Of all the members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kendall Jenner is probably the one who keeps her love life the most private. She doesn’t post photos of herself with whoever she’s dating, she doesn’t talk about potential baes in interviews, and she manages to keep that part of her life out of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Maybe this is one of the reasons the internet keeps spreading rumors that Jenner is gay (yes, really). After ignoring them for a long time, Jenner cleared up some of the rumors about her sexuality — and unfortunately, her comments are kind of cringe-worthy.
Kendall Jenner is on the cover of Vogue’s April issue, and she was surprisingly more candid than usual in the interview. Although the model and reality star didn’t confirm she’s dating Detroit Pistons player Blake Griffin, she did talk about her sexuality. Her comments came off as slightly uninformed and not very conscious, and honestly, we don’t know what to think.
The conversation started off in a side eye-inducing way, with this remark from the author: “Kendall Jenner — a tomboy who collects vintage cars, prefers sneaks and jeans and a hoodie, and rolls with a squad of mostly guys — is not gay.” So…if you like stereotypically masculine things, that means you’re gay? Yikes. We thought we were past this kind of thinking.
Of course, those weren’t Jenner’s words, but hers weren’t too much better. When asked why the internet thinks she’s gay, Jenner said,
Okay, her comment about the rumors is fine, but is she saying that showing you care about someone is a huge turn-off? Uh.
But Jenner’s comments get even more unfortunate.
There’s a lot to unpack there. It’s clear that Jenner is feeling a little uncomfortable answering the question — it seems like she’s walking on eggshells, trying not to offend anyone by insisting she’s super open, but then also insisting she’s super heterosexual.
We get that she might be uncomfortable when talking about her sexuality and how people perceive her, but something about her comments feels off. And again with the male energy thing: Her phrasing links sexuality to stereotypical gender traits in a problematic way. As for that transgender comment? Last time we checked, being transgender is about a lot more than having a “male energy,” which Kendall should know.
The conversation came across as messy and awkward, and it just seems there were better ways to handle the question. Twitter users agreed:
Come on, Kendall — you can do better than this.