Kourney Kardashian turned 40 years old on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Sunday night.
But she nearly placed her milestone celebration on hold because her sister was just so very mean to her during a knockdown, drag-out verbal confrontation.
The drama started when Kourtney invited Kim over to help her pick out an outfit -- and her sibling wasn’t shy about voicing her dislike of nearly every option.
"This is so typical of Kim to hate on every single look that I have and tell me everything is ugly," Kourtney said, openly anxious about turning the big 4-0.
She added of the ex-sex tape star:
"She doesn’t have to be so hurtful, especially when I’m so overwhelmed. There’s all this pressure surrounding this birthday and it doesn’t help that Kim is acting this way.”
Did things calm down quickly at least?
No, quite the opposite.
Kim later discovered that Kourtney’s stylist reached out to multiple brands and designers with whom she has built longtime relationships.
During a FaceTime discussion to give her opinion on another dress Kourtney was considering for the shindig, she accused the mother of three of copying her style.
“Why do you keep on picking out all the same clothes?” Kim asked.
"I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve never dressed like you. I dress completely different than Kim,” Kourtney replied.
In a confessional, Kim explained that she works very hard to maintain close relationships with these aforementioned designers... and she doesn’t think Kourtney appreciates such commitment.
“I don’t think Kourtney understands the legwork behind this. I don’t think anybody understands. You have to really have a relationship with that designer. She has no idea how this works,” Kim told the camera.
The totally unscripted feud went on for days, as the loved ones exchanged verbal blows via text message.
“She’s like, ‘You’re the biggest, ungrateful bitch,’ ” Kourtney read from her phone while talking to a friend. “So I said, ‘God, you’re such a petty woman.’“
It actually got even uglier, too.
“You’re going to school to become a lawyer and help the world and these are the kinds of problems you have?” Kourtney continued before reading Kim’s reply.
“Then she’s like ‘You’re really a miserable human-being and you keep not understanding the issue because you all of the sudden turn into such a humanitarian and talk about the world’s issues which you’ve not contributed one ounce to the world.”
The words were harsh, of course, but the effect lessened (and the validity of this whole back-and-forth questioned) when we didn't actually see a fight.
We just saw Kourtney reading some insults Kim allegedly sent her off her phone.
Kourtney eventually broke down in tears, saying she no longer wanted to have a party due to this fight and her general stress about turning 40 years old.
“I really don’t take it personally, I know it’s not something that I’m doing,” she said. “It’s just hurtful. It’s not just that, I just feel overwhelmed with my birthday and everything.”
Continued a visibly shaken Kourtney:
“I just really don’t feel like myself right now and at this point I just don’t even feel like celebrating my birthday. I hate being the center of attention, I can’t stop crying, I don’t want to be around anyone.”
Khloe wasn't hearing of this, however.
She encouraged Kourtney to keep the gathering as planned and, mere days before the bash, Kim found a dress she thought would be perfect for her sister:
It was a a one-of-a-kind Donatello Versace dress.
What amazing, totally unscripted luck!
“Kourtney is really emotional these days and going through it. I’m still really upset with her and the stylist, but it’s not the time. I want her to look amazing,” Kim said.
This, hilariously, was all it took for the hatchet to be buried.
“This dress from Kim is sexy and chic,” Kourtney said. “I think it’s definitely her peace offering, and I’m willing to accept it.”
After the party went off without a hitch and everyone had a blast, Kourtney said she was glad she managed to put her uneasy feelings about turning 40 behind her.
“I am happy that we ended up having a party," she said to the camera, concluding:
"I feel so much love from all my family and friends.
"You know, my life might not be exactly where I pictured it would be, but it’s much more than I ever imagined.
"I realized there’s no need to get caught up in the pressure of feeling like you have to have it all figured it out.”