Rob Kardashian was the target of a cruel joke on last night’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and sadly, it came from his sister Kim. During the show, Rob Kardashian’s former tattoo of Rita Ora was brought up, and during the discussion, Kim poked fun at her younger brother’s massive weight gain.
“He covered it with a life-sized Barbie doll of Rita that has now turned into a Cabbage Patch Doll,” Kim laughed, according to a report by Hollywood Life on January 4. “Have you seen it lately? It was like a Barbie doll and he’s gained weight and it’s now like a huge Cabbage Patch Kid. Huge!”
Rob Kardashian and Kim have had a strained relationship in recent years, and this latest comment surely won’t bring them closer.
In 2014, Rob Kardashian infamously chose to skip out on Kim’s wedding to Kanye West, even though he left home to fly to Europe for the ceremony. Months later, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, according to People Magazine, Kim explained her brother’s absence, claiming she found out he wouldn’t be attending via email.
“[Rob Kardashian] sent me a long email the morning of, that he was going to leave,” she told host Andy Cohen. “There was no fight… We didn’t even have a conversation about it. I said, ‘You know what? This is my day. I’m not going to worry about it. I totally hope he’s okay.'”
As for Rob Kardashian’s ongoing struggles with weight gain and depression, which began around the time he left Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2012, Kim said she’s a “tough-love kind of person.”
“If I don’t like something that is going on in my life, I change it. I don’t sit and complain about it for a year,” she explained. “I’m just a different personality. I try to encourage [Rob Kardashian], and once you just don’t make that change for so long and it’s not happening, I get frustrated. My patience runs out.”
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 3, 2016
Rob Kardashian hasn’t been seen on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for years, but his name has been brought up a number of times. During one episode, his mother, Kris Jenner, opened up about her son’s struggles, admitting she feared for his life and revealing he had gained a whopping 100 pounds in one year’s time.
— People magazine (@people) January 2, 2016
Now, months later, after being diagnosed with diabetes, Rob Kardashian remains reclusive.
“Even after his medical scare, [Rob Kardashian] acts like he wants nothing to do with the world,” a source told People Magazine on January 1. “[Rob Kardashian] doesn’t respond to texts from people that are genuinely concerned and checking up on him.”
A short time after Christmas, Rob Kardashian was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after complaining of stomach problems and was diagnosed with diabetes. At the time, Rob Kardashian’s mother, Jenner, was vacationing in St. Barts with her boyfriend, 35-year-old Corey Gamble. However, after hearing of what happened to Rob Kardashian, Jenner, 60, rushed home to Los Angeles. Then, after he was taken care of, she returned to St. Barts with Gamble in tow.
Although many would have hoped Rob Kardashian’s diagnosis would be a wake-up call for the former reality star to start eating better and exercising and possibly return to the spotlight, the source claimed he remains unreachable.
“The family will come up with a new plan when the holiday is over and everyone is back in L.A. They are of course very concerned about [Rob Kardashian] and have been for a long time,” the source added.
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