“Well, he’s still part of the show,” Jenner, 60, said during the Architects of Change event she hosted with Maria Shriver Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “He’s had a year where he kind of wanted to chill. He hasn’t been feeling well. We didn’t really know why. He was just diagnosed with diabetes so we’re taking care of that, but he’s always around.”
When Shriver, 60, asked if it was hard to have one member of the family wanting more privacy when the rest of them are living their lives very much in the the public eye, Jenner said “it would be really hard” but that Rob “enjoys the family” and “all of the family stuff” they do.
“He has his business. He has a sock line and his stuff, but I think that it was just the perfect time for him to take a little hiatus because he does that. We were doing that,” she said. “We just said, ‘Get well. Feel better.’ He was depressed and just wasn’t feeling good and didn’t know why.”
As for whether the Rob’s famous family considered stopping the show due to his struggles, Jenner told Shriver that night: “No, because we see him.”
“He’s with us all the time,” she added.
According to Jenner, Rob wants to return to KUWTK.
“He wants to still come back and shoot the show. He just wants to feel better,” she explained. “It’s not that he doesn’t want to be on the show. It’s just he wasn’t feeling good.”
Jenner also explained she has different relationships with her six kids.
“I think at this point when your kids are in their 30s – Khloé, Kourtney and Kim, with those three I am more of a friend than a mom because they’re pretty much at this point telling me what to do. I don’t want to be that nasty mom all the time, griping and telling them what to do because I still want them to take care of me when I get really old,” Jenner said of her three eldest daughters: Kourtney Kardashian, 36, Kim Kardashian West, 35, and Khloé Kardashian 31.
When it comes to Kendall, 20, and Kylie Jenner, 18, (who was at the event to support her mom), the momager says they “grow up so fast” but that she has “a real mother-daughter relationship” with them.
“And with Rob, he’s still the only boy so it’s easier to be softer with him,” Jenner added.
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Meanwhile, Rob’s sister Khloé hopes his diabetes diagnosis will “shake him up a little bit, and let’s jump-start his health journey.”
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