Have you ever wondered what the Kardashian family was like before reality stardom made them household names?

While most of the developed world knows what Kim was up to, at least some of the time, before she hit it big with Keeping Up with the Kardashians, much of the group's history is a closely-guarded secret, thanks to Kris Jenner's attempts to keep her family’s embarrassing past out of the public eye.

Star magazine reports that Kris’ younger sister, Karen Houghton, is a constant source of embarrassment for the reality star, thanks, in part, to the her multiple relationships with men who have spent time on the wrong side of the law.

“Kris is so over the top when it comes to being image-conscious,” a source close to the Kris reports.

“And while Karen is a totally down-to-earth sweetheart, she certainly doesn’t come close to meeting the glam standards that Kris likes to publicly project for her family. That’s also more than likely why you never see Karen on any of the family TV shows.”

While Kris has been building a reality TV empire, Karen has been fighting her ex-husband Mark Zettel, whom she claimed was a “volatile, threatening, scary” bully who routinely mixed crystal meth with prescription medications. Since Karen’s marriage imploded, she’s been linked to Steven Edward Thornton, a multiple felon against whom Karen has since taken out a protection order against, much to the chagrin of her image-conscious sister.

In much the same manner Kris allegedly turned her back on daughter Khloe Kardashian’s husband Lamar Odom when reports of his substance abuse problem broke, Kris has made every effort to distance herself from Karen, should her struggles tarnish the Kardashian name.

“Karen’s relationships with such unsavory characters had to have been a major sore point with the Kardashian clan. Karen means well, but bringing violent cons into their family circle has made her a bit of a black sheep — especially to Kris.”

Source: Star / RadarOnline



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