Khloe Kardashian Shares Why She Doesn’t “Badmouth” Ex Tristan Thompson

Khloe Kardashian explained how she goes about co-parenting kids True and Tatum with ex Tristan Thompson and why it’s important to stay on good terms.

By Brahmjot Kaur Jan 12, 2024 9:14 PMTags
Watch: Why Khloe Kardashian Doesn’t “Badmouth” Her Ex Tristan Thompson

Khloe Kardashian is taking the high road.

Since the Good American founder and Tristan Thompson broke up for good in early 2022 amid his multiple cheating scandals, the former couple have worked to establish a co-parenting relationship for their two kids. And the 39-year-old isn't holding back when it comes to sharing how difficult that journey has been.

"With me and Tristan, would it be really easy to never talk to him again and to just badmouth him or whatever?" Khloe told tmrw in an interview published Jan. 11, per People, "Of course. But it's way harder to be nice."

"It's way harder when you're really mad at someone," she continued, "it's really hard to sit in their face in front of your kids and be like, ‘Hi!'"

Even though Khloe—who shares daughter True, 5, and son Tatum, 16 months, with the basketball player—believes it's the best approach, it still sometimes feels like an uphill battle.

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"I had to learn to take control of my feelings," she admitted. "There were so many times that my feelings got control of me and I was impulsive and I tweeted something or posted something and things that you regret. But in my opinion, I'll never regret being a nice person."

While it can be difficult to hold back as she navigates her co-parenting relationship with Tristan—who is also dad to Prince, 6, with ex Jordan Craig and shares son Theo, 2, with Maralee Nichols—at the end of the day it all comes down to what's best for True and Tatum.

"I want my kids to have beautiful relationships with their dad," the Kardashians star explained. "And if we're blessed enough to have a dad that wants to be there and wants to show up and be hands-on, why would I prevent that from happening?"

And despite their difficult dynamic, family always comes first for Khloe. In fact, she allowed Tristan and his brother Amari, 17—who the NBA player took guardianship of after the death of their mom Andrea Thompson—to temporarily move in with her after his house was damaged in a storm.

"No matter what, we're not a family of, ‘eye for an eye,' especially in times of need," she told Tristan. "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," she continued. "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."

Keep reading to see more moments of Khloe and Tristan's family.

Selfie With Mom

Khloe Kardashian shared this pic of herself with daughter True Thompson and son Tatum Thompson in August 2023.

"Tristan Jr" & "Rob Jr"

"I just can't handle it!!!!! You with Tristan Jr & Rob Jr," Kim Kardashian commented, to which Khloe responded, "@kimkardashian facts!!! Lol"

Father-Son Moment

Dad Tristan Thompson shared his first photos of Tatum for the little one's first birthday in July 2023.

Purr-fect Pals

Tatum bonded with the family cat, Grey Kitty, in this sweet video Khloe shared on Instagram in January 2024.

Christmas Spirit

Khloe shared a look at her kids in matching holiday PJs in December 2023, writing, "The MOST magical time of year!!! We are in the Christmas spirit in our Christmas pajamas and our Christmas dance moves."

Birthday Love

Khloe wished Tristan a happy 33rd birthday in March 2023, sharing this photo of the NBA star with their two kids on Instagram Story.

Sibling Hugs

True hugged her brother on the trampoline.

Family Forever

Tristan's oldest child Prince, who he shares with ex Jordan Craig, spent some time with True and the baby.

Sibling Love

Khloe and Tristan's daughter True carried her little brother in her arms.

Sweet Kicks

Khloe snapped a photo of her son's adorable sneakers.

Mini Milestone

Khloe shared a video of Tatum crawling in July 2023 ahead of his first birthday.

Happy 4th!

Khloe's baby boy Tatum was in full summer mode for the Fourth of July 2023.

Welcome to the World

Khloe and Tristan's baby boy made his TV debut on the season two premiere of The Kardashians.

Mother-Son Moment

Khloe cuddled her baby boy—rocking a blue hooded onesie—during The Kardashians season three finale.

Doting Mom

Khloe brushed Tatum's hair during a sweet moment on The Kardashians alongside Tristan.


According to grandma Kris Jenner, Tatum looks just like uncle Rob Kardashian.

Meeting Grandma

On the show, the baby boy also spent some quality time with Kris, who prefers to be called "Lovey" by her grandchildren.

Baby Boy

He made a brief appearance on a July 2023 episode of The Kardashians.


True shared a laugh with her parents on the trampoline.

Like Father, Like Son

The basketball player snuggled with his son.

Little Rider

True joined Khloe and Tristan on a car ride.

All Smiles

Tristan flashed a smile as he held True and the newborn in his arms.

Girl Dad

Khloe and Tristan celebrated Thanksgiving 2018 with their daughter True.

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