Khloe Kardashian Talks Father’s Death
In a new interview, Khloe Kardashian opens up about the death of her father, Rob Kardashian Sr. At the time, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality star was only 19. She admits that growing up, they were extremely wealthy, but her father was adamant that her and her siblings work hard.
My father was incredibly wealthy. We had a mansion in Beverly Hills and Rolls-Royces. My parents would have extravagant parties. We had ponies and Ferris wheels. It was a beautiful life. My dad had grown up poor; he was self-made and proud of that, as he should have been. He was a smart man. But he was also strict: we would go to feed the homeless on Skid Row, and he didn’t believe in giving us money.
None of us had credit cards when we were teenagers, even though all our friends did. My dad believed you have to work for every dollar. So from 14 we had to get summer jobs. I worked in his office as an assistant and in a clothing store, but because I was only 14, I wasn’t allowed to be on the cash register and I had to clean the back rooms and the toilets instead. My dad was also strict about us being close as a family and instilling strong values. We had dinner together every night; those traditions make you who you are later in life.
As expected, her father’s death hit her hard.
I was 19 when my father died [of oesophageal cancer, aged 59]. It was very stressful, everyone was figuring out their grief and we were lost. I think I was in denial. A lot of my hair fell out – I think it was because I internalised my emotions. It was hard not to have him there. I was really angry. It helped when I started talking about it, but it took me three years just to understand and accept it.
Khloe says that contrary to popular belief, when her dad died, the family didn’t get an inheritance and she was ultimately evicted from the apartment she was living in.
We didn’t get one dollar when he died. We got no inheritance, not his home or his cars or anything. I was working for him at the time and his company got taken away so I didn’t have a job, and it was a lot to process at one time. I don’t think people realise that none of us had trust funds. I got evicted from my apartment because I couldn’t pay my rent, so I moved in with Kourtney and we started Dash [a chain of boutiques] together. Financially, that was a good learning experience for a 19-year-old – to know that when you’re getting a pay cheque, you can’t just spend it all!