Kendall Jenner is one of the most famous models in the world, but she doesn’t enjoy being in the spotlight. Unlike her sisters, who embraced fame and built their own empires, Kendall always felt out of place in her family and wished for a different life.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kendall opened up about the challenges of growing up in a famous family and how she copes with the intense and mean scrutiny on her and her loved ones.
Kendall was only 11 years old when her family’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, premiered in 2007. She didn’t choose to be on the show, but she understood that it was part of her life. She said:“Since I was really young, I felt out of place in my family. I was born into this life, but I didn’t choose this life.”
She also revealed that she feels more like a Jenner than a Kardashian, as she shares many traits with her dad, Caitlyn Jenner. She said:“I obviously understand I fall under the umbrella of the Kardashian sisters. It’s just weird to me…because I am just like my dad in so many ways. I’m such a Jenner in my opinion.”
Kendall admitted that she’s not built for fame and that she’s not good at it. She said:“I’m not built for this by any means…I’m not good at it. I do it, and I’ve learned how to do it.”
She contrasted herself with her sister Kim Kardashian, who actively sought out fame and knew how to handle it. She said:“[Kim’s] like, ‘I used to go to Kitson on Robertson just to get photographed….’ I think she was built for [this life]…It took me [almost] 20 years to be like, OK, I guess I’m getting used to it now and it’s fine and I get it.”
Kendall doesn’t take her privileged life for granted, but she also tries to find a balance between being public and being private. She said:“I considered myself one of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to live the life that I live. But I do think that it’s challenging for me a lot more than it’s not.”
One of the things that frustrates her is the constant comparison with her sisters and the negative comments that people make about her family. She said:“I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Poor me,’ but I do think that [the attention is] pretty intense. People are more mean to my family in general. They take everything and make it a bad thing.”
She also prefers to keep her relationships out of the public eye, as she believes that’s healthier and more respectful. She is currently dating rapper Bad Bunny, but she declined to comment on their romance. She said:“I try [to] find the balance of keeping things private and keeping things sacred, [and] also not letting the unfortunate frustration and stress of everyone trying to get in on it stop me from enjoying my side…Does that make sense? I’ll go out of my way to do things as privately as possible because I just think that that’s the healthier way of dealing with relationships anyway.”