Khloe Kardashian Addresses Tristan Thompson’s “Traumatic” Scandal After He Calls Her His “Person”

After Tristan Thompson called Khloe Kardashian his “person,” the Kardashians star reflected on his “traumatic” cheating scandal.

By Kisha Forde Oct 05, 2023 4:00 AMTags
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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are looking back at a difficult point in their relationship.

The NBA star—who shares kids True, 5, and Tatum, 14 months, with the Good American mogul—recently reflected on the paternity scandal that became the tipping point that ended their years-long romance. (The Cleveland Cavaliers player welcomed son Theo, now 22 months, with Maralee Nichols in late 2021, which came amid him and Khloe preparing to welcome their second baby together via surrogate.)

Now, as Tristan explained, he's found himself in the midst of a personal journey in which he questions why he would "hurt" one of the people closest to him.

"I think going down this journey that I've been on right now, especially what happened to my mom, I always ask myself, 'Why do certain things to hurt certain people?'" Tristan tells Khloe during the Oct. 5 episode of The Kardashians. "I think the thing that always sticks to my mind, it's like, I know how much I care about you, I know how much I love you. You're my best friend. I meet my person—how come I've done so much wrong things to them? Why put you through that?"

Khloe Kardashian and Ex Tristan Thompson's Family Photos With True and Tatum

But for Khloe, this isn't the first time that Tristan has referred to her as his person, and it's a sentiment that she still struggles with hearing, especially when thinking back to the multiple cheating scandals he faced throughout their on-again, off-again relationship.

"I'm not saying I don't believe him but I've heard this and, of course, it's angered me before," she says in a confessional. "Because I'm like, 'Well, if I f--king am, then why would you have treated me this way? And how many times. This isn't like a one-time thing and here we are. I love love and I am a hopeless romantic but that's not going to change how I feel and what happened."

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However, despite their circumstances as a former couple, family always comes first for Khloe, especially considering Tristan, 32, and his brother Amari, 17, (who suffers from epilepsy) moved in with her temporarily shortly after their mom Andrea Thompson's passing.

"No matter what, we're not a family of, ‘eye for an eye,' especially in times of need," she tells Tristan, who is also dad to Prince, 6, with ex Jordan Craig. "That's when you rally together and I want to be good for the lifetimes after this. I want my karma just to always be great. And I'm not justifying anything you've done. I mean, obviously everything you did, it was f--ked up and I'm strong enough that it's not going to break me."

In fact, she explains that if Tristan does think that they're meant to be, then their split should have that much more of an impact.

"If what you say is true if you really thought I was your person or whatever you just said," Khloe tells him, "then that means you'll feel that much more affected by losing me and want to change, for yourself—not because there's a prize at the end of it. We're going to be in each other's lives for the rest of each other's lives because of our kids, so I'm not going to fight that and I'm going to make sure it's as nice as possible, for me."

For Khloe, it's all about focusing on the bigger picture.

"I mean, what happened between Tristan and I was not some small little incident, it was some massive situation that really was a very traumatic experience for me and my life, so I'm not going to forget it," the 39-year-old shared, "but I'm so proud that I'm able to be kind and mature. And show my children that Mommy and Daddy can co-exist and be co-parents."

Keep reading for more on the Kardashian-Jenner's love lives.

Kris Jenner

Why, yes, Kris Jenner and longtime love Corey Gamble are still doing amazing, sweetie. In 2014, the music industry insider approached the world's most famous momager at fashion designer Riccardo Tisci's 40th birthday bash in Ibiza and "I just tried saying, 'You're beautiful. I'd love to get to know you,'" he shared on the family's OG series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, "and it went from there."

Kourtney Kardashian

With all due respect for all the small things, Kourtney Kardashian's husband has made some pretty grand gestures throughout their yearlong marriage. Take her 44th birthday that saw her and Travis Barker take a trip up the California coast to Santa Barbara. The Blink-182 drummer, 47, marked the occasion by filling their room at the famed Kennedy Cottage with rose petals and gifting her with a $161,819 piece by artist Yoshitomo Nara

The Poosh founder has fully embraced her new life as the girl at the rock show. And in November 2023, she and Travis welcomed their first child together, son Rocky Thirteen Barker.

Kim Kardashian

As Kim Kardashian put it in a trailer of The Kardashians, "Things change really quickly." When season two wrapped, the SKIMS founder was still living it up with then-Saturday Night Live standout Pete Davidson.

She later got fans hoping she was getting back in the dating game with retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady

Alas, the mom to North West, Saint West, Chicago West and Psalm West—with ex-husband Kanye West—wasn't on the hunt for a new teammate. "They have friends and business partners in common, but [are] not dating," a source told E! News in May 2023. "Kim is very focused on her kids, her businesses, law school and preparing for American Horror Story."

She briefly dated Odell Beckham Jr. until news broke of their split in April 2024.

As a source told E!, Kim is "open to finding love again if she meets the right person." 

Khloe Kardashian

In a 2023 episode, Kris shoots her shot while chatting with Khloe Kardashian about Tristan Thompson, asking, "How's everything going with Tristan?" Safe to say the Good American founder has the L.A. Lakers power forward benched for now. Though the exes have worked out a game plan for raising daughter True and son Tatum, Khloe shot down the idea that they're back together in May 2023, calling the narrative "tiring."

She's more interested in starting a fresh story. After meeting Love Is Blind star Alexa Lemieux the following April, Khloe pitched a winning idea to Netflix, writing on Instagram, "I think some of us single K sisters should go on LIB. What do you think?"

Kendall Jenner

Months after Kendall Jenner's split with NBA guard Devin Booker in fall 2022 , the model's love life got an assist from friends Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber. The married duo were spotted enjoying a double date with the reality star, 27, and musician Bad Bunny, 29, in February 2023. The following December, it was reported that the two had called it quits.

Kylie Jenner

Seems Kylie Jenner has found herself a new beautiful boy. Last seen publicly with rapper Travis Scott—dad to her daughter Stormi, 5, and son Aire, 15 months—at an Art Basel party in December, the beauty mogul, 25, has been linked to Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet, 27, since April 2023. Now, rise and shine because you don't want to miss the glimpses they've given us of their romance at New York Fashion Week and the US Open, as well as live on TV, when they showed PDA while seated together at the 2024 Golden Globes.

New episodes of The Kardashians debut every Thursday on Hulu.

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