Kim Kardashian said she never meant to hurt anyone by ending her marriage after just 72 days.
The reality star posted a message to her fans on her website, one day after filing for divorce from Kris Humphries.
Kim said that she "married for love" and "would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show".
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But the 31-year-old went on to admit that she "got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show".
"When I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn't know how to and I didn't want to disappoint a lot of people," she wrote.
"I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairytale I had so badly hoped for.
"I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed into something too soon.
"I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart and I believe now that I really am."
Kim and Kris dated for nine months before marrying in August.
Their lavish ceremony featured exclusively in HELLO! magazine.
She added that reports she made millions of dollars from the wedding "are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this".
In her post, Kim said she plans to "donate the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation".
She does not mention basketball ace Kris in the 370-word message.
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Kim's full statement: "A message to my fans"
This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. I see all of the support and I am so thankful for my fans, friends and family who are helping me through this difficult time.
I am trying not to read all the different media reports but it’s hard not to see all the negative ones. First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this.
I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show! I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision.
But it’s who I am! We filmed Kourtney giving birth, Khloe getting married, break ups, make ups, our best moments and our worst moments. These were all real moments. That’s what makes us who we are. We share, we give, we love and we are open!
Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic! I love with all of my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon.
I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have.
I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.
I’m being honest here and I hope you respect my courage because this isn’t easy to go through. But I do know that I have to follow my heart.
I never had the intention of hurting anybody and I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for.
There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this.
I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.
I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart and I believe now that I really am.