For better or for worse, the media is largely responsible for breaking some of the biggest news of our day. The paparazzi follow celebrities around, snapping photos of them when they have no idea that they are being watched. With famous couples, news about their relationship comes less from themselves or their publicists, and more from the media updating the public with photos and stories.
The rocky relationship of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson is no different. The paparazzi have been calling Tristan out on his alleged cheating for months now, while both his and Khloe’s reps have remained radio silent. There have been rumors swirling about the state of their partnership, where they each are living, and the priorities that they have set. The only thing that's clear is that despite their Instagram perfect pictures together, the details of their relationship don't paint a very pretty picture.
When one looks at the history of this relationship, from conception to present, it is easy to see the writing on the wall. There have been hints for months that there might be trouble in paradise, though we have heard little of this first hand from the usually forthcoming Kardashian clan. We have this information largely because of the media—and the stories that have come to light.
16 Tristan Was Pictured With Another Woman In Manhattan
On April 11th, 2018, news broke of the first cheating scandal involving Khloe and Tristan. According to Seventeen Magazine, videos surfaced of Tristan was allegedly caught kissing a woman in Manhattan, at a rooftop bar called PH-D. Tristan was seen leaving the bar and entering his hotel with an unknown woman.
Seventeen reported that the woman from the bar, and possibly the hotel, is model Lani Blair. There is no report from her or her rep, and her account went private shortly after.
After the media broke the story, there has been little communication from camp Kardashian. It is unknown whether they are protecting Khloe and the baby from scandal or just trying to enjoy some private time as a family. But it's only a matter of time before someone is going to talk.
15 Tristan Was Also Spotted At A Club In DC
According to Seventeen Magazine, surveillance from October of 2017 revealed that kissing model Lani Blaire in New York may not have been his first dalliance. The video shows him getting intimate with not just one but TWO women outside of a club in D.C.
Again, the Kardashian clan has remained silent on the allegations.
Friends of the couple, however, have not been quite as quiet. Khadijah Haqq McCray, who is the twin sister of Khloe’s best friend Malika Haqq, posted an image on Instagram the same day that the media broke the story about Tristan's unfaithfulness. The image read, "The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother,” followed by a first bump emoji as a caption.
Followers quickly picked up on the nuance and the words “shots fired!” were written repeatedly.
14 He Left Another Pregnant Woman For Khloe
Remember how I told you that there were hints from the very beginning that may have set the stage for how things played out? This is one of them.
Tristan allegedly left his last girlfriend, Jordan Craig, for Khloe. Craig was pregnant at the time.
Camp Kardashian has denied these rumors, but news media sources, such as Mirror.co.uk reported that Tristan and Khloe met at the wedding of Kevin and Eniko Hart, in August of 2016, which Tristan attended with then-girlfriend, Jordan.
Rumors of Khloe and Tristan dating started popping up just a few weeks later.
We will probably never know if Tristan's eyes and hands were wanders while still with Jordan Craig but the timing of his breakup, coupled with the photos of him allegedly being doing things behind Khloe's back, don’t paint a pretty picture. If anything it seems like a pattern…
13 Khloe Still Texts Lamar Odom
Khloe has never been shy about her love for Lamar Odom, even after their divorce. When he was found in a brother, suffering from an overdose, Khloe flew in to be by his side. Clearly, the two of them still have a deep friendship, if not something more.
InTouch Magazine broke the news that the exes are still texting each other. Lamar told the publication, “I just texted her yesterday. I don’t think she hates me even though she has every reason to.” To be fair, this was in August, right before Khloe and Tristan were officially together. It is possible that she has cut off all contact with Lamar, but I am willing to bet that she has not. Khloe seems to be very loyal—sometimes to a fault."
12 Fans Call It 'The Kardashian Curse'
I know this sounds ridiculous but bear with me—there is a fan theory going around that there something called the Kardashian Curse. This curse affects the men that are with a Kardashian woman—causing them harm or even death.
Insert dramatic music here.
But think about it: Robert Kardashian, ex-husband of Kris Jenner and father to Khloe, Kim, and Kourtney—died. Lamar Odom overdosed and almost died. Kris Humphries has been MIA since marrying Kim and his career and public image has suffered greatly. Kanye West had a mental breakdown. It ain’t looking so good for Tristan.
Fans are now worried that the curse is what is affecting Tristan’s basketball game, as of late. One zealous fan told In Touch Weekly, “This is no coincidence. This is the Kardashian Curse in play. And it needs to end now.”
11 They Were Together For The Delivery Of Baby True
Although Khloe and Tristan do seem to live somewhat separate lives, they were allegedly together for the birth of their daughter, True. TMZ reported that he was present for the delivery, but it is unknown where he went afterwards—and whether he will go home with Khloe and the baby or elsewhere.
TMZ also reported that Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, and Malika Haqq were all in attendance, as well.
It can’t be easy to go through a scandal such as this one, but one can only imagine it to be worse when you are pregnant. I have to take a time out here to say that Khloe Kardashian has big kahunas letting Tristan come anywhere near her and the baby.
Clearly, she has got this mother thing down pat already and is putting the baby first.
10 They Both Wanted Big Families
On the last episode of season 13 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe spoke candidly about her and Tristan's desire to have lots of children and to create a big family. US Magazine reports that Khloe said,
“He wants to have, like, five or six kids with me, and that’s lovely. We could start at one and then grow from there. But now, knowing I’m on birth control, it’s really scary. It’s like a really big step.”
It will be interesting to see if this couple’s dreams of multiple children will ever become a reality, or if this the start of the end of their relationship. Khloe will probably have some difficult choices to make in the near future, for both her and newborn baby. At least she has her family to support her.
