Out of the Spotlight for 2 Years: Inside the Reclusive Life of Rob Kardashian
It’s been a difficult time for Rob Kardashian.
The 28-year-old has spent nearly two years away from the cameras, battling depression and gaining more than 100 pounds. And on Tuesday, the youngest – and only brother – of the Kardashian clan was hospitalized, with some reports citing his diagnosis as diabetes.
“Rob had stomach problems over the weekend and didn’t feel well. He was at the hospital briefly,” a source told PEOPLE. “He has to take medicine now to control his blood sugar level.”
“He was also told he needs to rethink his whole lifestyle,” the source added. “He needs to see a dietician and change the way he eats. If he doesn’t change his lifestyle, he was told that it could have serious consequences.”
Despite encouragement from his family, Kardashian has had trouble getting back on his feet.
[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]”Rob is still struggling and it makes the family sad,” a source told PEOPLE earlier this month. “He deals with depression, weight issues and low self-esteem, but that’s been going on for a long time.”
After a lengthy hiatus from social media, Rob returned in March, posting a photo of Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, calling sister Kim Kardashian West “the b—- from Gone Girl.”
“He is very against therapy and any kind of rehab,” the KUWTK production source said. “But his family will continue to push for him to get help until he does.”
But Kardashian isn’t just avoiding the spotlight: He’s been absent from several family events, including Kim’s wedding.
“I’ve been working on my patience,” the 31-year-old said. “I’ve been really trying. But I have my moments and I do snap. I’ve offered to get a chef, I’m like, ‘What’s your excuse?’ But it’s not just that. I can’t win life for Rob. I have to wait until [he’s] ready to do it for himself.”
However, the family knows that Rob’s journey is all his own.
“It’s sad, because he’s only wasting his life more and more,” Khloé said. “But he has to figure it out for himself. And he has so many people who want to help him.”