Kris and Bruce Reveal Split to Family, Khloe Realizes She “Can’t Save” Lamar Odom on KUWTK Premiere (VIDEOS)
By Shari Weiss | 9:59 pm, January 19th, 2014RECAP
The episode kicked off with Kris bringing home boxes for Bruce to pack up his Malibu beach house since the lease was expiring in 10 days.
Bruce was disappointed, telling the camera, “It’s been such a great getaway. I mean, it’s peaceful. No drama,” but Kris told him that rumors about their marriage are getting to her.
“The longer we live apart, the more reason they have to speculate,” she told him, adding, “I don’t need any of our friends, our family members speculating.”
Bruce said he didn’t “care” about the rumors, but Kris was insistent on having the family together “under one roof” to “connect again.”
Bruce was futher dismayed when he returned to the main house to find it jam-packed, wondering “where the heck” his stuff would go.
“Boy, when I moved out, they moved me out… Honestly, it looks like there’s no room for me to come back,” said the former Olympian, blaming Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for some of the crowdedness.
Bruce later sat Kris down to discuss “what’s going on” between them.
“We both have to admit that the energy between us is better when we’re apart…,” he told her. “We’ve been together for 23 years and it seems we’re doing better apart and seeing each other [less often].”
Bruce revealed he already extended the Malibu lease without talking to her first, saying he “just can’t see going back” to their main house.
“I’m not looking to get divorced or anything…,” said Bruce, pointing out Kim and Kourtney Kardashian’s unconventional relationships.
He added, “Why should we feel pressure from the media and public opinion to define our marriage?”
Kris acknowledged she’s given this a lot of thought and knows they “both need to be happy,” telling the camera, “As long it’s a good thing and it’s healthy for the family and the kids are happy and Bruce is happy, then it’s going to work out.”
Bruce admitted his “biggest concern” is Kendall and Kylie, and broke the news to them first, explaining he’s “personally happier” in Malibu.
“What is this? Are we divorced parents’ kids now?” Kendall asked, saying she doesn’t want to live that way. “Why do you care so much about being alone out here when your wife and kids are still growing up [elsewhere]?”
Bruce said he feels his life is out of his control, from what he says to what he wears, and Kylie agreed.
At a family meeting with Kendall, Kylie, Kim, Khloe, Rob Kardashian, Kourtney, and Scott Disick, Kris and Bruce revealed their now-permanent arrangement, leaving the kids stunned.
“I think we just both decided we want to be first and foremost family and friends,” said the matriarch, shooting down Kim’s theory that so much time apart will only further wreck the marriage, and explaining, “We’re better as friends than we are the other way.”
“Then why are you still married?!” exclaimed Kendall. “Get a divorce. Why are you scared of getting a divorce?!”
Tensions increased as Kris started crying and became defensive, prompting Khloe to lash out at her.
Kendall cried that she and the Kardashians “won’t be siblings anymore,” and the family insisted otherwise, with Kim telling the camera that she loves Bruce, who has been in her life since she was 11, and that won’t change.
Kim worried about the media madness that would follow the announcement, telling the camera that “gossip stories are now gonna start and they’re gonna pin my mom and Bruce against each other, and that’s so hard.”
Bruce later had to confront photographers encroaching on a private golf coarse, saying in a confessional that “the most difficult thing in all of this is not dealing with Kris or the kids or the family… it’s the stupid media, and the paparazzi can drive you absolutely crazy.”
At another family meeting, this time with Brody and Brandon Jenner included, Kim said the family needs to be on the “same page” to combat fake stories sensationalizing the split.
“Obviously we can’t control other people. All we can control is ourselves. Don’t believe any of it. They’re gonna say this one hates this one,” said Kim, theorizing that the rumor will pin the Jenner men against the women.
It was noted that the Kardashians have been through divorce before, but Kendall pointed out, “You guys grew up for the most part completely normal. We grew up at your age in a different life” with the 24/7 media attention.
The family vowed to maintain a united front.
Khloe, meanwhile, attempted to warn Odom about the paparazzi hunting for them, but her phone call went straight to voicemail.
“You wouldn’t wish anyone to go through what Khloe’s going through. She’s just a different person,” Kim told the camera.
After an uncomfortable run-in with one of Odom’s teammates, Khloe stressed over what people are thinking about her and her marriage.
“I’ve been in hiding because I’m afraid of people…I can’t look people in the eyes, and I’m not even the one who did anything,” Khloe told Kourtney.
She cried as she continued, “My priority is Lamar’s health and well-being. And I don’t feel it’s my place to address [what's going on with him].”
“I’ve been putting myself aside to hopefully save somebody else’s life,” she added. “And now I’ve come to terms with that I can’t; that means changing a lot.”
Calling herself a “shattered person,” Khloe wondered where she would live if she and Odom officially split, and revealed she and the NBA player haven’t been speaking.
She also confessed that Odom wanted to tell Kris and Bruce he was sorry but said he should “tell Khloe you’re f*cking sorry.”
Kim and Kourtney expressed their sadness over Khloe’s situation, and their feelings of helplessness as their sister kept most of her feelings bottled up.
“I feel like Khloe has taken years to really open up to someone and fall in love… To have that all not work out the way she hoped it would, would just be so sad for her,” said Kim, adding, “It just really breaks my heart.”
Khloe later told Brody that Odom is staying at their loft and she brought him some essentials, like underwear, but turned down his request to go to a movie together.
Kourtney attempted to cheer Khloe up with a grape-stomping session (a la “I Love Lucy”), hoping to just make her sister laugh.
“One of the best things about having a big family is no matter what we’re going through we’re always there for each other,” Khloe told the camera. “There’s nothing I would rather have right now than a big family.”
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