Kendall Jenner: ‘I just want to be left alone and be a normal kid for like five minutes’

Kendall Jenner, the second youngest Kardashian-Jenner, is profiled in the upcoming edition of Cosmo, the one with Rachel Bilson on the cover and her “how to be a great girlfriend” tips. Kendall is all of 17, and she sees the writing on the wall. She knows the future entails a life in the family business and packaging and selling her private life. Although she’s been working as a model she doesn’t want to live in a glass box for the rest of her life, and she’s said as much. While her younger sister, Kylie, is all about being a Kardashian/Jenner, Kendall has said in prior interviews that she just wants to be “normal” and doesn’t have any desire to be a “Kardashian.” She says more of the same here, and I can’t help but feel like it’s a message to her horrible mom, one that will be brushed off and ignored:

The worst part of being in the Jenner/Kardashian clan is: “The show [Keeping up With the Kardashians] brought us everything we have, and I realize that, but sometimes I just want to be left alone and be a normal kid for like five minutes. That’s tough when the paparazzi are chasing you.”

My next move is: “Not a reality-show spin-off. That’s not happening. Modeling is my number one priority – one hundred percent.”

When I need advice about guys, I go to: “Lamar [Khloe’s husband]. He is really good at giving guy advice. He always tells me to know my worth and never accept less than I deserve.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

This makes me wonder if Kris was pushing for a spin-off for Kendall and Kylie and Kendall was all “No”. Of course the show brought them “everything they have,” but I get the sense that Kendall thinks things would have been fine if they lived off the money they had. It’s not like they were broke before they got famous. Kim would have had some sort of career post being Paris Hilton’s sidekick and their dad is a famous ex-Olympian, he could have made a nice living off the lecture circuit. Kendall is probably wondering “What if” and imagining what it would be like to be outside the little bubble she lives in. “Normalcy” seems overrated to the rest of us, but while we’re looking in on some of those celebrities and wanting what they have, they’re wanting out.

These are photos of Kendall Jenner in Cosmo and on GMA on 2-8-13. Look at her expressions. Credit:

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  1. Erinn says:

    Okay, this one is growing on me. I think there could still be hope for the younger girls.

    • springingforward says:

      I am with you. Can you imagine being inherently a shy person in that family? Nightmare.
      And yes, shy people go into modeling. I hope that she makes a career of it and goes off on her own when she becomes an adult.
      There is hope for her yet. (Emotionally support her, Bruce!)

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      Yes. This one seems to have good sense and an unwillingness to sell herself out. Good for her! Bruce, keep Kris away from this one.

  2. Anne says:

    Do not believe this for a minute, this is said for the sole purpose of a headline.

    • Lolly says:

      This is actually true Anne. I used to watch the show in it’s early days before I found out how despicable the Kardashian kows & while Kylie was all about hopping on stripper poles & playing up to the camera, Kendall was always hiding in a corner & barely spoke. I actually feel sorry for her. She didn’t ask for this

      • Chrissie says:

        Agree – remember her Sweet 16 special? She seemed so uncomfortable the whole time and the Mom was pushing it hard.

      • Trudy says:

        I believe her. Also, she tweeted late one night that she missed the days when all she had to worry about was her homework. Pimp Momma Kris is pushing her, you know that. Even on the show you see where they are playing around and kendall just want to be left alone. But we all know thats not gonna happen.

  3. virginia5 says:

    if she wanted to be a ‘normal’ 17 year old, she should a) go back to highschool b)get a job on her own, rather than getting it because of her family name c) either have an old car or no car at all instead of a range rover d)don’t appear on keeping up with the kardashians.

    • Charlotte says:

      I completely agree! In addition to going back to high school, I really wish the Jenner girls would go to college. It’s such a shame that the adults in their lives set the example of prioritizing education below everything else in life. It’s their last opportunity to lay the groundwork for making their own choices down the line.

      • Greenieweenie says:

        I honestly do not see the point of being rich if you don’t go to college. How many ppl don’t go to college because they can’t afford it? Wealth frees you from the need to work; why would you not use that time to develop your intellect so you can contribute to society in other ways beyond your labor? I just don’t get it. I would say this is the difference between old money and new money–old money gets educated–but I think the Trumps prove that incorrect. I think it’s so low rent to push your kids in the direction of modelling–modelling, FFS! I was approached to model repeatedly in my teens but for obvious reasons chose school instead!–when you could push them in the direction of building on the freedoms your wealth gives you, e.g. meaningful travel, cultural studies, school, etc.

