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Kim Kardashian is opening up like she’s never done before.
the billionaire and mother-of-four was featured on an ABC special on Wednesday night in a true Hollywood-style exposé of the rollercoaster life she lived as Paris Hilton’s confidante before finally making her own foray into the world of entertainment and fashion with the help of ex-husband Kanye West.
Kardashian and West had known each other for a decade before they started dating in 2012 when the SKIMS creator was still married. The couple got engaged just months after their divorce was finalized.
They married on May 24, 2014 in a ceremony at a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy. The union was West’s first, Kardashian’s third. She was first married to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004 and then to basketball player Chris Humphries from 2011 to 2013, although she filed for divorce just 72 days after they married.
Kardashian became Hollywood royalty alongside her mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney, 42; Khloe, 37; Kendall Jenner, 26; and Kylie Jenner, 24, along with her 35-year-old brother, Rob. Much of the family’s meteoric rise was due to the influence of fashion and cool that West brought to the family.
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“I think my goal has always been my whole life is to raise my kids, and the dream would be to see each of them find their passion,” Jenner told Robin Roberts when asked if she was the “brain” of her family. Success.
Jenner said the pinnacle of her life was as a mother of six.
“At some point, I think what happened was that I really followed in my mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, and Kourtney and I ended up opening a children’s store like my mom had,” Jenner shared. “My grandma had a candle shop. And I just feel like there’s a reason for everything and you just have to be open to following the plan.”
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“I never know what I’m going to wake up to in the morning,” Jenner joked during the shoot. “I never know what will happen.”
For the past 15 years, the Kardashians have dominated pop culture on their way to building their collective brands by the billions.
Despite the hustle and bustle that Jenner and her daughters would put forth to build their empire, much of their success is down to scandal. And the Kardashian clan can thank West, 44, for his part in that.
Being one of the biggest names in music when he and the 41-year-old Kardashian first became an item in 2012, West brought Kardashian into the upper echelons of the fashion world.
West invited Kardashian to attend one of his showcases at Paris Fashion Week, where Kardashian got a taste of what life could be like with the enigmatic mogul. She’s had lunch and dinner with many of the same designers who once shunned her.
Six months later, the couple walked the Met Gala carpet. After a few clandestine meetings with editors, Kardashian got her very first high fashion cover.
“I used to dream about that night, I used to sit at home in my bed on my computer looking at all the photos of everyone dreaming about one day that I could ever attend the Met Ball,” Kardashian said in footage during the special.
“If I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why. I’ll walk around mingling, talking, but I can barely sit down. I can only be half seated,” he adds. -she.
Kardashian was quickly dressed by top designers in the business en route to landing a bespoke wedding dress by Givenchy. By 2014, she had achieved her all-time dream of being on the cover of American Vogue.
During the special, Roberts suggested to Kardashian that “Vogue probably didn’t want to put you on the cover,” to which the reality star agreed.
“Absolutely. I mean, I say all the time, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t even think Vogue was in my vocabulary,'” Kardashian said, adding that she had “pinch moments all the time. — things that I never thought would ever happen to me. And so I just want to motivate people. Not the other way around.”
As a pioneer of women’s fashion centered on body appreciation and inclusivity, Kardashian argued that it was the constant rejection of the same fashion houses that eventually crawled back that inspired her to go from front with his SKIMS underwear.
“I mean, I think even looking at my sisters, some are short, some are really tall – like we all have really different body types. I never felt the inclusiveness grow,” a- she explained to Roberts. “It was like the waif days of the 90s, and everyone was blonde and tall and thin, and I never really connected with anyone.
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“I remember at first when I wanted to borrow clothes and have clothes loaned to me from fashion houses, everyone said no because they said it would never fit me because I’m too plump and that it would never fit me. And I think that’s why I was so inspired to launch SKIMS because I wanted a line that just had no boundaries.”
News of a split between Kardashian and West first broke in January 2021, with the businesswoman officially filing for divorce a month later in February.
When the reports surfaced in January, E! News reported that Kardashian hasn’t filed the divorce papers yet because she wanted to make sure she was “making the right decision for the kids,” according to an insider.
Trouble in heaven between the two was first reported this summer when West announced his candidacy for president in the 2020 election.
Reports on the reason for the divorce have varied, with sources previously claiming their politics, lifestyle, Calabasas home, and even the rapper’s surprisingly brief attendance at his wife’s lavish birthday party last year all were points of contention.
Reports at the time suggested the two had been living apart for a few months and their relationship was “in serious trouble for the last half of 2020”, with the pair apparently in marriage counseling.
During what Kardashian later hinted was an episode brought on by his bipolar disorder, West brought up the possibility of divorcing his wife at a campaign event while claiming that they were planning to abort their first child.
In a since-deleted tweet, the “Power” rapper also claimed he’s been “trying” to divorce Kardashian since she attended a prison reform event with Meek Mill in 2018.
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In the same rant, he also shaded Kardashian’s Playboy past and claimed the reality TV star’s mother, Kris Jenner, was no longer allowed to see her children.
He later apologized for the Twitter rant, but the ordeal reportedly left Kardashian “furious.”
Meanwhile, a source said Page 6 back when “Kim asked Kanye to go up there [to Wyoming] so they can live separate lives and quietly work things out for separation and divorce. She’s over.”
The social media maven and Grammy winner have been married for nearly seven years and have both filed for joint legal and physical custody of their four children – North, 8, Saint, 6, Chicago, 4, and Psalm, 2 years.
Since announcing their impending split, the two have been locked in a contentious public back-and-forth with the Yeezy boss publicly addressing his divorce proceedings and co-parenting deal with Kardashian in interviews and on social media.
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Last week, West reportedly told the mother of his children he was “going to get help” and even pulled out of his scheduled performance as the Sunday headliner at the Coachella Music Festival.
“For the sake of the children, Kanye has told Kim that he will not make any public appearances or inflammatory statements on social media, and that he will go somewhere to get better,” a source close to the Kardashians told Page 6.
The insider said it remains to be seen if West plans to check into a treatment center or simply withdraw from the public spotlight and social channels.
Kardashian has since moved on in her love life with comedian and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, who is 13 years younger than her.
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“I’m kind of romantically involved, for sure, and I wouldn’t be with anyone if I hadn’t planned to spend a lot of time with them,” Kardashian said of her relationship with Davidson and of his vision of the extent of his relationship. can actually go. “Obviously I want to take my time. But I’m very happy and very content, and it’s so good to be at peace.”
The family’s new reality show, “The Kardashians,” premieres April 14 on Hulu.