Meet Rob, the long-suffering, lone Kardashian brother who finds himself amidst the larger-than-life clan on Keeping Up With The Kardashians: three older sisters, overworked momager Kris, stepdad Bruce and two younger sisters who are starting to play a bigger role in the family drama with each episode. Although he doesn’t really avoid the cameras, Rob seems less comfortable around them as the others. We wanted to know, just how does he feel about his surreal life? And what’s it like to live with the craziness of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and the rest?
On his way to the gym earlier this week, Rob took a moment to give Crushable the inside scoop — including details about his breakup with Adrienne Bailon, and why he’ll always keep her in his heart.
How much of what we see on the show is real and how much is reenacted or scripted?
People always ask us that. Our show isn’t really scripted and there are a lot of shows that are, like, The Hills. But our show is not scripted in that way. Before we start every season, we have a meeting [with producers] seeing what’s going on in our lives, and they put the camera crews with whoever has the most events. We’re stuck with the cameras for months, for a three-month period off and on. Nothing’s scripted in that sense. There’s people who say, ‘We wish you would do that or show this,’ but we’ve all met as a family and we’ve decided that we won’t do anything just because the producers ask us to.
Do you ever get uncomfortable with the attention — positive, negative or otherwise — your sisters attract? After all, Kim does have that sex tape…do you ever get protective of them?
I don’t. I’m pretty comfortable with everything. There have been instances where I’ve yelled at some people, or tried to get into a fight with someone over the way they’ve been looking at my sister while we’ve been working. None of that really gets to us because people are always going to judge. As for the sex tape — it’s in the past and you have to learn from your mistakes and move on.
What do you really think about Kourtney’s boyfriend Scott?
He’s grown on me a lot more now that he has a kid with my sister and he’s had to mature a lot more. A lot of people don’t like him because he’s into himself and wears suits, but he’s a good guy. And I’ve seen him grow up a lot.
You seem to be pretty disinterested with life in front of the camera. So what are your career plans?
I’m a businessman, my father was a businessman. I graduated from USC in the entrepreneurship program [in May], and I have a few companies that I’m working on launching. I don’t really care about the entertainment world at all. It’s not something that is going to support my family for the rest of our lives, and we all know that. I’m just focusing on my career and my companies. It’s fun and it’s a nice thing, and it’s entertaining and makes some people happy, but I want to focus more on my long-term career.
What are you working on?
I have a skincare company called PerfectSkin that will be launching in a couple months. We’re just creating the packaging and the formulas right now. It’s all my sister’s favorite products, like a kit with acne treatments — cleanser, toner, moisturizers. Then we’ll have a mask, self-tanning products and maybe get into hair and anti-aging. I’m also starting a Web site company called Luxxie.com.
Is there any truth to the rumor that you were thinking of becoming a lawyer like your dad?
I took some law classes at USC and I was considering going to grad school. But I kind of just said, ‘I’m going to start this company.’ And once that’s done I may go back to grad school just to do it for myself.
What about girls? Do you have a girlfriend?
I’m single. I do need a girlfriend. I don’t think I will find a girlfriend in L.A. I want to find a girl in New York. I like people from New York, I think they are very real, they have a swagger to them. L.A. is very fake, and I’m just not into meeting people and talking to people in the club. That’s why I don’t even go out to clubs any more.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
Nails. She has to have a manicure and a pedicure. And a nice butt.
What really happened between you and Adrienne?
I cheated. I made a big-time, immature mistake that I believe everyone needs to go through and I take positive and negative from it. But I don’t even know who it was. I didn’t have sex with a girl, I just kissed a girl. Regardless, I take cheating really seriously and I’ve always taken it seriously, but you don’t take things seriously until it really happens to you. Then you change. I definitely learned a lot from what I did. It was a stupid mistake. I loved her a lot and she was my best friend, but I say it’s a blessing because I didn’t cheat on my wife. Then I would have been the biggest idiot. I’m still an idiot, it’s just better to learn these things when you’re young.
Do you still have her name tattooed on you somewhere?
Yes, it’s on my heart. She has my full name on her butt. I don’t regret it at all. People always make fun of me for it, but I don’t regret it because at the time, and still to this day, I’ll always have love for Adrienne. That’s why I haven’t gotten it removed, and I don’t think I will. At least that’s what I’m saying now.
What if your girlfriend or wife asked you to remove it?
Maybe for my wife. I’ve got to respect my wife. But I’m not going to be married for a long time.
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