Are Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner Close?

We’ve seen more than our share of horrific mother-daughter relationships in Hollywood, but also a healthy share of good ones. Somewhere in the middle is arguably Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.

While it’s nowhere near a Mommie Dearest type of scenario, Kim and her mom haven’t always had a perfect time together. Even if you can argue all mothers and daughters have their ups and downs in getting along, a scenario like this in Hollywood is always going to get more scrutiny.

It’s worth a few minutes to explore what their relationship is like now and their past dramas. You might be able to understand the Kardashians a little better while trying to keep up with them.

The pre-‘KUWTK’ days

When exploring the Kardashians from the early days, it almost requires a designation like the kind we give before the dawn of modern humans. In their case, it’s the times before they were national celebrities on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Kim was Robert and Kris Kardashian’s second daughter, born in 1980, one year after Kourtney. It was just a four-child household in the 1980s when you also include her younger sister, Khloe (born in 1984) and brother Rob in 1987.

Of course, we all know Robert Kardashian as the lawyer who joined O.J. Simpson’s defense team. Long before that, the family was already wealthy, allowing the Kardashian kids to have an idyllic upbringing. Still, troubles brewed before the Simpson debacle.

A split in the family

All indications show Kim and her mother got along well in those near halcyon days for the Kardashians before things unraveled on a personal level. We found out money and hanging out at celebrity parties often masks more risky things going on under the surface.

In 1990, finding out Kris was having an affair with a soccer player a decade her junior shocked everyone. Kim was deeply affected by this split and found herself depressed when seeing how it affected her mom emotionally. There was even concern Kris would leave her children behind.

Many today might consider Kris the worst type of “momager”. Yet, those early days were considerably different in having the typical worry about her daughters’ welfare after divorce.

Things would become a little more troubling later.

A new stepdad and a controversial road to stardom

Only a year after Kris divorced Robert Kardashian, she was married to the former Bruce Jenner. From all evidence, Kim got along well with her mom having a new husband while gaining a stepdad.

Kim has said publicly she always respects what Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner did to raise her and the other siblings during their teen years. However, they became estranged after the split with Kris. One reason for this was a book Caitlyn Jenner wrote criticizing Robert Kardashian for apparently knowing O.J. Simpson was guilty. Kim had strongly supported her dad during the Simpson trial without ensuing drama with her mother.

Not too many rough patches plagued Kim and her mom until stardom came calling. Once Keeping Up with the Kardashians began in 2007, things had already turned controversial. Kris became the manager to her kids, something still going on to this day, including the Jenner children.

Based on unconfirmed reports, Kris made one move some would say betrayed her daughter.

Leaking the infamous Kim sex tape

A book written a few years ago says Kris Jenner leaked Kim’s infamous 2003 sex tape with Ray J. This book says the leak was deliberate (with Kim in on it) so the Kardashians could achieve stardom.

If true, it obviously worked, even if history would prove their fame was based entirely on notoriety at first.

Kim claims this revelation is false, and you can’t blame her for wanting to deny it.

At least the relationship between Kim and Kris is still amicable to this day. Outside the occasional sibling rivalry on KUWTK, Kris has even shown strong support for the marriage between Kim and Kanye West.

Let’s be grateful at least increased Kardashian fame (including dredged up notorious family history) hasn’t ruined this famous mother-daughter relationship.