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Cherie Burbach

When Your Best Pal Is a Celebrity

By May 3, 2011

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I'll admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching the various shows about the Kardashians. There is the main show, the one with Khloe and Kourtney, the one with Kim and Kourtney... and on and on! (About.com's Reality TV Guide has a great cheat sheet for you if you're having trouble keeping them all straight.)

Khloe Kardashian and Best Friend Malika Haqq

In an upcoming episode of the show with Khloe and her husband Lamar Odom, Khloe will have to patch things up with her best friend, Malika Haqq. Malika is also Khloe's personal assistant, which complicates the whole situation. Hollywood News.com says that "Malika reportedly tells Khloe that she is feeling overshadowed by her fame and when everything is about her, something Khloe will now have to figure out how to handle."

On the surface it seems like there are two separate issues here. One is that Khloe is a celebrity, and that has to be difficult when you are the best friend of that person. Celebs seem to have an easier time keeping their friendship strong when they are both famous, but then I look to someone like Oprah and Gayle King, and they have managed to be best buds for decades when clearly Oprah is more famous. Also, Gayle does work for Oprah on her magazine and does special spots on the show, and that can be a good thing or a nightmare for a set of friends.

Which brings me to my second point, that Malika works for Khloe. When you oversee your friend at work it can be a difficult situation. Since Malika is a personal assistant, I think it's even more difficult than if she were one of many other employees. Obviously the two are talking it out, which means they have a much better chance of keeping their friendship strong despite these setbacks.

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