Kourtney Kardashian might be the oldest and smallest Kardashian sister, but she has never let her sisters overshadow her. While Kim once said she is the “least interesting to look at,” Kourtney has been making headlines recently because of her marriage to Travis Barker. She knows how to get people’s attention now.
From giving birth on TV to having an all-out brawl with her sister, Kourtney is an icon. She started her own lifestyle brand, Poosh, and has been “pooshing” her way through life, one avocado smoothie at a time. She might be on TV, but there is a lot that people don’t know about Kourtney Kardashian.
The First Kardashian Sister
Shortly after Kris and Robert Kardashian Sr. got married, Kourtney Mary Kardashian was born in 1979. She was the oldest of Kris and Robert’s children, with two younger sisters, Kim and Khloe, and a younger brother, Rob. For most of her childhood, she lived a picture-perfect life in Beverly Hills.
However, being the oldest doesn’t always have its perks because she was 12 when her parents divorced. Kourtney was old enough to remember the fights between Kris and Robert and knew about her mother’s infidelity. It caused her to have a lot of pent-up resentment for her mom.
A College Graduate
After graduating from Marymount High School, an all-girls Catholic school in LA, Kourtney moved to Dallas, Texas, to attend Southern Methodist University. The school was a little too far from home, so Kourtney transferred to the University of Arizona after two years. It felt like a better fit to finish her studies.
Kourtney thrived at the University of Arizona because her friend Nicole Richie was also a student. She later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Spanish. Although she graduated, Kourtney admitted that she failed two classes because she was too anxious to give speeches.
While thinking about what to do after college, Kourtney considered following in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. She watched her father famously defend OJ Simpson in 1994, and he inspired her to consider continuing her studies at law school. Kourtney even applied to a few law schools.
Ultimately, Kourtney decided not to attend and started working as a movie production assistant. Kourtney said, “I had to yell ‘cut’ and ‘rolling’ all day.” Although she didn’t become a lawyer, her father taught her to work hard and helped her get into the entertainment industry with his connections.
A Tragic Loss Opens a New Chapter
In 2003, Kourtney’s father died from esophageal cancer two months after his diagnosis. Everything happened so fast, and she didn’t have time to process the loss. Kourtney has struggled to talk about her dad since his passing because she was only 24 at the time. She decided to throw herself into work.
The same year, Kourtney and Kris opened a children’s clothing boutique called Smooch. She said it had always been a dream of hers (and her mom’s) to open a store together. Kourtney also saw it as a distraction, stating, “The store helped me deal with my father’s death.”
The First Family Member on TV
While we got to know Kourtney on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, she first appeared on the 2005 reality series Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. The show combined City Slickers and The Simple Life, bringing privileged children of celebrities to work on a Colorado cattle ranch.
Kourtney earned money for charity on the show, and her appearance was nothing short of iconic. In her confessional, Kourtney said, “I despise the outdoors. I can’t imagine why I’m leaving my nice house to sleep in a tent for three weeks and ride horses.”
She Didn’t Want to Be on TV
When her mom approached the family about being on a reality show, Kourtney was the only family member not on board. It took some convincing for her to agree to be on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the first season was hard for her.
Kourtney was very camera-shy during the first season and hid her emotions from the cameras. She never wanted to cry in front of the cameras, so when she was upset, Kourtney would cry in the bathroom as quietly as she could while still mic’d.
She Wasn’t Interested
A year before Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired, Kourtney met Scott Disick at Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis’ house in Mexico. She was 27 and wasn’t initially interested in Disick. She revealed on an episode of KUWTK, “I just thought he was so annoying.”
Disick was four years younger than Kourtney, lived in New York, and didn’t have a job. She brushed off his advances before agreeing to go on a date. Disick wasn’t very mature, but he and Kourtney’s relationship moved quickly and played out on TV.
They Nearly Got Married
On a Season 1 episode of KUWTK, Kourtney and Disick nearly married after less than a year of dating. After discussing the idea during a drunken night out, the two went to a chapel, and Kourtney was seen in a wedding dress. However, her mom talked her out of it.
