Khloe Kardashian, the 27-year-old reality star knows who she is – an Armenian woman who is living her life in front of cameras for the world to see. And she’s fabulous.
The entrepreneur returns to reality TV on Sunday with her show Khloe and Lamar for E! This season we see Kardashian and her NBA superstar hubby Lamar Odom wait out the NBA lockout, endure a trade from the L.A. Lakers to Dallas and get adjusted to a new life in Texas.
The younger sister of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe has emerged as the voice of reason amongst the clan. We’ll see more of her hip-shooting wisdom starting this weekend when the second season of her hit reality show returns. We chat with Kardashian who tells EBONY.com why she fell for Odom, talks about Kardashian haters and yes – why she loves Black people.
EBONY.com: Why do you think you and Lamar work so well?
Khloe Kardashian: Before Lamar, I really, I enjoyed being single. I enjoyed getting to know myself and getting to know what I wanted for myself as a person and what I would and wouldn’t put up with. But when I met Lamar, I wasn’t into him. I was like, ‘Oh my God, the stereotypical basketball player, staring at me …’ I was so rude. I gave him my number at this after party and then he called me the next day and I just … I don’t know. We went on a date that night and … our energy, we (just) clicked. It’s so weird because I’ve never been so honest with someone as I have been with Lamar from the get-go. It’s so corny, but when you know you just know. It’s so clear. Lamar and I got married 30 days to the day of meeting each other, and there was so much criticism. I totally understand. I probably would have been one of them if I was an outsider looking in. But it would have been so easy for us not to get married, if we listened to everybody else. We’re still in love and it was the right thing to do.
EBONY.com: So there’s this connection with the Kardashians and the Black community, what do you attribute that to?
KK: My father raised us like … we were not allowed to see people in any sort of colors, but also we were not allowed to call people fat. If ever we were to say, ‘Oh that fat person, or this person,’ he would make us put a bar of soap in our mouth and count to 10. We weren’t allowed to look at people like that. For us, it’s always been people are people, we never really think twice. My dad went to Dorsey High in Inglewood. We come from a very mixed family. We’re a bunch of different races, my family. So it’s very normal for us. I don’t know why we’re accepted. Are all of us accepted or just me?
EBONY.com: I think you’re the most African-Americanest of the Kardashian clan …
KK: My husband tells me that all the time.
EBONY.com: Does he really?
KK: Well him and Malika [Haqq] will talk and they’ll just say something and … they’re like, ‘we think of you as being Black.’
EBONY.com: Your husband is Black, your best friends are Black women …
KK: A lot of my friends are Black and I used to get … (people calling me) ‘an N-lover.’ People would write on my locker and … they’d call me the white devil. I used to have five girls that I used to all run with, and all of them were either bi-racial or Black and then there was me. I’m Armenian, but I’m very fair and I look white … (and) I would always get such hate about it. Black people (would say) ‘you know you’re never gonna be Black,’ and people would always tell me stuff like that. I don’t think because I hang out with enough Black people, I’m gonna turn Black. What kind of rationalization is that? I’m just friends with people that I like. I don’t care what skin color you are.
EBONY.com: Have you had any obstacles being in an interracial relationship?
KK: I really have not had any. I haven’t felt it, I haven’t heard anything even with the major power of social media, no one has really said anything to Lamar and I, which is a blessing. I know a lot of couples still get that, which is sad in this day and age.
EBONY.com: Any baby news to share?
KK: It’s definitely something that we want. The first season, I let my family pressure me, because Kourtney just had Mason. She would always say, ‘I want you to get pregnant so our kids could be raised how we were raised,’ and my mom would pressure me. I would start to