The July issue of the Rolling Stone has been released with none other than Kim Kardashian as the cover girl. In a nautical theme set up, Kim graces the cover wearing a captain’s hat and probably the most revealing shirt she could find.
While the cover promises to turn a few heads let’s not forget about the actual interview. Kim talks about her father’s involvement in the O.J. Simpson case, even revealing that at one point Simpson was rooming in her sister Khloe Kardashian’s bedroom in her father’s home.
For those who are too young to remember the Simpson case, O.J. was a standout football player and minor movie star. In the early 1990s he became the central suspect in the alleged murders of his wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The highly televised court drama eventually saw Simpson acquitted in the latter part of 1995.
Kardashian, in her interview, explains where her allegiance laid during the case, as her parents had opposing views (Rob Kardashian Sr. was part of the defense for O.J. while Kris Jenner was good friends with Nicole Brown). Kim states:
“I definitely took my dad’s side…We just always thought my dad was the smartest person in the world, and he really believed in his friend [O.j.]”
However, now Kim says she has mixed feelings about the infamous case and just tries to not think about it at this point in her life.
She goes on to talk about her stepfather and her transition into becoming Caitlyn Jenner. Kim recounts that she remembers walking into the garage 12 years ago, finding Caitlyn, who was still Bruce at the time, dressed head-to-toe in women’s clothes. Shaking, Kim felt she had just walked in on her stepdad’s deepest, darkest secret. Half an hour later, Kim gets a phone call from Jenner and tells her “One day, I’ll talk to you about this. Until then don’t tell a soul.”
Fast forward 8 years, before Kim was preparing to wed Kanye, Bruce finally sat down with her and explained to her what really was going on. A few years later, Jenner decided to go public with her transitioning plans and is now preparing for her own docu-series I Am Cait on E! Network.
Kim goes on to talk about Kanye and his decision to stay off of the family’s reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. As well Kim briefly discusses her past friendship with hotel heiress Paris Hilton.
Surprisingly, the Rolling Stone also got Kim to open up about her brother Rob Kardashian and his exit from the spotlight over the past few years. Kim is quoted as saying:
”It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob,” Kardashian says. “He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK. Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes.” It appears Kim couldn’t help but release some of the resentment she feels towards Rob’s recent life choices, as is often seen from her on her show.
If her cover on July’s issue of the Rolling Stone isn’t enough to capture some readers, I am sure the in-depth interview with Kim in it will have no trouble doing so. Here’s a short snippet of what to expect when it hits on July 3, 2015. You won’t want to miss it, I’m sure.
When Kim was a teen she dated Michael Jackson’s nephew, TJ. It was her first experience in an interracial relationship — and not her last.
At the time, her dad, Robert Kardashian, “explained to me that he’s had a lot of interracial friends, and it might not be the easiest relationship. He said I should prepare myself for people to say things to me. . . . When I was in high school, I’d get magazines and see interracial couples and think, ‘They are so cute.’ I’ve always been attracted to a certain kind of look.”
The most rebellious thing Kim did as a youngster? Secretly marrying.
“She was a teenager then, and teenagers do a lot of crazy things,” Kim’s mother Kris Jenner says of her daughter’s marriage to music producer Damon Thomas at age 20. Kardashian explains it this way: “I was very happy at home learning how to cook and clean and keep a house. I knew that was where I wanted to end up.”
Kim discovered her stepfather dressed in women’s clothing in the garage when she was 22 — 12 years before the former Bruce Jenner announced to the world, “Call me Caitlyn.”
“I was shaking,” Kardashian says. “I didn’t know if I’d just found out his deepest, darkest secret, and he was going to come after me.” Jenner called her on the phone a half hour later, and said, “One day, I’ll talk to you about this. Until then, don’t tell a soul.” Eight years later, he said, “Let’s have that talk.” Before Kim’s wedding to West, Kardashian talked to Kanye about it. “I wasn’t sure if Bruce was going to be comfortable walking me down the aisle,” she says. “He had just had his trachea shaved, so I knew something was going on.” She was afraid of what West might think, but West calmed her concerns. “[Kanye] obviously moves to his own drum,” she says. “He lives his life the way he wants, a really authentic life, and he was like, ‘If you can’t be authentic and you can’t live your life, what do you have?’ ”
Kim was living with her father, O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian, when the actor/athlete was accused of murder in 1994 — and he briefly moved in, staying in Kloe’s room.
“It was surreal, with Johnnie Cochran and Robert Shapiro and all these guys having meetings at my dad’s house,” Kim says. Kris was close with Nicole Brown Simpson and believed that O.J. was guilty, creating a massive amount of tension in the family. “I definitely took my dad’s side,” Kim says. “We just always thought my dad was the smartest person in the world, and he really believed in his friend.” As far as what she believes now, she says, “It’s weird. I just try not to think about it.”
Yes, you can call her a feminist.
