The couple started dating in 2016, but the relationship has consistently been dogged by infidelity. Tristan was accused of cheating on Khloé just days before she gave birth to their first child, True, in 2018. They gave things another go, but Tristan was caught cheating again just months later with Kylie Jenner’s former best friend, Jordyn Woods.
Since then they have been quite off and on. But after rekindling their romance during the COVID-19 lockdown, they decided to have another child together — this time via surrogate due to Khloé’s increased risk of miscarriage.
But at the end of last year the news came that Tristan had cheated again – this time with personal trainer Maralee Nichols, who became pregnant on Tristan’s 30th birthday in March, and gave birth to their son in December 2021. Tristan denied the child was his until DNA tests proved otherwise.
But what we didn’t know at the time was that Khloé and Tristan’s surrogacy journey had progressed so far that they were also expecting a child together.
News that Khloé and Tristan were expecting child number two broke in July this year, with the couple welcoming a boy later that month.
But now season 2 of The Kardashians has returned to our screens, we’ve learned all the details about the surrogacy journey and paternity scandal — including Tristan actively pushing Khloé to go ahead with their baby plans, knowing full well Maralee was pregnant.
During the episode, Khloé revealed that Tristan had found out Maralee was pregnant on July 2, 2021 — after all four months before their surrogate underwent an embryo transfer around Thanksgiving on November 25th.
But just days after the embryo transfer took place, Khloé was hit with the news on December 3rd that Tristan was having another child.
And Khloé went on to admit that Tristan had actually “encouraged” her to go ahead with their surrogacy plans and embryo transfer “by a certain date” – presumably because he knew when his second baby was due.
“All I know is that I was encouraged to do it on a certain date,” Khloé explained during a confessional. “In retrospect, he always knew when the second baby was born — especially when he got the paperwork we saw, he found out July 2, so he knew.”
And in another telling scene from the show, Kris, Kendall, Kim and Kylie gathered to discuss the situation, with Kris and Kendall agreeing that Tristan had deliberately talked Khloé into going ahead with having another baby in order to “fall” her .
During the meeting, Kylie said: “I just don’t like the fact that Tristan knew this was happening.” Kendall responded, “That’s what’s crazy. Like you encouraged Khloé to go ahead with this when you knew this was happening too? It’s almost like he wanted to trap her.”
Kris Jenner agreed: “Well, he definitely wanted to hang on to her and thought that if they did, maybe she would marry him.”
To make matters worse, despite speculation that Tristan and Khloé had broken up during the summer of 2021, she made it clear in the episode that they were in fact still together — and she intended to raise their family with “mom and dad” in the “same home”.
“I thought this was a real, healthy, loving, protective relationship,” Khloé said through tears during her confession.
Khloé went on to explain that she was scared of the news of their second baby going public because of the vitriol she faces online — including being called an “idiot” and a “stupid bitch” — every time Tristan is caught.
She was also keen to highlight that she had no idea Maralee was pregnant when she decided to go ahead with the embryo transfer.
“We did an embryo transfer days before Thanksgiving,” she said. “I found out about Tristan’s situation the first week of December and it’s just so close that I didn’t want anyone to think I did this afterwards.”
“Why should I have a baby with someone who is going to have a baby with someone else?” she added. “I’m not that much of a sociopath. I’m a lunatic, but not that insane.”
Khloé and Tristan welcomed their son, whose name has yet to be revealed, on July 28. And while Khloé decided not to have Tristan there for the birth, she did allow him to come to the hospital to meet the baby afterwards.