Larsa Pippen claims Kanye 'brainwashed' the Kardashian family

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Kim Kardashian’s former best friend, Larsa Pippen, has broken her silence on her rift with the Kardashian family

Larsa, who is former basketball player Scottie Pippen’s ex-wife, was a regular on Keeping Up With The Kardashians up until recently and while she claims she has no clue why she was cut out of their inner circle, she certainly has a few working theories.

Larsa Pippen and Kim Kardashian attend Paper Magazine, Sprout By HP & DKNY Break The Internet Issue Release - Arrivals at 1111 Lincoln Road on December 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.
Larsa Pippen has spoken out about her rift with former BFF Kim Kardashian. Photo: Getty Images

“We were literally best friends,” Larsa said of Kim on the Hollywood Raw podcast.

“I was there the day she had North, I was there when she found out she was pregnant, I was there when… Kanye saw me at a game and said ‘Hey I want to be with [Kim].’ And I called [Kim] when she was engaged to Kris Humphries and was like, ‘You can’t marry Kris, you’ve gotta be with Kanye!’ I was there throughout the whole thing,” Larsa explained.

In July, fans noticed the Kardashians had unfollowed Larsa on social media.


Kourtney Kardashian (L) and Larsa Pippen at the VIP Exhibit Preview for "Street Dreams" on November 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.
Larsa regularly appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Photo: Getty Images

“I don’t even know [why],” she explained, before pointing the finger at Kanye West. “I just feel like Kanye was in a place where he really didn’t trust anyone with Kim. So I feel like I was the person, like, ‘Don’t be so close to her because you’re so close to her’ that that kind of had something to do with it.”

Larsa said she’s reached out to Kim “a little bit” about the situation, but ultimately is stepping aside.

“I don’t want to be the trouble in your relationship,” Larsa continued. “If your husband feels, like, threatened by my relationship with you then I don’t want to be that person… do what’s best for your family.”

Larsa was asked if she had “a bad run-in with Kanye” at any point.

“No!” Larsa replied. “We always had a great relationship. I don’t know, when people are not happy and people are trying to figure out their own s***, I feel like they want to put pressure and blame other people for their situation. I’ve seen that happen so much that’s like — I get it.”

“Kanye] used to call me at four, five, and six o’clock in the morning. I was the person that would take his calls… when he wanted to rant,” she replied. “I would listen to him. I would listen to him, like, I love you, you’re the best, things will get better. I was his go-to person to call when he wasn’t happy with X, Y and Z. How that turned? Maybe because I blocked him on my phone because I just couldn’t bear taking his calls anymore.”

Larsa Pippen and Scottie Pippen attend the Haute Living NBA All Star Dinner Honoring Scottie Pippen on February 15, 2018 in Bel Air, California.
Larsa Pippen is the ex-wife of Scottie Pippen. Photo: Getty Images

Larsa said she became “drained” by the calls so she blocked West.

“Obviously, that really upset him. So, then he turned that into oh she’s this and she’s that. [The Kardashians] all started to ride his wave,” she added. “If you’re that easily swayed, like the wind, then do I really give a f***? Should I give a f***? I don’t know. Was I hurt by it? Yes. But at the same time, I’m like, I’ve done nothing. I’ve never done one thing. I’ve been the most honest and truthful best friend to all of them.”

Larsa continued, “Is it hurtful? 1000 percent.”

“If Kanye feels he and Kim are better without me, then let them be without me. I’m OK with that. Do I look like I’m suffering? Do I look like I’m in pain? I’m OK, I will survive. Was it hurtful? Yes. But do I have love from a lot of other places? Yes. So, this shall pass too,” she said. “[Kanye] literally has brainwashed the whole family into thinking that like… I don’t even know.”

Larsa said a run-in with Travis Scott, the father of Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi, added fuel to the fire.

“[Kanye] talks so much about me being this and that and this and that. I feel like, I ran into Travis Scott one night at a club and Travis called Kylie and said that I was hitting on him. And that never happened!” Larsa shared. “So, then that was, like, Kanye says she’s this and then she was hitting on Travis.”

Larsa says she never flirted with Travis Scott: “I would never do that. I would never in a billion years do that.”

Interestingly, Larsa talked about Tristan Thompson, saying what while she never hooked up with the NBA player since he started dating Khloé. Pre-Khloé, though, is a different story.

“I kinda was seeing Tristan before Khloé,” Larsa revealed. “Before Khloé or any of them knew he existed. I was seeing him, I had him come to L.A. I brought him to a party Kim had, I introduced him to all of them. Then a week later, or 10 days later he started seeing Khloé. Which is fine, I don’t even care. You know, it’s whatever. I’m the type of person I don’t really chase what’s not for me. I will never chase a man; I will never put a leash on a man. I don’t do that. I feel like, let you be great. If you want to be with other people, go ahead. I’m great by myself.”

Even though Larsa said she and Thompson weren’t exclusive at the time, she’s “sure” Khloé knew about their fling.

“Yeah, I’m sure she knew,” Larsa said. “I brought him to one of Kim’s events!”

But Larsa maintained nothing happened since Thompson and Khloé, who share daughter True, have rekindled their romance.

“I’m the most honest person in the world,” she said. “Trust me, I would never lie about something like that.”

The Kardashians have yet to publicly respond to Larsa’s interview.

Words by Taryn Ryder

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