“No mat­ter what peo­ple think of me, I know I’m a good per­son”

She has one of the most no­to­ri­ous sur­names on the planet, but Khloé Kar­dashian in­sists she’s not too both­ered by what the crit­ics say about her fa­mous fam­ily. As she brings her lat­est busi­ness ven­ture to Aus­tralia, she speaks ex­clu­sively to Stel­lar about

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Noth­ing about Khloé Kar­dashian’s life is nor­mal. After more than a decade as one of the most recog­nis­able faces – with one of the most fa­mous sur­names – on the planet, the 34-year-old re­al­ity TV star­cum-busi­ness­woman all but shrugs off the fact that ev­ery as­pect of her life is mag­ni­fied to an un­think­able level. “I’m so used to be­ing pub­lic that it doesn’t re­ally bother me,” Kar­dashian tells Stel­lar from her home in Los Angeles. “I’m just so com­fort­able hav­ing ev­ery­one along for the ride.”

Her fa­mous – and fa­mously close – fam­ily put her in good stead. Case in point: the sprawl­ing What­sapp group chat she main­tains with ma­tri­arch Kris Jen­ner, sis­ters Kim, Kourt­ney, Ken­dall and Kylie, and their brother Rob. “Our fam­ily group chats are very wild,” she says. “We have ones where, if we’re talk­ing about cer­tain sis­ters, we elim­i­nate that sis­ter. We have got in trou­ble and used the wrong group chat be­fore, and that’s never good.”

If a brood of six can keep Kar­dashian on her toes, it is lit­tle won­der she has learnt to turn a se­lec­tively blind eye to what her so­cial me­dia con­nec­tions are say­ing at any given mo­ment; at last check, she boasted more than 131 mil­lion fol­low­ers. “I for­get that mil­lions of peo­ple are look­ing. I see if my friends com­ment, but I don’t get no­ti­fi­ca­tions when ev­ery­one else does. And I don’t re­ally read through my com­ments – be­cause that could not be good for my self-es­teem.”

The Kar­dashi­ans sib­lings have each other’s backs in a ride- or-die kind of fash­ion. Late last month Kar­dashian posted a se­ries of self­ies to In­sta­gram in which she wore an olive-coloured cap with the slo­gan “Kanye For Pres­i­dent” em­broi­dered on it. The usual head­lines erupted, posit­ing she had en­dorsed her con­tro­ver­sial brother-in-law’s pledge to run for US Pres­i­dent in 2024. The re­al­ity, she ex­plains, was far less ex­cit­ing. “I have no idea who sent it to me; I just thought it was cute! It matched my out­fit, so I put it on. I love my broth­erin-law. Who cares? Peo­ple cre­ate such a moun­tain out of noth­ing.”

Some­times too, they cre­ate one out of truly gru­elling per­sonal trauma – and the Kar­dashi­ans them­selves help it all along. Last April, to­wards the end of her first preg­nancy, Kar­dashian was en­gulfed in a cheat­ing scan­dal that in­volved her NBA star boyfriend Tris­tan Thomp­son, who also sired her then soon-to-be-born daugh­ter True. The fall­out – in­clud­ing a tense de­liv­ery-room con­fronta­tion – was doc­u­mented on cam­era for the fam­ily’s E! re­al­ity show Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans, which has blos­somed from mid-noughties guilty plea­sure into the foun­da­tion of a bil­lion-dol­lar em­pire that en­com­passes the worlds of fash­ion, beauty, lifestyle, home­wares, TV pro­duc­tion and an end­less sup­ply of memes.

back,” she says. “Ev­ery­body doesn’t have to know ev­ery­thing. My per­sonal life, my dat­ing life… I’ve learnt that I want to keep on the pri­vate side.”

This in­cludes what – and how – she shares up­dates on her daugh­ter. “I don’t want to over­ex­pose her,” says Kar­dashian, whose volume of baby posts are, by Stel­lar’s quick and by no means math­e­mat­i­cally per­fect es­ti­ma­tion, no higher than any other new par­ent’s. What she would rather do is in­stil True with the same level of self-con­fi­dence her own par­ents gave her. “As silly as it sounds, I do pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tions with her in the morn­ing. We sit in front of the mir­ror. It’s so corny: ‘I am beau­ti­ful!’

“I never, ever con­sid­ered my­self chubby or over­weight,” she says of her own child­hood. “I didn’t know that I was un­til I went on TV, and ev­ery­one told me that I was ‘fat’. I never felt that way be­cause my fam­ily never allowed me to. Any­thing about me that was pos­i­tive, they would point out. It’s my job to make her feel, no mat­ter what she looks like, that she is strong and con­fi­dent and beau­ti­ful, and it’s OK

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