When Keeping Up With the Kardashians first launched in 2007, there was just one sister’s romantic relationship that dominated the show.
Kourtney Kardashian had begun dating Scott Disick a year earlier, and at the time fans had no idea that their rocky on-again, off-again romance was about to dominate the next decade of the show.
Together, Kourtney and Scott welcomed three children, and as an original cast member of Keeping Up, he is the only person outside of the family to be a consistently prominent star of the series.
He has been a permanent fixture in the KarJenners' lives throughout the highs and the lows, and Scott has been vocal about how he views them as his only family after both of his parents died.
But despite Scott being so established within Kourtney’s inner circle, their relationship was incredibly tumultuous and blighted by Scott’s drug and alcohol use, as well as him cheating on her.
After almost 10 years, Kourtney ended things for good in 2015 after she gave him one last chance to improve his behavior, to no avail.
Following the split, the pair remained amicable and were able to establish a healthy co-parenting relationship for their children. Kourtney’s family also continued to embrace Scott as one of their own, and he remained on their reality show.
However, tensions began to bubble after Kourtney went public with her new partner, Travis Barker, at the beginning of 2021. The pair had been good friends for several years, and later confirmed that they started dating in October 2020.
Although it had been five years since they’d broken up, Scott took the news incredibly hard having previously shared his hope of rekindling things with Kourtney. In fact, he’d even told her that they would “eventually get married and live a good life.”
In August, Scott came under fire when he was exposed for sending shady DMs to Kourtney’s ex, Younes Bendjima, about her and Travis’s excessive PDA.
Younes had shared screenshots of the messages to his Instagram story, and it was recently revealed that Scott sent Kourtney a groveling apology after the leak.
Two months after the DMs scandal, on their one-year anniversary, Travis proposed to Kourtney in a romantic beach display. It was reported at the time that Scott was “beside himself” and “about to go off the deep end” following the news.
And now the behind-the-scenes aftermath of the proposal has been revealed in Kourtney and company's new Hulu reality series, The Kardashians.
This week’s episode centered on the engagement and was — of course — packed full of drama.
In fact, Kourtney was seen fighting back tears after her daughter, Penelope, sobbed on the phone when she learned about the proposal. Kourtney also went on to criticize her mom Kris Jenner’s decision to not include her children at the surprise celebration party.
Unbeknownst to Kourtney, her entire family and Travis’s children were waiting for them in their Santa Barbara hotel suite after she said “yes.”
Kris told Kourtney’s sisters, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, that she thought Kourtney’s children were too young to attend as it was on a Sunday evening. Penelope had also been unwell, and Kris believed it would have been hard to explain to Scott why he couldn’t have the kids that day.
During their meal in the suite, Kourtney excused herself so that she could call her children and was clearly affected by their absence, not to mention Penelope’s response.
Kim followed Kourtney and was trying to comfort her when the rest of their sisters joined them, and Kendall Jenner’s behavior in the emotional scene has sparked fierce backlash online.
While Kourtney tried to get hold of her oldest child, Mason, Kendall asked Khloé what Scott had said to her about the engagement after she revealed that he’d already heard about it.
Whispering as they sat just inches away from Kourtney, Khloé relayed to Kendall that Scott had said, "You guys are gonna kick me out now. I’m not involved in the family." Khloé also said that Scott had asked why his kids weren't there and he was told that it was because "they were too young."
Kendall then turned to Kourtney and asked: “I haven’t spoken to you about, like, do you have sympathy for Scott? Do you have sympathy for the position that he’s in at all?”
After Kourtney said that she did, Kendall snapped: “Because it doesn’t feel like you do, just as an outsider.”
Kim then pointed out: “He’s also had five, six years to get over this.” But Kendall argued: “Of course, but it’s always going to sting.”
Kim went on to defend her older sister as she told the rest of the group: “Guys, are we so fucking crazy that we are talking about it [now]? Can we talk about this tomorrow and let them enjoy their night out there?”
Speaking in a confessional, Kourtney said of the situation: “I’m sensitive to [Scott] and his feelings and I communicate with him about the kids and I make sure that he’s good, but beyond that I just got engaged and I want to be happy and be in the moment, and I just don’t think that this moment is about Scott.”
And this was a sentiment that the majority of viewers agreed with, with many fans taking to social media to criticize Kendall’s “attitude” toward her sister on such a special night.
Writing on a Reddit forum, one person said: “This was so wrong of Kendall. Kourtney was with Scott for almost ten years, and he was the one who destroyed their relationship. He cries and wails over Kourtney but doesn't give up drugs/alcohol to get her back. Kourtney and Scott agreed that they would get back together if he cleaned up his lifestyle, and he still refused. So after 15 or so years, [Kourtney] moved on. Scott will always be family, but he is the one who ruined that relationship.”
“Kendall stfu, Scott treated Kourtney horribly and you’re guilt tripping her on one of the happiest days of her life. Shame on you!” someone else tweeted. Another added: “Maybe Kendall’s not on the show very much because she’s a bad sister lmao. Kourtney got engaged 5 seconds ago.”
“Kendall being more concerned about Scott rather than Kourtney is a problem,” another person tweeted. One more said: “Wtf? Kourtney goes above and beyond to make sure that Scott's okay but wtf? How dare Kendall do this to her sister on the day she gets engaged? That's really messed up.”
“Why Kendall prioritizing Scott, a man who cheated and hurt Kourtney, feelings over her own sisters?” someone else asked.
Others heaped praise on Kim for supporting Kourtney, with one person writing: “Khloe and Kendall were just being disrespectful sitting there and talking about Scott during what should have been a happy night for Kourt. This was right after Kourt saw P crying as well. Kim’s the only one who spoke up for Kourt and considered her feelings in that moment. Kim looked genuinely pissed.”
“Sorry but Kendall is not a good sister, like how are you gonna bring up my baby daddy (who i broke up with 5 yrs ago, and who was a terrible partner to me for 7yrs) minutes after I got engaged. thank god Kim jumped in, n shut the convo down for Kourtney,” someone echoed.
Meanwhile, Scott’s raw reaction to the news was also caught on camera when Khloé visited him to make sure that he was OK. Scott began by stating that he will “always love” Kourtney, and admitted that if she had gotten engaged at “another time” of his life then “life would’ve been over” for him.
However, he then expressed his “relief” that “somebody else is taking care of her,” and described Kourtney as being “a lot of work” to put up with.
He said to Khloé: “I kind of in a selfish way feel like a lot has been kinda lifted off of me. I think in the end it’s kind of a good thing. I couldn’t do the job of being with her. So I salute Travis. Like, he’s in for a lot of work, Kourtney is not the simplest when it comes to… Everything.”
But Khloé saw right through his comments and called him out in a confessional where she explained: “This is just him being snarky. He’s acting out. I’m not gonna be combative and push back… I get what he’s doing.” She then added: "If Kourtney was such a problem, then why would he wanna be with her for so many years?”
While Scott is visibly struggling with Kourtney moving on, Kourtney is noticeably happier than ever in her new relationship and fans have expressed their joy at seeing such a huge, positive shift in her in recent months.
One person summarized: “How Kourtney has been acting with Travis is so unlike anything I've ever seen from her. It's almost uncomfortable looking back at old scenes because she was clearly very angry and bitter because of Scott. Now she's happy, fun, and smiling. That's an upgrade.”
And we can only hope that Scott is able to find his own happily ever after soon.