In honor of Kourtney Kardashian’s Father’s Day post, here is a look back at the history of Kardashian-Jenner fathers, Robert Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner.
This Father’s Day, Kourtney Kardashian posted a picture of herself, Kim, Robert Kardashian and then-Bruce Jenner attending a Father Daughter dance together. The picture showcased the dual fatherhood that existed in the blended family for quite some time.
Here are the complicated details of the Kardashian-Jenner fathers and their relationships with momager Kris Jenner detailed below:
1 – Kris Houghton marries Robert Kardashian
Kris Jenner (then Kris Houghton) met Robert Kardashian in the spring of 1973. She was only 17 years old at the time and was dating golf pro, Cesar Sanudo. Sanudo was more than 10 years her senior. Robert, who at the time was 29 years old, thought Kris was too young. From 1975 to 1976, he dated Priscilla Presley, after they broke up, Robert and Kris started dating. She moved into his house very quickly, and the couple were married by 1978.
She actually explained this situation on Keeping up with the Kardashians. Watch a clip below:
2 – Cheating and divorce
They had Kourtney in 1979 and Kim in 1980. They had Khloe in 1984 and immediate allegations of Kris cheating during the time of Khloe’s conception started. However, Robert refused to take a DNA test to prove Khloe’s paternity.
In 1987, Robert Kardashian Jr. was born. Around that time, Kris began her affair with soccer player, Todd Waterman. She told her husband he was her tennis instructor and would hang out with him on their tennis court while Robert looked on. In 1991, after catching Kris and Todd together on three different occasions, Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner divorced.
3 – Kris marries Bruce Jenner
Months later, Kris married Olympian athlete Bruce Jenner (who now goes by Caitlyn Jenner). This was Bruce’s third marriage. He already had four kids with his previous wives as well. The couple went on to have daughter Kendall in 1995 and Kylie in 1997. The blended family started filming their reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in 2007.
4 – O.J. Simpson
Before Kendall and Kylie’s birth or KUWTK, the Kardashian family inadvertently became a household name with the OJ Simpson trial after OK’s arrest in 1994 for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. The trial saw Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian on opposing teams. Kardashian was a member of OJ’s ‘dream team’ and Jenner was on the side of the defense. Kendall’s middle name, Nicole, is a tribute to Jenner’s late friend.
The difference in their opinions caused inevitable tension for the children. Kourtney, the couple’s eldest, later got into the University of Arizona based off of an essay which was titled, “My Parents Were on Opposite Sides of the O.J. Simpson Trial.”
5 – Robert Kardashian passes away
In 2003, Robert Kardashian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and passed away only 8 weeks later. At the time of his death, he weighed 80 pounds.
6 – Divorce and transition
In October 2013, the Jenners announced their split and in September 2014, Kris filed for divorce and cited it with irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on March 23, 2015. That same year in April, Bruce Jenner officially revealed his identification as a woman. In July, she publicly announced her name change from Bruce to Caitlyn. Although Caitlyn later claimed that Kris Jenner had known of her gender dysphoria and been okay with it to some extent, Kris denied all such claims saying she had just known of then-Bruce’s use of hormones in the 1980s.
7 – Justin Bieber’s Manager
Kris Jenner is now dating Corey Gamble. However, owing to the fact that the manager is only 37 years old – and younger than both Kim and Kourtney, there’s no real chance of him being the third father figure in the Kardashian-Jenner family.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians will return with its 15th season this summer.