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 opened up somewhat about her marital issues with basketball player Lamar Odom in Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and on social media.
But the reality TV starlet, who married Odom in September 2009 after a month of dating, didn’t specify what was troubling their marriage, instead making allusions to greater issues, his depression and emotional issues and her reservations about having a baby.
The 29-year-old also took to social media in the days after the episode aired to defend herself and family.
As rumors of an inevitable divorce, cheating, drugs and a new romance continue to plague their marriage, here are some of the cryptic statements she made during Sunday’s episode:
“I’m not ready to continue with fertility treatments. There are some things that not everybody knows and me and Lamar are the only two people that need to know that.”
Kardashian Odom’s fertility struggles had been chronicled on the show previously and emphasized by her elder sisters’ pregnancies. In the episode, which appeared to be filmed over the summer, Kim, pregnant with daughter North at the time, urged her to see an adoption lawyer to explore all her options.
“I don’t know if I’m there yet,” Kardashian Odom said, also telling the lawyer that she was concerned about mental illness in the child’s family and Odom’s traveling schedule.
“It’s not that I’m against adoption but right now I’m in a place in my life where there are a lot of moving parts. Lamar doesn’t know where he’s going to play basketball and it’s complicated.”
Kardashian Odom had previously been told by a doctor that she had no eggs, and decided to return to get checked up after a year. During her visit, she had a repetitive phone conversation with her husband, saying, “He’s so weird right now, I have no idea” and that she had “anxiety” because he urgently needed to talk to her.
“I am not someone who really likes to, I guess, bore people with my problems, and I also think no one really understands what someone’s going through unless they walk a mile in their shoes,” she said in the testimonial.
Then, when it was time for her test, she said she was nervous.
“I’m a little nervous about being examined. I’m scarred from the last time. It was probably the worst time of my life. I’m putting on a brave face, hoping for the best. All we can do is see what happens.”
When she was then told she “could be fine carrying a pregnancy,” she wasn’t exactly leaping for joy in front of the cameras either.
“My results are good, they’re positive, but I’m just not at that place right now to get pregnant,” she said.
Then later, during lunch with her younger half-sister Kylie while at her mother’s house, she had an irritated phone conversation with Odom. Odom called her repeatedly, and she said, “He’s so annoying right now; go back to basketball.” The athlete, who has been the focus of drug-use and cheating rumors for months, appeared to exhibit bizarre and not “logical” behavior, she said, so she told him, “I think you’re tired, you’re buggin’ just a little bit.”
“I mean there’s a lot of emotional issues I think Lamar has,” Kardashian Odom told the camera. “You know I do want to help or cater to Lamar but there’s also only so much anybody could take.”
“Lamar, he is a very depressed person, which is sad but understandable for everything he’s been through in his life. And I do love Lamar with every ounce of who I am, but it’s really scary when someone’s in such a deep lull and you know they’re relying on you to get them out and you’re trying, and you’re trying, and you’re trying and nothing’s really working."
The episode ended there, but Kardashian Odom continued her defense on in a series of tweets after live tweeting during the show’s East Coast airing.
“Speculate all you want. The armor I put around MY family can’t melt or even scratch. So continue to throw your daggers. (1)” she wrote Sunday, continuing with “You will never cut us, you will just tire yourself out. Strong and united we will still stand.”
Then on Tuesday she posted more and sounded like she was standing by her man.
“Not all scars can be seen and not all love can be explained. The deepest love is also the hardest to express. Only those in it, understand,” she added Tuesday, saying, “If I love u. Its a deep 4ever love. Ride til the end. Family/friend. Its simply called love. I take it seriously. Dont judge unless u r in it.”
“We all have our own journeys in life. So even if u don’t accept mine. Be kind....We all have a journey 2travel & I want to walk mine, my way”
“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”
And if that wasn’t enough, she told people not to read too far into things.
“Why do peps take everything so literally?!? Relax....”
“Peps make up whatever THEY want to believe. Would rather stay quiet then have my words twisted,” she said, adding, “My motto lately.... [expletive] you”
So will we see more about Kardashian Odom’s woes on the show? Perhaps, but they still have the whole saga of her sister’s giving birth to North West to deal with this season. It’ll be interesting to see which storyline trumps the other.
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