When Kim Kardashian brought her sister Kourtney’s children into their heated rivalry during their latest altercation, mouths dropped all over the world.
Kim, 42, and Kourtney, 44, had a phone chat to try to work out their disagreements in the new season of The Kardashians, which aired in the United States Friday night.
Tensions between the two have been building since Kourtney accused Kim of stealing her Dolce & Gabanna lifestyle – Kourtney’s Italian wedding with Travis Barker was created by the premium fashion label, and Kim partnered with them for a fashion presentation six months later.
However, the ill will between the two dates far further back.
In 2018, the siblings famously got into a catty clash during a photoshoot which resulted in Kim delivering the now iconic line: ‘You’re the least exciting [sister] to look at.’ A distraught Kourtney was pushed to tears and complained about Kim’s cruelty, calling her an ‘evil human being.’
The following year, nothing had really changed between the sisters who were still fighting.
Debriefing a friend on what happened in an episode of their former reality series, Kourtney said: ‘Kim and I just got into the biggest fight. She was just going so crazy, she’s sending me the meanest text messages. You would die.
‘She’s like, “You’re the biggest, ungrateful b***h.” So I said, “God, you’re such a petty woman.”’
Kris Jenner’s eldest children literally came to blows on an episode of KUWTK two years ago when they engaged into a violent physical battle.
It started when Kourtney complained that she didn’t want to film for the programme and wanted to avoid her glam responsbilities. Tensions reached a boiling point when Kim made a remark about it, infuriating her elder sister. Famous moments showed the siblings swinging for one other in Khloe’s opulent bedroom, with Kim even leaving a smear of foundation on the immaculate white walls.
It’s unclear whether Kim and Kourtney have reconciled since the episodes aired, but Kim was seen attending her elder sister’s baby shower last weekend in preparation for the arrival of her fourth child.
Fans were eager to find out why Kim and Kourtney’s relationship had soured late last year.
‘I just felt like they really bonded, like they were going through the same things,’ Poosh creator Kourtney said on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast in October 2022.
‘And that’s when I was unhappy with the show, partially because of them two kind of ganging up. It was almost everything that Khloé and I had kind of done to Kim, and then they were flipping it on me.’
This brings us up to date with the season 4 premiere of The Kardashians.
In last night’s episode, Kim told her sister on the phone: ‘It’s not that original. Everyone does ’90s, it’s not a new concept.’
Kourtney fired back: ‘You’re talking about the b******t details because it’s all your egotistical, selfish mind can think about it.
‘You cannot stand someone else being the centre of attention. You came to my wedding. You couldn’t be happy. You complained from the second you got there till the second you left. That’s what it’s about. Forget about you couldn’t be happy. You couldn’t be happy for me. You couldn’t be happy that I was the centre of attention and you weren’t.’
Kim denied this and insisted she couldn’t have been happier for Kourtney getting married, but then argued her sister isn’t really ‘happy’ and has become ‘such a different person.’
‘I don’t give a f**k what anyone thinks about me. I have a happy life and the happiness comes when I get the f**k away from you guys. Specifically you.’
Kim then delivered the brutal blow by revealing Kourtney’s family and closest friends are in a group chat called ‘Not Kourtney’ so they’re able to talk about her behind her back. The Skims boss also claimed Kourtney’s children, Mason, 13, Penelope, 11, and Reign, eight, have expressed their concerns about their mother.
‘Your kids have even come to me with problems that they have, and they’re concerned,’ she said.
Kourtney became tearful and responded: ‘Is that helpful? You’re, like, adding it into a fight to have a side. It’s you and my friends and my kids and everyone against me.
‘It’s like you’re just a f****** witch and I hate you.’
Kim appeared expressionless and coolly replied: ‘K.’
Many fans praised Kourtney, who is expecting her first child with husband Travis, and chastised Kim for dragging her sister’s young children into their spat.
One commented: ‘Why would Kim tell Kourtney that?? I mean even if her friends and kids have come to complain, you should never say stuff like that. Damn, that’s just outright evil, she really is a witch.’
Another agreed: ‘Kim is such a horrible human being to Kourtney. I can’t stand how everytime she loses the argument she resorts to telling Kourtney how the whole family hates her how her friends all badmouth her and even went as far as adding her kids in. Sis!’
‘Okay but Kim telling Kourtney that her friends and kids talk badly about her is exactly what a narcissist would do,’ one weighed in.
Sharing their thoughts, another wrote: ‘This entire family sucks. They were super supportive of Kourtney being with toxic Scott and rooted for them to get back together. Kourt suddenly gets into a relationship where she seems loved right and suddenly “something is wrong with her” Lol!’
Others were more agreeable with Kim and saw the dispute from her position, with who weighing in: ‘Kim is wrong for mentioning that Kourt’s kids came to her but I think Kourt is a different person since this new man and her kids see it. She also needs to dig deep and find out why she actually hates Kim because this is beyond D&G.’
Another said: ‘Kourtney is just as narcissistic as Kim so idk why she acts like she’s above her. Your kids going to your sisters and friends saying you’ve changed is a big issue but Kourtney finally got a man that gives her the attention she’s craved all her life so it’s no big deal to her.’
Siding with Kim, one viewer tweeted: ‘I don’t think Kim is wrong bringing up her friends or her kids, Kourtney has been acting bitter about nonsense stuff for ages and she needs to know those around are noticing it.’
Things seemed cordial but you never can be sure what’s really going on in the chaotic Kardashian world.
The Kardashians is available to watch on Disney+ in the UK.