The Kardashian family is famous for being tight knit. So much so that before Kim entered into her 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries, her relatives knew she wasn’t happy even before she’d realised it herself.”I didn’t have an inkling but everyone around me did,” she has said.”The night before, Mom sa, ‘Do you want out? You’re not yourself.’”
Kim, 31, admits she was annoyed by the question and tells HELLO! that mum and “momager” Kris Jenner can sometimes speak out of turn.
“Someone asked her during my wedding how much my ring cost and she only knew what she had read in the tabloids, so she said one thing when it was another.
“I don’t really talk about finances and it’s so crazy to me when all these ridiculous numbers get out and none of it is true. If she doesn’t know the answer, she shouldn’t be answering the question. I get mad at her for stuff like that.”
But despite the occasional clash, the love between the extended family – which includes Kim’s sisters Kourtney, 33, and Khloé, 27, brother Rob, 25, and half-sister Kendall, 16, and Kylie, 14, whose father is former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner – runs deep.
Kim’s latest romance, with hip-hop star Kanye Est, seems to have won family approval. “He’s a great guy,” Kris tells HELLO!. “When your kids are happy, you’re happy. She’s in a really good place right now.”
Khloé has also given the pair the thumbs-up. “Khloé is very protective of us all,” says Kim. “So if you are smart, you better win that girl over right away.”
When Kim’s marriage ended after only ten weeks, many people claimed it was a publiciyt stunt, but her mum says they ignore all the negative press.
“We work so hard that we don’t have time, thank God, to be caught up in the silliness of the tabloids,” says Kris, who acts as manager to all her kids, as well as Khloé’s husband, basketball star Lamar Odom.
Instead, she teachers her family to keep life in perspective. “I always tell my kids, ‘God first, family second, everything else third and it will fall into place.’”
Keeping up with the Kardashians was an instant hit when it started in 2007 and htey are now filming a seventh series. But Kris says she always knew there was something special about her family. “All my friends used to say, ‘Oh my God, you guys are so entertaining,’” she says.
A producer friend suggested Kris meet US TV presenter and producer Ryan Seacrest and the rest, as they say, is history.
Kris’s favourite on-screen moments include the birth of Kourtney and boyfriend Scott Disick’s son Mason, and Khloé and Lamar’s wedding. “They are so in love and when you’re around them, you can almost feel it,” she says.
But having your every move documented does have its drawbacks. “It is a constant battle to retain the smallest shred of privacy when your life is lived on camera, admits paparazzi favourite Kim.
Her lavish wedding had its own TV special and she says that dealing with in front of the lens was “very hard to cope with”. After the marriage broke down she spent four months staying in her mum’s house, away from the limelight.
True to form, however, Kim did pick herself up. “Life is too short for regrets,” she says. “Learn from mistakes and move on, I say. Everything happens for a reason.”
Despite her very high profile – she has more followers on Twitter than Barack Obama – Kim insists she is shyer than you might imagine. “I’m just not as ‘out there’ as people may think,” she says. “I’m not always striving to be the centre of attention.”
Her curvaceous figure, which she says she works hard to maintain, also sparks plenty of discussion. “being healthy is a big part of my life,” says Kim. “I like to mis up my workouts – going from squats to lunges to weights. I don’t drink really, so no lost calories there. I do like my ice cream, though.
As well as appearing on the small screen, Kim recently filmed a part in The Marriage Counselor, a Tyler Perry film due for release next year.
“I learnt a lot from working with him and I hope to do more films,” she says.
Could this secondment mean that some of the Kardashian clan might want to call time on the reality show? “If we had one or two people who didn’t want to do it, there would be a problem,” says Kris.
“But everyone is extremely satisfied. There is always something new and exciting to look forward to.”