she does and doesn’t do.

via TMZ

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