Adrienne Bailon has found herself smack dab in the middle of a cranky Kardashian sandwich.
Kardashian kat-fight alert!
The former Cheetah Girl, who dated reality star Rob Kardashian for a couple of years and was featured on eight episodes of his family's reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" during their romance, opened up to Latina magazine about the aftermath of that relationship and her former beau's infidelity.
"To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career," the 30-year-old actress-singer said in the interview published online Tuesday. "I probably realized that too late -- not that it would've affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would've affected my decision to appear on the show.
"At the time, I didn't think anyone would even care. To this day, people will still say, 'You ruined Rob's life!' and I'll think, Damn, I was still playing with Barbie dolls when I met him."
Regarding that part about ruining the youngest Kardashian's life: The reality star has had his fair share of struggles, including weight issues, that have played out in real life and on the show. Even though he dated "The Real" host from 2007 to 2009, the 27-year-old's issues have stuck around as a plot line on the current season of the show.
"It's common knowledge that he cheated on me, and it always bothered me that people were like, ... 'why couldn't you forgive him?' Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, 'You're disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you,'" Bailon said. "But women, we're supposed to be like, 'He messed up. He made a mistake.' And, in my situation, it wasn't like, 'Oh my God! I made a mistake!' He strategically planned things out so that he could cheat on me, and that to me was so disloyal."
Bailon's remarks got the attention of Rob's famous sisters Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, who took to social media to defend their brother -- and their family -- from Bailon's vitriol.
"Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian," Kim Kardashian tweeted on Wednesday, adding, "#LetItGoooooLetItGoooooo (FROZEN VOICE)" and "So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever."
Khloe, who's publicly dealt with her share of alleged infidelity by soon-to-be ex-husband Lamar Odom and also lived with Rob for an extended period of time, retweeted her older sister's tweets and seemed surprised by Bailon's observations.
"Thought her and I were cool SMH," she wrote, responding to a fan who commented: "Adrienne has a lot of nerve to talk ... about Rob when he is obviously dealing with ... ."
Another fan tweeted an article about Kim's response, asking if Kim was "shading" Bailon, to which Khloe responded: "Don't think it was a secret. For sure. Don't kick my brother while he's down."
However, Bailon didn't take the criticism sitting down. By Thursday, she'd replied to the Kardashian burn on her Instagram page with a quote-heavy photo distinguishing between being famous and having a successful career.
"I've always had a career. I have been working hard since I was 15 years old. Being someone's 'girlfriend' was never what I wanted to be famous for," the Disney alum said. "What makes you 'famous' isn't always what you want to be 'labeled' as, or known for. If anyone should understand that…It should be you."
Presumably, that "you" to which she's directing her comments is the Kardashian kollective.
Bailon, who's moved on to date Def Jam Records exec Lenny Santiago, then finished off her "#GodBless" message on a more positive note regarding her concluded romance.
"I also stated in the article that none of this would have stopped me from being in love and being in that relationship. I just would have gone about it differently," she said. "You can love someone just as much in private. We all learn from our first loves."
Ball's in your kourt, Kardashians.
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