On Thursday, after months of her disappearance from the public eye, we finally got a glimpse at Kylie Jenner for the first time since September. She was wearing a notably baggy sweater that may or may not have been showing off her bump, as she’s reportedly due to deliver her long-rumored baby any day now. Anonymous source after anonymous source has been offering reported updates on the pregnancy for months before the sighting, and that has only picked up since she was spotted out and about this week.
The latest from TMZ‘s sources is that Jenner, looking to keep things private, is taking online Lamaze classes, the birthing technique that aims to keep childbirth smooth by raising the mother’s comfort and confidence through stretching, breathing exercises, massages, walking, and hydrotherapy. One of its six “healthy birth practices” is to, while going through labor, “bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support.” According to the sources, that role has fallen to Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods, who’s reportedly acting as her partner—and was in fact with Jenner when she was spotted with her mom earlier this week.
If that’s true, though, it begs the question: Where is Travis Scott, Jenner’s boyfriend and reportedly the father of her baby, in all of this? Indeed, while we’ve heard report after report about, say, Jenner’s future as a mommy blogger and the real reason she hasn’t revealed her pregnancy to the public, Scott, who earlier this month would neither confirm nor deny Jenner’s pregnancy, has managed to stay almost entirely off the map. (Even though he’s still maintaining a social media presence and giving interviews, unlike Jenner.)
Sure, Scott has been on tour during most of Jenner’s reported pregnancy. Now that he’s returned, though, he still seems to be keeping his distance from his girlfriend, even on Christmas and New Year’s Eve—to the point that it’s been rumored Jenner wants him to “step things up,” which Kanye West also reportedly told Scott to do at the end of the year in a “serious man to man talk.”
In a recent interview with Billboard, when the reporter asked Scott about the rumors that he’s having a child with Jenner, he responded, “I don���t want to talk about that. They’re just guesses. Let them keep fishing.” Indeed, the Jenner news today is about her birthing techniques, but for Scott, it’s about his new features with T-Pain and Migos, the latter of which just released their sophomore album, Culture II. Unfortunately for him, though, none of that seems to have stopped the flow of Instagram comments that read pretty much like this one: “you better go home n take care of ur pregnant girl n ur kid.”
A Celebration of Kylie Jenner’s 20 Years of Not Letting the Critics Get Her Down
In 2011, Tyga and Kylie first met at Kendall Jenner’s Sweet Sixteen, where the rapper performed. Kylie was 14 at the time. Three years later, Tyga ended his engagement with Blac Chyna, the mother of his son King Cairo—and shortly after, began appearing on Kylie’s Instagram, prompting rumors they were dating. Both Kylie and Tyga denied the relationship—though it was the subject of a line in Drake’s “6 p.m. in New York” and the topic of some scathing words from Amber Rose—until the following year, when Kanye West let slip on The Breakfast Club. The gist of the controversy: Kylie and Tyga’s wide age gap, and the appearance that he left Blac Chyna for a teenager.
After Kylie launched Kylie Cosmetics with her eponymous lip kits, some beauty bloggers noted distinct similarities to ColourPop’s far more affordable range; parent company Seed Cosmetics later confirmed it manufactured both ColourPop and Kylie Cosmetics.
Kylie Cosmetics has been at the center of many of its founder’s controversies over the past two years—both because of the beauty brand itself, and because it has presented Kylie with a massive platform. For the brand’s Holiday 2016 campaign, which debuted in September, it released an image of gold-painted fingers framing a deep, cranberry lip—mirroring almost exactly an image by makeup artist Vlada Haggerty. Haggerty filed a suit against Kylie Cosmetics, but the feud was resolved before any court battle began.
Considering the previous Tyga drama, someone might have advised Kylie that naming one of her new blushes “Barely Legal” might not be the best plan.
Earlier this year, Kylie, one of the celebrity faces of Puma (like Rihanna, and like The Weeknd), appeared in a campaign in which she was depicted mid-running stride, in one image, and springing up into the air as if on a trampoline, in another. Just as her sister Kendall before her was criticized for appearing in a ballet-themed Vogue España editorial, Kylie was criticized for ostensibly taking the place of a real athlete in the campaign. Complaints about her running form—her feet not flexed properly, her knees not at the right angle—abounded, and then subsided in time for Kylie to appear in another campaign several months later.
Just after her brother Rob Kardashian was embroiled in his own controversy with ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna (the same Blac Chyna who was once engaged to Tyga), Kylie tapped her brother, sock entrepreneur and founder of Arthur George, to collaborate with Kylie Cosmetics. Many questioned the timing of the collaboration, as it was unveiled just after Rob had unleashed an Instagram tirade, including several graphic photos (that Chyna had not consented to be released), against his former girlfriend.
In the midst of building a beauty empire, Kylie also manages to balance collaborating with her elder sister Kendall on their Kendall + Kylie clothing label. As part of the brand’s most recent drop, the sisters debuted new “vintage” merch, featuring iconic images of the likes of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. with Kendall and Kylie’s own likenesses splashed over the front. The families and estates of the late rappers, as well as other artists featured in the collection, immediately struck back—and the tees were promptly pulled from Kendall + Kylie. (Since then, Kendall + Kylie has been struck by several lawsuits.)