Kris Jenner, her six children, and their brood of eleven children are widely known to Kardashian-Jenner fans. They’ve undoubtedly seen Kris’s life with her daughters and grandchildren on their popular reality show.
Even her mother, Mary Jo Campbell, Kris Jenner is an important family member and appears frequently in the series.
However, if you are unaware of another famous “K,” you have most likely not been following the Kardashians.
It may surprise you to learn that Kris has a younger sister, Karen Houghton, who has been shunned by her renowned sibling.
There is little information available about the sisters’ connection. However, Karen lost out on her mega-famous big sister for unspecified reasons. She is a former stewardess who now works as a part-time nurse, and her famous nieces and nephew refer to her as “Crazy Auntie K.”
Here’s all you need to know about Karen.
Who Is Kris Jenner’s Sister Karen Houghton?
Kris and Karen were reared in San Diego by their single mother, Mary Jo Campbell, when their father, Robert Houghton, divorced.
Following the divorce, their mother remarried businessman Harry Shannon, with whom she remained married for nearly four decades. Meanwhile, their father had a drinking problem and died in a sad vehicle accident in March 1975.
Growing up, the sisters had a good bond. “We loved each other, and we were there for each other through thick and thin, and we are still a part of each other’s life,” Kris said in her 2011 book about her sister.
Karen Houghton, Kris Jenner’s sister, with their mother and her daughter
Karen Houghton, Kris Jenner’s sister, with their mother and her kid. (Image courtesy of Instagram)
But somewhere along the line, their paths diverged. Kris, according to Karen, traveled to Los Angeles in search of “celebrity and fortune.”
She, unlike her sister, does not live a lavish life. She is currently working as a part-time nurse, albeit it is unknown whose hospital she works at.
In addition, the 61-year-old is the author of two cookbooks. Her first cookbook, Naturally Gourmet Cookbook, was published in 2010, and the second volume followed three years later.
She also has a daughter, Natalie Zettel, with her ex-husband, Mark Zettel. Natalie pursued a modeling career after graduating from high school in 2017 and has since continued to do so.
Kris Jenner and Karen Houghton’s Troubled Marriage
Kris and Karen’s relationship has been rocky throughout the years.
According to rumors, the nurse has spilled a lot of tea to the media, which may be why their estranged relationship has worsened.
Kris and her ex-husband, Caitlyn Jenner, divorced in 2013 after 22 years of marriage. However, suspicions of reconciliation began a few months later after they were seen looking intimate during their Thailand holiday.
Karen, on the other hand, set the record straight, revealing that the couple was not mending and that the former Olympian had left Kris for good.
Kris rejected her sister’s claim and told Radar Online that she knew nothing about her sister’s marriage.
Then, in 2018, when Karen turned 60 and was hospitalized, fans chastised Kris for failing to visit her.