“Scott never leaves. Kanye never leaves. Looks like you never leave. We’re all here forever!
If there’s one thing we know about the Kardashian-Jenners, it’s that loyalty is paramount, especially when it comes to family.
And there’s perhaps no better testament to their fierce commitment than looking at how they’ve treated their romantic partners over the years, especially those with whom they share children.
Whether it’s exes like Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick always teaming up for family vacations, or Kim Kardashian strolling over to Kanye West’s donda performance wearing a wedding dress months after filing for divorce, for better or worse, the Kardashians are known to stand by their exes and baby dads through thick and thin.
And unfortunately for Khloé Kardashian, she’s had to overcome her fair share of challenges when it comes to her former partners, namely Tristan Thompson.
So after finalizing her messy divorce from Lamar Odom in 2016, it began to look like the tables had finally turned for Khloé after meeting Tristan on a blind date that same year.
However, as we all know by now, things were anything but simple for Khloé and Tristan, who then faced a series of messy cheating scandals in 2018, 2019 and again at the start of this year.
In 2018, after it was confirmed that Tristan had cheated on Khloé in the days before the birth of their daughter True, Khloé faced a lot of backlash a few months later in June when she announced on Twitter that they were working to “rebuild” their relationship despite the scandal.
But, it wasn’t long before history repeated itself and Khloé and Tristan went their separate ways once again – less than a year after rekindling their romance for the first time – after Tristan was exposed for kissing Jordyn Woods, former best friend of Kylie Jenner.
Khloé publicly blasted Jordyn on Twitter, and later described Tristan’s second cheating scandal as “humiliating” and “a debilitating blow to [her] soul.”
However, several months later, Tristan and Khloé seemed to be working things out again, even pursuing the idea of having another baby together.
As it became increasingly clear that Khloé and Tristan had reunited for the second time, some fans were criticizing her, especially in light of the fact that she had been so public in her criticism of Jordyn.
But regardless of the wider backlash, Khloé and Tristan’s second reconciliation looked promising, with their newly reformed relationship closely documented in the final season of keeping up with the Kardashiansand most recently in the new family show, The Kardashians.
However, things ended up falling apart once again in January this year, after Tristan was forced to confirm he had welcomed a child with a woman named Maralee Nichols, after conceiving the baby in March 2021. — the same night he and Khloé went public with their rekindled romance.
Which brings us to today, and despite the fallout from his paternity scandal, Khloé recently gushed about his ex and praised his role as a father.
“I think at the end of the day, we all yearn for bliss,” she told Robin Roberts during an ABC News special last month, going on to say that she still thinks Tristan is “a great guy” and “a great dad.”
Fans had remained intrigued to see if the couple would reunite again given their previous reconciliations. However, Khloé clarified that while she likes him as True’s father, Tristan is “just not the guy” for her.
But, as all Kardashian fans know all too well, it’s not just Khloé who has a strong bond with her complicated ex.
Following their split in 2015 after nearly a decade of dating, Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian were known to take pride in converting their crumbled romance into a friendly and functional co-parenting relationship.
However, things are rarely straightforward with this duo either, and many have criticized Kourtney for maintaining such a close relationship with Scott, who was at the center of a number of cheating accusations throughout their on-going relationship.
And since Kourtney moved on with hubby Travis Barker at the end of 2020, she and Scott have struggled to both maintain their friendship and define the boundaries of their co-parenting dynamic. In fact, recent episodes of The Kardashians focused on Scott feeling isolated from the family as a result of their relationship escalating.
And just like Kourt, her younger sister Kim Kardashian has had a pretty close relationship with her ex-husband, Kanye West.
Despite the complicated demise of their marriage at the end of 2020 and her public harassment of him earlier this year, Kim still speaks highly of the rapper and has been known to consistently support his various career endeavors.
So much so, in fact, that in September last year – seven months after Kim filed for divorce – the exes were spending so much time together that fans became convinced their split had been called off.
Interestingly, the sisters’ close relationships with the men who publicly humiliated them have raised eyebrows among fans in recent years, prompting Khloé to address the dynamic on this week’s episode of The Kardashians.
During a scene filmed in November 2021 – less than two months before Tristan’s paternity scandal broke – Khloé and newly revived Tristan work out together at Kim’s home gym, before being interrupted in surprise by none other than Kim and Kanye.
Fans of the show will know that at this point in their divorce, Kim and Kanye weren’t on good terms after he stormed off on her. Saturday Night Live monologue weeks earlier.
However, Kim explains in her confessional that Kanye was there to pick up their children from school and that despite their differences, she will “always take the high road” for the sake of their children.
After Kanye and Kim leave the gym, Kanye’s surprise appearance prompts Khloé to reflect on their unusual family dynamic, comparing it to “the crowd.”
“Let me really ask you something, Tristan, and be as honest as you want, okay?” she begins. “Either an individual would say, ‘What an amazing family, that you keep everyone around you at all times. Or, are you like, ‘How does this family still keep all these guys around?’ »
“Once you’re in, it’s like the crowd, you can’t get out,” she jokes.
Speaking from first-hand experience, Tristan then responds in agreement, “It’s like one in one.”
The scene then cuts to Khloé’s confessional where she begins to explain why she and her sisters keep their exes so close — an apparent response to the backlash she faced for getting back together with Tristan after his infidelity scandal.
“We have a very loyal and strong vibe in our family,” Khloé says. “We are great co-parents, we are good at mixing families. We learned that from my mother and my father.
Back at the gym where Khloé and Tristan have resumed their training, Khloé explains to Tristan that she and her sisters’ co-parenting styles were inspired by that of their parents, who divorced when she, Kim, Kourtney and their brother Rob were children.
For context, Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian Sr. separated in 1989 after Kris’ affair with Todd Waterman was discovered by private investigators. Their divorce was finalized in 1991, by which time Kris had already begun a new relationship with Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, whom she would marry months later.
Reflecting on her parents’ post-separation relationship, Khloé reveals that they have remained close and adds that Robert and Caitlyn have also bonded.
“That’s how we are. This is how we were brought up,” she says. “Because my mom and dad were best friends, my dad and stepdad played golf together twice a week.”
In response, Tristan offers a broader perspective, explaining that the family approach to co-parenting is quite unusual, even for him.
“Yeah, that doesn’t really happen anywhere other than in your guys’ families,” he says. “Father and stepfather are usually – someone gets hit with a golf club.”
But, Khloé knows exactly how it’s in her family and responds quickly, telling Tristan he’s stuck in the family “forever.”
“Scott never leaves. Kanye never leaves. Looks like you never leave. We’re all here, forever!” she said, calling their unconventional approach a “beautiful thing.”
Tristan then quips: “No, no. More like you never leave me,” which, as far as quotes go, certainly didn’t age well considering what the next few months would entail.
You can watch the latest episode of The Kardashians now on Hulu or Disney+ internationally. The next episode will be released on May 25.