Whether you want to or not, everyone knows about the Kardashians. It’s the behind-the-scenes secrets that are the juicy bits about this famous reality-TV family that help keep people engaged. Besides the huge paychecks that come from their hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and the gang have some incredible tidbits behind all the glitz and glamour. Your mind will be blown as you read the 20 Shocking Statistics You Didn’t Know About the Kardashians.
From the twisted branches of their family tree (is Khloe really a Kardashian?) to the dollar signs behind their birthday bashes and gifts, to their terrible attempts to be singers and actresses, there is so much more to this family than what meets the eye. Just going off the fact that they got famous off of a sex tape over a decade ago, and you can bet that there are some pretty interesting facts that they are trying to keep under wraps, but that’s what I am here for!
Whether you are a Kardashian fan or not, you know that it is just about impossible to escape any mention of their name. So just embrace it, sit back, and have fun reading through these twenty secrets and little-known facts about the reality stars that have been making us laugh, cry, and shake our heads for years.
20. Kardashians: Millions, Sweat Shops: $1/Hr
The Kardashians found themselves in hot water in 2011 when it was discovered that their products were being made in sweatshop conditions at the ShoeDazzle factory. In fact, some of the employees in the factory were under the age of 16, making the case for child labor allegations against the Kardashian clan. The Guangdong province in China was a location for one of the factories, but authorities insisted that the working conditions there were fair and nowhere near the level that newspapers were reporting. Yet other reporters decided to go undercover in Guangdong and found women working for just $1/hour in sweltering heat and overcrowded work spaces. Yikes!
19. 2009 Razzie Nominee: Kim Kardashian in Disaster Movie
Disaster Movie was a total disaster. No, really. The 2008 film was supposed to be a parody, but it was just so bad that it was nominated for a Razzie Award (also known as the awards show dedicated to honoring the worst movies of the year.) Kim Kardashian was one of the nominees for Worst Supporting Actress in a Film. Ouch. It begs the question, what’s worse: Disaster Movie or the Ray J sex tape? Yeah, we went there. Anyway, other celebs in the film were Carmen Electra, Matt Lanter, and Vanessa Minnillo. Let’s just put this film behind us, for everyone’s sake, okay?
18. $30 Million Says Khloe Isn’t a Kardashian
We’ve all heard this one before. Is Khloe a Kardashian or not? Some people claim that she is actually the daughter of Lionel Richie, not Robert Kardashian. Others say that the real baby daddy is O.J. Simpson, but that’s a tad outlandish, don’t you think? Khloe has addressed these allegations and rumors, saying that there are “literally millions” of rumors to choose from, and the dumbest thing to her is that people would say that Robert Kardashian isn’t her real dad. Sure, Khloe looks different from Kourtney and Kim, and she is not on the same level of crazy, but give the girl a break!
17. The $5 Million Sex Tape
This is where it all started, folks. When Kim was the mysterious woman in Ray J’s sex tape, she started to capitalize on the whole thing. Can you say “Gold-digger?” Years later, Kim said that that the sex tape was her worst regret ever and she didn’t try to use it to catapult her celebrity status. Right, Kim. We believe you (not). The 2007 tape was the catalyst for the Kardashian mess we have today. As for Ray J, he’s not too keen on the whole Kardashian clan. He says that they basically got rich and famous off of him and they owe him. Big time.
16. The $325 Pen Bribe
Supposedly Kris Jenner tried to bribe a New York Post journalist from writing a bad review of her show by offering to pay her off with a $325 pen. Not only was this in bad taste, but $325 is probably what Kris spends on chewing gum in any given week. Besides coming off as a complete jerk, Kris also insulted the writer’s intelligence and values by trying to buy her off with a pen (who cares if it was a Tiffany pen?) Apparently Kris threw in some cupcakes from Magnolia bakery, too. Writer Linda Stasi wrote about Kris’ terrible parenting skills, leading to the whole bribe scenario. Linda then responded with another article about the whole ordeal.
