Weekend Reads: Kardashian ‘Mom’ groomed her kids for fame
They appear to be an open book, living their lives in excruciating detail for the cameras. But a former nanny for the Kardashians now plans to reveal an untold story of America’s most famous family in a tell-all book. Pam Behan, who spent five years apparently watching over their daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe, claims their mother Kris ‘groomed’ the sisters for the spotlight in a desperate bid for fame in her unfinished tome Malibu Nanny: The True Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny.
As RadarOnline reports, Behan says she worked for the couple from 1991 to 1996.During that time, she claims to have spent time with the sisters, now stars of the family’s reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and their younger brother, Rob. Describing the siblings, she said Kourtney, around age 12 at the time, was ‘a serious child’ who ‘spoke her mind’, according to Radar. Younger sister Kim, aged ten, was ‘always very sweet and friendly’; and Khloe, six, was ‘full of energy’. And their mother, she claims, was intent on making her girls famous.
‘Kris always seemed to be rubbing elbows with people that were “somebody.” Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert spent time with friends whose parents were celebrities or people in the limelight,’ Behan writes. ‘I believe she was grooming her children for their current celebrity status their entire lives… I do believe that the success they enjoy now is what she always hoped for and wanted for them and for herself.’ According to Radar, Behan describes their mother-turned-manager Kris as a ‘brilliant businesswoman’ – and a difficult boss. Remembering on one occasion when she returned with groceries for the family, Behan writes: ‘When I got home, Kris, who was in the kitchen, looked at the groceries I had just purchased, and let out a torrent of expletives. “$#&%! $#&%! $#&%! I can’t believe you forgot the $#&%ing broccoli!”‘
She explains Kris apologised the following day, but not before adding of the mix-up: ‘Broccoli was not on the short list she had given me that day, although it was a regular item on the weekly list. I did not know, shame on me, that keeping broccoli stocked in the refrigerator was so critical.’ Behan also describes one incident in which she claims Bruce Jenner – who has been open about undergoing cosmetic surgery – allegedly urged her to have a nose job when she was 19. ‘…The subject of plastic surgery came up one day in an unexpected way. Bruce was looking at me funny,’ she writes. ‘”You should probably have a little taken off your nose,”‘ she remembers him saying.
Behan says she left the family in early 1995, just after the birth of Bruce and Kris’ first child, Kendall, to pursue other opportunities but says she hopes she ‘made a difference in their lives.’ ET reports Behan is still writing the book and is waiting on approval from the family before it will be published.