You win some, and lose some. The Kardashian-Jenner family has been in the spotlight for over a decade and of course, they’ve weathered through some scandals over the years. From Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s t-shirt snafu to Kim and Kanye West’s epic feud with Taylor Swift, we’re looking back at some of the famous brood’s biggest controversies. Scroll through the gallery below!
Kim’s sex tape with her former flame, Ray J, went viral in 2007 and she was soon catapulted into superstardom. The reality star initially tried to stop the release of the tape, but reportedly ended up reaching a settlement. Love or hate Kim, she’s still managed to build an empire and become one of the biggest celebrities on the planet.
About that headdress … well, Khloé Kardashian decided to wear a Native American getup to the Coachella-themed birthday bash back in 2014. Even though she wasn’t trying to ruffle feathers, her choice to do so didn’t exactly please representatives from various Native American communities.
It was a devastating time when it was revealed that Khloé’s husband, Lamar Odom, cheated on the reality star with several women while they were together. “Bitches and THOTs came out of the woodwork. If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women,” the former NBA star told UsWeekly about the trysts. “I wish I could have kept my d–k in my pants.”
Did you see their split coming? Well, some fans sure did. Kim called off her short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries after only 72 days, following a romantic two-part E! special Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event. The family was accused of staging the nuptials for ratings at the time, but Kim said that definitely wasn’t the case.
Trouble in paradise? Kourtney Kardashian and her on-again, off-again beau Scott Disick parted ways in July 2015, putting an end to their nine-year relationship. This was shortly after Scott was spotted spending time with his ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli on a yacht in the South of France. This didn’t go over well with Kourtney.
Kylie was subjected to major criticism when people started noticing that she was sporting a much plumper pout. She opened up about her insecurities during a 2017 episode of Life of Kylie, revealing that she wanted to try filler after a former boyfriend told her, “I didn’t think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips.” Since then, she’s launched her own super successful makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics.
Tension between former flames Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna reached a boiling point in April 2017, when their dispute leaked onto social media. He posted several nude photos of his ex-fiancée on Instagram and Twitter, while accusing her of being unfaithful. She was granted a temporary retraining order until they reached a custody order for their daughter, Dream, in September.
Kendall and Kylie were put in the hot seat in June 2017 after it was discovered that their clothing line, Kendall + Kylie, began selling shirts featuring images of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me,” Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace, wrote on Instagram at the time. The lawsuit was later dropped in April 2018.
Say it ain’t so! Khloé was just about to give birth to her first daughter shared with boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, when it was discovered that the Cleveland Cavaliers star had been unfaithful. The NBA baller was seen making out with other women *on camera* and the scandal was discussed on following episodes of the hit reality show.
Shade thrown! Kim ended up being at the center of a heated feud between her husband, Kanye, and rapper Drake at one point. “I never knew till this morning that Drake followed my wife on Instagram back in September,” he tweeted back in December 2018. “I had to bring this up because it’s the most f—ked up thing of all and I just saw it this morning. Imagine having a problem with somebody and they follow your wife on Instagram.”
When Kendall did a ballet-themed shoot for Vogue España, all hell broke loose because many professional ballerinas felt it was a slap in the face. “It’s so funny that people are getting pregnant and married — or having crazy drama — but my drama is ballerinas being upset at me!” the model fired back. “With my Vogue Spain shoot, I didn’t even know I was going to be a ballerina until I went into hair and makeup.”
The drama with Taylor Swift and Kimye started in 2016 when Kanye released a song called “Famous” featuring the lyrics “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.” While Kanye claimed he asked Taylor for her blessing to use the line, Tay’s team claims she warned him of its misogynistic message and that he never mentioned that he planned to call her a “bitch.” Kim clapped back by posting Kanye’s phone convo with Taylor on Snapchat for the world to see. However, when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2019, the Kardashian said she was “over” their feud, adding, “I feel like we’ve all moved on.”
Kendall found herself in hot water again after appearing in a Pepsi ad that was blasted for exploiting the Black Lives Matter movement and the debate around police brutality. “I feel really bad that anyone was ever offended,” she said, while breaking down into tears on KUWTK. “I feel really bad that this was taken such a wrong way, and I feel like s–t.”
When KKW Beauty launched a new creme contour and highlight kit in 2017, Kim was featured on the ads rocking a much darker complexion than normal and it led to major backlash from fans. “I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention,” she said. “Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos.”
Kendall was also slammed for helping to promote the ill-fated Fyre Festival. The model was reportedly given a whopping $250,000 paycheck for the failure, while others who worked on the project have yet to receive payment. “The rich millennials who went to the festival are all back home in their penthouses and at their high paying jobs,” a source told In Touch in January 2019. “No one is saying Kendall has to give the $250,000 back, but she needs to do the right thing and help the victims that were really taken advantage of. She got paid, but there’s an entire community of Bahamians that are still waiting for their paychecks.”
In 2018, Kim was involved in a cultural appropriation controversy. The reality star shared videos of herself rocking a new hairstyle and called them “Bo Derek” braids, much to the dismay of fans all around the world. Bo Dereck later took to social media to defend the makeup maven. “Hey! It’s just a hairstyle that I wore in the movie 10′ @KimKardashian calls it the Bo Derek because she copied my pattern of braids,” she wrote. “I copied it from Ann-Margret’s backup singer from her Vegas Sho. And we all copied Queen Nofretari. I hope Her Royal Highness is flattered.”
Scott moved on from his longtime love, Kourtney, with someone fans didn’t exactly expect: Sofia Richie, who happens to be 15 years his junior. At the time, Sofia was last romantically linked to Justin Bieber. Sofia explained in 2019 why she likes to keep their romance under wraps. “I think a lot of people think they have to prove their relationships through social media and I’m just happy being private about my relationship,” she told the magazine Tatler. Whatever works!
As expected, people had their fair share of opinions when it came to Kim allowing her young daughter, North, to wear makeup. The reality star previously explained that her mini-me loves to get glamorous and said that she’s still setting boundaries. “I don’t think she should wear lashes or too dark of a lipstick,” Kim said during an interview. So I want her to express herself, but I want her to be appropriate, too.”
Kylie got a lot of flak for being dubbed a “self-made” billionaire on the cover of Forbes, because many felt she had achieved that level of success due to being apart of the most famous family in the world. “I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15,” Kylie told Interview while clapping back in March 2019. “I used 100% of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited … and I am very proud of that.”
Fans didn’t know what to believe when it was first reported that Tristan cheated on Khloé again in February 2019 — and not just with anyone. Oh no, the NBA star made a pass at Kylie’s BFF, Jordyn Woods, leading the couple to call it quits. Jordyn shared her side of the story during a sit-down interview on Red Table Talk, claiming he did try to kiss her one evening. However, Jordyn alleges they never actually had sex.