    • hopperlea says:

      I think that’s easier said than done. I have a feeling that even wanting a “normal” life or career in that family is very tough to get. I do not see college, 9-5 jobs or having regular people around you, as being accepted. I would not be surprised if it is frowned upon and just rejected by momma K. The approval of love in that house is probably all about how much fame you have and get.
      I see a long life of emotional and drug problems for some of the K clan, especially the younger ones.

      • Lauren says:

        I think this situation would be a perfect time like Bruce Jenner to intervene and put his foot down with Kris. He has expressed concern over only completing high school and as the girls father he should have a say on how to keep them grounded. It’s not like normalcy is impossible to achieve when one is from a famous family.

        I see stuff about a lot of families maybe not always celebs but from famous or historical families that don’t neglect education outright and look to bettering themselves not solely hoping to get by with family connections. Anderson Cooper is one good example of that. Even his mother who had a pretty darn screwed up childhood tried her best to give him and his brother (RIP) something normal/ something to value and work towards in life. Kris Jenner ingrains the wrong values in her daughters and it is sad Bruce Jenner lets her.

    • Lex says:

      “Normal” doesn’t have to mean poor.
      Why shouldn’t she have a better car than you?
      Why would you buy the shittiest car on the market if you could afford a nice one?
      While she is at it she should probably move into community housing and eat at the soup kitchen right?

      • hopperlea says:


        Did you even understand what was posted?

        Now take your Haldol and chill out.

      • CariBean says:

        ^^ lol

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        That’s some attitude hooperlea. Can’t take somebody disagreeing with you, huh?

        I agree with Lex. Why should she lower her standards? That might be normal for you, but it’s not normal for her. The car she drives is irrelevant, anyway. It’s not about the car.

    • Shelly says:

      I don’t think she really had/has a choice. The reason she and her sister wanted to get tutors instead of actually going to school is because they were having trouble keeping up with their class schedule due to their mother booking them for photo shoots, etc all the time. I don’t think there was ever an option of her not working and turning down the work. Kendall actually at one point refused to do a photo shoot because she was “over it” and she was forced to go because she should be “grateful for the opportunities”. So no, I don’t think she has a choice in the matter.

    • Kim says:

      She has every choice in the world. The Jenner girls wanted the fame their sisters had, they even used the Kardashian name as their own to get perks (directly from Kendalls mouth on the show). This is yet another headline to stay in the spotlight any way they can.

    • BrandNew says:

      I agree. I didn’t know the paps chased her.the few interviews she has done is when she gets the slightest bitof attention

  4. paola says:

    That is the worst thing you can say if your mother is Kris Jenner. If she was dead she would toss and turn in her grave.

  5. Eleonor says:

    I can totally see a spin-off of her, trying to become a model. Kudos for stopping the project.
    I hope she will be able to emancipate herself from her famewhore family.

  6. Azurea says:

    What a pretty girl. I hope she escapes!

  7. Michelle R says:

    Sorry, don’t buy it. She’s a Kardashian & knows how to drum up publicity. No one really talking about her lately….new publicity for her. She wants to be a real kid… the answer to that is to do a photo shoot?? naa

    • Buckwild says:

      I don’t know if I would dismiss her so fast. She said that it would be nice to be a normal kid – she probably has mixed feelings about the show and their lives as the “klan” because its helped her modeling career and bought her nice things and helped her meet celebs etc. Sounds like she appreciates it but knows that it’s not normal and doesn’t want to contribute to it anymore than what she is already contributing (being on the show as a small character, modeling). I think she’s being honest and showing the maturity expected at her peer group. Can’t ask for more than that. I’m more annoyed the younger uglier chin Kylie will be around longer, the K famewhore gene is strong in that one.

      • dagdag says:

        I think the opposite, she sounds very immature and shallow. Being 17 years old and being an adult with voting rights in one year, she is old enough to make own decisions.

        What strikes me as odd, the girl does not seem a need for eduction.

      • Lex says:

        Not everyone needs or values education.
        Even if she went to University people would probably rip her to shreds if she took time off to model (which she says is her dream).

        She is lucky – she wants to be a model and has the capacity to do so. Why would she waste her youth and body now to study when models have a shelf life (ask Leonardo DiCaprio!)

        There is time for that later – IF she wants to.

      • dagdag says:

        @Lex says

        Education does not necessarily mean to have a university degree.

      • Lex says:

        How do you know she doesn’t study in her spare time?

      • Nina W says:

        How do I know she doesn’t study in her spare time? She aspires to be a model. I’m sure her spare time is appropriately spent at the mall and in front of the mirror. Blue steel, anyone?

    • Asiyah says:

      She wants to be a model. Of course the answer is a photo shoot. What else should she do if that’s her goal?

      And yes, she is immature. She’s only 17.

