How Kourtney Kardashian’s Strained Relationship with Sister Khloé ‘Broke’ Her

The most die-hard fans of Keeping Up with the Kardashians have been watching the show for years. They’ve watched the Kardashian-Jenner sisters go through everything in life together from managing a business to starting families, and many are now missing the bond that used to exist between Khloé and Kourtney. The relationship between these two sisters has been strained in recent months, to say the least, and some fans are worried about the effect it’s been having on Kourtney’s mental health.

Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian slightly smiling in front of a white wall
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Khloé and Kourtney used to be super close

Once upon a time, Khloé and Kourtney were perhaps the closest of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters. They seemed to be inseparable, and they often banded together against Kim, who seemed to be doing her own thing at the time. Khloé and Kourtney even had a couple of their own spinoff reality shows together, called Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons, that followed the sisters as they launched their store, DASH, in the two title cities. Recently, though, things haven’t been going as smoothly between these once-close sisters.

The troubles between Khloé and Kourtney

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The real trouble between Kourtney and the rest of the Kardashian clan started last year when Kourtney announced that she no longer wanted to be on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for the time being. She decided to take a step back to be able to spend more time with her three young children and on her role as a mom. Perfectly understandable, right?

Well, Khloé and Kim didn’t think so. Kourtney’s two sisters were fuming about her decision, calling it “irresponsible.” Kim explained in one KUWTK episode that it’s the family’s job to share their lives openly with their audience, and she felt like she and Khloé would have to pick up the slack and share even more if Kourtney decided to limit her own sharing or step back from the show altogether.

Since then, the tension between the sisters has not subsided, and Kim and Kourtney have even gotten into a physical altercation on camera. Khloé seems to consistently take Kim’s side in these fights; it seems like Kourtney and Khloé won’t be taking any city together again any time soon.

Fans are worried that the troubles “broke” Kourtney

On a recent Reddit thread titled “Kourtney keeps trying,” one KUWTK fan expressed their concern that the tension with Kourtney’s family, especially her sisters, “broke” her. “She seems so fragile at this point,” they worried.

Many other Reddit users came to Kourtney’s defense. “Its [sic] like Kim, Kris, Khloé all kinda stood the same and wanted to clutch to fame harder now, while Kourtney seems to be changing, becoming more intune [sic] with her emotional side,” one user stated, adding that Kourtney, in contrast to her sisters, is “never mean, unless she has good reason to be”. It seems like many fans of the show have been feeling this way lately — that Kourtney has fallen victim to unfair and cruel treatment by her sisters.

Fans are also concerned about how differently Kourtney seems to be responding to her sisters’ criticisms than her younger self. “It’s so weird to see her crying and emotional, because she normally just bottles everything up inside. I don’t think her family realizes how much they bully her and hurt her inside,” one user commented. Another agreed: “I honestly feel really bad for her. In the early seasons, they always joked about how she never showed emotions and never cried. Now she cries very often and I think it’s because she’s so anxious and pushed to her breaking point.” All the commenters agreed that the Kardashian clan doesn’t seem to value the mental health of its members. One thing is clear: Kourtney is loved by her fans, who just want her to be OK.