Kim Kardashian said her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, is happier than ever after coming out as transgender and going public with his sex change transition, but her brother, Rob Kardashian, is severely depressed after his 100-pound weight gain.
While Kim admitted that Jenner’s sex change has been a major adjustment, everyone is supportive of Bruce’s transition because he’s so much happier now.
“I’m really happy for him that he is living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness,” Kardashian told the Today Show April 27. “That’s what life is about.”
During Jenner’s ABC News interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce said Kim has been the “most supportive” of all the Kardashians, and even offered him to help him with makeup, fashion and beauty tips once he fully transitions to a woman.
Bruce said Kim’s husband, Kanye West, helped her understand why it was important for Jenner to transition to a woman despite being age 65 and having lived his entire life as a man.
“I don’t know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren’t yourself,” said Kardashian. “As long as Bruce is happy, and he wants to live his life, however he wants to live it, that just makes me happy. And I support him 100 percent.”
Kim said Jenner has done a good job explaining what being transgender is and how his transition will change him physically and emotionally.
“Bruce has always been really, really good at explaining everything to us,” said Kardashian. “And these have been newer feelings — not newer feelings for him, but for us to digest. He’s done a really good job at walking us through it.”
Rob Almost Got Diabetes and Kidney Failure After 100-Pound Weight Gain
Separately, Kim said her brother, Rob Kardashian, has been suffering severe depression following his recent 100-pound weight gain, Celebrity Health reported.
“I think he’s just going through a phase where he’s not comfortable in his own skin,” said Kim. “And he is working really hard to get back to where he wants to be. He obviously has some kind of depression.”
Kim said Rob’s depression weren’t caused by his weight gain or the pressures of fame, but are merely manifestations of other deep-seated emotional issues.
“I don’t necessarily think it’s because of the fame,” said Kardashian. “It’s been circumstances in his life that he just really hasn’t dealt with, whether it’s the loss of our father or certain breakups. He was extremely close to Lamar [Odom], and when Khloé and him broke up, that was really hard on him. So I think it was a couple things.”
On a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, cried while discussing Rob’s weight and depression. “I feel like if I don’t help him do something drastic, he’s gonna die,” Kris said of her only son. “He’s gained over 100 pounds in the last year. He doesn’t go out of the house. He missed Christmas, he missed Kim’s wedding.”
Rob’s weight loss struggles have been a running theme on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” for the past several seasons. On season nine, Rob’s blood tests revealed he was at risk of developing diabetes and kidney failure.
Rob had a rippling physique when he first starred on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in 2007. He remained in phenomenal shape until 2012, when he went through a public breakup with singer Rita Ora. The once athletic Kardashian has since gotten progressively heavier.
Rob’s sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, have all expressed concern that his dramatic weight gain has made him extremely depressed. Kourtney recently remarked that Rob’s serotonin levels were dangerously low because of his poor diet and obesity.