Friday afternoon, TMZ broke the news that Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant. According to the article, the model and her boyfriend, Travis Scott, have been telling close friends and family that they are expecting. On Saturday, Kylie's mother, Kris Jenner, addressed the rumors during an interview with The Cut. She said, "I just woke up this morning. She’s not confirmed anything. I think it’s kind of wild that everyone is just assuming that that’s just happening." This is far from new territory for the 20-year-old; Jenner has dealt with pregnancy rumors on multiple occasions in the past. (Jenner's reps could not be reached by Bustle. Bustle also reached out to Scott's rep, but did not receive an immediate response.)
Jenner turned 20 in August, but the young business mogul has been in the spotlight for nearly half of her life thanks to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The hit series has documented her family's ups and downs since she was just a child herself, and as a result, Jenner has been subject to rumors about her relationships, career choices, and pregnancy status for quite some time. In a 2016 E! article, it was pointed out that Jenner faced public pregnancy rumors at least four times in two years before she turned 19.
Each time, Jenner addressed the rumors on social media. In December 2014, she tweeted, "I'm not trying to become a rapper, I'm not getting married, & I'm not pregnant....," and then in May 2015, she once again had to deny buzz that she was expecting. "People been thinking I'm pregnant for 8 months now... CLEARLY I'm not pregnant!" she tweeted this time.
Because she's grown up on camera and is active on social media, people are naturally curious about Jenner's personal life. However, the sheer amount of speculation that has been done in the past about whether or not she was pregnant is unsettling, especially when you factor in the fact that she was a teen during this period.
Nothing ever seemed to be fueling these rumors in the past. She wasn't wearing baggy clothes then or posting baby emojis. Jenner was building a makeup empire and a modeling career, but for the tabloids, these aspects of her life never seemed as exciting as the possibility that she could become a teen mom.
Even now Jenner can't escape rumors about her life and her choices. In this instance, it's possible that she is actually pregnant this time, and people are already speculating that it was unplanned. And this is before the mogul has even confirmed the news.
Imagine having every aspect of your life speculated about constantly — it would be exhausting. Having it happen every single day of your life before you had turned 21 would only amplify your frustrations. Jenner deserves props for the way she handled all of those pregnancy rumors in the past. She didn't have to address them, but she called out the ludicrous nature of having to constantly explain to the world, that no, she wasn't pregnant at 17 like a boss.
Whether or not Jenner is pregnant now, the likelihood of her escaping the endless cycle of whispers surrounding her personal life is low. If she is about to become a mom, there will be speculation about the stability of her relationship with Scott, her mothering techniques, and whether or not her pregnancy was planned. If she's not pregnant, the internet will be convinced she is all over again in roughly two months.
That's Jenner's reality, and the way she handles the constant buzz is commendable. She's one 20-year-old that knows how to deal with gossip, and put it to rest when she feels it's getting out of hand. While it's frustrating that she's been dealing with pregnancy rumors since she was in high school, Jenner has proven time and again that she can rise above the scrutiny.
Whatever the next chapter of her life holds, Jenner's reality and the reality the world has created for her will no doubt continue to be two different places. One thing is certain, if she is expecting this time, Jenner's potential child will grow up knowing how to shut down the rumor mill thanks to their intrepid mom.