      I’m pretty sure she has mixed feelings about this entire thing. She likes the modeling jobs it’s gotten her but not the insane amount of attention or being known as an extension of her popular older sisters. That must suck.

      • dagdag says:

        Immature with 17?

        ok, maybe I used the wrong wording.

        17 and childish? Still, at this age one should be responsible for their actions.

      • Lex says:

        What age should people be ‘responsible’ for their actions?
        EVERYONE should be responsible for their actions. The consequences for wrongdoings can differ by age but taking responsibility is for every person.

  8. bowers says:

    No, she doesn’t. She wants to do what she’s doing.

    • Tapioca says:

      Pish! Kendall hates being in the public eye – I mean, what’s clearly happened is that she signed a modeling contract against her will and the agency then airbrush out the gun held to her head in every photo.

      And she obviously HAS to be on KUWTK as it’s not like the first family of reality – The Osbournes – had an third kid who opted out of their show or anything…

      • Lex says:

        She was about 11 when the show started.
        What 11 year old would be able to comprehend the ramifications of being a part of something their whole family is doing?

      • GoodCapon says:

        The modeling contract is what I have an issue with. No one forced her to sign that.

        It’s a tougher call with the reality show. Almost everything in the show is scripted, so can she ask not to be forced to make appearances?

      • springingforward says:

        She was removed from public school and is “home schooled” by her smother.
        She is 17 and has received some positive attention for her appearance.
        Given all of the factors in her upbringing, what do you expect she will do for work?

      • Itsa Reallyme says:

        I think maybe Kendall has opted out. I didn’t watch last season but did see a few minutes of the reunion afterward and Kendall was the only one absent.

  9. dorothy says:

    Your mom will never let the Kardashian / Jenner’s be out of the medias eye. That’s how famewhores are!

  10. gg says:

    Yeah, well, kid, too late. Blame Kim and your mom. But thank your dad for getting some better genes in there.

  11. Tanguerita says:

    the ironic thing about Kendall is that she doesn’ have the looks for modeling. She is pretty all right, but in a very one-dimensional way. The only reason she is getting the gigs, is that she is a part of this atrocious family.

  12. Cleveland Girl says:

    She looks like Ali Magraw(sp?) in Love Story

    • Meredith says:

      I agree. If their name is in a headline, they’re happy. Even if the headline says something awful about them, it adds to their “brand” and makes them money. The kid will play along no matter what she might say in an interview to Cosmo or anyone else.

    • Meredith says:

      Ali McGraw. Yes. She does but Ali has an ethereal kind of depth and beauty that Kendall isn’t really projecting here. Maybe in time K will have that too.

    • bluhare says:

      I saw some Victoria Beckham too.

  13. MCraw says:

    She wants to be taken seriously as a model. The reality show keeps them (her) in a box to be mocked, therefore she can’t be taken seriously. This is about desiring a successful modeling career, not wanting a normal childhood.

    • Nina W says:

      You must be joking. No one gives a crap about her background on the catwalk. She either has the look or not.

  14. A says:

    I hope she moves to asia or something when she’s 18. Leave that pimp of a mom and work on her modeling.

  15. Oops says:

    the poor girl has only one solution : run away from her mother, that’s pretty sad

  16. JL says:

    Kids always play what if, it normal for that age.

    Hopefully she’ll realize that sometimes enough is enough and money isn’t everything.

    Lamar gives trusted advice and it seems good advice too. That tells me a lot about Lamar and Khloe’s marriage.

  17. elceibeno08 says:

    Pleaseeeee! Spare me the hypocrisy. She loves it being rich and famous. She lives in mansions, drives $100,00 vehicles, rubs elbows with other celebrities. Are we supposed to feel sorry for her???????

    Take your fallacies (probably made up by pimp mama kris) to the gullible nutty fan silly people of yours.

    • Willa says:


    • Lex says:

      Yes you apparently stop being allowed to have feelings or problems once you hit a certain amount of net worth.
      ‘Rubbing elbows with celebrities’ doesn’t make your life better. If anything, it makes it far worse. You often don’t make organic connections with other humans. Everyone is out for a dollar and relationships aren’t worth the paper the contracts are printed on.

      • Nina W says:

        Yes, it’s true, when you live your life on a pillow, you don’t get to whine about petty, imagined problems without annoying people.

  18. Lucy2 says:

    None of the “everything they have” is worth that kind of life. I hope she goes out on her own and find happiness her own way, but I doubt her mother will let that happen.

  19. The Original G says:

    Yeah. Whatever. Kris is marketing the younger girls as anti-Kardashinans. Period.

