Keeping Up With the Kardashians' season 8 premiere on June 2 focused mostly on the women in the Kardashian-Jenner family, but episode two was all about the men — in particular, Brody and Bruce Jenner. As teased in a sneak peek from the June 9 episode, Brody confronted his father about not being there for him when he was growing up.
The drama between the two began when Brody and his brother Brandon joined Bruce, Kendall, and Kylie for a day at the beach. Watching Bruce with the girls, Brody was surprised to see how affectionate and playful his dad was — especially considering the 29-year-old reality star's own relationship with the 63-year-old former Olympian.
"Bruce, my dad — I don't know which one to call him — Bruce and my mother, they had some sort of messy divorce," Brody explained in a confessional interview. "I was the one child who didn't really have the greatest relationship with Bruce."
"I grew up with my stepdad," he continued. "Bruce was never around for me. I can't even tell you how many birthdays went by where Bruce wasn't there. And I resent him for that."
Later, seeing Bruce joke around with Brandon over lunch, Brody felt another twinge of jealousy. "The way I see Bruce with Kendall and Kylie and Brandon, I'm actually so happy for them," he said. "I think Bruce is an incredible human being and I think that Bruce is an incredible father — he just wasn't a great father to me."
After lunch, Brody pulled his dad aside for a little heart to heart — only to be shot down yet again. "It's interesting to watch how you are with the girls," he began. "Because it's something I'm not really used to. You weren't around when I was a kid and it's like…"
"Now's not the time to talk about it," Bruce said curtly. Later, he blamed Brody for being distant and argued that his son had never really understood how his divorce from Linda Thompson affected their relationship.
The Jenner patriarch had a change of heart, though, when Rob Kardashian lamented the fact that he'd never be able to have a sit-down with with his own father, who died of cancer in 2003. At his family's urging, Bruce orchestrated a talk with Brody, in which he explained that "there came a point [during the divorce] where it became too difficult" to continue the relationship with his son. He admitted that he hadn't handled things well and said not being a good dad was "the biggest regret of his life."
"I certainly want to be part of all my kids' lives," he told Brody, who agreed to move forward and "work on establishing a better relationship.
"Regardless of what happened in the past, I want to have a relationship with my son," Bruce said in a confessional. "And the bottom line is, I have to take the responsibility."
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