Kris wasn’t a fan of Disick at the beginning of the relationship and often tried to convince Kourtney to leave him. To be fair, Disick was arrogant and immature, but the family’s disapproval caused problems in their relationship.
A Tentative Breakup
By Season 2 of KUWTK, things between Kourtney and Disick were on the rocks. She thought he was cheating after she found texts from someone saved in his phone as “my wife.” Disick swore he never cheated, and Kourtney believed him for a while.
She gave him another chance but still had trust issues. At the end of Season 3, Kourtney ended things because she was worried that he was cheating again. It left her single for the first season of the spinoff series Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami in 2009.
A Baby Brought Them Back Together
The breakup didn’t last long because Kourtney ran into Disick at a party in Miami. She agreed to go to dinner with him, leading to her spend the night at his hotel. Kourtney told Khloe, “I thought I could control myself, and I obviously can’t.”
Unfortunately, Kourtney forgot to take her birth control around the time she hooked up with Disick. Instead of deciding if she should get back together with Disick more permanently, Kourtney had to figure out if she should keep the baby or not. They decided to go forward with the pregnancy.
She Gave Birth on TV
Considering Kourtney didn’t want to be on TV in the first place, it was shocking that she agreed to give birth on the show. The cameras were rolling in the delivery room while Kourtney calmly gave birth to her and Disick’s first child, Mason Dash Disick.
Mason’s birth was one of the highlights of KUWTK because Kourtney famously pulled him out herself. Kourtney and Disick’s parental bliss was short-lived as his partying and anger issues spiraled out of control. She ultimately took some time away from him.
How Many Kids Does Kourtney Kardashian Have?
Kourtney had three children, whom she shares with Disick. After Mason, her daughter Penelope was born in 2012. Kourtney and Disick discussed having more children after Mason was born, so Penelope was more planned than her older brother. In 2014, she was pregnant with their third child.
Their third child, Reign, was not planned, and Disick didn’t handle the news well. His parents had recently passed away, and he started partying again. Shortly after Reign’s birth in December 2014, Kourtney kicked Disick out of their home because of his excessive drinking.
Who Is Kourtney Kardashian Dating?
Kourtney and Disick dated on and off until 2015 when she ended their relationship for good. After kicking him out of the house, Disick disappeared and went on a bender for several days. He tried to get his act together, but Kourtney couldn’t handle his ongoing behavior.
While she was home caring for their three children, Disick partied in Monaco and was seen getting close to an ex-girlfriend. It was the final straw, and Kourtney decided she wouldn’t take him back this time. The two haven’t dated since but have remained close for their children.
A Sisterly Business Venture
On top of the boutique with her mom, Kourtney opened another clothing store with her sisters called DASH in 2006. With Kim’s career taking off and Khloe focusing on her relationship with Lamar Odom, Kourtney was the most dedicated to the store.
The business expanded as the sisters opened branches in Miami and New York. Even after becoming a mom, Kourtney still focused on the stores to provide for her family. The spinoffs, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York, featured the sisters opening new stores.
A New Romance
After her tumultuous relationship with Disick played out on TV, Kourtney decided to keep her next relationship private. In late 2016, Kourtney started casually dating model Younes Bendjima. He was never featured on KUWTK, and Kourtney didn’t allow people to say his name on camera.
She kept the relationship a secret from her family even though they were photographed by the paparazzi. They reportedly took a break in early 2017 but were back together by late March. The two traveled the world together, but some things don’t work out.
He Was a Little Controlling
Although Kourtney was 14 years older than Bendjima, he had some old-school values. When Kourtney posted a cheeky photo in a bathing suit on Instagram, he commented, “That’s what you need to show to get likes?” He wasn’t happy with the revealing post.
Shortly after his rude comment, the couple broke things off in July 2018. Kourtney and Bendjima stayed in touch despite not being together and briefly reconciled in late 2019. He was spotted at the family Christmas party, but their reunion didn’t last long. They officially ended things in 2020.