    • Nina W says:

      She wants to appeal to all groups so here’s one for the anti-k’s. No thank you Pimp Mama, my dance card is full.

  20. fabgrrl says:

    You know what a normal kid does, Kendall? Goes to school!

  21. grabbyhands says:

    If she wants to be a normal kid, she should drop the modeling contract and go back to school. And see if she can live with a friend’s family.

  22. janie says:

    I’m not sure if i believe this or not? I think they both need to be in school. Does any of the K-klan have an education, besides Rob? LA is such a bizarre place? No one goes to school & it seems to be okay?

  23. Dawn says:

    Oh good god some people will believe anything. “The show brought you everything you have”? Little girl you do realize that your father is an Olympic champion? He brought to you many things that your mother never could. He was actually respected once upon a time before your mother ruined him. Again you want to be a normal kid…then tell your mother to stop selling you and get your little butt make to school so that you can hang out with “normal” kids. What a crazy creepy family. They will do whatever it takes for money and the lies roll off their tongues so easily. She may be a Jenner by birth but the KrapTrashians have turned her into one of them and that is very sad.

  24. Boxy Lady says:

    Since she is 17, she has no legal rights. If she really wants to do things differently, she has to wait until she is 18. If she is giving her true feelings here then we’ll see changes soon enough.

  25. Talie says:

    She could’ve have a legit modeling career if she wasn’t always hitched to her sister. Hopefully, she puts her foot down and moves to NY for a quieter life.

  26. magpie says:

    For those saying she should go back to school, that seems a lot easier said than done. Where would she live? In her fameho of a mom’s house? Her mom is the one who took her out of school. She is still a minor.

    Maybe she wants to make her own money to escape when she turns 18 and can do whatever she wants.

    • PoliteTeaSipper says:

      I have to agree here. And as far as the “go to college and model” suggestions, I can’t think of any professor anywhere who would be ok with any of his students taking off to go and model multiple times during the semester. Both my undergrad and grad schools had attendance policies and pretty much the only way to have an excuses absence is to have a family member pass away or land in the hospital yourself. Now, if she could model and use that money towards college/normal job training skills…that would be best. But I don’t think anything is “normal” in that family. Good for her for putting a stop to the spinoff.

  27. mkyarwood says:


  28. Asiyah says:

    I don’t think she’s being fake. I’m sure she enjoys the perks of being famous (photo shoots such as this one, a modeling career, things like that) but not all this “fame” that comes her way purely because she’s Kim’s younger sister. Most likely what bothers her the most is not being popular or famous in her own right. For those who call “hypocrisy” on this, it just may be that Kris Jenner is (shocker) very manipulative and controlling and unlike the Osbornes completely dismisses the idea of anyone in the klan (hehe) opting out of shooting the series. You never know. She’s still young so see what happens.

    Kylie definitely seems into the fame game, but I don’t think she’ll be a big deal. That’s why she was always marketed as 1 of 2.

  29. RN says:

    She should grab Ali Lohan and the two of them could take the fashion world by storm.

  30. Skaffa_meid says:

    Child protective services?Why for poor folks….never for the rich folks…shame on the system.

  31. Nicolette says:

    Very pretty girl. Not really buying this but I would love for it to be true. It would be nice to see someone in that family turn on mommy dearest.

  32. LIVEALOT says:

    Funny she goes to Lamar for advice when he dragged his children’s mother along for so many years ONLY to abandon them and marry Khloe after 30 days.

  33. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Want to be normal? Just change your name and move to another continent like Asia or Africa, cut all your modelling contracts and contacts, get admission in any of the high schools, complete your studies.

  34. Meggin says:

    At least someone in that family has a head on their shoulders!

  35. RHONYC says:

    ok y’all i’m gonna say it: i see ‘buttah’ every time i look at her.

    and, if she wants to be left alone, move away from the family circus come 18.

    there, i said it. :mrgreen:

  36. Kelly says:

    If she’s telling the truth, then I really feel for her. My mother was a dominator like Kris. For her to get away from all this would take a horrible break. I think Kris sees as Stage 2 for her. She’s a disgusting, manipulative pig of a mother.

    Bruce Jenner will never be able to stand up against her for his daughters.

  37. Dani V says:

    I get that she wants to be a model but truly who really knows what they want to be at 17.

    My advice is go away to college. You will have a whole other world open up and maybe it will take you down a path you could have never imagined in the bubble in which you currently live.

    • Nina W says:

      You’re so right, she needs to find something more interesting to think about than mirrors and modeling.

