If one year sees an Earth-shattering breakup, the following year will see two. If one year sees a pregnancy, the following year will see three.
And so, it’s with confidence that we can say that 2017 was the Kardashian’s craziest year yet. But unlike 2016, which was dubbed so because of an unspeakable crime and its repercussions, 2017 holds the moniker because of what it means for the future.
After a tumultuous period of on-again, off-again fighting, Chyna and Rob reached an undisclosed custody agreement this September and Chyna decided not to pursue the domestic violence case against Rob. He celebrated his daughter’s birthday with all of the Kardashians and joined his sisters and mother at Kylie’s house for the family Thanksgiving, seemingly using this breakup as an opportunity to reconnect with the relatives that he drifted from during the couple’s initial courtship.
Kourtney found (what appears to be) love with model Younes Bendjima, getting more serious by the day. He has gone from a party plus-one to reportedly spending time with Kourtney’s kids, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up at the Kardashian Christmas party either.
Scott, meanwhile, has found…something. He took 2017 to play the field and now that he’s settled on Sofia Richie he seems to be turning up the heat. They’ve taken…whatever this is…all over the globe, from France and Italy to Mexico and Miami. It’s easy to assume that this isn’t much more than a fling—and maybe that’s true, but their inseparability only proves the point that it’s nearly impossible for Kourtney and Scott to ever go back to the way they were.
But Kourtney and Rob weren’t the only members of the family to experience breakups that rocked the foundation of the clan as we came to know them. In a matter of months Kylie went from the latest “off” period of her occasionally tumultuous relationship with Tyga to a full-blown serious relationship with Travis Scott. They were first rumored to be dating this spring when they were spotted getting cozy during several of his tour stops and by June they were getting matching butterfly tattoos.
She’s rumored to be the third sister expecting a child in the coming months, which would not only mean that she’s now tied to Travis (and over Tyga) for life, but living out her often-spoken about dream to one day retreat from public life and raise a family. She seems to be expanding on the first part of that goal for the time being, choosing to stay relatively out of the spotlight and avoiding her previous routine of hitting all of LA’s biggest hotspots. Instead she’s been hanging out at home, hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family and reportedly attending her own baby shower in November.
She’s continued to carve out her own space away from the rest—she was often overshadowed by her older sisters, whether it was Kim’s gargantuan fame or Kourtney’s ever-expanding brood, but now it seems she has finally found peace, stability and true happiness. By all accounts, both source and social media, Khloe is head-over-heels in love with Tristan and is looking to make things permanent. Whether that means an engagement is pending (Christmas present perhaps?) or simply that a new baby will round out their little family remains to be seen, but it’s clear that the old Khloe is firmly in the past.
And most importantly they made the decision to expand their family in their own way.
The two have been through hell and back, both personally and in their attempts to have a to have a third child, so their move to hire a gestational surrogate feels like both the closing of a chapter and the start of a new one. They’re expecting a baby girl (name still undecided or at least undisclosed) and just recently held a baby shower to celebrate the pending arrival.
But family drama is nothing new to this group of women (and Rob…sorry, Rob). The family, at least as we know them today, was born out of tragedy. The Kardashian machine came to be because of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and at the time the show premiered—sex tapes aside—their biggest claim to fame was their tie to the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and the trial of O.J. Simpson. The show has sustained success for so many years in part because of their uncanny ability to face down family drama and catastrophes with a laugh and a very good contour.
Reinvention is as natural to the Kardashians as waking up to a glam squad and a tragedy is just another opportunity to do so. As they enter into 2018 they seem to be reclaiming the narrative and looking to get back to a place of control. They’re recently resigned a contract with this network for an additional five years of television, worth $150 million to be split among the family however Kris sees fit (naturally).
Posing for a family photo won’t erase the personal dramas they’ve faced but it will set the tone—whatever tone they want—as they enter a new year. And if reality television has taught us anything, it’s that there are very few things that professional airbrushing won’t solve.