The tea is finally being spilled on Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandals, and Kourtney Kardashian is the one gripping the kettle handle.
As per a report by People, Thursday’s episode of The Kardashians witnessed a sit-down between Thompson and Kourtney, where he revealed why he serial cheated on Khloe.
Here is what Tristan said about his childhood and what drove him to cheat. Kourtney started the conversation by saying, “I’m not here to judge,” adding, “I don’t have any anger, it’s just more like I want an understanding of how you could do these things or how it got there. I’m curious if [you are] ever like, ‘I don’t have remorse’ … the next day after you do the deed, do you feel anything?”
To this, the NBA star replied, saying he felt ‘disgusted.’ The Poosh owner again questioned him, “So why do you do it again?” Here he replied with an explanation, stating, “I was cheating just for an action, just cheating for a feeling,” adding, “It came down to not knowing how to love because that’s the way I grew up. With therapy, I realized my childhood upbringing, what I saw from my dad, and how he treated my mom. As a kid, when you see that, the trauma you have is because you can’t protect your mom cause you’re so young, cause your mom says it’s gonna be OK. You basically numb your emotions of being scared or feeling sad. It’s my defense mechanism.”
Continuing his explanation, he said, “[My mom] did that more for us as kids so we wouldn’t have it bother us, so I never understood how to feel pain or to feel someone’s emotions, because the most important person in my life, even though they’re being treated terribly … was always happy. So I never understood pain or suffering.” He added to this by saying, “I’ve never seen a man treat a woman good, I’ve never seen a man not cheat on a woman, I’ve never seen a good husband,” continuing the statement with, “I made a mistake, multiple times, but did I ever really understand why I was making it?”
Not satisfied by this dry explanation, Kourtney cross-questioned him, “But what do you think the mistake is?” to which the baller replied, “Cheating. If I was ahead of it, and maybe told Khloé, we might’ve been able to figure it out together instead of her being blindsided.”
Kourtney then continued the conversation, “You never had the mom who put herself first, but with Khloé, do you feel like she needs to put herself first and be like, ‘You don’t stand a chance’?” After this, Thompson was seen stumbling over his words, so Kourtney decisively spoke up and said, “I don’t think you deserve Khloé, or the actions that you’ve done are something she’s deserved.” The episode left us in a cliffhanger, making us wait till next week for the revelation.
Earlier in the episode, Thompson also had an apologetic chat with Kylie Jenner in connection to his scandal with Jenner’s former best friend, Jordyn Woods, where he cheated on Khloe by kissing her in 2019. He said, “I think a lot of it was selfish and not understanding the value of good people.” He added in a confessional, “Kylie’s been there for my family through the worst of times and her life got altered because of my actions, so I wanted to be accountable and say my apology to her and Jordyn, so hopefully she’ll relay that message to Jordyn.”
Adding to this, he said, “I want to gain back the respect of my family, so that’s what I’m trying to do, one day at a time,” he continued. “I’m not in a position to ask for anything, I think the only thing I can continue to do is prove myself and be who I am and then I think overtime … try to gain everyone’s trust back.”
Per People reports, after several cheating and s*x scandals, including secretly fathering a child with Maralee Nichols while being with Khloe, the Good American founder called it quits months before the birth of their son Tatum in August 2022 and has no intentions of getting back together.