Kris and Bruce Jenner announce separation, plan to make next season’s plot

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After years of speculation and denial, Kris and Bruce Jenner have announced that they are separated. The couple has been married 22 years. We’ve heard that they’ve been living separately for months, Khloe confirmed it earlier this summer, and now Kris and Bruce are ready to make an official announcement. This is just in time for the final two episodes of their latest season. The couples’ split takes the cover of the upcoming US Weekly, which has been covering Khloe Kardashian’s marriage troubles for weeks.

I’m going to quote the Kardashian’s network, E!, because they have a longer statement about the couples’ split:

Kris and Bruce Jenner could laugh off rumors that they were having problems for only so long.

“It’s been coming for a while,” a source exclusively tells E! News regarding the Jenners’ announcement today that they had separated after 22 years of marriage.

“Kris is in a good place about it, she accepted it and is very focused on other aspects of her life. Obviously it is very sad for everyone, but it’s no surprise and everyone has had time to adapt to this new reality.”

The source adds: “Kris is doing just fine, she is a strong woman.

Little signs had been piling up lately to indicate that Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s mom and dad had possibly separated, such as Kris being photographed in recent weeks without her wedding ring—and today they confirmed exclusively to that they are “much happier” now that they are living apart.

“But we will always have much love and respect for each other,” they told us. “Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”

[From E! Online]

I don’t doubt that these two are legitimately separated and that they have a sexless marriage. That much seems obvious. I do doubt the timing of this announcement, particularly because they still seem like committed business partners. TMZ reports that Bruce was seen filming scenes for their show just yesterday, and that Kris and Bruce’s separation “will become a major plot line of season 9.” That’s next year, and as I mentioned there are just two episodes left this season. We’ve heard that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is struggling in the ratings. What better way to drum up interest than a split announcement?

Maybe Kris also has a personal reason for making this announcement. (And I do believe that going public with the split was Kris’s decision and Bruce just went along with it.) Maybe she’s trying to convince Khloe to divorce Lamar finally. Khloe tweeted a bunch of stuff yesterday about the mysteries of love. We’ve heard that Khloe is hanging on, that she doesn’t want to file for divorce because she’s afraid it will “push Lamar over the edge” with his addiction. I think that Khloe really loves Lamar and still hopes it will work out despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary. I do see Kris taking this step as some kind of encouragement and example to Khloe, but more than that it’s a publicity decision.

Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner

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