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Rob Kardashian Wants to Replicate His Own Bond with Dad Robert: 'I Want My Child to Have a Fun Life'

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Rob Kardashian finally speaks! In a wide-ranging interview in the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday, the reclusive reality star and his expectant fiancée, Blac Chyna, open up about their impending arrival, repairing relations with his famous sisters and dealing with his 100-lb. weight gain. Subscribe now for the exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

As fatherhood nears for Rob Kardashian, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is reflecting on his relationship with his own father, the late Robert Kardashian.

The 29-year-old – whose journey to first-time parenthood with fiancée Blac Chyna will be documented on the new E! reality series Rob & Chyna – lost his attorney father to cancer when he was 15.

“He’s definitely happy, looking down,” Rob exclusively tells PEOPLE exclusively for this week’s cover story.

“I had a really close bond with my dad. I was only with him for 15 years,” says Kardashian. “That’s why I’m looking forward to having that long-term bond with my child and being funny and goofy like my dad was.”

Rob Kardashian and Robert Kardashian Sr.
Courtesy Rob Kardashian
For more from Rob Kardashian on his painful past – and bright future with Blac Chyna, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna on the cover of PEOPLE
After proposing to Chyna, 28, in April and announcing her pregnancy a month later, Kardashian says he’s looking forward to the road ahead.

Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian
Ari Michelson
“I’m excited for this little journey now with my child and Chyna,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE. “I want to have a fun life.”

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs its midseason finale this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and Rob & Chyna premieres Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET, both on E!