On Thursday, September 22, an episode of Hulu’s The Kardashians aired that focused on Khloé Kardashian’s tumultuous relationship with her former partner Tristan Thompson, and the fall out of his affair. The following day, Khloé expressed her shock and gratitude over viewers’ responses, which she found surprisingly positive.
“I love you! I’m so consumed with overwhelming emotions from reading your tweets and commentary about the premiere episode,” she tweeted. “I have to be honest I was scared to go online but friends and family kept telling me how loving and kind everybody was. I decided to take a look for myself.”
The episode covered Khloé and Thompson’s decision to have a second child via surrogate. The embryo was implanted successfully just a few days before she discovered Thompson’s affair with fitness model Maralee Nichols, who conceived a baby born in December of 2021. Khloé’s second child with Thompson was born in August of this year. The former couple already shared their four-year-old daughter True Thompson.
“As hesitant as I was to look, I’m so grateful that I did!” Khloé continued. “I’ve never seen so much love, kindness and empathy in a really long time on social media. Thank you all for being kind, supportive and loving. Thank you for being gentle and understanding.”
In the episode, Khloé hosts a small baby shower and heads to the hospital with her sister Kim Kardashian when the surrogate goes into labor. She also explained during the episode why she kept the secret of her second child for so long — she feared that people would think she’d made the decision to have a child with Thompson after discovering his affair.
“It’s just so close, I wouldn’t want anyone to think I did this after the fact,” she said. “Why would I wanna have a baby with someone who’s having a baby with somebody else?”
She continued, “Ever since December, it’s been this dark cloud looming over me… Every single day, I’ve been feeling depressed and sad, and now that my son is here, I get to move on, and I get to enjoy. It’s almost like I get to close that chapter and be done with this trauma and put it behind me. Now I finally get to start the healing process. Now I get to start enjoying my life with two kids in it and figuring this out.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.