Tuesday 6 December 2016

Caitlin McBride: Kylie Jenner’s birthday shows that the Kardashians have lost their grip on reality

Published 10/08/2015 | 16:31

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
Tyga gifted Kylie Jenner with this Ferrari. Picture: Splash News
Kylie Jenner at her 18th birthday part. Picture: Splash News
Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner and Tyga at her 18th birthday party. Picture: Splash News

If Kylie Jenner’s birthday has taught us anything, it’s that the Kardashians have completely lost touch with reality.

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That’s not to say they’ve ever been considered the bastions of reason before now, but fans may have a case of buyer’s remorse after falling for their sales pitch as a ‘real’ family in a fake world all these years.

The only ‘real’ thing about the Kardashians nowadays is their designer wardrobes.

Kylie (the teenager who bought a €2.3m home when she was 17) had three separate parties over the weekend to mark her milestone 18th birthday.

As if those three parties weren’t enough, she has received nearly €500,000 worth of gifts in the process. Her rumoured boyfriend Tyga gifted her with a €320,000 Ferrari 482 Italia and she received an Hermes Birkin bag (€25,000). And those are the gifts we know about.

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As she excitedly ran to her brand new sports car, with swarms of paparazzi in sight, who was standing right next to her grinning from ear to ear, sitting in the front seat of her teenage daughter’s outrageous car, given to her by her much older boyfriend?

Her mother, Kris Jenner – the same woman who let her get lip injections at 17 and previously joined her other teenage daughter Kendall for a Christmas lingerie shoot.

I’ve always been a fan of Kris, she’s never hidden what she is: a seriously shrewd businesswoman who sees every opportunity as a money-making one. It was through her determination and savvy that made the Kardashians household names.

But her cheshire grin in the front seat of that Ferrari just reminded us of how detached from the real world they are.

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Anyone who has been keeping up with the Kardashians since the beginning has seen the change in their behaviour over the years – the constant upgrading of houses and husbands and an obsession with selfies so intense it borders on narcissism. As time goes on, their grip on reality loosens.

Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Robert were born into privilege (their father Robert Kardahsian Sr was a left them a rumoured €100m at the time of his death in 2003) and the by the time Kendall and Kylie reached puberty, they could add superstar levels of fame to the list.

People who earn any amount of money can spend it however they see fit, but their levels of excess would make the Sultan of Brunei blush.

The Kardashians' fondness for rubbing their wealth in everyone’s faces is nothing new, but as their fame and bank balance grows, so does their disregard for the average person, aka their entire fanbase.

Even Kourtney, the mother-of-three who has long been hailed as the ‘normal’ one, wore a bizarre ‘look at me!’ jumpsuit, to the party. Sure, just because you have given birth doesn’t mean you have to wear a potato sack every time you leave the house, but covering up just a bit wouldn't hurt.

Finally Kim, who is five months pregnant with her second child, wore a super sheer, cleavage enhancing dress to what, at the end of the day, was a teenager’s birthday party.

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This is how the Kardashians operate - you love to hate them. At least for now.

Now, we wait with baited breath to see the latest crop of expensive items Kylie was given and also, to see what colour wig she'll be wearing tomorrow.

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