Khloe Kardashian says why she forgives Tristan on The Kardashians

Khloe Kardashian explains why she’s so determined to forgive philandering ex Tristan Thompson on The Kardashians: ‘It only hurts me by holding onto all this stuff’

  • Khloé, 38, said forgiving Tristan was ‘practice’ for letting things go
  • She noted her ex-husband Lamar Odom had his own cheating and drug scandals
  • Khloé said that ‘holding onto’ grievances would only hurt her
  • Kris Jenner said her daughter handled Tristan’s cheating with grace
  • She split from the NBA star, 31, after he fathered a child with Maralee Nichols

Khloé Kardashian delved into her reasoning for repeatedly forgiving her cheating ex partner Tristan Thompson during Thursday’s episode of The Kardashians.

Despite his numerous cheating scandals, the 38-year-old reality star said it only ‘hurts’ her to cling to her grudges about the NBA player, 31, with whom she shares daughter True Thompson, four, and a baby son born via surrogate, whose name has not yet been revealed.

Khloé also used her former husband Lamar Odom, whom she was married to from 2009 to 2016, as both an example of why it is important to forgive and an example of her capacity to move on from past heartbreak. 

Moving on: Khloé Kardashian, 38, delved into why she was so willing to forgive her philandering ex Tirstan Thompson, 31, on Thursday’s episode of The Kardashians

Khloé delved into her forgiving mindset after a producer asked her how she could handle it during a confessional.

‘It’s probably, maybe practice?’ she mused. ‘I think a lot of people maybe forget that I’ve been through a lot of BS. My ex-husband [Lamar Odom], when we were married, definitely had a very public drug problem and was found in a brothel, and there was a lot of things that probably aren’t forgivable, and I’m still able to forgive him and move on and want the best for him.’

She continued, ‘It only hurts me by holding onto all this stuff, so let it go. Let go and let God.’

While the Good American founder’s summation of her ex-husband’s issues was technically accurate, it was a significant understatement of the issues he dealt with during their tumultuous marriage.

Strengthening herself: She called forgiving Tristan a form of ‘practice,’ adding, ‘It only hurts me by holding onto all this stuff, so let it go. Let go and let God’

The two met at a party for his then-teammate Metta Sandiford-Artest in August 2009 and began dating that month, but they were married exactly one month from the date they met in September 2009.

In 2010, the couple began starring in a spin-off reality series Khloé & Lamar, which lasted for two seasons. 

The relationship seemed ideal for its first few years as Lamar tried to be known for his prowess on the court rather than the drama that followed his wife and her family. 

But in 2013, Odom was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, signaling future substance abuse issues.

He was sentenced to three years probation, and also required to complete an alcohol abuse treatment program. 

Khloé followed up the development by filing for divorce in December of 2013.

In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians from 2014, she alleged that her husband had cheated on her.

First time around: She referenced her ex-husband Lamar Odom’s substance struggles and his own cheating. ‘I’m still able to forgive him and move on and want the best for him’; seen in 2012

‘Let me tell you something — last year on my birthday, I lied to everyone, because I had to lie and say I was with my husband, when in fact my husband was missing with another girl, OK?’ she revealed, sharing a picture of a heartbreaking abandonment scenario. ‘And I lied, and I gave up my Beyoncé tickets to Kendall, that’s how badly I was hiding. And I didn’t have a birthday, I was alone, and lied to everyone.’

By April 2015, the divorce was threatened after Lamar refused to sign off on the paperwork, though by July they appeared to be on the same page.

But in August of that year, TMZ reported that Lamar ambushed Khloé on her way to a spin class and got into a shouting match with her, which reportedly left her visibly shaken.

His personal problems came to a head in October 2015, when he was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada.

He had reportedly been using cocaine in the days up to his health incident, and he had to be placed on life support while in a coma after suffering multiple heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. 

Khloé subsequently withdrew her divorce filing in order to make her husband’s medical decisions while he was incapacitated, but Lamar made a miraculous recovery, and she again filed for divorce in May of 2016.

Sad ending: She filed for divorce in 2013, but withdrew it to care for him after he suffered heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure after he was found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada in 2015. He recovered and they divorced in 2016; seen in 2016

Khloé’s mother Kris Jenner also weighed in on Khloé’s decision to live and let live.

‘Khloé’s handling the whole Tristan thing with so much grace,’ she said. ‘As her mom, I can tell Khloé has been feeling really down — I can just feel her energy,’ she explained. ‘And I know she internalizes everything, which I do worry about.’

Tristan’s public cheating scandals initially broke just days before his partner welcomed their first child together, daughter True Thompson.

He was seen kissing another woman in photos and video obtained by shortly before the birth, and TMZ subsequently revealed he had kissed two other women prior to the birth.

Despite the public cheating, the couple reconciled and stayed together, until their split in February 2019 after he was seen kissing Kylie Jenner’s then-BFF Jordyn Woods.

Khloé’s mother Kris Jenner also weighed in on Khloé’s decision to live and let live. ‘Khloé’s handling the whole Tristan thing with so much grace,’ she said, before adding that she has a tendency to ‘internalize’ stressors

Tristan has had numerous cheating scandals, including just before True was born. He later made out with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, which ended the relationship. The couple reunited, but split for good after he fathered a child with Maralee Nichols; seen in June

The couple eventually reunited after quarantining in the early days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but their relationship ended — seemingly for good — in late 2021 after he was reported to have cheated on her again and fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. 

At the time, Khloé and Tristan had been going through a surrogacy process for a second child.

The baby boy was born in August of this year.

Khloé was seen allowing her ex to visit the baby shortly after he was born in the season two premiere of The Kardashians. 

Spiraling: Khloe recently feuded with sister Kim’s ex Kanye West when he debuted ‘White Lives Matter’ shirts at his Paris fashion show. The rapper continued his screed against the Black Lives Matter organization on Wednesday on Instagram by referencing a statement from Breonna Taylor’s mother in which she called BLM a ‘fraud’

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