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What Happened to O.J. Simpson's Kids?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 2, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 2, 2016 |

If you were watching The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX tonight, you may have noticed a couple of shoehorned references to Kris Jenner and the Kardashian children, the daughters of the late Robert Kardashian. Robert Kardashian, of course, was a major player in the O.J. Simpson trial as Simpson’s confidante and lawyer. Kris Jenner was more of a minor figure (a close friend of Nicole Simpson’s), while the Kardashian daughters really had nothing to do with it, but that won’t stop Ryan Murphy from squeezing in a few shots of Kim and Khloe (they’re in four episodes, actually).

More crucial to the real-life events, however, are the children of OJ and Nicole Simpson, Sydney and Justin Simpson, who were five and eight at the time that their mother was tragically murdered. Knowing what became of the Kardashian daughters, I was naturally curious about Sydney and Justin — who are depicted in two or three episodes — and wondered how the children of one of the most famous people alive in the 90s managed to escape the limelight.

I don’t know how they did it, but they did. Whomever it was that raised them seemed to have done a bang-up job of it. The two managed relatively normal childhoods and largely avoided being photographed out in public (aside from a shitty paparazzi photo of them at a funeral last year).

They are clearly private people and prefer to keep it that way. They both graduated from college and both work in the restaurant industry in the Southeast. That’s all that needs to be said about their lives. If they wanted to say more, there’s no shortage of media outlets willing to listen to them. The fact that they have not suggests that they have no desire to be public figures. Here’s hoping they’re able to continue to lead quiet, relatively normal lives in light of the FX series.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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