Mar 25, 2020

    Kourtney, Kim, And Khloé Kardashian's Feud Is Now Completely Out Of Hand. Here's How They Reached This Point.

    "For years it used to be Khloé and I against Kim."

    It's no secret that relations between Kourtney Kardashian and her two sisters have become increasingly strained over recent years.

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    There was, of course, the infamous spat over the annual family Christmas card which led to Kim describing Kourtney as "the least interesting [family member] to look at," and Kourtney calling her sister "a distraught and evil human being".

    And then over the course of the last two seasons, much has been made of Kourtney's lack of desire to participate in the filming of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. This culminated in a whole episode of Season 17 dedicated to Kim and Khloé — plus the KUWTK production crew — confronting Kourtney over failing to put in the required number of filming hours.

    Things reached a climax in November last year when Kourtney announced that she'd decided to "take a break" from filming KUWTK, to focus her time and energy on being a mom instead.

    However, last month Kris Jenner confirmed that Kourtney was already back to filming the show full time. And, with the new season due to begin tomorrow, a teaser clip has dropped showing Kourtney addressing the fued.

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    And it turns out the reason she's been clashing so badly with her sisters is because she feels Khloé has ditched her in favour of Kim over the last few years.

    "For years, it used to be Khloé and I against Kim," Kourtney said in her confessional. "And for the last maybe three years, it's just been such a different dynamic where it's been Kim and Khloé against me."

    "I feel like my attitude back to them is a reflection of how they're treating me," she added.

    Shortly after the clip was posted on the official KUWTK Instagram account, people began flooding the comments to give their opinion.

    And to be fair, Kourtney isn't wrong — the dynamic between the sisters did used to be very different.

    So how did we reach this point?

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    Kim has always maintained that while she and Kourtney were super close growing up, things changed in 2009 when her two sisters moved temporarily to Miami to shoot a KUWTK spin-off show.

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    "Kourtney and I have so many shared memories of being kids that Khloé probably doesn't remember," Kim said during an episode of KUWTK in 2011. "But as Khloé's gotten older, they've just really bonded."

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    "They became super close when they opened the Miami [clothing] store, and I sometimes feel a little left out," she added.

    In fact, an entire episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York back in 2011 was centred on Kim trying to deal with being consistently left out and ignored by her sisters.

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    "I think the story of my life is that Kourtney and Khloé always underestimate my capacity to have fun," Kim said, "They just think I'm so uptight."

    Meanwhile, Khloé gushed about her relationship with Kourtney, saying: "We have such a bond. Whenever I see her, I just smile from ear to ear. I just have the best time."

    "It's really hurting my feelings that the two of them are completely ignoring me," Kim said in another scene. "They literally act like they're 12 years old, and it's almost like they do this on purpose. I feel like I'm totally drifting apart from them."

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    While Kourtney and Khloé eventually apologised to Kim on this occasion, it didn't really change things. In fact, we went on to see many, many moments on KUWTK where they teamed up against Kim.

    Who can forget when they mocked her relentlessly over her Vogue cover?

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    "I have your Vogue! I read it on the john."

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    Or straight-up bragged about the fact they preferred each other to her?

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    They even roasted her on social media, too!

    However, things took a turn in 2017 when Kourtney began seeing a new therapist who pushed her to reevaluate her life and priorities.

    As she began figuring everything out, Kourtney got into individual fights with her sisters which seemed to bring Kim and Khloé closer together.

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    "My therapist said this would start to happen — people that you're close to, you'll start to have arguments with them," Kourtney said during one KUWTK scene.

    "I invented mean fighting," she went on. "I would say the meanest things imaginable. But I'm not wanting to fight like that anymore. I don't wanna spend my time around people that are mean and put me down."

    And Kim and Khloé began spending more time together, seemingly bonding over what they perceived as a big change in Kourtney's behaviour.

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    In one KUWTK scene, Kim said she "hated" the new therapist. In another, Khloé said that there was now a "major disconnect" between her and Kourtney.

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    Speaking in a mediation session with her sisters in a bid to resolve the dispute, Khloé said: "Ever since she's been seeing this therapist, she's angry with me, or annoyed at me. Kourtney and I have a really special bond and I haven't felt it for the last couple of months. I feel a major disconnect between her and I."

    "I feel like you guys aren't happy for me," Kourtney said in response. "Everything's about the show — that's more important. Work's more important."

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    "My sisters don’t have my back," she went on. "They don't take my feelings into consideration. I don't even wanna be around them."

    And with Kourtney deciding that work was less of a priority in life than being a mom and travelling, the divide continued to grow until she quit the show.

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    However, if you thought Kourtney returning to KUWTK was a positive sign, you might want to think again.

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    The rest of the teaser clip ahead of tomorrow night's episode showed Kourtney appearing to resent the prospect of returning to the show and losing her "privacy."

    "So after being off for a month, I'm going to be having no real privacy," she said. "There's probably going to be 40 people in my house today."

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    And Khloé then vented her frustration that while Kourntey had returned to filming, her attitude remained the same as before.

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    "She's here today exactly where we left off," Khloé said. "It's affecting my mood that she's so miserable that we're doing our job that she has agreed to do."

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    "I feel like nothing is working," Khloé went on. "There's never a right time to talk about it. She never wants resolution. Everything is combative. I don't know what to do."

    Season 18 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians premieres Thursday, March 26, at 8pm ET/PT on E!

    You can watch the full clip here.

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

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