There are few celebrity families as tight-knit as the Kardashian-Jenners — or with as much drama. While most of the disputes between members of the inner circle tend to blow over fairly quickly—they love each other, after all—one particular sore spot has endured over the years, and mirrors a conflict present in the lives of many; that is, the ongoing tension between Caitlyn Jenner and Khloe Kardashian since Jenner came out as transgender in 2015. On Thursday’s episode of the U.K. show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Caitlyn admitted that even after almost five years, she and Khloe have barely spoken.
Speaking about how her children and step-children reacted to the news of her transition, Caitlyn shared that Brandon Jenner was the first one she told and he reacted by saying he had never been prouder to be her son. She then addressed her conversation with the middle Kardashian daughter. “Khloe for some reason was pissed off about something through this whole process. Honestly, it’s been five, six years and I really haven’t talked to her since.”
Is it possible to hear a pin drop in a jungle? Because we are shook.
— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 28, 2019
In case you’re wondering where the heck Caitlyn is and why she’s being asked deep personal questions in the jungle, allow us to introduce you to the hit U.K. reality TV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!. The show had its season premiere just over a week ago, but is already making waves across the pond for it’s biggest surprise celeb—Caitlyn. The premise of the show (which you should definitely check out because Brits take their wacky reality TV shows very seriously), is that a gaggle of celebrities from all walks of life are stranded in the jungle together and then forced to complete challenges. It’s a lot like Survivor, just far more glamourous. Past participants have included Heidi and Spencer from The Hills, actor George Takei, and singer Samantha Fox.
It’s been no secret over the years that Khloe Kardashian took Caitlyn’s transition rather hard, and she’s spoken about it openly. Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce, married Kris Jenner in 1991 and raised Khloe from the age of 5, so they have a lot of history together as step-father and daughter. Khloe previously told Ellen DeGeneres, “We kept asking him, ‘Bruce, like what’s going on? We’re hearing all these rumours?’ and he kept telling us one thing but really he knew he was transitioning and wouldn’t be honest with us. So really we felt like the last to know so that was hard for us, especially me.”
A few years ago, she also gave a bit of a rant about it to Howard Stern, saying, “It’s not that easy. But it’s also I don’t give a f**k what you want to do. I just [wanted him to] stop lying to us about things! Each sister had a different story because he couldn’t keep up with things… We didn’t know when he was going to start dressing as Caitlyn and all of that. He didn’t tell us any of that. I think he knew when, and it was frustrating. So yes, my reaction might have been harsh.”
Considering the whole coming out conversation Thursday stemmed from questions about American Thanksgiving, it brings light to an issue many LGBTQ+ people face—the pain of enduring (or missing) the holidays with a family who doesn’t fully accept them. It’s unfortunate that the relationship between Caitlyn and Khloe has played out in such a way, but we hope they can patch things up and find healing in the future.