Khloe Kardashian on fame, Kanye West, more ‘Khloe & Lamar’
Allow us to shed some light on the very “Brady Bunch” Kardashian family tree: The Kardashians — Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Rob Kardashian — are children to former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner (nee Houghton). She divorced Kardashian and married Caitlyn Jenner, known at the time as Olympian Bruce Jenner. Jenner had sons Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner from a previous marriage to Linda Thompson. (She also has another son and daughter from her first marriage to Chrystie Crownover.) The Jenners later had two daughters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, who are also featured on the family’s reality TV series. And then there are the love interests and babies. Click though for a better idea of who’s who and why they’re famous.(E!)
Probably the most famous Kardashian, Kim Kardashian is the second eldest of the Kardashian siblings, half siblings and step-siblings. In birth order, they go Kourtney (1979), Kim (1980), Khloe (1984), Brody Jenner (1983), Rob (1987), Kendall Jenner (1995) and Kylie Jenner (1997). Kim Kardashian made a name for herself as a friend and stylist to Paris Hilton, but she shot to fame after a sex tape of her and R&B singer Ray J was leaked. She has somehow parlayed that infamous tape into an unrelated reality-TV empire with her family, rebuilding her reputation as that of a fashionista and businesswoman. However, the burnished rep was somewhat tarnished again after news got out that she was divorcing NBA player Kris Humphries after a short-lived 72-day marriage. Their wedding included quite a bit of fanfare, and the divorce proceedings lasted much longer than her wedded bliss. As the saga played out, she and her new boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, announced they were expecting a baby together. They welcomed their baby girl on June 15, 2013.(Timothy White / E!)
Along with sisters Kim and Khloe, she fronts and works on their clothing store Dash, their Kardashian Kollection clothing line for Sears and their Khroma cosmetics line. (Anders Overgaard / E!)
Khloe Kardashian is the tallest and most outgoing of the sisters. She married NBA star Lamar Odom after a monthlong courtship in 2009. She has served as a host of “The X Factor” and chronicled her infertility issues on her “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spinoff series, “Khloe & Lamar.” In 2013, the couple’s rocky relationship made headlines after news surfaced questioning Odom’s fidelity and reports alleged that he had been struggling with a drug problem. Kardashian filed for divorce Dec. 13.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
Rob Kardashian attended USC and moved in with sister Khloe and her husband, Lamar Odom. He has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and started up his own line of socks. After the public crumbling of the Kardashian-Odom marriage, Rob Kardashian retreated from public life and made fewer appearances on the family’s reality series.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
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Kendall Jenner is the quiet, once-shy daughter of Caitlyn Jenner and Kardashian “momager” Kris Jenner. While appearing on her family’s reality series since age 11, she has pursued a modeling career, signing with prominent agency Wilhelmina in 2010. She’s been trying to carve out a career path independent of her famous half sisters, and worked on a clothing line for PacSun with younger sister Kylie Jenner.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
Kylie Jenner, daughter of Caitlyn and Kris Jenner, is the youngest of the siblings. Like her sisters, she has pursued a modeling career. She has also worked on a fashion line with sister Kendall and has become a social media powerhouse in her own right.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
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Lamar Odom made headlines when he and Khloe Kardashian married in September 2009 after only a month of dating. In December 2013, they announced they were divorcing after allegations of drug use and cheating plagued the couple.(Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is Kim Kardashian’s husband. He appeared on a few episodes of her reality series while she was with NBA player Kris Humphries because they were friends, but later took their friendship into romance territory.The couple welcomed daughter North West in June 2013 and are currently expecting their second child.(Zacharie Scheurer / Associated Press)
Kris Humphries is an NBA player who married Kim Kardashian in 2011 after about six months of dating. The couple became infamous after they televised their elaborate nuptials, then ended their marriage after 72 days. Kardashian filed for divorce, but Humphries sought an annulment, and the two have battled in court for far longer than they were married.(Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Brody Jenner is one of Caitlyn Jenner’s four children from her second marriage. Brody has starred in MTV’s “The Hills,” in which he courted Lauren Conrad and later Kristin Cavallari, and his own short-lived series, “The Princes of Malibu.” He has also minimally appeared in early seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” notably being called on by stepbro Rob Kardashian to babysit their half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Brandon Jenner, eldest son of Caitlyn Jenner and actress Linda Thompson, wed Leah Felder in May 2012. The couple comprises indie pop duo Brandon & Leah.(Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images for LUTB)
Khloe Kardashian is all about her family’s business -- the money-making side of it and the personal side of it.
