Khloe Kardashian: I Call Rob “My Son” as a Joke, “He’s Going Through a Hard Time”

Rob Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian said in a new interview that she jokingly calls her live-in brother, Rob Kardashian, her "son": "He's going through a hard time now," she shared. Dimitrios Kambouris/E/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images for E!

Her brother, her son, her BFF for life! In the uncut version of Khloe Kardashian's August/September 2015 Complex cover story interview, the reality star shares some new updates on her brother, Rob Kardashian, explaining why he lives with her rather than on his own.

The naturally protective older sister, 31, defended her younger brother, who has increasingly kept a low profile since putting on weight in 2013. "Rob lives with me now, and I wouldn't have it any other way," Khloe shared. "I love having him with me. I have a big ass house and I wanted it so he could feel like, comfortable."

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As previously reported by Us, Rob has been "in a dark place," and Khloe, specifically, has been helping him through his troubles. "He's going through a hard time now," she confirmed to Complex. "And [my home is] behind gates. With this crazy lifestyle you have to think of places where you can still have your freedom. Kourtney and Scott live in the same gated area. My nieces and nephew come over at least three times a week. I have everything, my brother's there and I love him."

That doesn't mean that the Arthur George sock designer will be there forever, though. "I get crazy if he's like, 'I'm moving out,'" she admitted. "Listen, he's a man and 28, and I'm sure it doesn't sound good to say, 'Oh I live with my sister,' but it's not because he has to. I'm like, 'Put this into perspective: Your friends live at home with their parents because they can't do anything else. Your sister’s literally holding you captive and actively making you. So if that makes you feel better, say that all you want.' I don't want to put words in his mouth, but I'm sure that's why he would threaten to move out."

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There are perks to living with KoKo, of course. "I'm good with him. I never bother him," she said. "I just bought him a rug for his bedroom and he was so cute. He'll text me and tell me how much he likes it and he notices things. So, I like it. I call him my son as a joke. I'll call my assistant and be like, 'Did you guys ask if he wanted lunch?' or this or that and my sisters hate that I do that. I do baby him but I'm a maternal person." (As witnessed on one episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe was called out by Kim and Kris for nurturing Rob a little too much.)

Following her split from Lamar Odom, Khloe moved in with Rob for a brief time period. "He lived with me through my whole marriage but moved out towards the end and got an apartment," she said of her brother. "I ended up moving in with him. He had a three-bedroom townhouse…. I honestly had no idea how long I was going to be there. It was fun at first, and then I think it was overwhelming for both of us. We were going from this huge house to his townhouse, so I can't just like put all my s— everywhere, but he was so great about it. Obviously he would get annoyed from time to time or when he wanted girls over. I totally get it."

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Khloe eventually found her own bachelorette pad, and tasked Rob with helping to build her new home while she was on the East Coast filming Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons. According to the reality star, her biggest struggle was letting go of her previous life with Odom.

"Moving out of my house with Lamar, I had a ton of anxiety closing that chapter," she said of filing for divorce in December 2013. "It happened so quickly. I put my house on the market and a friend of mine bought it, Kaley Cuoco, who's an actress on The Big Bang Theory. She's still a newlywed and wanting to start a family, and I love that. It had nothing to do with the home itself, I just needed to close this chapter and it all just happened and I was like, 'Hey wait, I'm not ready, we gotta slow this down,' and they're like, 'You can't slow it down. We've started this train, it has to park somewhere.'"

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These days, Khloe is completely content. "I'm really happy. I think I've worked really hard to be at the place where I am," she reflected to Complex.

"I have gained so much personal strength, but also personal awareness and it feels good when you can be really content on your own, but genuinely. I have girlfriends that can't be alone and I find that so unattractive. You can't give yourself to anybody else and if you can't stand to be alone with you, why would somebody else want to be alone with you? I am fine sleeping alone. I am not a girl that's like, 'F— love.' I'm all for the love story. I think everyone being in love is gorgeous and everyone should have it. But I'm also a girl that could be alone and be fine. Do we wish we had a partner to do certain things with? Of course. I'm not just going to be with someone just because I need someone to sleep next to me at night. I don't need that. I'm getting up at 4:45 a.m. to go to the gym. I don't have to wake anyone up."

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