“I’ve never really been one on labels, and I don’t like to push my view,” Kardashian says. “If I feel something, it’s how I feel. I never say, ‘I feel this way, so you should feel that way.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I just am who I am. But, yeah.” She smiles. “I think you would call me a feminist.”
Kim rolled with Paris Hilton’s “celebutante” crew but never got caught exiting a car without her underwear. How?
“I rarely wear underwear, but that never happened to me,” she says. “I was never drinking. . . . I think that saved me a lot.” Kardashian explains she doesn’t drink or do drugs except for “five shots of vodka in Vegas every three years.”
Kim’s sex tape didn’t bring her closer to Hilton, who had a similar experience.
“I don’t think she was that happy,” Kardashian says. “We didn’t really talk about it. I probably would have thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, let me give her advice,’ but we had no communication. But our friendship had fizzled before that.”
Kardashian did find out who leaked the tape. And is over it now.
“We’re in major confidentiality, so I can’t talk about it,” Kardashian says of the culprit. Does she still think about the fact that a great deal of humanity has seen her in flagrante? “I don’t really think about it,” she says quietly. “I thought about it for a long time. But when I get over something, I get over it.”
Music is a huge part of Kim’s life — and she still makes mix CDs.
“As kids, we were at concerts like Michael Jackson every weekend. My first concert was Earth, Wind and Fire.” As an adolescent, she liked Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and played Mary J. Blige and Jodeci on her bedroom record player. “I still make mix CDs,” she says. “I have an older computer with a disk drive so I can do it.” In high school, she was obsessed with ‘NSync and the Backstreet Boys — “really obsessed, though I was more of a Backstreet girl.” She also listened to Snoop, Dre and Ice Cube.
Kim and Kanye are “definitely opposites” and she respects his desire not to appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
“You can’t expect me to jump up onstage and start singing — it’s not what I do.” But West has spent the past few years dressing his wife. “The makeover Kanye has given me is amazing,” she says. And while she says West introduced her to wearing runway fashion, she believes she would have come to that decision herself eventually.
Kim says her brother Rob exited the spotlight because he got heavier.
“It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob,” Kardashian says. “He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK. Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes.”
Singer Rita Ora recently opened up with Evening Standard about her split with Calvin Harris, who is now seeing Taylor Swift. She tells the news outlet that she feels no sense of jealousy of Harris’ new relationship:
“It was a period of my life that I will value forever. But some things are just not meant to be. I don’t want to make this just about him. Musically, it was an amazing experiment and let’s just leave it at that.”
This interview with Rita had a quite different vibe regarding the relationship than the one she gave to Marie Claire, where she said that she felt she was mislead to believe Calvin had her back and he wound up “steering” her in the wrong direction. Rita explained that she felt the relationship was going south when their personal lives began intertwining within their business careers.
It is nice to see that the previous sense of animosity between Rita and Calvin has died down since their very public split. Hopefully this will allow for a fresh start for Calvin in his new relationship with Taylor.
Here’s a snippet from the Marie Claire interview you won’t want to miss:
On playing the house diva behind the turntables while her parents thought she was going to sleepovers: “I would rip my T-shirts and be really punk and not clean. And I would have blonde hair, really dark eyebrows, red lipstick, lots of fake rings that made my fingers go green. I wouldn’t be smelling that great…. But me and my friends, we were really, like, rebel-y. I feel like I lived a lot when I shouldn’t have.”
On dating: “I’m afraid of being alone. I’m not afraid to admit that, you know. I’m not embarrassed to admit that. I just hope it’s not a never-ending cycle. Sometimes love just makes you feel crazy. And that feeling that we have as girls, just to have that feeling, even for five seconds, it’s like crack. I mean, don’t compare it to that, but you know what I mean. It’s like comfort eating.”
On her recent breakup: “There was a reason why I split up with him. And there was a reason why I’m at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don’t have to explain myself to anybody… It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he’d never steer me wrong. But then “I Will Never Let You Down” came out, and everything started to go a bit weird. I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.”
On playing a drug addict who attempts to seduce a boxer played by Jake Gyllenhaal inSouthpaw: “I arrived on the set, and the makeup artist said, ‘You’re kind of ready to go onstage.’ I’m like, ‘You know I’m playing a crack whore?’ Which shows: Don’t look at me when I’m waking up.”
On recording three songs with Prince: “He came to London about a year ago and his manager contacted my management, and he said, ‘Hey, Prince is in town.’ I was like, ‘What prince? Like the royal family prince? I wouldn’t care about that prince. I care more about actual Prince Prince.’ And he was like, ‘Actual Prince.’ I said, ‘Oh, my God!'”
On patience: “I’ve had to have a lot of patience. Because there have been times at night where I want to pull my hair out and just put my music out for free on the Internet and just say fuck everybody. But then I have this conscience saying no, be smart, be strategic. There are ways of doing things and still getting your way. If I’m going to do Rita Ora, it’s going to be Rita fucking Ora. It’s not about who is on my album or who’s featured or the names. It’s about a solid body of work that I can call my own.