Kris Jenner: Mum or monster?

The creator of the Kardashian empire is the first to admit she’s made mistakes – but is she as bad as her critics make out?
Nobody works a room quite like Kris Jenner. Sipping vodka and flitting around in a black cut-out dress, she was every inch the confident woman about Hollywood at a recent industry event. But her mind was elsewhere, she confided to US magazine Us Weekly. Driving over, she’d received a call from her grandson Mason’s father Scott Disick, saying the three-year-old had asked to have dinner with his grandma.
“For five seconds, I wanted to turn around because I was letting them down,” she confesses. It’s a feeling that often haunts the mother of six. As the “mumager” for Kourtney, 33, Kim, 32, Khloe, 28, Rob, 25, Kendall, 17, and Kylie, 15, she’s had to deal with everything from negotiating a Playboy magazine deal for Kim to the sale of pictures of her first grandchild.
“I feel guilty all the time because I can’t be everywhere at once,” the 57-year-old says. “I feel like I want to be there for everybody, for whoever needs me.” Her confession comes after a tough few months during which Kris has had to deflect claims she’s a controlling, narcissistic mother who forced her kids into the spotlight. The nastiness has ramped up since Kim announced she will keep her child with Kanye West away from their E! reality shows. Now, Kris defends herself against the charges.
To score their now world-famous TV reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kris sent a home video of a raucous family barbecue. The first scene of the show in 2007 featured Kris discussing Kim’s bum. Another infamous episode features Kourtney giving Khloe a bikini wax. But Kris denies she’s exploited her daughters. “My family could’ve said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ But everyone was excited!” she says.“My girls are not pansies.”
Read more about Kris in this week's Woman’s Day on sale Monday February 25, 2013.

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