Reevaluating Her Priorities
Kourtney went through many ups and downs while appearing on KUWTK. She was seen as the moody sister who didn’t want to be there. Towards the end of Season 14, Kourtney’s unhappiness was evident, and her therapist encouraged her to reevaluate her priorities.
She decided she wanted to spend more time with her kids and traveling instead of being in front of the cameras. Kourtney’s unwillingness to let the cameras into her life caused tension between her and her sisters. Kim, Khloe, and the show’s production team had to confront her.
Taking a Step Back
In 2019, an episode of KUWTK centered around everyone confronting Kourtney for not putting in enough filming hours. She said she didn’t want to participate because the show had become a toxic environment. Kourtney told her sisters she wasn’t happy and had reached her breaking point.
Kourtney later announced that she would be taking an indefinite break from filming. But after a short three-month break, Kris confirmed that Kourtney was back on the show full-time. It probably wasn’t the best decision because it led to an all-out brawl.
The Breaking Point
After returning from her filming break, Kourtney still wasn’t happy to be on the show. It all came to a head when Kim, Khloe, and Kendall discussed who wasn’t pulling their weight in the family. Kourtney jumped into the conversation, and it quickly escalated between her and Kim.
The conversation turned violent as Kourtney and Kim started slapping, kicking, and hitting each other as they screamed profanities. Khloe intervened to break them up. When the episode aired in 2020, Kourtney said it was hard to watch the family’s “darker moments.”
A Toxic Environment
Kourtney and Kim eventually worked through their problems, and Kourtney participated in the final season of KUWTK. After the show ended, she admitted that she wasn’t in a happy place while filming, and it was a “toxic environment.” Kourtney also accused the show of bad editing.
She felt the show turned her into a “character” of herself. Kourtney claimed that she would be laughing at lunch, but those scenes were cut to only show her in a bad mood or making snarky comments. She said her onscreen persona seeped into her real life.
Time Off Helped Her
After KUWTK ended, Kourtney felt relieved and used the time to go on a “therapy journey.” She got rid of the negativity in her life and found peace. Kourtney said she doesn’t even recognize the person she used to be on the show.
Although she hated filming KUWTK, Kourtney felt the show recorded some of the high points in her life, like becoming a mom and raising her kids. It must not have been so bad because she agreed to be part of the new Hulu show, The Kardashians.
Finding Her Passion
Not only did her sisters rag on her for not filming enough, but they also bothered Kourtney for not having a business or passion. Kim had her shapewear and makeup brands, and Khloe had her denim company, but Kourtney didn’t know what she wanted to do.
She was passionate about using clean products, eating healthy foods, and interior design. However, it’s hard to combine those three things into one idea. That’s when Kourtney came up with the idea for Poosh, a women’s health and wellness brand.
Pooshing Her New Business
In April 2019, Kourtney launched her website Poosh, named after her daughter Penelope’s nickname. Kourtney’s lifestyle brand features editorial content and products to “educate, motivate, create, and curate a modern lifestyle.” Kourtney wanted a place to combine all her favorite things.
She writes the content for the site and has covered topics like health and wellness, life and style, interior design, motherhood, beauty, and more. While Kourtney finally found her passion, there have been many jokes about Poosh, and people have compared it to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
No Rivalry Here
Since Kourtney launched Poosh, the brand has been pitted against Paltrow’s Goop. The companies have similar values and are both marketed as lifestyle brands. While people try to claim that there is a rivalry between Kourtney and Paltrow, the two businesswomen put those rumors to rest.
On an episode of The Kardashians, Kourtney met with Paltrow to show that there is room for more than one woman in the lifestyle industry. They proved that there were no hard feelings between them by releasing a Goop x Poosh collaboration candle.
More Than Friends
After taking some time to be single and focus on her kids, Kourtney was open to the idea of dating again in 2020. She had been friends with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for years, and they were neighbors. During the pandemic, they spent more time with each other and became more than friends.
