With the vast majority of the Kardashian-Jenner clan flaunting their narcissism all over television, the media, and the Internet, it makes it all the more obvious that Rob Kardashian has purposely been out of the public eye for the past 18 months, limiting his social media usage, shying away from appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and choosing not to attend everything from Kimye's wedding to glittery, red carpet-filled events. So when the Kardashian-Jenners celebrated Thanksgiving by posting a blended family photo that included everyone from Caitlyn Jenner to Kourtney Kardashian's estranged partner Scott Disick to Kylie Jenner's boyfriend Tyga, the Internet began wondering why Rob Kardashian wasn't in the picture (literally). Speaking with Maria Menounos in a new interview on Sirius XM, Kris Jenner explained where Rob was on Thanksgiving and why he wasn't present in the Insta pic.
"He lives with Khloé. So he was around and then went over to a buddy's house," Kris revealed. (In case you were to busy celebrating with your own family that day to keep up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian hosted Thanksgiving and took to Instagram to show off her nomalicious pies.) As for why her son wasn't in the photo, Kris remarked, "He's doing alright. You know, he's doing his best. He's not as into being on camera as much as the rest of us. But he's working on himself. He's going to be OK."
Rob — who has been reportedly struggling with depression (as well as disgusting Internet trolls) — has remained mostly out of the public eye over the past year, using his Instagram account for occasional throwback photos, the rare current photo, and pictures of his beloved family members (including one about praying for Lamar Odom). He has been virtually absent from KUWTK and all public appearances with the rest of his family.
"It's not that mysterious what's happening with Rob. He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that's OK," Kim Kardashian told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes."
It's clear that Rob is going through a difficult time — and his lack of public appearances are only made more glaringly obvious because the rest of his family is constantly in the spotlight. So while it's only natural to wonder why he wasn't in the Kardashian-Jenner Thanksgiving picture or why he didn't attend this important birthday party or event, it's way important to remember that it is Rob Kardashian's prerogative to do what he feels is best for himself — and if that means staying away from the prying eyes of paparazzi and mean-spirited Internet trolls, then who are we to judge? It's only natural to want to protect yourself from cruelty, particularly when you are going through a sensitive and vulnerable time in your life — no matter your (former) reality star status and the fact that your personal life has played out on camera before. It's not hard to see why Rob would want to keep to himself and figure things out in his own way — and away from those commenters who could potentially do more harm than good. You do you, Rob.