Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have had no qualms about French kissing in public, even on the most prestigious of red carpet like the Met Gala. On the latest episode of the Kardashian-Jenner family’s reality series The Kardashians, Kardashian explained the reasoning behind her and Barker touching tongues in front of the world—and paparazzi lens—so often. Turns out, there’s a perfectly sensible reason behind it, as she put it: She wants to kiss him, but also not ruin her makeup.
In a confessional, she said, per Entertainment Tonight, “I don’t want to get lipstick all over him and I don’t want to ruin my lipstick, but we also don’t want to not kiss, so we’ll kiss with our tongues.”
Kardashian spoke to ELLE.com in April about how she approaches PDA with Barker—and why she has no hesitation showing it.
“I think that Travis looks at life in a really special way. Like no one that I’ve known, to where like it’s as if nobody exists,” Kourtney said, adding that the kissing in public helps her live in the moment more. “I can get more shy, but like, it’s helped me so much to be present and pretend like no one else is there. And we’ll be like just in the room with people and they’ll say, my mom does it all the time, she’ll be like, ‘Can you guys just gimme a second? Like, can you just stop for one second and talk to me?’ But it’s a really cool thing. And it really helps me stay in the present and like focus on what’s important.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.