In December 2021, the world of showbiz was rocked when it was revealed that Tristan Thompson had fathered a baby with personal trainer Maralee Nichols behind Khloé Kardashian’s back.
Tristan and Khloé have been embroiled in a rocky on/ off relationship since 2016, and welcomed their daughter, True, in April 2018.
Their romance has been consistently dogged with cheating rumors but ahead of the paternity scandal breaking it has become apparent that Khloé thought that they were in a good place.
During Season 1 of The Kardashians, which was filmed in the fall of last year, Khloé and Tristan even discussed marriage as he appeared to embrace life as a family man.
So Khloé was understandably heartbroken after she found out about his secret baby with Maralee “with the rest of the world” when the news broke online.
Legal documents that had been filed by Tristan had leaked, and despite being caught up in a court case he appeared to have every intention of hiding both Maralee and his legal woes from Khloé.
In the filing, Tristan conceded that he’d had sex with Maralee multiple times while with Khloé, and their baby was thought to have been conceived on March 13, when Tristan left a lavish birthday party that Khloé had thrown for him to receive a “birthday surprise” from Maralee in Texas.
Maralee also claimed that Tristan offered her $75,000 to have an abortion, and that he’d vowed to have “zero involvement” in their son’s life. Tristan denied these allegations.
Khloé ended her relationship with Tristan as soon as the news broke, but in July it was revealed that she was expecting her second child with him via surrogate.
This obviously left her fans with a plethora of questions, and the star has dutifully revealed all in the Season 2 premiere of The Kardashians.
The special episode aired on Thursday and was dedicated to explaining the details of Tristan’s paternity scandal and Khloé’s surrogacy journey, and be warned, it’s even worse than you might think.
In a confessional, Khloé revealed that she and Tristan were in a great place before she decided to go ahead with having another baby with him.
“It was just a great thing, I thought, to expand our family,” she explained. “Thinking it was, like, this real healthy, loving, protective type of family.”
Old footage of the former couple playing with their daughter then aired alongside a clip of Tristan saying: “We both grow together, it just makes our family and our bond better. And I hope to be able to expand our family one day, God willing.”
“We did have a couple of bumps in the road but me and Tristan, I thought were really good,” Khloé admitted elsewhere in the episode.
But Khloé also suggested that Tristan was pressuring her into committing to their second baby with an apparent deadline in mind, and she now believes that this is because he wanted the surrogate to be pregnant before his secret son was born.
“All I know is I was being encouraged to do it by a certain date,” she explained. “In hindsight, he always knew when the other baby was being born — especially getting the paperwork that we saw, he found out July 2nd, so he did know.”
Khloé and Tristan’s embryo was transferred to the surrogate “days before Thanksgiving,” which was on Nov. 25. Tristan’s paternity scandal was exposed on Dec. 3.
“We did an embryo transfer days before Thanksgiving,” Khloé explained. “I found out about Tristan’s situation the first week of December and it’s just so close, I wouldn’t want anyone to think I did this after the fact.”
“Why would I have a baby with someone that’s having a baby with someone else?” she went on to ask. “I’m not that much of a sociopath. I’m a lunatic but not, like, that deranged.”
And the timing is understandably something that is particularly troubling to Khloé’s family, with her sister, Kendall Jenner, admitting that she thinks that Tristan wanted to trap her.
In a family meeting, Kylie Jenner said: “I just don’t like the fact that Tristan knew that this was happening,” to which Kendall replied: “That’s what’s wild. Like, you were encouraging Khloé to go forward with this while you knew that this was also happening? It’s almost like he wanted to trap her.”
Their mom, Kris Jenner, agreed: “Well, he wanted to hang onto her for sure, and thought that maybe if they did that she would marry him.”
In a confessional, Kylie said that Tristan being aware of Maralee’s pregnancy while simultaneously pushing Khloé into surrogacy is what was really “unforgivable” to her.
“I’m just really disappointed in Tristan,” she said. “I think it’s really fucked up that he knew that he had another baby on the way with somebody else, which makes me uncomfortable. To put someone in that position, especially when there’s a child involved, this was really unforgivable in my books.”
