Rob Kardashian opens about his 'dark days,' says the moment he met Blac Chyna, he 'wanted to be more than friends'

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Rob Kardashian Credits Blac Chyna With Getting Him Through 'My Darkest Times'

Rob Kardashian is opening up about his relationship with Blac Chyna in his most in-depth interview in years.

The 29-year-old reality star gushes about his pregnant fiancee, and admits he was going through his "darkest times" before finding love again. Rob had sparked concerns among fans prior to his return to the spotlight, when he chose not to appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and skipped out on family events -- like sister Kim Kardashian's May 2014 wedding to Kanye West -- after gaining a noticeable amount of weight. His famous family also openly discussed what they described as his "depression."

"She got me through my darkest times," Rob now tells People about 28-year-old Chyna. "I wasn't happy in my own skin. I missed out on so many things."

WATCH: Blac Chyna Says Her Child With Rob Kardashian Won't Have a 'K' Name, Calls Ex Tyga 'Kinda Cheap'

Although Rob's romance with Chyna came as a shock to fans -- especially given her ties to the Kardashian family, specifically, that she's the mother of Tyga's 3-year-old son King Cairo, and the rapper's now dating Rob's younger sister, Kylie Jenner -- Rob says he's actually had feelings for her for a while now.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen at LAX on April 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Kim Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, and Blac Chyna are seen on April 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Kim Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, and Blac Chyna are seen on April 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, Ca on March 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna is seen at LAX on March 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
ROB & CHYNA -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Television personality Rob Kardashian (L) and model Blac Chyna attend the Sky Beach Club at the Tropicana Las Vegas on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Model Blac Chyna (L) and television personality Rob Kardashian attend the Sky Beach Club at the Tropicana Las Vegas on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Television personality Rob Kardashian (L) and model Blac Chyna attend the Sky Beach Club at the Tropicana Las Vegas on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian attend Blac Chyna's birthday celebration and unveiling of her 'Chymoji' Emoji Collection at Hard Rock Cafe on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian attend Blac Chyna's birthday celebration and unveiling of her 'Chymoji' Emoji Collection at Hard Rock Cafe on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna arrive at her Blac Chyna Birthday Celebration And Unveiling Of Her 'Chymoji' Emoji Collection at the Hard Rock Cafe on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Blac Chyna (L) and Rob Kardashian arrive for her Blac Chyna's birthday celebration and unveiling of her 'Chymoji' Emoji Collection at Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood, CA on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna arrive at her Blac Chyna Birthday Celebration And Unveiling Of Her 'Chymoji' Emoji Collection at the Hard Rock Cafe on May 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
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"I've been friends with Chyna for a long time," he shares. "From the moment we met, I knew I wanted to be more than friends. She was someone I reached out to for advice. She would cook for me and we'd just talk. She's surrounded me with a lot of positivity."

Most importantly, she also gives him confidence.

"Chyna definitely motivates me," Rob acknowledges. "Being with her got me over the insecurity of being out in public."

"We just want to live our lives the way we want to," he adds. "There were definitely dark days for me, and I'm still not fully happy looking at myself in the mirror. But I'm working towards that. And I'm happy."

As for Chyna, she says she loves Rob just the way he is.

"I saw Rob was willing to better himself," the model, who's been cooking healthy meals for him and motivating him to exercise, tells the mag. "I had never wanted to be tough. I never wanted to change him."

The Kardashian family has definitely given Chyna credit for getting their once reclusive brother out of his shell. In a May episode of KUWTK, Kim praises Chyna for Rob's turnaround.

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Rob Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Rob Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian (Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)
Rob Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Khloe Kardashian Odom, left, and her brother Rob Kardashian watch the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Hornets in Dallas on Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. Dallas won 96-81.(AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)
Rob Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
ORANGE, CA - JUNE 07: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian make a personal appearance for 'Unbreakable Bond' at Perfumania on June 7, 2012 in Orange, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian and Rob Kardashian attend the grand opening of RYU on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian and Rob Kardashian attend the grand opening of RYU on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom and Rob Kardashian are seen on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Khloe Kardashian (R) and Rob Kardashian visit Extra at The Grove on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Khloe Kardashian (R) and Rob Kardashian visit Extra at The Grove on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Khloe Kardashian (R) and Rob Kardashian visit Extra at The Grove on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather, Khloe Kardashian and Rob Kardashian pose at Jet at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on March 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 18: (L-R) Television personality Khloe Kardashian, Amercian boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Rob Kardashian arrive to celebrate Rob's 24th birthday at the Jet Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on March 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Rob Kardashian, Kim Dsrdashian and Khloe Kardashian as NEW VEGAS Celebrates Kim Kardashian's 30th Birthday At TAO At The Venetian on October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Khloe Kardashian Odom, Rob Kardashian and Lamar Odom celebrate at the 2011 BBVA NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Rob Kardashian is seen on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 25: Rob Kardashian during his new Arthur George by Rob Kardashian sock collection unveiling at Neiman Marcus on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 25: Rob Kardashian and Kris Jenner during the new Arthur George by Rob Kardashian sock collection unveiling at Neiman Marcus on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 25: Rob Kardashian poses for photos with fans during his new Arthur George by Rob Kardashian sock collection unveiling at Neiman Marcus on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Rob Kardashian and Kris Jenner arrive at Rob Kardashian's 26th birthday celebration at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 10: Rob Kardashian presents his Arthur George Socks Collection at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour at Neiman Marcus on December 10, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 16: Rob Kardashian and Kris Jenner during Rob Kardashian's Arthur George Street sock line launch at Kardashian Khaos at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on March 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Rob Kardashian (R) celebrates his 26th birthday with his mom Kris Jenner (R) at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 10: Rob Kardashian presents his Arthur George Socks Collection at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour at Neiman Marcus on December 10, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: Brody Jenner (L) and Rob Kardashian host The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday September 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 19: Kris Jenner and Rob Kardashian are seen strolling on September 19, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - OCTOBER 27: Rob Kardashian showcases designs by Human on the runway on day five of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on October 27, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Rob Kardashian is seen at LAX on March 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen at LAX on March 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are seen at LAX on March 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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"She gave him confidence, more power to her," Kim notes. "Even if there's been some drama. If this is what it takes, then I don't care who he's dating. I'm so happy that he's just feeling better about himself."

However, in a new KUWTK clip from this Sunday's episode, Khloe Kardashian -- the sister who's the closest to Rob -- worries that her brother will "go into hiding again" after he and Chyna got into an argument.

"I know when my brother hurts how badly he does hurt," Khloe says. "The more they're fighting and the longer things are bothering him, the more depressed he gets. He'll go into hiding again, go missing. I don't want Rob to live that life anymore."

WATCH: First Look at Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's Reality Show -- And Their Big Argument

But earlier this month, a source close to Rob told ET that he was "just going through one of his mood swings, which is common for him," when he deleted all of his Instagram pics with Chyna from his account, but was still committed to filming the couple's new reality show, Rob & Chyna.

"He goes through his dark periods," the source added. "He gets depressed and doesn't want to really do anything, doesn't leave the house. It got better for a bit when he first started dating Chyna, but he's in a rut now. He'll snap out of it."

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