Already parents to Kim and Kourtney, defense attorney Robert Kardashian and his wife Kris Houghton welcome their third daughter, Khloé Alexandra, to their posh L.A. lifestyle. Khloé and her sisters are eventually joined by younger brother Robert Jr., and the girls go on to "clique" with classmates and future starlets Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
After her parents' 1989 divorce, Khloé's family becomes even more divided when her father, Robert, defends friend O.J. Simpson following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Mom Kris – who weds Olympian Bruce Jenner in 1991 – believes the football star is guilty of killing her best friend, Nicole. "We were never told to pick sides, but we felt like we kind of had to," Khloé says.
After her sisters graduate from L.A.'s Marymount High School, Khloé feels the pangs of loneliness. "[I] felt like I didn't have any friends. There was no reason for me to stay," she confesses of leaving school and earning her GED through a home-schooling program. "I finished three years of high school in one year," Kardashian says proudly. "I graduated actually when I was 17 with honors, so in your face!"