In late 2021, Khloé Kardashian secretly revealed to some of her closest friends that she and her then-partner, Tristan Thompson, would have another child but this time through a surrogate.
However, on December 3, the businesswoman learned that the NBA player would have another child secretly with a personal trainer, Maralee Nichols. The boy, Theo, is now 8 months old.
According to sources close to the Good American co-founder, knowing that her boyfriend had cheated on her once again, just as they were expecting a second child — the couple already shares 4-year-old True — was a painful situation she tried to keep a secret for months.
Finally, on July 13, news of the arrival of her second child leaked by surprise.
In that regard, a friend of the clan told Page Six: “Khloé is very open about the fact that she knows that her life is public and that she chose to have another child with him, but still, it is difficult for all this to unfold in public.”
According to the same insider, Khloé had planned to announce the wait for her second offspring in the second season of ‘The Kardashians’, “but that was before the news of Tristan’s deception and their breakup happened.”
“Once they determined that they would live the pregnancy apart, word spread to too many people and they realized that it would probably leak and that it would be difficult to keep things a secret before the premiere in September,” the insider said.
So far, the couple’s baby has not been born, despite rumors to the contrary, sources close to Kardashian confirmed.
While the businesswoman has not spoken about her upcoming arrival, a representative said she is “incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate mother for such a beautiful blessing.”
Kardashian and Thompson were first spotted together in August 2016, when he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The following September, she was pregnant with him.
Not long after, the TV star was bombarded with rumors of the hoax and media reporting that Thompson had been filmed kissing two women in a salon outside Washington, D.C., when she was three months pregnant. Days before True’s arrival, TMZ reported that Thompson was seen entering a New York hotel with another woman.
At the time, Khloé rejected the allegations. In April 2018 she had her daughter in Cleveland, with the NBA star by her side. But in February 2019, he finally ended his relationship with Thompson after he was spotted kissing Kylie Jenner’s former best friend, Jordyn Woods.
Still, they rekindled their romance in August 2020 after spending time together during the pandemic and saw each other intermittently when they decided to have another child in 2021.
In January, Thompson finally confirmed via Instagram that he had fathered a child with Nichols and posted a sincere apology to Khloé.
“You don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the anguish and humiliation I’ve caused you. You don’t deserve the way I’ve treated you over the years,” he wrote.
Another source close to the family said: “Khloé always wanted True to have a little brother, that was her dream. When she and Tristan created the embryos together, they were very much in love and Khloé was excited for her future. His friends were very upset when they learned of Tristan’s infidelity. And then other friends knew it was even more complicated because a baby was on the way.”
Sources said Kardashian is now awaiting the birth of her second child and has not spoken to Thompson, who has recently been signed by the Chicago Bulls and also has a 5-year-old son, Prince, with her ex Jordan Craig.
However, the informants added that Khloé has no plans to remove Thompson from her life.
“I’ve been told that Khloé still loves Tristan, she’s very much in love with him and it wouldn’t be strange for them to get back together. This is really the reason why the family has not rejected him. They support it, of course. The Kardashians always stick together.”