The men of the Kardashian family are well out numbered by the women. Headed by matriarch, Kris Jenner, the ladies rule the roost while husbands and boyfriends just follow along. Kanye West and Lamar Odom are not speaking much about their position in the family, as they both have ongoing issues of their own. Kris’ husband, Bruce Jenner sits alone while daughter Kourtney’s long time boyfriend Scott Disick just does his own thing. The family dimensions are like a dramatic soap opera unfolding within a reality show of actual life. With reports of Kanye’s outbursts and Lamar’s laments, Kris is struggling to hold the clan together.
Kanye West and Lamar are not speaking much on the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians either, these days. They each have more important things to take care of. Kanye prefers his own ways of doing things and abhors the paparazzi. The rap singer, who is the boyfriend of Kim Kardashian and father of her baby girl, is known for his outspokenness and conceit, which gets enough attention of its own without the help of the show. Among his many antics, he is remembered for stealing Taylor Swift’s microphone during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Awards show in 2009. He rushed the stage to recognize Beyoncé instead of Taylor, as the audience gasped in awe. He seems to want center stage, but also protects his privacy and mostly now the privacy of his newborn daughter.
Lamar Odom, married four years to Khloe Kardashian, has faded from view on the show as well, as he encounters claims of infidelity and drug use. The former forward for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, has three children from a previous relationship. Khloe and Lamar fell madly in love and quickly tied the knot. What once was a happy union, issues of fertility added to the strain of keeping up with the marriage. Lamar is currently dealing with serious problems of his own and the couple may soon be headed for divorce court. Kris Jenner has tried to facilitate good relationships with both Lamar and Kanye by supporting her daughters and their love interests. The ups and downs have been many, but the cash is still flowing despite the troubles of the brood.
Each member of the family affects the bottom line and goals of momager, Kris Jenner’s empire. She has built a multi-million dollar brand with the Dash boutiques and a reality show while she strives for even more. The twists and turns of relationships within the blended family appear to be of interest and continue to generate income, as Kris’ reported net worth is approximately $20 million. Her brainchild, the show Keeping Up With the Kardashians is sometimes hard to keep up with, as each new day brings changes and challenges.
Raising a big family is a huge task, but when drama, publicity and money enter the domain, tempers can flare out of control. As the show continues, Kanye West and Lamar Odom are not speaking publicly about their own lives. They are connected only through the women they love, whether or not they love the show.
Written by: Roanne H. FitzGibbon