Rob Kardashian's downhill spiral was triggered by Lamar Odom ... but we've learned it had nothing to do with Lamar's drug use ... it was all about fatherly abandonment.
Sources connected with the Kardashian family tell TMZ ... Rob was devastated when his dad -- famed OJ lawyer Robert Kardashian -- died back in 2003. We're told he took it much harder than his siblings and never really got over it.
When Khloe married Lamar ... the bballer became a father figure to Rob. Sources close to Khloe tell us Rob thrived around Lamar, inspiring him to start a business and get in awesome shape. They became best friends, but Rob idolized him.
Khloe has said on the Kardashian's show, Rob's recent troubles were triggered by the dark things that happened in the house. But we're told it's not about drugs -- Lamar compartmentalized his drug use and mostly kept it out of the family home. We're told Khloe was referring to the arguments and breakdown of the marriage.
Our sources say when Lamar cut off the entire family and went radio silent ... Rob went into a tailspin because he felt abandoned by the only person who measured up to his dad. And that's when Rob got deep into lean and other drugs, which resulted in a dramatic weight gain.
Lamar Odom Poisoned My Brother
7/31/2014 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian clearly blames Lamar Odom for contributing to her brother's drug problems -- and says she feels guilty for not being able to protect Rob from L.O.'s influences.
As we previously reported, Rob had gotten deep into sizzurp and weed -- and his family was pushing for him to go to rehab.
Now, Khloe is talking about Rob's issues -- and without specifically mentioning the drugs -- says Rob's problems stem from the time he lived with Lamar Odom, who has serious drug problems of his own.
"Rob has said, 'Being in that house it was so dark and it made me do dark things,'" Khloe said on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
Khloe added ... "Only Rob and Lamar know what happened in the house and know what's going on."
Khloe says she feels guilty about Rob's situation -- saying, "I was not there to protect Rob. I was not there to protect myself."
Yeah, Brandon and I Kissed, But ...
7/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and step-bro Brandon Jenner had an illicit make-out session ... so intimated Brody Jenner, but in reality we've learned there's less here than meets the eye.
Our Kardashian archival sources tell us ... the "kiss" went down when Kim was around 11 and Brandon was 12. Fact is ... Kris and Bruce weren't even married at the time, but they were dating.
The kiss was part of a Truth or Dare game, and it was more like a peck on the lips.
Wow ... Kim learned a lot since she was 11.
7/30/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teen Singer Pia Mia
You Made Me Rich!
7/29/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pia Mia knows it pays to keep up with the Kardashians ... the 17-year-old singer/friend of Kendall and Kylie Jenner just signed a recording contract that will make her rich -- not Kardashian rich ... but close enough.
Pia signed a multi-album deal with Interscope which pays 1.3 mil for her first album ... and up to $9 million more if Interscope green lights her next three albums.
And according to the contract -- obtained by TMZ -- she stands to make even more in bonuses ... if the albums are hits.
Pia -- who was born in Guam -- got her start on YouTube and hit it big when Kim K. posted video of her singing a Drake song at Kylie's 16th birthday party -- with Drake and Kanye front and center.
In the Hamptons Again
7/25/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Disick returned to the scene of the crime last night with a wine glass in hand as he partied with French Montana and Fat Joe at J.Lo's 45th birthday bash.
Interesting that Lord D posted the pic himself. We can't tell what's in the glass, but it seems Scott has gotten over the night of severe boozing in the Hamptons about a month ago that sent him to a hospital with alcohol poisoning.
As we told you ... that incident got Scott on the wagon -- sources told us he hadn't had a drink since.
To be fair ... Fat Joe's pants would drive anyone to drink.
Kanye's Like a Stranger
That's Why I Didn't Go
7/18/2014 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brody Jenner has zero relationship with Kanye West ... and that's a big reason why he didn't make the trek to Europe for Kim's wedding.
Kim's step-bro made the comments on his podcast Thursday, insisting he was not disrespecting Kim by being a no-show at her wedding but front and center at the wedding of her ex-BF Reggie Bush.
Brody says there are 2 other reasons he didn't show:
-- Short notice
-- The wedding was way far away in Paris. It was actually Florence, but whatever.
It's a good sell. You buyin'?
Kourtney and Khloe
Targeted by Hamptons Residents
Get Out of Town!
