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In a bizarre display of apparent jealousy, Younes Bendjima slammed Kourtney Kardashian over a simple thong photo that she shared to Instagram.

He quickly deleted the comment, but not in time to prevent the whole world from seeing him bite the hand that feeds him.

Now, we’re learning that he wasn’t joking — as well as the reason for which he lashed out.

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Kourtney looks great in this pic, right?

Too great, if you ask Younes Bendjima.

In a now-deleted Instagram comment, Younes wrote: "That’s what you need to show to get likes?"

At first, most people — including us — assumed that he was probably joking. An insider even suggested as much.

It turns out that his comment was fueled by genuine feelings of jealousy. This sounds so unhealthy.

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Sources tell E! that Kourtney is frustrated with Younes’ comment.

(Keep in mind that E! is the very same network that airs Keeping Up With The Kardashians, so we’re inclined to give these words their due weight)

"Kourtney doesn’t appreciate Younes posting his feelings in a public forum and being impulsive," the insider shares.

We would imagine not. He may be her boy toy, but he should act like a grown-up.

"She’s frustrated," the source continues. "That he continues to get upset about it."

And by it, the source means Kourtney having a but and showing it off.

"She isn’t going to stop doing what she’s doing," the insider reassures the world. "And feels like he needs to understand and deal with it."

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"Younes gets jealous and can be possessive of Kourtney," the insider explains.

Apparently, that was his motivation for commenting. Ridiculous.

"When she posts half naked pictures," the source continues. "He gets very upset."

Not only is modeling a huge part of her brand, but Younes also has a modeling career. He should know better.

This is such an absurd reaction to a fairly tame pic.

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The insider says: "He wants her for himself and doesn’t want to share her with the world."

Good thing for him that Kourtney is just a rich model taking photos in her bikini, and not the sex worker equivalent of Santa Claus, visiting every home on the planet in a single night.

But the source does reveal what may have been really going on with Younes to make him lash out.

"It was sad when they had to say goodbye," the source explains. "And she returned to the States."

So he’s not with her at the moment.

"He’s been missing her like crazy," the insider says. "And got emotional."

That’s not an excuse, but it might explain it.

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It sounds like Younes needs some emotional hand-holding.

"Kourtney has explained its part of her job and it’s not going to change," the source says firmly.

Good. No woman, and especially no Kardashian, should give up her career in favor of her boyfriend’s ego.

The insider admits: "but it still makes him uncomfortable and upset."

The source does acknowledge: "He overreacted and put up a comment without thinking it through."

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"Then," the insider says. "He realized [that] what he did made it even worse."

Feeling bad is one thing. Embarrassing your girlfriend in front of the whole dang planet is worse.

"He was just not thinking in the moment," the source explains. "And got emotional."

It’s unfortunately not uncommon for men to experience possessiveness or other irrational feelings towards their partners.

This is part of why some say that men are in general too emotional to be President, but that’s beside the point.

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Though some Instagram commenters engaged in gleeful slut-shaming of Kourtney for daring to have a butt, others were firmly on her side.

"Aye tbh he sayin she thirsty and other people are too," one commenter wrote. "But I promise she ain’t thirsty bc the girl can get any guy she wants."

The wise commenter continues, saying: "So her bf need to chill out bc she ain’t thirsty bro she with u bc she wants you so calm down for you catch these hands."

That was all good except for the part about catching hands. Please do not threaten violence, even in jest.

"It still isn’t appropriate to post," another wrote of Younes’ comment. "He isn’t her boss. She is her own boss."

She sure is.

We hope that Younes can put on his big-boy pants and accept his wildly successful girlfriend for who she is.