Kim Kardashian has said that she's "such a better person" following her armed robbery ordeal in Paris last year in tearful appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The reality TV star was robbed of an estimated $10 million worth of jewellery, including her engagement ring, in the heist on October 3.

The Keeping up with the Kardashians star has shied away from the limelight since the terrifying ordeal, but is looking on the bright side by saying that "it could have been way worse".

Speaking to the chat show host in an emotional interview, she said: "They [the robbers] weren't really aggressive, it could have been way worse so I don't want to sound like I'm not grateful. I'm out, I'm home, I'm safe. I'm such a better person. Let's move on."

Kardashian, who has two children with rapper Kanye West, said that she is "grateful" for the wake-up call as she no longer is so materialistic and hopes to set a better example to 3-year-old daughter North and 16-month-old son Saint. 

"I know it sounds crazy, but I know that was meant to happen to me," she said. "I don't want to start crying but I know it was meant to happen. I feel like I'm such a different person.

"I don't want to cry anymore. I really feel like things happen in your life to teach you things."

DeGeneres handed her a tissue and the audience applauded her. She continued: "I was definitely materialistic before, not that there's anything bad with having things and working hard to get those things. I'm really proud of everyone around me that's successful.

"But I'm so happy that my kids get this me, that this is who I am raising my kids. I just don't care about that stuff anymore. I really don't."

The reality TV star and businesswoman went on to explain that the robbers had been tracking her movements for two years and had been tipped off by interviews she had done about her belongings.

"Meeting with my attorneys and knowing the information that I know now, [the robbers] had been following me for two years," she explained.

"They had heard interviews that I did, getting excited about this jewellery and that jewellery. I truly don't know if I'd ever feel comfortable wearing jewellery anymore, or wearing real jewellery again.

"'My whole life has changed in terms of how I travel and my security. I never thought I would need security staying outside of my door.

"I should have had a security guard outside of my door. Now I have several just for me to be able to sleep at night."

Kourtney Kardashian previously spoke about her sister's emotional well-being following the robbery, saying she was "not doing great".