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Whether you like it or not, Kim Kardashian has redefined the boundaries of what constitutes a celebrity and easily ranks as one of the biggest of the present day.

So it’s not surprising as it is humbling (for the haters) to see on her on the cover of the newest Rolling Stone. And since this isn’t one of those glamour mags where they discuss six-figure lace gowns and other related silliness. She had to discuss the real.

Like Caitlyn Jenner.

Kim discovered her stepfather dressed in women’s clothing in the garage when she was 22 — 12 years before the former Bruce Jenner announced to the world, “Call me Caitlyn.”

“I was shaking,” Kardashian says. “I didn’t know if I’d just found out his deepest, darkest secret, and he was going to come after me.” Jenner called her on the phone a half hour later, and said, “One day, I’ll talk to you about this. Until then, don’t tell a soul.” Eight years later, he said, “Let’s have that talk.” Before Kim’s wedding to West, Kardashian talked to Kanye about it. “I wasn’t sure if Bruce was going to be comfortable walking me down the aisle,” she says. “He had just had his trachea shaved, so I knew something was going on.” She was afraid of what West might think, but West calmed her concerns. “[Kanye] obviously moves to his own drum,” she says. “He lives his life the way he wants, a really authentic life, and he was like, ‘If you can’t be authentic and you can’t live your life, what do you have?’ ”

Or her claim to fame.

Kim’s sex tape didn’t bring her closer to Hilton, who had a similar experience.

“I don’t think she was that happy,” Kardashian says. “We didn’t really talk about it. I probably would have thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, let me give her advice,’ but we had no communication. But our friendship had fizzled before that.”

Kardashian did find out who leaked the tape. And is over it now.

“We’re in major confidentiality, so I can’t talk about it,” Kardashian says of the culprit. Does she still think about the fact that a great deal of humanity has seen her in flagrante? “I don’t really think about it,” she says quietly. “I thought about it for a long time. But when I get over something, I get over it.”

The Kim Kardashian Rolling Stone story hits newsstands on Friday, July 3. Flip the next page to see the cover.

Photo: Will Alexander/, Rolling Stone/Terry Richardson

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