Kim Kardashian Revealed That She Rarely Speaks About O.J. Simpson Out Of Respect To His Kids

    "We all started to cry. It was emotional."

    Back in 1994 — many years before they found global fame — the famous O.J. Simpson murder trial left the Kardashian family completely divided.

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    For those unaware of the backstory, Kris Jenner and her late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, were close friends with OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown.

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    By the time of Nicole's murder, the Kardashians had divorced but remained on good terms. Following Nicole's death, Kris immediately assumed that O.J. was guilty, while Robert joined his defence team. Kris and Caitlyn Jenner attended the trial every day in support of Nicole, while a teenage Kim and Kourtney Kardashian sided with their father because, as Kim explained in 2015, they "always thought [their] dad was the smartest person in the world, and he really believed his friend."

    However, the family remained pretty quiet on the whole subject for many years until the dramatised People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was broadcast in 2016, bringing their connection to the case into the public consciousness once again.

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    But now Kim Kardashian has opened up in detail about the last time she ran into O.J., revealing that the encounter left her feeling "emotional".

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    Speaking to BFF Jonathan Cheban on his podcast, FoodGod: OMFG, Kim explained that she ran into O.J. in Miami, shortly before he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery in 2007.

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    Kim said: "I think the last time I saw him was in Miami. It was before he had gone to jail with this last situation, and I think me, Kourtney, and Khloé were in Miami in a club, and we ran into him in the VIP section. We all, I think, started to cry. It was emotional."

    And she went on to explain the reason for her family deciding to keep largely silent on the subject of O.J. — and it turns out it's for the sake of his and Nicole's two children, Sydney and Justin, who were 8 and 5 when their mother was murdered.

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    Kim explained: "His and Nicole's kids are all so amazing. I'm still somewhat friendly with his children. I don't really talk to them, but I did connect with his son a few years back and I just have respect for them. Their lives must be extremely hard to really go through that. So, I always try to keep myself on that issue and not bring anything up for them."

    "There's nothing worse than someone you knew from your childhood just talking about your life," she went on. "I've seen it happen with people that have been close to us, and they start talking about us as kids and they really don't know us now."

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    She continued: "It gets so frustrating. So I always try to be super respectful and keep to myself on issues and this subject."

    However, a new teaser trailer for Keeping Up With the Kardashian has revealed that the next episode will address the newly ignited rumours that Kris Jenner had an affair with O.J.

    In a short clip from the trailer, Kris looks visibly upset and says: "They've printed a story that I was sleeping with O.J. After 25 years you'd think that this just wouldn't be a thing."

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    You can listen to Kim Kardashian's full interview with Jonathan Cheban here.

    You can watch the full KUWTK teaser trailer here.

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    CORRECTION

    The name of Nicole Brown and O.J. Simpson's son, Justin, was misstated in an earlier version of this post.

    CORRECTION

    The name of People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was misstated in an earlier version of this post.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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