15. Kanye Reportedly Bought Kris an $11 Million Mansion
All so that she wouldn’t try to room with Kanye and Kim once their baby was born. Kris may have been getting a bit too clingy for Kanye’s liking. Even though Kim wanted her mom to be close so that she could help out with the kids, Kanye probably had enough of Kris. Kim and Kanye put their old house, a mansion in Bel Air, on the market and transitioned into a $20 million home in Hidden Hills. The Bel Air mansion not only comes with a hefty price tag, but it is also in an incomplete renovation phase as Kim and Kanye never finished their home improvement project and just up and left!
14. Kim Started Dating Celebs at Age 13
She started out by dating T.J. (who was the nephew of Michael Jackson!) In fact, Kim was a frequent visitor to Neverland. Kim also dated such famous celebs and athletes as Nick Lachey, Ray J, Reggie Bush, and Miles Austin. So, who else has the reality star dated? She dated Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubry and Damon Thomas as well. After marrying and then quickly divorcing Kris Humphries, Kim settled on Kanye West. They now have two lovely kids together, daughter North West and son Saint West. They even baptized North in Jerusalem. Kim said she’s done with pregnancies since suffering from placenta accreta.
13. Kim’s 14th Birthday Party was Held at Neverland
That’s what happens when you date Michael Jackson’s nephew. Kim was just a young teen, but she can still remember the wonder of Neverland. Animals, acrobatics, carnival rides…the list goes on and on. Now Kim is 35, and she has certainly had other extravagant birthday parties. For the big 3-5, Kanye held a surprise party for her at the Westlake Cinema theater in California, where he rented out the whole theater so he, Kim, and their guests could watch Steve Jobs. All the family and friends were there, and it was an especially happy birthday because Kim was pregnant at the time.
12. Every Sunday Was Holy
At least when the Kardashians were growing up. Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob can recall the days when they were required to show up to church and Sunday school every week. So what happened? The Kardashians are clearly a far cry from Orthodox Armenians. Just look at them: posing nude every chance they get, snatching up loads of money for just sending a tweet or brushing their hair on camera, and buying cars for hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re pretty sure that they don’t teach artificiality and materialism in Sunday school! We’re scared to think about how the next generation of Kardashians will end up.
11. Kim was #3 on the Top 10 Celebrity Playboy Bunnies List
Numbers Two and One were Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson, of course. Even so, Kim made waves in the headlines when she posed for Playboy a few years back. She has expressed interest in shooting for the magazine again, and she probably wouldn’t have a problem snagging that deal once more. The funny thing is that Kris Jenner was clearly jealous over the glitz, glamour, and attention that Kim was exposed to for her Playboy cover shoot. Sorry Kris, but you are so beyond the days of posing as an appealing Playboy Bunny. In the meantime, we’ll see if Kanye is cool with Kim posing again.
10. The 72-Day Marriage
The time it took Kim to recover from her divorce from Kris Humphries was longer than the length of their marriage. She said that she felt “paranoid” about the whole thing and had to take a step back. She was actually afraid that the divorce would ruin things for her and her family’s fame. Kim filed for divorce on Halloween in 2011 and things weren’t finalized until April 2013. Humphries originally asked for $7 million from Kim, but later dropped the request (why? That’s chump change for a Kardashian.) It seems that Kim rebounded nicely though, at least if you can consider Kanye to be a catch?
9. Most Googled Celebrity, 2008
The Kardashians are still going strong, but did you know that in 2008 Kim Kardashian ousted the reigning queen, Britney Spears as the most Googled celeb? Brit had claimed the top spot for the previous 4 years. Kim was boosted aside by Michael Jackson in 2009 (which makes sense considering that is when he passed away) but Kim was back on top in 2011. Kim was Number Two in 2014. And – surprise! – Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner, or Kim’s stepfather) was Number Two in 2015. Lamar Odom was Number One. Maybe Kim (or another Kardashian) can snag the top spot in 2016.
