The shade! Kim Kardashian and her former stepfather Caitlyn Jenner aren’t exactly on the best of terms, and they haven’t been for quite some time after Caitlyn slammed her ex-wife Kris Jenner in her 2017 memoir The Secrets of My Life. That’s why it was particularly confusing to fans that Kim took to Instagram on Friday, March 30 to share a post celebrating the end of the week, but using an old photo of Caitlyn before her transition.
The picture is a throwback of Kim’s mom Kris Jenner and her ex-husband Caitlyn posing together in a bathroom. In the shot, Kris is (presumably) naked in a bathtub covered in bubbles while Caitlyn sat on the edge of the tub in a silk robe holding a glass of champagne. Fans flooded the comments section criticizing Kim for being “shady” or “messy” for posting the photo. “I’m guessing [she] pissed you off,” one fan wrote, and another commented, “You shouldn’t be posting pictures before her transition. She is the only one with that right.”
According to GLAAD‘s tips for allies of transgender people, it’s considered rude or insensitive to share photos of a transgender person before they transitioned without their permission. It’s unclear if Kim got permission from Caitlyn to post the photo, but judging from the volatile relationship between Caitlyn and the Kardashians, it seems unlikely that Kim would have reached out to Caitlyn before sharing the photo.
Last November, Caitlyn attended an event at the Cambridge Union in the UK where she discussed her memoir and during a Q&A session, she briefly opened up about the state of her relationship with her former Kardashian stepchildren. Watch the video below to find out why the Kardashians and Caitlyn had a falling out.
“It’s been a little bit tough over the last couple of years on the Kardashian side,” Caitlyn revealed at the time, according to Cambridge News. “To be honest I don’t talk to them anymore. Kim [and] I haven’t talked to in a year. They don’t want me in their lives, the bashed me pretty badly. It’s devastating when your kids do that. It really hurt.”