Because of how close the embryo transfer was to the scandal being revealed, Khloé’s own family were still unaware that they’d even gone forward with surrogacy — and Khloé said that she was left feeling “very angry” and “bamboozled” when the Maralee news broke.
The exact moment that she and her family found out was actually caught on camera and was the focal point of The Kardashians’ Season 1 finale. The show’s camera crew just happened to arrive at Kim’s house to film something else that fateful morning, and Kim could be seen painstakingly trying to get a hold of Khloé while speaking to other family members on the phone.
Completely in the dark about the embryo transfer, when Kim finally did speak to Khloé she told her that Tristan’s scandal was “the biggest sign” that she shouldn’t go ahead with her surrogacy plans.
“If this isn’t the most clear situation, I don’t know what is,” she said as Khloé sobbed inconsolably on the other end of the phone.
And Thursday’s episode of The Kardashians aired footage that had been edited out of the original scene, revealing the moment that Khloé told Kim that their surrogate was probably already pregnant.
“There was a minute, from what I could see from watching the finale, I think (Kim) says if this is not a sign that you shouldn’t have another baby with him, I don’t know what is,” Khloé explained. “But what you didn’t see was, I think I either said ‘I need to tell you something’ or ‘take me off speaker.’”
In the previously cut clip, Kim can be seen warning Khloé that she is filming before taking her off speakerphone after she insisted “I need to talk to you.”
Khloé recalled telling Kim: “We did an embryo transfer a couple of days ago,” and Kim can be seen putting her hand over her mouth and saying “oh my god” in total shock as she reacted in real time.
Khloé later described Tristan’s paternity scandal as “a dark cloud around something that is supposed to be so joyous” and admitted to burying her head in the sand as she tried to avoid the problem.
The star admitted to being scared of making the news public because she feared the backlash that she would receive for having another baby with Tristan considering his long history of infidelity.
“I wanted to keep this private for my loved ones as long as possible and not have this be some media frenzy that people get to just play with and run with,” Khloé said, visibly emotional. “I can’t hear about this for months about what an idiot I am, what a dumb bitch I am, all these things from everybody else.”
She also acknowledged that the birth of her first child had also been tainted by Tristan, who was exposed for cheating on her several times just two days before Khloe went into labor.
“When I had True, I found out 48 hours before she was born that Tristan was cheating on me, then I went into labor weeks early because I was so stressed out,” she said.
Despite all of the surrounding drama, Khloé told her best friend, Malika Haqq, that Tristan was “excited” for their son’s arrival, but she was keen to keep a distance. “He keeps asking me questions and I just won’t answer him,” she said.
Tristan was not present at the hospital when their surrogate gave birth on July 28, but Khloé agreed for him to visit her and their son after initially having doubts.
“I’ve been on the fence about having Tristan come to the hospital or not,” she explained. “But Tristan wants to be here so I just figured why not, let him come, I’ll never get this moment back.”
Khloé has not yet revealed what she has called her son, but did confirm that she plans for him to have a name that starts with T.
Meanwhile, Maralee gave birth to Tristan’s son, Theo, in December, but claimed earlier this year that he still hasn’t met him.
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Khloé And Tristan Were Secretly Engaged When His Paternity Scandal Broke And They Spent Most Of Last Year Dropping Hints About It
Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s on-again, off-again relationship has been rocky over the years, but everything we’ve learned in recent months is arguably the worst of it all.
After tons of infidelity scandals, breakups, and eventual reunions since they began dating in 2016, Khloé and Tristan — who share a 4-year-old daughter named True — gave things another shot last year as they rekindled their romance once more.
However, just months later, news broke that Tristan had not only cheated on Khloé again, but had also secretly fathered a child outside of their relationship.
Maralee Nichols, mother of Tristan’s now-9-month-old baby boy, Theo, became pregnant on his 30th birthday in March 2021 — the same night that Khloé had thrown him a lavish birthday party and shared a gushing Instagram post about him.
Tristan denied the child was his when Maralee initially sued him for various child-related expenses in December, but ultimately conceded that he was the father when a DNA test proved his paternity.
