Millionaire momager Kris Jenner: I couldn't afford a tomato after split from Robert Kardashian

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Wealthy Kris Jenner attends a fancy fete on Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

These days Kris Jenner‘s doing pretty well for herself, managing the lucrative careers of her millionaire children. She’s entitled to a percentage of all the deals for makeup, clothing lines, appearances, and everything else that she negotiates for Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kardashian sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé, and their brother, Rob.

According to Forbes, Kylie alone is on track to be the youngest so-called self-made billionaire ever, thanks to her Kylie Cosmetics empire. The “self-made” label is being criticized, but there’s no debate about whether Kylie and all the Kardashians and Jenners are big business with serious wealth.

So it’s tough to imagine a world in which the Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch — whose net worth is now estimated to be $60 million — couldn’t take out her wallet and buy whatever, whether a personal plane or something even more extravagant, let alone a meager item from the grocery store. But that’s really what happened after Jenner’s ugly split from the late Robert Kardashian, she reveals in an interview on the Fox News show OBJECTified, airing Sunday.

Kris and Robert, who married in 1978, divorced in 1991, following her affair with a professional soccer player. At some point Robert, feeling less than charitable from the sting of Kris’s infidelity, cut off her credit cards.

“I didn’t have anything,” Jenner said. “I went to the market one day and my credit card didn’t work. I had a market credit card and I’m like, ‘I can’t even buy a tomato.'”

Jenner also expressed regret about her 1989 affair.

“I married Robert when I was 22 years old, and I got pregnant on my honeymoon — I had the happiest life you could’ve dreamt about,” Jenner told the show’s host, TMZ’s Harvey Levin. “But when you’re in something, sometimes people think the grass is always greener, and that was, like, what I think I went through at some point.”

She has said in the past that she’s sorry for hurting her family by ending her marriage.

Kris Jenner, with daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, at an event about the business of fashion on May 8 in New York City. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for the Business of Fashion)

“The one regret, if I had to do it over, would be divorcing Robert Kardashian,” Jenner told the Daily Mail’s New You magazine in 2013. “But then there wouldn’t have been Kendall and Kylie, so that’s the way I look at that. I don’t have a lot of regrets.”

Robert Kardashian died of esophageal cancer, at age 59, in 2003.

Kris went on to marry the former Olympian now known as Caitlyn Jenner in 1991 and to successfully pitch the first of her family’s cadre of hit reality shows, which debuted in 2007.

Buying tomatoes is no longer an issue.

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