Kourtney Kardashian 'Distanced Herself from Her Sisters' While Dating Younes Bendjima: Source
"Kourtney was always so private and closed off when it came to Younes," a source tells PEOPLE
In the wake of their recent split, a source tells PEOPLE the coupling may have strained Kourtney’s relationship with her famous family.
“Kourtney was always so private and closed off when it came to Younes, and that really distanced herself from her sisters,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Things are fine with them now and I’m sure they’ll get even more back to normal now that it seems he’s out of the picture for good.”
Adds the source, “This could be a really positive thing for her relationship with her family.”
Kourtney, 39, first met Bendjima, 25, in Paris in October 2016 — just one night before her sister Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint. Bendjima, who is Algerian and speaks fluent French, acted as a translator throughout the ordeal.
By May 2017, PEOPLE confirmed that the two had started seeing each other, and they went public with their romance in Cannes later that month. Nevertheless, Kourtney did her best to keep the relationship as private as possible — even after being pressed by her sisters to open up about Bendjima in front of the Keeping Up cameras.
“I don’t need to expose every aspect of my life,” she said on the Dec. 10 episode. “I mean, I don’t know what the balance should be with showing and not showing, but like, you can’t yell at me for how I want to handle it and don’t.”
And while the latest season only just premiered, Kourtney’s sisters have already started dropping hints that Bendjima might not be the one.
“Kourtney’s got a new boyfriend and a new therapist and I don’t know which one’s the problem, but she’s a different human being,” Kim, 37, said on Sunday’s episode. “She’s so nasty to us.”
“There’s two new things in her life: boyfriend, and then her therapist,” added Khloé, 34, during a discussion with momager Kris Jenner. “Ever since then she’s been a raging bitch and instead of her owning it, she takes it out on everyone else. It’s so rude. It’s not how you raised any of us.”
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But a second source insisted that Kourtney is “happy being single for now.”
“Kourtney is doing great,” said the source. “She isn’t seeing Younes. After all the drama with Scott over the years, she wasn’t going to put up with any drama from Younes. She cut him off. She is focused on her kids and herself.”