Kourtney reportedly made the first move, and the two started dating sometime in late 2020. Their families were close, so it wasn’t a huge adjustment when they got together. Many people said Kourtney was the happiest she had ever been.
Not Afraid of PDA
In previous relationships, Kourtney wasn’t big on PDA, but things have changed with Travis. Since they went public with their relationship, Kourtney and Travis (aka Kravis) have not been shy about their PDA. They have been photographed making out all over the place.
The couple has received criticism from people who think they shouldn’t be so intimate in front of their kids. Kourtney’s kids have even asked them to stop kissing multiple times in one evening. Despite other people’s opinions, nothing stops them from being affectionate.
Is Kourtney Kardashian Married?
After a year of dating, Travis proposed to Kourtney in October 2021. The couple got married twice three times within a few months. They first got “married” in Vegas in April 2022, but it wasn’t legal because they didn’t have a marriage license.
On May 15, 2022, they had a civil wedding before jetting off to Italy for the main event. It was a huge celebration sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana, with plenty of outfit changes. On May 22, 2022, the couple tied the knot in front of their family and friends in Portofino, Italy.
They Want More Kids
Although Kourtney has three children and Travis has two, the couple wants to have a child together. At 43, it hasn’t been easy for Kourtney to get pregnant; her fertility journey was heavily documented on Season 1 of The Kardashians.
They tried IVF a few times, but it didn’t work. Kourtney and Travis then tried the holistic approach by doing cleanses and drinking bodily fluids. While trying for a baby has had its ups and downs for the couple, Kourtney is not pregnant yet.
In Sickness and in Health
Kourtney and Travis were still basking in their post-wedding bliss when Travis was hospitalized. The two went in for routine endoscopies at the end of June 2022, and Travis ended up with “life-threatening pancreatitis.” He is currently in the hospital, and Kourtney hasn’t left his side.
She shared a message on Instagram stating, “Our health is everything, and sometimes we take it for granted how quickly it can change.” Kourtney thanked everyone for their well wishes and called out the paparazzi for posting old photos to make it seem like she left Travis in the hospital.
How Much Is Kourtney Kardashian Worth?
As of 2022, Kourtney is reportedly worth $65 million. She has made money through various business ventures, including clothing stores and clothing lines with her sisters and her company Poosh. A large portion of her wealth has come from KUWTK and The Kardashians.
Kourtney collaborated with several brands and was endorsed by Calvin Klein in 2018. She has partnered with her sisters’ brands, creating a fragrance with Kim and a makeup collection with Kylie. Kourtney is doing well for herself, but she says The Kardashians will be her last business venture.
She’s Complaining Again
Although Kourtney agreed to be on the new Hulu series The Kardashians, she already has complaints about the editing. Like her experience with KUWTK, Kourtney said her happy moments are being overshadowed by another drama involving her ex, Scott Disick.
In her confessional, Kourtney said, “I am in one of the best places I’ve ever been in my life, and it’s time for the show to catch up.” As an executive producer, she gets to see cuts of the show and give notes, but she wasn’t happy.
A Big Regret
Kourtney might have second thoughts about her time on TV, but her biggest regret happened before she was famous. Kourtney was candid about getting breast implants for her 22nd birthday. The Kardashian family has been accused of hiding plastic surgery, but Kourtney was honest.
She said she went from a small B to a large C, and “they don’t feel like part of my body.” Kourtney revealed that if she had done more research, she probably wouldn’t have gotten a boob job in the first place.
No Oscars for Kourtney
In 2011, Kourtney made her acting debut as a guest star on One Life to Live. She appeared as attorney Kassandra Kavanaugh, which was a lifelong dream because she had grown up watching the soap opera. However, she didn’t realize she would have more than two lines.
She said, “I’d thought I’d only have two lines. But my script is so long, and I’m not an actress.” She made it through the taping, but her performance was met with negative reviews. After that, Kourtney was only in one movie, Netflix’s He’s All That.