8. $25,000 Per Tweet
Kim can make that much for posting about a brand in 140 characters or less. When she raved about Armani on Twitter, it took less than a day for 40,000 new fans to follow the fashion brand on social media. Considering that Kim has over 5 million followers on Twitter, we can see why brands would be paying her to endorse them on social media. Still, how hard is it to post an emoji about your love for handbags or shoes? Does a Tweet really deserve $25,000? Kim makes money by just waking up in the morning. We really don’t need to be throwing more money her way.
7. Their Reality Show Contract
According to reports, E! had made a 4-year, $100,000 contract for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Sources close to the producers said that the contract was actually for $80 million, but who’s counting? Different people in the show receive different paychecks. Can you guess who gets the highest salary? Yep, that would be Kim Kardashian. Apparently, the guys in the clan were snubbed. Rob will only get paid if he appears on the series, and he’ll be paid by the episode. As for Scott Disick, he snagged his own deal outside the Kardashian one. Either way, these are numbers that most of us can’t even fathom.
6. Highest-Earning Celebrity EVER – Kim Kardashian
But does this really surprise us? Come on, the Kardashians are (unfortunately) known all over the globe, so it makes sense that they would land on the list of highest-paid reality stars. As for Kim, she made $85 million in 2015 alone. Compare that to Kourtney’s miserly net worth of just $20 million and Khloe makes $13 million from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim is definitely the one making the most bank. With her videos, television series, endorsements, and other business ventures, she easily makes the list of top-earning reality stars. Apparently, Kanye would like Kim to back off on the series!
5. The Kris Humphries – Kim Kardashian Wedding Cost How Much?
Well, sources say $138,888 per day they were married. It was a pathetically short marriage – just 72 days – but if you add up the numbers, that totals to about $10 million! Let’s break it down: the wedding band was $200,000, her wedding flowers were $2 million, the bachelorette part was $50,000, and her Vera Wang gowns (she had 3 for the wedding events) were $60,000. Actually, sources say that the wedding exceeded $17 million in total! That’s what happens when you marry two people with a combined net worth of $48 million. Too many dollar signs! Make it stop, please!
4. The Love-Hate Relationship with PETA
The organization put Khloe Kardashian on their list of the “Five Worst People,” yet they featured her in a nude ad in 2010. It seems that Khloe and PETA have a love-hate relationship. In PETA’s defense, Khloe said that she was anti-fur, but she has been spotted on several occasions wearing the real thing. The nude photo shoot for PETA was actually just Khloe’s excuse to show the world her hot new naked bod. Khloe then stated that PETA was “dead” to her and that she was sick of their “bullying” tactics and hate. Growl, do we sense a cat fight coming on?
3. Kim Donated Money to a Children’s Hospital for Her Sexy Music Video
In 2011, she recorded “Jam (Turn it Up)” and donated half of the profits she made from the song to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Sure, the music video was all about herself and her booty, but at least she showed some generosity by making a hefty donation. As for her music career, that is kaput. It looks as though most of the Kardashians are not quite cut out for artistic talent, although Kendall is making her rounds in the modeling industry. It’s a good thing that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney can rely on the money they get from just being famous.
2. They’ve Been Banned from the Met Gala
This one is actually kind of funny. It looks like we aren’t the only ones who get sick and tired of the Kardashian clan after a while. Anna Wintour forbid Kim from attending the shindig in 2012. Kim was granted entry in 2013, but Kris Jenner was shunned. Besides the banning, Anna made a rule that celebs were not allowed to take selfies at the event (the horror!) Apparently, Anna Wintour is quite strict about this no-selfie rule (the 65-year-old is old-school.) Other banned celebrities included Lily Collins, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, and even Madge! Looks like Anna doesn’t play around!
**Hey Rob…Madge is Madonna, right?**
1. Kim Dropped $400,000 for Kanye’s Birthday
She bought him a Lamborghini when he turned 35. Hey, we would take it. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4’s price tag is up for debate, with some saying it cost as much as $750,000! We really wouldn’t doubt that either. Kim presented her man with the birthday gift after he finished a concert in Dublin, Ireland, where he was performing as part of his Watch the Throne tour. So, Kim went all the way to northern Europe, with a car that she spent mad money for, and stayed faithfully in the crowd to watch her guy perform. What a gal.