  38. Jackson says:

    “I just want to be left alone and be a normal kid for like five minutes,” she said. IN HER COSMOPOLITAN INTERVIEW. Puhleeeez. Learn now that life is full of trade-offs, kid, because you would just be another tall skinny unknown girl if it weren’t for the fame of your family.

  39. scarlett says:

    She’s a beautiful girl who will hopefully go on to college and make a life outside of the Kardashian reality circus.

  40. KellyinSeattle says:

    Hmmm; I like her outfits and her legs go on forever!

  41. Karolina says:

    Seriously, it is not that hard. The Osbournes actually have one daugther who NEVER appeared on their show, because she didn’t want to. Ok I think she was already close to 20 when the show started, so it was definitely easier for her to speak up and stay out. It is a CRIME that Kris Jenner included her youngest daughters so much in the show when they were still small kids, because I mean as a kid you basically do whatever you are told. On the one hand I feel for her on the other hand all her “succes” in the model industry is only because of the show, she would never ever make it far as a model without it. And with no interest in education she and her future are doomed anyway, she either continues the famewhore path of her family or she finds a rich guy.

  42. skuddles says:

    How about you go be a normal kid and we’ll leave you alone forever? Not even so much as a backwards glance.

  43. ctkat1 says:

    I don’t see a conflict in wanting to be a model and also not liking how public her life is as a “character” on the many Kardashian shows. Most models, even successful ones, have a private life.

    While I personally think it’s a shame that these people aren’t encouraging any of their children to pursue higher education, it’s not that weird to me that she isn’t independently trying to go back to high school or college. I was in Teach for America in my early 20s, and I taught in a very low income area of Texas. I was absolutely shocked that most of my students never gave a single thought to college; it seemed so strange to me because I grew up in a family and community that assumed kids go to college. For my students, nobody in their family went to college, nobody in their neighborhood went to college, and nobody really brought it up as a viable option for them so it just wasn’t something they considered for themselves.
    I never considered entering the armed forces at 18, or getting married and having a baby right after graduating, because that wasn’t something that the people around me did or encouraged.
    Kendall doesn’t spend time with people who value education, so why are people so aghast that at 17 she isn’t crusading to go back to high school or go to college?

    • Nina W says:

      I’m not aghast she doesn’t plan to go to school because her parents don’t seem to give a crap about her future. They’re encouraging a modeling career? That’s just great, encourage your child to focus solely on the superficial, that will lead to a fulfilled life. What happens when her looks fade?

  44. dcypher1 says:

    I feel kinda bad for her its not like she had a choice to be on the show. She was so young when it started it was pretty much forced upon her and I dont think she understood the concept of fame at that age. Now shes older and understands she probably feels resentment for kim and her mom.

  45. Mellie Khunt says:

    There is nothing pretty about this one. The only pretty ones are Kim and Kylie. Some ego naming your kids with all K names because your name starts with K. I’m surprised it’s not Kris 1-5.

    • NEENAZEE says:

      All the Ks aren’t ego… it’s just Kris and her 13-year old sensibilities about what’s elegant. And, it’s not alliteration. LOL

  46. Carolyn says:

    Um. No chance of that. I think she’s being ironic. PR positioning her as “the normal one”?

    Don’t believe for a second anything this family says. It’s all just for fame.

    One of the Osbourne children refused to appear on their reality show at all. Any of this family could do the same if they really felt that strongly about it.

  47. dcypher1 says:

    Btw I would not trade my life of normal for the life and materialism of a celebrity in a million years.

  48. garvels says:

    I really have a hard time believing anything that the Kardashian/Jenner girls say in interviews. Everything is so scripted and they also enjoy throwing out the “woe is me” stories to keep their names in the spotlight and their fan’s attention.

  49. NEENAZEE says:

    Normalcy is NOT overrated… nor is my privacy or my anonymity. They are among the things I value most highly and would never willingly trade… especially not for some ridiculously short-lived and tacky reality TV career that comes with a tabloid chaser!!!

    • Nina W says:

      Don’t forget, the show will dog you forever in syndication, there’s no escape. Won’t it be grand to be old and see how ridiculous you once were?

  50. maria says:

    keep in mind she lacks the full formation of her frontal lobes making her capricious and prone to acting out and confusion. It seems the expectations of a 17 yr old girl is too high. I hope she has more integrity than her mom and sisters. Many famous kids have mixed feelings about the ‘fame’. Remember she was only a 11 yr old child when they started filming so in a way this is all she knows. It is sad when you see the downfall of their family life chronicled. Paris Hilton was a model hat used her name cache to make her own money before she went all nutty(I can’t believe I use her as an example) she is too young to judge so harshly right now. I would wait und see how she develops and while she had a name recognition to get into Modeling she will only last if she is serious and very committed.