Rob Kardashian is opening up about his relationship with Blac Chyna in his most in-depth interview in years.
The 29-year-old reality star gushes about his pregnant fiancee
, and admits he was going through his "darkest times" before finding love again. Rob had sparked concerns among fans prior to his return to the spotlight, when he chose not to appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians
, and skipped out on family events
-- like sister Kim Kardashian's May 2014 wedding to Kanye West -- after gaining a noticeable amount of weight.
His famous family also openly discussed what they described as his "depression."
"She got me through my darkest times," Rob now tells People
about 28-year-old Chyna. "I wasn't happy in my own skin. I missed out on so many things."
Although Rob's romance with Chyna came as a shock to fans -- especially given her ties to the Kardashian family
, specifically, that she's the mother of Tyga's 3-year-old son King Cairo, and the rapper's now dating Rob's younger sister, Kylie Jenner -- Rob says he's actually had feelings for her for a while now.
"I've been friends with Chyna for a long time," he shares. "From the moment we met, I knew I wanted to be more than friends. She was someone I reached out to for advice. She would cook for me and we'd just talk. She's surrounded me with a lot of positivity."
Most importantly, she also gives him confidence.
"Chyna definitely motivates me," Rob acknowledges. "Being with her got me over the insecurity of being out in public."
"We just want to live our lives the way we want to," he adds. "There were definitely dark days for me, and I'm still not fully happy looking at myself in the mirror. But I'm working towards that. And I'm happy."
As for Chyna, she says she loves Rob just the way he is.
The Kardashian family has definitely given Chyna credit for getting their once reclusive brother out of his shell. In a May episode of KUWTK
, Kim praises Chyna
for Rob's turnaround.
"She gave him confidence, more power to her," Kim notes. "Even if there's been some drama. If this is what it takes, then I don't care who he's dating. I'm so happy that he's just feeling better about himself."
"I know when my brother hurts how badly he does hurt," Khloe says. "The more they're fighting and the longer things are bothering him, the more depressed he gets. He'll go into hiding again, go missing. I don't want Rob to live that life anymore."
"He goes through his dark periods," the source added. "He gets depressed and doesn't want to really do anything, doesn't leave the house. It got better for a bit when he first started dating Chyna, but he's in a rut now. He'll snap out of it."