By Alicia Rancilio/Associated Press
Recently Kim Kardashian West sent her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, a text because of something she read online.
“I text(ed) Bruce, ‘I saw on TMZ that you got pulled over. Are you OK?'” she recalled during a recent interview.
Keeping tabs on one another through blogs and headlines has become normal for a family that’s anything but: a mom, stepdad, five daughters, one son, step siblings, assorted spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and grandchildren who have become a prominent part of U.S. pop culture since they began putting their lives on display for TV cameras in 2007.
“Sometimes you do have to keep up with each other through what we see,” Kardashian West, 33, said of, well, keeping up with the Kardashians.
She’s quick to add not everything out there is accurate, so they often check in with each other to find out what’s true and what’s not in the near-constant stream of rumors in celebrity magazines and blogs.
“We can text each other and find out, ‘Wait, were you really here? Did you really do this?'” she said.
Such is life for reality television’s first family.
Recently, Kardashian West spoke about baby North, the success of her online game, her upcoming book of selfies and how motherhood has emboldened her. The answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
Q:We’ll see parts of your wedding in two “Keeping up With the Kardashians” episodes airing Sunday and Monday on E! What made you decide to share that?
Kardashian West: You won’t see our ceremony but you will see everything leading up until the wedding, even right as I’m walking out the door in my wedding dress. Just those really special moments of taking everyone to Paris and having our welcome dinner in Versailles to flying to Florence, Italy, where our wedding was. It’s all shot by family and friends on iPhones and digital cameras. … We shared what we wanted to and we kept things private but I think the viewers are really going to feel how intimate our wedding was. … There were only 150 people there.
Q: Has motherhood made you bolder? You seem to speak up more when something bothers you.
Kardashian West: Yeah, I think so. I think when you have a baby there’s like no time for any like (expletive). Excuse my language. You don’t have time for it and sometimes I see things and I’m like, ‘I’m not gonna let that slide. This person was wrong.’ Or whatever I’m feeling I speak my mind a little bit more after I’ve had our daughter. I don’t know if it’s a combination of being married to someone that’s superhonest and open and says whatever he wants whenever he wants to or just not having time really for anything else but the truth and just being real.
Q: Has North started talking? Did she say mama or dada first?
Kardashian West: She’s been saying daddy and dada for a really long time, since she was 7 months. She says mama. She said it the night before Mother’s Day, but she doesn’t say it too much.
Q: Let’s talk about the success of your online game.
Kardashian West: I always wanted to get into some form of a video game whether it was an app, just trying to figure something out and a company came to me with a great idea and we bounced ideas off each other and we came up with this really fun concept. I am really surprised at how well it’s done and it’s motivated me to want to, you know, just continue into the tech world a little bit.
Q: You recently announced you’ll release a book of your selfie photos called “Selfish.” Can you quantify how many selfies you take in one day?
Kardashian West: I go weeks without taking them. It depends. If I have good hair and makeup, I’m in the mood. If I wake up and it’s a cute … it just depends. But there have been times where I’ve gone weeks without taking selfies.
Q: After 19 seasons of “Keeping up With the Kardashians” and the nine family spinoffs, you must view the crew as family.
Kardashian West: They’ve been with us every moment from pregnancies to births to celebrations to sad times and it’s really satisfying. Our lighting guy Landon handed me a keychain as a gift with a note and the note said, ‘This is a keychain for you because you helped provide me with a set of keys to my new home that I just bought because I’ve worked with you for a decade.’… You sit back and realize you’re employing people and it makes you feel proud of what you’re doing.