It's said when a trans person begins living as their authentic self, their entire family transitions along with them. Some families make that shift, but others don't; by and large, Caitlyn Jenner's relationship with her family proves the latter occurred for the Kardashians.
The situation is a complex one, though, full of strong emotions and deeply personal matters of identity, belonging, and family. And when you're dealing with the Kardashians and Jenners, the whole thing turns an intensely private experience into entertainment for the masses.
Further complicating an already fraught situation: Jenner hasn't always handled her journey with the greatest skill or compassion. Both sides share blame for the Kardashian-Jenner divide, and show us family can sometimes be a messy and painful business - even when you possess money and fame.
Khloé Kardashian Reportedly Hasn't Spoken To Her In Years
Khloé Kardashian keeps her distance from Jenner. In Kardashian's own words, the falling-out doesn't pertain to Jenner's gender identity, but because Jenner isn't a nice person. Kardashian grew upset over things in Jenner's memoir, and resented not being informed of Jenner's gender confirmation surgery.
On the Howard Stern Show in January 2016, Kardashian discussed how "betrayed" she and her family felt about being left out of the loop regarding Jenner's transition:
We felt so like, "What the f*ck? We've been asking you and why do business people know?" I never want someone to feel like they have one-up on our family. We are a family. We've never turned our backs on each other yet with all the clusterf*cks of sh*t that's happened in our lives, why would we now?
On Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kardashian explained, "It's not 'cause you're trans, that's not why I'm not talking to you. I'm not talking to you because you're a bad, mean person." The two reportedly haven't spoken in years.
Kourtney Kardashian Said The Family's Personality "Doesn't Vibe" With Jenner
Kourtney Kardashian remains the most reserved about sharing her feelings regarding Jenner. But Kardashian apparently didn't like the way Caitlyn's memoir portrayed Kris. She also says the collective personality of the family doesn't mesh well with the person Caitlyn is now.
"It's just the personality just doesn't vibe with ours," she said on the Season 14 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Rob Kardashian Isn't As Close With Her Anymore
Rob Kardashian and Jenner were once close. Kardashian's biological dad died when he was a teenager, and Jenner served as his father figure for many years. When Jenner came out as trans, Kardashian was one of the first family members to express support.
But clearly, there's been an estrangement. On The View in 2017, Jenner said she and Kardashian hadn't "had a serious conversation... in years." Kardashian has reportedly made other, more problematic comments about Jenner; evidently, the two don't share a close connection anymore.
The Family Found Out About Jenner's Gender Confirmation Surgery Through The Media
The Kardashians don't hide their bitterness over learning about Caitlyn's gender confirmation surgery through the media. Jenner refuses to back down, though, standing by her decision to have the procedure without the knowledge of her family - who Jenner claims she doesn't trust. She told Piers Morgan:
No, I didn’t tell anybody. Why? It’s none of their business. It’s not that big a deal. Nobody knows. I had to be honest, the book is about honesty. It’s called The Secrets Of My Life. No it really wasn’t a big deal. I had already been living as Caitlyn for a year and a half, okay, nobody knows anything. Because I didn’t want them to leak it to the press. There was no reason for them to know about it.