Kris Jenner Says “Really Ugly” First Divorce From Robert Kardashian Prepared Her for Bruce Jenner Split

Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner says going through a "really ugly" first divorce from the late Robert Kardashian was a "good learning experience" for her current split from Bruce Jenner Araya Diaz/WireImage

What didn't kill her made her stronger. Kris Jenner opened up about her split from estranged husband Bruce Jenner on Tuesday, Nov. 4, during an appearance on The Talk, where she revealed that her "really ugly" first divorce from the late Robert Kardashian helped prepare her to deal with her current situation.

"It's not an easy thing. I went through a divorce a long time ago with Robert Kardashian, and it was not fun," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch, 58, told the ladies of The Talk. "It was so scary, and I was so young, and I had four kids. And then we ended up being best friends. But there was a period of a couple years in there where it was really ugly and hard." 

Going through that, she said, was "a really good learning experience" for her, because it taught her that "you can choose to do things in a real grown-up way and be friends through something and make it so that everyone around you is comfortable and happy."

That's the kind of divorce she hopes to have with Bruce. "It's a decision. Love is a decision, divorce is a decision," she explained. "It's not a good decision, but we're happier living apart than we were together. Everybody feels it." 

The mom of six has been all about looking on the bright side lately. As she said on The Talk, "The good in my life so outweighs the bad. I mean, you can't get mad at, like, 'Another grandchild is coming.' It's such joy. And we're all happy and looking forward to all the good stuff in life. I like to look at the glass half full, and not half empty. So every day I get up and count my blessings, and I just thank God that everyone is happy and healthy and strong."

Jenner, who will celebrate her 59th birthday on Nov. 5, also spoke with the Talk co-hosts about getting older and maintaining her youthful spirit.

"I have so many kids and so many family members, and my kids have so many people that come with them…I feel like every month it's somebody's birthday at my house," she quipped. "But what's the alternative? I'm so blessed to wake up every morning, feel good, feel strong. I want to embrace that and just be an example to people that are my age."

Which is not to say she feels good all the time. "We all have really bad days and we have things that we feel are imperfections," she began, "but…my mom taught me, when you leave the house, go out of the house and present yourself to the world and be your best…I think it's just about having some inner joy and finding that happiness."

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