What’s more, Tristan didn’t tell Khloé about the pregnancy before the news was made public, leaving her to find out with the “rest of the world” when legal documents from the court case were leaked online. Her raw reaction was documented in her family’s Hulu reality series, The Kardashians.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, we later learned that Khloé and Tristan had actually been preparing to welcome a child of their own via surrogate at this very time.
Their baby boy was born in July this year, and The Kardashians has since revealed that Tristan was actually encouraging Khloé to go ahead with their surrogacy plans despite being aware that Maralee was pregnant.
But just when we thought we’d heard the worst of it, Khloé made another shocking revelation about their relationship in the latest episode of the Hulu show, which aired this week.
While speaking about Tristan’s paternity scandal with her sister, Kim, in a scene filmed in the early months of this year, Khloé ended up revealing that the NBA player had actually proposed to her.
“I mean, the fact that he proposed and you never told us,” Kim tells Khloé as the two discuss how unhealthy the relationship was. A producer then asks Khloé during a confessional, “Tristan proposed to you?” In response, she confirms: “Yeah.”
Kim goes on to divulge more about Tristan’s proposal plans in a confessional of her own. “I’ll never forget Tristan calling me, and he was gonna propose to her on Valentine’s Day, which was like a year since they had drama. So this was last Valentine’s Day,” she says.
“And then I called him the day after, and I was like, ‘Hey, I never heard anything from Khloé, oh my God, did you propose?’” she recalls. “And he was like, ‘Oh yeah, I did in December.’”
Khloé then says that she actually turned Tristan down, explaining that she needed to make sure she was comfortable and happy in the relationship before accepting a proposal from him.
“I said, ‘I need to make sure that this is a totally different relationship because I wanna be proud to say I’m engaged to anyone,’” she recalls. “And that’s why I said, ‘I’m not comfortable accepting this right now, because I’m not excited to tell my family.’”
“As hurtful as that probably was for him to hear, it was the truth,” she adds. “I’m not ever gonna accept something and give someone false hope. And I said that to him.”
While Kim’s comments appear to suggest that Tristan proposed in December 2020, sources with insider knowledge told BuzzFeed News that the athlete actually proposed to Khloé in December 2019.
The sources said that while Khloé did not accept Tristan’s proposal in 2019, the pair ended up discussing things again in February 2021, and ultimately did get engaged.
The insiders added that Khloé and Tristan were engaged until she found out about his paternity scandal in December 2021.
And while Khloé and Tristan never publicly announced the news of their engagement, the pair dropped several hints about their status over the following months.
First of all, in Season 1 of The Kardashians — which was filmed in the latter months of last year — Khloé memorably said marriage was the “end goal” with Tristan after revealing that the NBA player had discussed the subject with not just her, but her mom, Kris Jenner, several times.
“All Tristan talks to me about sometimes is getting married,” Kris told Khloé while the two were out for lunch in Episode 9. “He’s always talking about how much he wants to regain that trust that he knows that he lost.”
“Yeah, he talks about it all the time,” Khloé agreed, before elaborating in a confessional: “I’m not with Tristan to just float around with Tristan. I mean, marriage is the end goal.”
What’s more, in Episode 7, Tristan told Khloé that she was “never leaving” him as the pair discussed their future as a couple. “Blood in, blood out… We’re family for life,” he said, to which she agreed: “I think either way it goes, we’re family if you like it or not.”
But undoubtedly the most pointed hint that Khloé dropped was the huge diamond ring she began sporting in February 2021 — the very month that she and Tristan had gotten engaged.
Rumors that Tristan had popped the big question reached an all-time high that month, after Khloé shared several photos rocking the ring on her left finger all over Instagram.
She continued to post photos with the ring on in March too, and notably wore it at Tristan’s 30th birthday party that month.
And in April, Tristan left an eyebrow-raising comment under a picture she shared that was entirely focused on the ring.
Khloé never addressed the floods of Instagram comments about her and Tristan’s relationship status in response to the ring. However, her mom, Kris, fueled the speculation further after she made a cryptic remark about the potential engagement during an appearance on The Ellen Show that same month.