9 They Were First Linked Together In 2016
It may seem to some of us like this relationship between Khloe and Tristan is fairly new, but remember that the media started reporting on them dating back in 2016. Doesn’t it seem like yesterday like Khloe was with Lamar Odom?
Khloe, 33, and Tristan, 26, have actually been together for a while now. According to Seventeen Magazine, pics emerged of them in August of 2016, followed by their first public appearance together a month later.
Not long after, Khloe became pregnant and announced via Instagram. She said, “My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing. I simply had to trust in Him and be patient. I still at times can't believe that our love created life!”
8 They Got Serious Real Quick
Anyone who has been in relationship will tell you that things can move at all kinds of different speeds. Sometimes couples date for ten years before moving in, getting married, and having children. Others fall madly in love and take the next step fast. Celebrities, especially, seem to go for option number two.
According to US Magazine, Khloe and Tristan were spotted by paparazzi vacationing together in Mexico. There are photos of them on jet skis, cruising around the ocean like they own it (and to be fair, they may as well).
It is a big step for a couple to go away together—and proof that these two moved very quickly. For better or for worse, so is the course of this relationship. One can only wonder if it will fall apart just as fast.
7 Their First Official Debut Was With Flo Rida
In Disney movies a couples’ big debut is usually at some place like a ball. Think Cinderella and her fella. The same usually goes for celebrity couples-- there is a big reveal when the celebs make it official. News outlets break the story, and the internet gossip gets turned up to an 11.
And so it was for Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson. According to CNN, rapper Flo Rida had big party and the duo was spotted canoodling during the festivities. It took approximately 30 seconds for everyone to put two and two together and realize that they were a bonafide couple. It was an easy way for the couple to let the cat out of the bag all at once—and news outlet jumped at the chance.
Days later they were also spotted at a Drake concert.
6 They Don't Live Together
While Khloe did sort of move to Cleaveland, Seventeen Magazine has suggested that the couple doesn’t really live together.
For one, Khloe still has her house in California which holds a lot of her stuff. Furthermore, no one in her family seemed to think that is was a permanent arrangement.
Even Kim Kardashian West only refers to the move as temporary telling People, “It was like, a big realization. Khloé lives in Cleveland practically, and she’s not rushing to come home anytime soon. We really do miss [her], and just knowing that so much of her life is here in Cleveland is hard to accept. I’m definitely sad that Khloé is gone, but she and Tristan are really cute together. She’s got a good crew over there. She’s got a good support system.”
5 He Will Likely Choose Career Over Family
Let me be the first to say that juggling a career and a family can be really tough. You are sometimes forced to make hard decisions about your priorities. Clearly this applies to Tristan Thompson, who plays for the Cavaliers, as well. The media broke the news of his potential conflict.
Hollywood Life reported, “Tristan intends to be in the room when Khloe has their baby, but only one thing will keep him away and that would be a game. He has been injured, but if he is healthy and has a game his NBA commitments will take over and then he will head to the hospital afterward. The Cavs are on a playoff push and he intends to be there to help win a championship before witnessing his child’s birth.”
4 Tristan Rarely Acknowledges His First Born
You have made it this far down the list and have heard very little about Tristan’s first born—a son named Prince with his ex Jordan Craig. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the focus is clearly on his baby, True, with Khloe Kardashian.
On an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashian Khloe revealed that Tristan was gunning for their baby to be a boy. She told E! Online,
“When you find out it’s the complete opposite, it’s just a shock. I just was convinced that I was having a boy, so to be having a girl, it’s just like, ‘ok, that wasn’t what I thought was going on.’”
Social media was quick to point out that Tristan already had a son—something that has rarely been brought up on KUWTK.
3 He Is Exactly "Her Type"
Khloe Kardashian seems to have a type—and I will give you a hint—it isn’t short, chubby men who have desk jobs.
Let me break it down for you: Tristan Thompson—NBA player, James Harden—NBA player, French Montana—Rapper, Matt Kemp—MLB player, The Game—Rapper, Lamar Odom—NBA player, Rashad McCants—Basketball player.
Are you seeing the pattern here? Yes, us too. And the media isn’t shy about pointing it out, such as Ranker has. Sometimes it is hard to be introspective and see our own patterns, but as many of us will attest, it is easier to see those patterns in others. I don’t know if Khloe knows that she has a type or if she even cares. But that is not going to stop anyone from talking about it.
2 There Is No Rush To Get Married
Even before the news of the cheating scandals broke, Khloe and Tristan did not seem like they were in a huge hurry to get married. In this day and age, especially in Hollywood, getting married is not necessary to starting to a family. We, as a society, are not as burdened by social constraints.
In fact, the Huffington Post reported, “A 2010 Pew survey states that, by and large, single people do not feel married people have many advantages in terms of a “fulfilling sex life, being financially secure, finding happiness and having social status.” And 24 percent of those who do feel marriage makes a positive difference in life say that when it comes to work, getting hitched can significantly hinder one’s chance at getting ahead in one’s career.”
1 Their Baby Shower Was ALL Pink
We can all try to pretend like we aren’t interested in what Khloe ’s décor is, but we would be lying to ourselves. She has good taste herself, access to interior decorators, and money at her disposal. If her baby shower was all pink-- does that mean that the nursery is, too?
Lucky for us, the media was all over that. We have yet to see an entire snapshot of the nursery but we are seeing little bits. Khloe herself has posted hints on her Instagram and Snapchat accounts, clearly using the color pink to tie the room together. There are pink bunnies, cute kids’ books, and grey décor.
TMZ reported that Kris Jenner, grandmother to baby True, spent $8,000 on the nursery in one store alone. What else is in there? Diamonds? Gold?