Everywhere you look, you’re bound to see a story about a member of the Kardashian family. The famous relatives have even managed to have their stories told on “serious” news outlets, and the Kardashian name has become one of the most recognizable of our generation. Whether you love or hate them (or are somewhere in between), chances are you’ve pretty much accepted the fact that you’re going to hear something about them every day.
Of course, with all that fame comes some type of scandal(s). It’s no secret that the Kardashian family has had their share of bad press. From the internal feuds, to the love triangles and rumored hook-ups with other celebs, one article about the Kardashian family reads like a soap opera that would probably get pretty high ratings. Of course, the family also still has their reality show on the E! Network, which is kind of the same thing.
Even though millions of people love to follow all things Kardashian, there have also been some times when the family’s scandals almost threatened to take them out of the limelight. Obviously, there’s a price to fame, and the Kardashians are often taking risks when it comes to staying relevant—sometimes to the detriment of the family band. Here are 12 scandals that could have destroyed the Kardashian empire.
12. When Scott Disick Was Out of Control
When it comes to relationships, 2015 was not a great year for the Kardashian clan. Scott Disick, Kourtney’s long-term on-again, off-again boyfriend, had to go to rehab for the second time that year, and the fourth time in his life. Most Kardashian fans were not surprised by this news (it’s been public knowledge that Scott has a drinking problem). In 2014, Disick had to be hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. After leaving the hospital, he went to Monte Carlo, where he was photographed getting a little too comfortable with an ex-girlfriend of his. Kourtney reached her limited and ended the relationship, but not before Scott did his share of tarnishing the Kardashian family’s reputation. Kourtney has recently stated that the two are getting along and trying to successfully raise their three children, but are no longer together.
11. When Khloe Had a Paternity Scandal
There has been a long-standing rumor that Robert Kardashian, Kris Jenner’s late ex-husband is not her daughter Khloe’s, father. Some of Kris’ ex-boyfriends have been believed to be Khloe’s dad, and some even believe that O.J. Simpson is her biological father. The Kardashians have always denied that there is any truth to these rumors. During a 2012 episode of the family’s reality show, Kris had everyone take a DNA test. Khloe, however, refused to take the test. She stated that she didn’t need anyone to tell her who her family is, and that she “had the blessing of having two phenomenal fathers” (she was referring to Robert Kardashian and Bruce Jenner). Of course, she may have declined the test so that the rumors could keep swirling. Nice work, Khloe.
10. When Kris Copied Kim
It’s no secret that Kris, who is in her 60s, really wishes she were younger. She honestly thinks that she can do the same things her daughters do, from partying all night to wearing figure-fitting clothing. People have said for years that Kris is really the one who wants to be famous, and that she’s just taking her family along for the ride. During an episode of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim complained that Kris copies her every move. They’ve even been photographed wearing the exact same outfit several times. However, Kris also tries to copy the lifestyle choices and brand image of her daughters, and her thirst for fame often comes across as though she really doesn’t care about anyone else. Of course, this can cause some serious family issues.
9. When Kylie Started Dating Tyga
When Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian family, got into a relationship with rapper Tyga, the situation definitely changed the way some people viewed the family. Jenner was 17 when she started dating Tyga, who was 26 at the time. Tyga is also the ex-fiance of Blac Chyna, who is supposedly one of Kim Kardashians’ best friends. Chyna and Kardashian have been on the outs these days, and Blac Chyna has decided to start a relationship with Rob Kardashian. It is also believed that Jenner started taking even longer to get her high school diploma since Tyga was taking up so much of her time, and some believe that Tyga was “suggesting” that Kylie get surgical procedures to change up her look. How could Kylie’s parents let her date someone who is so much older than her? For ratings, of course.
8. When Kris Belittled Bruce
Kris and Bruce Jenner became husband and wife in 1991. In those days, Bruce was a confident former Olympian, a race car driver, and all-around hot guy. The couple seemed very happy for quite some time, but a source told Star that the more famous Kris became, the more she started belittling Bruce. Things got so bad that Bruce didn’t want to sleep in the same bed with Kris or spend time in the home they shared. Some are blaming Kris for Bruce’s recent “transition” as well. While we can’t completely put the blame on her, it’s not far-fetched to think that she had something to do with Bruce’s recent decisions concerning his identity.
