Khloe Kardashian was revealed as the cover star of Complex’s August/September issue. A few weeks ago, we spent a few days with the youngest Kardashian sister in Los Angeles to speak on everything from her rise to fame, her divorce from Lamar Odom, to Caitlyn Jenner, loyalty to her family, and learning to feel herself. It's been a wild ride but the 31-year-old star is ready to step out into the spotlight on her own. Besides the full cover story, we've decided to run the full, uncut Q&A for more on her past relationship with French Montana, living with her brother Robert, and where she sees her life going from here. Be sure to buy Complex's Aug/Sep 2015 Issue now.

[Ed. Note: This interview took place before Caitlyn Jenner's transition was complete. The pronouns below reflect that.]

Was that the sexiest cover you’ve ever done?
I've been working out for like a year and a half straight but I'm someone who enjoys food. I like to still socialize, I'm not a big dieter, but I'm finally getting the body that I've been working out for. It's a slower process for me. I'm not trying to lose ten pounds in ten days. I'm sure I could, but it doesn't work that way. I've done crazy cleanses, I've done shit in the past but it never stayed. I'm really trying to train myself to know this is how my body has to be for the rest of my life. If I want to keep this up you have to be active. I don’t believe in a one-size fits all either, just because it’s my way it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. I did cut out dairy in January.

What's your like workout schedule like?
I have Gunnar Peterson who I love and adore. I went to SoulCycle this morning, and I went to Gunnar after too. I did that twice this week and I've never done that before. Now I feel exhausted. I like when you’re dripping. I'm not working out to still be cute. This is my sexiest shoot because I think I've never felt as comfortable in my own skin than as I have now, but I still said to Tracy and Kim, “I don't think I'm ready for this, this is too much pressure.”

How nervous were you?
So nervous. Kim was like, "Get the fuck over it, you're at the prime of your life,” but I don't know if I'm ever going to feel like, “Damnnnn you look good." Sitting there posing I was like, “This is hanging over, I don't know if I can sit in this outfit,” but looking at the photos later I was like, “They look good.” But I don't know if I'm going to be on a beach like that, I’m still going to be in a one-piece.

Over the years, a lot of fans watched you struggle with your insecurities on camera, too.
Even my producer who's there, who's been with me since season one, which was nine years ago, she said, "This is the best I've ever seen you look," and it feels so good to finally like get to a place that I never even thought I could be. When I was married or a few years ago, I never thought I was fat. I never thought I was huge. I was like, "I still look good, I'm just made to have curves or be a little bigger." I never looked at myself as the fat sister. Sometimes I would beat people to the punch and say, “Oh I'm the fat, funny one,” because that's what people would say about me. But I never really thought that. Looking back, I do believe I was unhealthy, but at the time I really thought that that was as skinny as I was going to get. You know, everyone's like, "You're big boned." I have childbearing hips. You're like, "No, you could still lose some weight."

The last year has been the most rewarding for you physically but you've had a lot of drama in your life, too.
I used to deal with stress in an unhealthy way. When we were younger and even through the O.J. Simpson trial and everything, we would just eat, but I think my parents also didn't know what to do so they would just give us McDonald's or crappy food. I think that kind of trained me to think that when something’s happening, you eat. When my dad died I gained a ton of weight, but I was drinking and going out and just being unhealthy, clouding my mind with other things. I remember eating crap food and people would think I was having pregnancy cravings. With my divorce and even during the end of my marriage before it even got publicly bad, how I decided to cope with things was to go on the treadmill for an hour. I don't know what prompted me to do that. It was a very different coping mechanism. I felt so clear and I had nowhere else to go. I couldn't be home, I have too many thoughts there. I needed a place where I was just alone. And even if there might be all these people around when you when you’re on the machine with your headphones in, you’re technically alone.