Khloe Kardashian welcomed sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, as well as RuPaul and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, to her show, Kocktails with Khloe, on Wednesday and the group got candid about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and its effect on their family.
“For Kylie, she had to deal with such a public figure transitioning,” Khloe told RuPaul. “And it’s not [just] a figure, it’s her father transitioning.”
“I can only imagine that the hardest part for her is losing that person,” the Drag Race host agreed. “You get another person, but you’re actually having to say goodbye and mourning the old father that she knew.”
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That sentiment struck a chord with Khloe, who likened it to the loss of her father, attorney Robert Kardashian, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003.
“I've lost a father, and I didn’t have the time to comprehend he was dying, so I just lost him,” she said, adding that the family wished they had time to say goodbye to “Bruce” before their father figure transitioned.
The host also opened up about criticism she’s received for her reaction to Caitlyn’s announcement on the family’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, explaining that it wasn’t the transition that upset her, but the secrecy.
“I was actually so happy that she was finally free and didn’t have to carry on this burden,” she explained. “What I was upset about was that Caitlyn knew she was doing Diane Sawyer before telling us ... So I felt more slighted like, ‘Wow, I had to find out on Diane Sawyer that you’re really transitioning.’”
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Kylie agreed with her half-sister, later opening up about her wishes for her father’s happiness.
“She’s coming up on her fourth quarter of her life, I want her to totally be able to live it out,” she explained. “‘Cause I would feel guilty if I was the reason that she didn’t live her life to the fullest.”
“And how much happier is she?” Khloe exclaimed.
“So much happier,” Kylie agreed. “Now we go out and we can like, go to dinner."
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