7. When Rob “Left”
Rob is the only son in the Kardashian tribe (Bruce Jenner also has sons). He used to be happy and upbeat, but his demeanor has definitely changed over the years. Reports say that he is often at odds with his family, and that he doesn’t crave the spotlight the way the rest of his relatives do. Rob also allegedly left Kim’s wedding to Kanye, early so he wouldn’t have to face the paparazzi, and has been having some weight issues over the years. Rob also referred to his sister Kim as the “b*tch fro Gone Girl” on social media, which indicates that he’s probably at odds with his family. Rob has stated that he feels that fame has changed his family, and doesn’t understand why his mom Kris won’t help him to build his empire the way she’s helped his sisters.
6. When Kim Got Married for 72 Days
Kim’s short marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries is one of the scandals that threatened to change everyone’s perception of the Kardashians. It was widely believed that Kim only married Kris in order to get endorsements from companies and to boost the rating for the family’s reality show. When the couple announced that they were splitting up, the media went crazy. Kim even admitted that this situation made her feel like her career was over. She said that she told her family that she felt like their fame had come to an end, and that she hoped everyone had saved their money, so they could all go back to selling clothing in their retail stores. But miraculously, the public still can’t get enough of the Kardashians.
5. When Kris Favored Kim
It’s not a big secret that Kim is Kris’ favorite child. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Kim brings in the most money for the Kardashian family. Khloe and Kourtney have even made mention of this several times. To show her “loyalty,” Kris follows Kim and her husband Kanye virtually everywhere they go. Kim has also hinted that she may be leaving Keeping Up With the Kardashians, since she’s giving Kanye more of a say in her career. Kris’ favoritism has taken a toll on her other children as well, and many people have just been waiting for the family to crumble based in Kris’ money-hungry and insensitive ways.
4. When Kris Partied With Scott
When Kourtney Kardashian was 8 months pregnant with another one of ex-boyfriend Scott Disick’s children, her mother, Kris Jenner, was out partying with Scott. Kris and Scott were celebrating Kris’ birthday, and of course, there was alcohol involved. Disick has had some serious issues with alcohol abuse, but we’re guessing Jenner wasn’t thinking about that when she was trying to get the paparazzi to take pictures of her birthday celebration. This is yet another time when Kris has put fame ahead of her family. Jenner has also been seen with Scott since he and Kourtney have broken up, which doesn’t come across very well at all.
3. When Kim Made The Tape
The event that helped to create the Kardashian empire is actually the same situation that threatened to tear it all down. When Kim’s sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray-J was leaked to the public, most people had quite a lot to say about it. Kris admitted that when the tape got into public hands, she thought the family’s reality show wasn’t going to happen, and admits that she was hoping a reality show for the family at that time. She decided to be a “problem solver” and make the sex tape scandal work to the family’s advantage. We’re not sure what “solving the problem” entailed, but after a few shady deals and skewed priorities, the Kardashians are still on the air.
2. When Lamar Odom Overdosed
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom used to be so in love. Then came the allegations of Odom cheating and abusing drugs, and the two separated. Khloe didn’t want to end her marriage, but finally came to terms with the fact that things weren’t going to go back to the way they were. When the two were going through their divorce, there were more drug allegations, as well as a DUI on Odom’s part. Then in October 2015, before their divorce was final, Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada love ranch. He was in a coma, and Khloe and the rest of her family came to his aid. Some say that the family didn’t waste any time making this newsworthy story about them, and Khloe decided to hold off on the divorce. The whole unfortunate situation threatened the reputation of the Kardashians once again, and led many to believe that men who get involved with the Kardashian sisters often meet their demise in some form or another.
1. When Bruce Became Caitlyn
Perhaps the biggest scandal in the Kardashian family was when Bruce Jenner decided that he wanted to become a woman named Caitlyn. Khloe took this pretty hard, and so did Kris. There was also an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in which Kris broke down at the news of Bruce’s transition, but many people think this was staged, and feel that Kris has known about Bruce’s sexuality for quite some time. Kris and Caitlyn have since reconciled, which got even more media attention. Caitlyn has still been getting used to being a parent after the transition, and this is likely to garner the interest of the public for at least a little while longer.