You can’t go anywhere without hearing about the Kardashians.
From being on every magazine cover at the supermarket, to being on television for what feels like 24 hours a day, from news to their multiple reality shows.
If you’ve been keeping up, you probably think you know everything about the Kardashians, but there’s so much information out there, you probably don’t. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Kardashians, from some current shockers, to way back when, before people couldn’t even knew how to pronounce the name.
#1 The Kardashians Are Armenian
The Kardashians are Armenian, on their father Robert’s side, both of his parents having been born there, although Robert was born in Los Angeles. Armenia is a small Eurasian country located between Eastern Europe and Western Asian, bordered on the west by Turkey, on the north by Georgia, on the East by Nahorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, and on the south by the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran. The greater Los Angeles area has the largest population of Armenians outside of Armenia and may actually have a larger population of Armenians than Armenia itself. While there are many famous Armenians, including Cher, the Kardashians are undoubtedly the most famous Armenians in the world.
#2 Kim and Paris Hilton Used To Be Besties
Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton used to be best friends. She once said on Entertainment Tonight, “I made Kim Kardashian, her whole family owes me life.” Well, not exactly, but Hilton certainly boosted Kim’s carrer when she was Hilton’s stylist in real life and on Hilton’s infamous reality show, The Simple Life. In the earlier days of both of their careers, the two celebutantes dressed alike and were often photographed wearing the same exact outfits. Kim was also very good friends with another one of Paris Hilton’s former best friends, Nicole Richie. No one knows the exact reason for their falling out, but it might have something to do with Kardashian’s fame and reality shows blowing away Hilton’s. A little jealously? For sure.
#3 Kris Founded A Church
Kris Kardashian and Revered Brad Johnson, co-founded the LifeChange Community Church in Calabasas, which is now known as the California Community Church. Kris and Kim donate 10% of their income to the Church every year, as well as support another religious organization in Los Angeles called The Dream Foundation.
#4 Their House Is Fake
We all know reality shows are fake, but there is a huge aspect of Keeping Up With The Kardashians that is really, really, fake – the Jenner house. The house used on the show is not where Bruce and Kris Jenner actually live. And for security purposes, the home shown in the exterior shots of the show isn’t where they live, or shoot interior scenes either. However, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney’s houses are real- at least for interior shots.
#5 Kim Has Been Married 3 Times
Most people think Kim has only been married twice. Once to Kris Humphries and most recently, to Kanye West. But, many people forget Kim was actually married to music producer Damon Thomas, from 2000-2004. Thomas was famous for producing musical acts such as Pink and Faith Evans. Kim was 20 and Damon was 30 at the time they were married. Unlike the glamour and spectacle of her second and third weddings, Kim’s first wedding was a quickie in Las Vegas. The marriage was a disaster and there have been allegations of Thomas being physically and emotionally abusive to Kim, such as telling her she needed to get liposuction. Thomas hasn’t said too much about his former wife, except for telling People magazine, she is a “compulsive shopper.” He’s probably right.
#6 The Family Became A Household Name Once Again, After A Sex Tape Was Leaked Featuring Kim and Ray J
In February 2007, the Kardashian name was once again thrust into the spotlight, when singer Brandy’s younger brother, Ray J leaked a 2003 sex tape featuring him and Kim Kardashian released by Vivid, as Kim Kardashian Superstar. In April of the same year, Kim Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape. She eventually dropped the suit and settled out of court for $5 million. Rumors involving the sex tape have swirled around ever since, including a rumor that Kris orchestrated the entire thing so the Kardashians could become famous.
#7 Keeping Up With The Kardashians Wasn’t The Family’s First Foray Into Reality TV
The Kardashians have had multiple reality shows including Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and its spinoffs Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Khloe & Lamar and the upcoming Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons and DASH Dolls. But before these shows, Kim was on The Simple Life and Kourtney was on an E! network show called, Filthy Rich Cattle Drive. This show starred Kourtney, Courtenay Semel, Brittny Gastineau and several other children of famous parents. Brody Jenner (Bruce Jenner’s son), while not technically a Kardashian, was also on several reality shows including Princes of Malibu and The Hills.