7/18/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are being targeted by a grassroots movement to force them out of The Hamptons.
It's not exactly "Occupy Wall Street," but someone is plastering stickers on public signs around town where their reality show is filming -- K and K's faces crossed out with the hashtag "#NODASH."
The culprit hasn't been fingered ... but cops in the area tell us if anyone is caught defacing public property they'll be cited.
Not everyone is a hater ... Hampton store owners and local officials have been pretty vocal that the Kardashians are good for business.
7/17/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Disick drank so much one night last month ... he made a beeline for the hospital because his system was poisoned with booze.
Sources connected with Scott and the Kardashians tell TMZ ... Scott went to a nightclub in The Hamptons on June 22. He began binge drinking. We got a pic of him with a beer in his hand but it seems he drank the harder stuff too. We're told he was drunk out of his mind.
We're told Scott told the friends who were with him ... he was so messed up he felt someone had drugged him. So Scott -- who could barely put a sentence together -- went to the ER at Southampton Hospital.
We're told Scott was admitted and tested for drugs but doctors concluded it was classic alcohol poisoning.
The incident occurred days AFTER Kourtney threw Scott out of their Hamptons rental. And the very day Scott went to the hospital ... Kourtney bailed and took the kids to California, where they celebrated North West's birthday.
Now the good news ... Scott apparently had a wake up call, because we're told he hasn't had a drink since and is getting counselling from Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. .. the handsome minister who married Kim and Kanye.
$85 MILLION WINNER
In KK Video Game!
7/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian stands to make around $85 MILLION from the new video game iPhone app that boasts her namesake ... more than she made last year in all of her other ventures combined ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the deal tell TMZ ... Kim's cut is 45% of net profits. The game -- "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" -- is set to gross a reported $200 million this year alone.
We're told the actual expenses associated with the business are relatively low. A straight 45% cut of $200 million totals a whopping $90 million. Industry sources tell TMZ ... expenses would not exceed $10 million.
So ... we're no mathematicians, but 45% of $190 million is $85.5 MILLION FREAKING DOLLARS.
To put this in context ... according to Forbes, Kim made $28 million last year.
As you know ... the game is all about becoming a virtual celebrity, but it costs real money to buy your way to the top.
Now the bad news for Kim. We're told she has to pay her agent, Uncle Sam and, of course, Kris.
I Got 2 Tickets to Ride
7/15/2014 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner has broken the law AGAIN behind the wheel of her Mercedes.
Kylie was pulled over on the 101 Freeway Monday after cops noticed she was driving her G-Wagon with tinted windows. The CHP officer looked inside and saw the 16-year-old was driving with a friend.
Here's the problem. There's a law in California ... a new driver who is 16 can't have a teenager as a passenger unless there's also an adult 25 or over who is accompanying them.
So Kylie got 2 tickets -- one for tinted windows and the other for driving with a teen -- which add to her vehicular hijinks. She crashed the same SUV last August, 18 days after she got her license. And she also got a ticket allegedly for speeding in January.
They need that reality show to pay her insurance premium.
I'm Not Feuding with Kim (VIDEO)
7/15/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brody Jenner called radishes on reports he and Kim Kardashian are in a blood feud.
Brody was at the 9th Annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party Monday in West Hollywood when he was asked if he was intentionally dissing his step-sister by attending Reggie Bush's wedding but not hers.
Listen closely ... Brody scoffs at the notion he snubbed Kim. He makes it clear ... despite a very bad breakup between Kim and Reggie -- he's good friends with the NFL star and that's why he went to San Diego over the weekend for the wedding.
I Did a Reality Show BEFORE Kim [VIDEO]
7/14/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West is NOT a reluctant member of reality television ... quite the opposite, he was actively involved in reality TV even before he hooked up with Kim Kardashian.
TMZ got hold of a failed pilot from 2010 -- starring Kanye's travel agent Brett Grolsch ... the self-proclaimed travel agent to the stars. The pilot is awful, but there's a big scene with none other than Kanye, schooling the agent on his choice of European flights to the U.S.
And speaking of flying ... Kanye has some revealing things to say on why he hates airports ... the place that has repeatedly gotten him in serious legal trouble.
Watch the video. Kanye is right at home on reality TV.