When asked about Khloé’s ring and the ongoing speculation, Kris neither confirmed nor denied that the star was engaged, instead saying: “That’s a good ring. I think she just loves jewelry. She loves a good, you know, ring!”
She then seemingly deflected things altogether as she told host Ellen DeGeneres, “You should ask Khloe [about it].”
Fast forward to the end of the year, and — if all else hadn’t — Tristan’s court battle with Maralee seemingly confirmed that he and Khloé had actually been engaged.
According to legal documents obtained by multiple outlets, Tristan told Maralee that he and Khloé would be “married soon” as he attempted to encourage her to get an abortion. He also purportedly referred to the reality star as his fiancée and said that they were planning on publicly announcing the news of their engagement.
“I’m engaged but I will be married soon,” he allegedly wrote in messages to Maralee. “I told you I won’t and can’t be in the child life at all by no means … Why not wait till yoj find the right person to have a family with… Why would you want a baby with a man that’s engaged. You wanna keep a mistake.”
“Just a heads up me and my fiancè gonna announce publicly about out marriage,” he added, according to the filings. “Just a heads up. We probably moving out the country in September and live either in Europe or Caribbean. Better living for us and our family away from the bs of America.” Tristan never publicly confirmed whether or not the messages were legitimate.
You can watch the latest episode of The Kardashians on Hulu, or Disney+ internationally, now. The next episode will be released on October 5.
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It’s Official: Wife Guys Are Out
Fulmer has since confirmed on Twitter that he had a “consensual workplace relationship,” adding, “I’m sorry for any pain that my actions might have caused to the guys and the fans but most of all Ariel.” The remaining Guys released a statement earlier in the day announcing that Fulmer would no longer be working with them: “As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together.” Ariel Fulmer released a statement at the same time. “Nothing is more important to me and Ned than our family,” she wrote, “and all we request right now is that you respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”
The alleged Udoka affair seems like a different beast altogether — he’s not a Wife Guy, or at least not yet — but what Levine and Fulmer have in common is the fact that they were (and are, for now at least) notorious Wife Guys. If you’re unfamiliar with a Wife Guy, you’re living a blessed life and I am jealous.
A Wife Guy is a man whose fame or branding is largely predicated on the fact that he’s in love with the woman he married. There have been several Wife Guys in history: Ina Garten’s husband, Jeffrey, John Legend, Ryan Reynolds, Curvy Wife Guy, John Mulaney (before, well, you know). Wife Guys aren’t just men who are married, they’re men who won’t shut up about how married they are. Their wives aren’t mere mortals, they’re goddesses who grace their husbands with vague tolerance of their middling failures and insufficiency. Wife Guys are so grateful to have wives — have always being the operative word.
Wife Guys write Instagram captions on their anniversaries about “another tour around the sun with this one.” Their Twitter bios list them as husbands and fathers and nothing much else. (Fulmer’s Instagram bio indeed still describes him as “@arielmfulmer’s husband.”) The wives of Wife Guys, meanwhile, stop having identities of their own postnuptials; in quick order, they are referred to almost exclusively as “my wife.” To be a Wife Guy is to put your wife on a pedestal so preposterously high that she stops being a person altogether.
Anecdotally, it seems to always be the worst Wife Guys who stray. It’s all a little lady-doth-protest-too-much, isn’t it? Adam Levine famously put his wife and child in the music video for Maroon 5’s 2018 song “Girls Like You.” Now he’s been accused of asking the woman he allegedly cheated with if he could name his unborn child after her.
Fulmer is an exemplary Wife Guy because he monetized it so well. The Try Guys started their own production company, 2nd Try LLC. And as their audience has grown up, so have the guys. In early videos, they wore labor pain simulators and tried out acrylic nails for a day. Now they’re married and having children of their own, which eventually begat the Try Wives. Ariel Fulmer isn’t just Ned Fulmer’s wife but a part of the business. Last year, the couple published The Date Night Cookbook, full of photos of them feeding each other croutons. (The chocolate cake decorated with “I’m sorry” certainly seems apt now, Ned. Let me know if it works.)