Hit With a Lawsuit
Back in the day, Kourtney and her sisters were spokeswomen for the diet supplement Quick Trim. They promoted it as a weight loss solution and claimed it helped them shed some pounds. It came back to bite them in 2012 when they were named in a lawsuit with Quick Trim.
Kourtney and her sisters were named in a $5 million lawsuit against Quick Trim and GNC for false and deceptive marketing. They tried to dismiss the lawsuit, but the plaintiffs refiled complaints against the Kardashian sisters. Kourtney and her sisters eventually got out of the lawsuit.
Her Kit-Kat Secret
Kourtney has said and done some interesting things in the past, but one of the most bizarre things was her “tutorial” about how to “properly” eat a Kit-Kat. In a 2016 video, she said she learned the trick from Kim when they were younger.
It starts by breaking off a piece of the Kit-Kat. Kourtney then explained that she eats the chocolate on each end and eats the chocolate on the top and bottom. She finishes by eating the wafer in the middle. Kourtney says the technique is “life-changing.”
She Struggles With Anxiety
Although Kourtney says she is the happiest she has ever been in her life, she has struggled with anxiety. The reality TV star has been open about going to therapy and working on her mental health. In addition to regular therapy, she also works out and goes to church.
Kourtney and Travis enjoy going to church together because she says it helps her spiritually. She added that she goes to dinner with friends after because it gets her out of the house. Kourtney has tried to destigmatize getting mental health care.
The Stress of Fame
Being on TV has helped Kourtney live a comfortable life and explore her passions, but she has admitted that it’s hard to be famous. When she turned 40, she said everyone pressured her to have a big party and look a certain way.
She prefers spending time with her kids rather than partying, and Kourtney doesn’t like being the center of attention. The media also criticizes her for every little thing, and it took Kourtney a while to get over that. She has learned to ignore the media.
A Published Author
When you think of the Kardashian sisters, you might not think of them as published authors. However, Kourtney and her sisters released the novel DollHouse in 2011. The fictional book follows three sisters, Kamille, Kassidy, and Kyle Romero. It’s fairly similar to their lives.
Let’s just say it wasn’t on the New York Times best-seller list. Kourtney and her sisters most likely had a ghostwriter, but they shared their ideas for the book. Dollhouse was pretty ridiculous but entertaining. It’s no surprise that the characters all had K names.
The Most Indecisive
Kourtney admits to being very indecisive. She said she once drove around for two hours because she couldn’t decide where to eat dinner. Her inability to make a clear decision has not only put miles on her car but has also affected her family.
On a 2017 episode of KUWTK, Khloe and Kris were so sick of Kourtney’s indecisiveness that they played a prank on her. They called Kourtney to change their lunch plans a few times to give her a taste of her own medicine.
An Interior Design Junky
One thing Kourtney loves more than anything is interior design. When she bought her house, it took her a while to complete it because she wanted every design element to be perfect. It was a dream to be featured in Architectural Digest, and her dream came true in 2018.
She previously worked with Disick to decorate the homes he flipped and offered Khloe her design assistance. Kourtney combined modern and vintage elements to complete her dream home. While her personal style has changed over the years, her home has stayed the same.
They Don’t Live Together
Speaking of interior design, it will be interesting to see how Kourtney will decorate a home for her and Travis. Although they are married, Kourtney and Travis do not live together. They have separate homes on the same street because they haven’t found a house yet.
On Season 1 of The Kardashians, Kourtney and Travis went house hunting. However, the showing turned into a make-out session in front of their realtor. He looked just as uncomfortable as viewers felt watching Kourtney straddle Travis in someone else’s backyard.
Making Co-Parenting Work
Kourtney and Disick might not be together anymore, but they have had a good co-parenting relationship. Despite their ups and downs, the two have learned how to communicate and set boundaries for the sake of Mason, Penelope, and Reign.
Even when they haven’t been on the best of terms, Kourtney and Disick ensure their kids spend equal time with each parent. The two previously went on family vacations before Kourtney met Travis, but they still try to keep their kids happy. They will always be in each other’s lives because of their children.