It seems the internet collectively lost its mind yesterday when news broke that Khloé Kardashian is expecting her second child with serial philanderer Tristan Thompson – and that’s why the reality star wanted to keep it under wraps, so much so that a lot of her inner circle actually didn’t know about it.
A representative for Kardashian confirmed the baby, a boy, was conceived in November last year via surrogate – a month before Thompson and Kardashian called it quits after it was revealed the NBA star had cheated on Kardashian and was expecting a child with another Maralee Nichols.
“Khloé kept the pregnancy a secret to protect surrogate privacy and safety,” a source has since told E! News. “And to protect her mental health from judgement from the public as a result of Tristan’s actions.”
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TMZ broke the news yesterday that Kardashian and Thompson were expecting a second child together, via surrogate, and that the baby, if it had not been born already, would be arriving in the coming days.
The 38-year-old reality star’s reps later confirmed the news to People, saying, “We can confirm True will have a sibling who was conceived in November. Khloé is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing. We’d like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Khloe can focus on her family.”
Kardashian and Thompson share daughter, True Thompson, who was born in 2018. Thompson is also a father to five-year-old son Prince, born to Jordan Craig, as well as seven-month-old son Theo, born to Maralee Nichols.
Last year, Nichols filed a paternity suit against Thompson, saying he was the father of her son. Thompson filed a response to the court in August – three months before his second child with Kardashian was conceived – admitting to having sex with Nichols in March 2021 for his birthday. At that time, Kardashian and Thompson were still together.
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Kardashian, however, did not learn of the lawsuit until December, when news broke globally.
“A courtesy would be not doing it. But fine, if you do it, you’re not even going to give me a heads up before the rest of the world?” she said at the time as seen on The Kardashians. “It’s just an additional slap in my face. It’s humiliating. I’m embarrassed.”
Kardashian and Thompson have not been romantically linked since December, a source confirmed to People, and while they have no plans to reconcile, Kardashian reportedly wants to peacefully co-parent her son with Thompson.
Kardashian, because of Thompson’s multiple cheating scandals – he also notably cheated on Kardashian with her sister Kylie Jenner’s ex-best friend Jordyn Woods – reportedly wanted to keep the news of her second child a secret, and because news broke without her consent, it put her in a tough spot.
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E! News, who claims to have spoken with a source close to Kardashian, says Kardashian’s inner circle did not even know she was expecting another child with Thompson until the rest of the world was informed.
The source said Kardashian’s rep issued a statement “even before she had the opportunity to personally tell her closest family and friends.”
Kardashian herself has not commented on the reports of a surrogate child, and neither has Thompson.
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