Ariel is an interior designer, but her income and public persona are inextricably tied to her husband. And what is her husband without his wife? What is a Wife Guy when he ruins his relationship with the wife in question?
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Gisele Bündchen Skipped Tom Brady’s First Home Game Of The Season Amid Reports That They’ve Been Living Apart
As speculation about the state of Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s marriage continues to swirl online, the supermodel was notably absent from her husband’s first home game of the NFL season.
On Sunday, Tom’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Green Bay Packers at the Raymond James Stadium in Florida.
To mark the home opener, the quarterback’s three kids were in attendance to cheer him on as he made his way onto the field.
In a sweet video shared to Twitter, Tom could be seen embracing 12-year-old Benjamin and 9-year-old Vivian, whom he shares with Gisele, along with his 15-year-old son, John, who is the product of a previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan.
And though the game seemed to be quite the family affair, it was evident that Gisele had opted to stay home, with reports suggesting that the kids were instead accompanied by Tom’s mom and sister.
Noting her absence, People cited an insider who said that Gisele “continues to be dedicated to her kids and is working on personal projects.”
If you’ve been following Tom and Gisele in recent months, you’ll know this comes after reports of a rift between the two, perhaps stemming from his shocking decision to unretire from football — just 40 days after announcing his retirement on Feb. 1.
As well as her absence at the home game in Florida, Gisele was also noticeably missing in the crowd at Tom’s first game of the 2022-2023 season on Sept. 12, prompting claims from insiders that the couple — who’ve been married for 13 years — have been living apart for “more than a month.”
“Gisele is busy with her own life now, and has spent time away from Tom in Miami and New York,” claimed one source, who was backed up by another who added that the pair “live separate lives” during the football season.
Prior to this, Tom had already hinted that he was battling some “personal stuff” behind the scenes.
In August, he accounted for an 11-day absence from a training camp that month by telling reporters at the time: “I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of shit going on, so you just have to try and figure out life the best you can.” However, it’s important to note that whether his time off was linked to his marriage remains unclear.
Nonetheless, this certainly isn’t the first occasion that the longstanding couple have been rocked by marital issues relating to Tom’s demanding football career. In fact, both Tom and Gisele have discussed the matter quite candidly, with the latter having opened up about her husband’s return to the NFL as recently as this month.
“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” the former Victoria’s Secret model told Elle magazine in a wide-ranging interview conducted late this summer.
She added: “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
She previously broached the subject in May this year too, giving British Vogue some rare insight into how Tom’s unretirement affected their kids’ lives as well as her own.
“When my husband decided he was going to play another year, I didn’t want to put [the children] in a school, because it takes a lot to adapt to a new town,” she said, referencing the fact that the family had to relocate from Boston — where they’d been based for nearly 20 years — to Florida when Tom signed with the Bucs in 2020.
“They left all their friends in Boston — and just look at what the world was going through,” she added.
Talking in more detail about her husband’s lifestyle, Gisele revealed that she takes on the bulk of parenting duties while Tom is on the road.
“I don’t think relationships just happen; it’s never the fairy tale people want to believe it is,” she explained. “His focus is on his career, mine is mostly on the kids. And I’m very grateful that he lets me take the reins when it comes to our family. He trusts my decisions.”
Elsewhere, Tom has been equally as honest about the difficulties in their marriage, even telling Howard Stern in 2020 that Gisele once wrote him a “heartfelt” letter to express that she felt he wasn’t “doing [his] part for the family.”
“She felt like I would play football all season, and she would take care of the house. And then all of a sudden, a season would end, and I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’ And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take kids to school and do that?’” he explained, stating at the time that this had been “a couple years ago.”
“You can get caught up in your life where you think a relationship is great because it only works for you,” the NFL star reflected. “The point of a relationship, it has to work for both. You better work on both because if you don’t, ultimately, it’s not sustainable.”
But, in spite of the recent murmurs of a fallout, insiders have been quick to reassure that the chances of a split are still pretty slim.
“They both want to live in Miami, they love it, and have loads of friends there,” a source told People earlier this month. “I don’t think there is any formal separation at this point, they would like to work things out.”
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