But that doesn’t mean she changes who she is to adhere to either. The reality TV star, the youngest of the three Kardashian sisters, doesn’t buy into the persona that people have boxed her into, nor the “toxic” media attention her family gets, she told the Associated Press.
“Once you start living in [that fame world], you can start believing it, and it’s just so bad for you. That’s not the real world. All of this one day will go away no matter who you are, and I need to be OK with who I am as myself and this doesn’t make or break me. This is wonderful and I love this ride but I’m also so blessed without it as well,” the 28-year-old fashionista said.
Her family’s claim to fame is the juggernaut E! series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and its many offshoots that showcase the clan’s over-the-the top lifestyle. Much of their initial media attention came in the mid-1990s from her late father Robert Kardashian’s involvement on the defense team in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, and later from her older sister Kim Kardashian’s infamous sex tape in 2007. Talent manager Kris Jenner, Robert Kardashian’s ex-wife, managed to parlay all that media attention and tabloid fodder into a million-dollar franchise of TV shows, clothing lines, cosmetics, fragrances and books. (She’ll also have her own talk show this fall.)
But Khloe wouldn’t mind if it all went away.
“You always want what you don’t have, and you have to be really careful what you wish for. I genuinely love what we do. When that day comes, it will give me more time to do other stuff but I’m not begging for that day to come. I’m content either way.”
The spotlight has garnered her her fair share of false stories and “dumb” stories.
“There are literally millions to choose from!” she recently told the Huffington Post. “But I would say the dumbest thing I have heard, is that my dad isn’t my real dad.” (This bit of gossip resulted in a DNA test conducted on the E! series.)
Kardashian starred in her own TV spinoff series with husband Lamar Odom, the L.A. Clippers forward, and younger brother Rob Kardashian. And she says there’s more “Khloe & Lamar” to come even though she’s protective of how people think the show negatively influenced her husband’s basketball career.
“When my husband and I filmed Season 1, Lamar won Sixth Man of the Year, was the first [Los Angeles] Laker to do so, he won a gold medal, and he also won a championship ring for the Lakers. But the year he got traded [to the Dallas Mavericks], people wanted to say, ‘Oh, it’s because of the show.’ So, I was really irritated. This is my husband’s career, and I just didn’t like that someone would use this tool in a negative way, so I was like, ‘You know what? For the better of my husband’s career, I’m not going to let anyone use this against him.’ But, yes, it will hopefully come back sooner [rather] than later. Lamar loves doing the show.”
She and Odom tied the knot after only 30 days of dating and planned a wedding in nine days. It is a union many thought wouldn’t last, but this September they’ll be celebrating their fourth anniversary.
“Lamar and I say, ‘We don’t know what came over us. We can’t even explain it.’ Because we can’t explain it. I never understood when someone said ‘I just knew.’ And with every fiber of my being you couldn’t have told me no. ... I just felt it — and same with Lamar. Thank God it worked. It very well could’ve gone the other way.”
AP writer Alicia Rancilio points out that Kardashian and her sisters Kourtney and Kim are all currently involved with men who don’t have any siblings. Perhaps that’s what makes them more easily enveloped by their larger-than-life new family?
“We’ve known Kanye [West] for years, so he’s known what our family is like. He definitely does his own thing. Scott [Disick] works with us. Lamar is away a lot [with basketball], and Kanye has his own career. But, Kanye’s there for holidays and all the stuff that matters,” she said of the rapper, who has been criticized for seeming absent during much of her sister’s pregnancy.
Eldest sister Kourtney has two children with longtime boyfriend Scott Disick and Kim is expecting her first child, a baby girl, with rapper West this summer. This current season of the reality series has expanded by adding stepbrother Brody Jenner and promising to also delve into stepfather Bruce Jenner’s family ties.
Khloe, who has been doing the media rounds to promote the new season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which premiered last weekend, has been busy demystifying rumors about the clan, including whether her mom was splitting from her stepdad.
“Well, they’re not having problems but they still like to live apart, which is definitely different,” she said during a Wednesday appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
“In my house, there is a man room for Lamar. A room, not a different house. So I think they took my idea and ran with it and they got another house. And Bruce stays there sometimes...” she added. “It’s in the same state, yes, different city,” the outspoken, youngest sister in the trio clarified. “I’m not for that, but you know, to each their own.”
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