“I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys,” Jenner, 20, tweeted Sunday. “My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how.”
She followed the announcement with the release of a video, “To Our Daughter.”
The Kardashian-Jenner family has become a pop culture powerhouse precisely because of the unfettered access they allow the public. Members of the family have documented some of the most intimate, and uncomfortable, moments of their lives for their reality TV show and through social media.
In September, tabloids wrote that the pregnancy for Jenner and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, was a “happy” surprise. But neither Jenner nor her family ever publicly confirmed the news, and she’s mostly remained out of the spotlight ever since.
“There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned,” she wrote in a statement. “I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.”
She added: “I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could.”
The birth of her daughter seems to have ended the push for total privacy. After announcing the news, Jenner’s official YouTube page posted the 11-minute video that documented the entire pregnancy, including footage of her visiting the doctor with Scott, listening to the baby’s heart beat and even audio of the moment she gave birth.
The video also shows Jenner holding Kim Kardashian’s newest baby, Chicago; Christmas and birthday parties; and her indulging in fast-food cravings. Several of her friends also talked about the moment they found out she was pregnant, and described Jenner as wanting to become a mother for some time.
“Your mother and I were living our lives, having fun,” Jenner’s close friend, Jordyn Woods, says on camera. “She met your father and they just hit it off. Chemistry.”
Woods continued: “One day I was in your mom’s bathroom with her, and she took a little test. . . . Then she passed it to me after, like, ‘surprise!’ ”
In announcing the news, Jenner wrote that “pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it.”
The announcement and pregnancy footage ends the cycles of disappointment among fans who had expected a big reveal at several moments in the past six months.
Jenner had been conspicuously missing from the annual Kardashian-Jenner Christmas card. People poured over a recent Calvin Klein ad campaign and a magazine photo shoot looking for clues.
After the reveal, Jenner’s family ended their coy answers to people inquiring about the possible baby-to-be.
“God is SO good!! I am so excited and thrilled to welcome another precious baby girl to our beautiful, ever growing family,” Kris Jenner tweeted. “We are blessed beyond belief.”
“Cute mommy,” Khloe Kardashian tweeted, along with a link to the YouTube video that also includes footage of her and her sister showing off their baby bumps.
After rumours in September that Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend, NBA player Tristan Thompson, were expecting, the pair confirmed the pregnancy in December on social media. Weeks later, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” showed viewers the moment Khloe told her family.
It’s unclear how the reality TV show will treat Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy now that the baby is here.