Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s relationship has been a bit of a rollercoaster up to this point – and that’s putting it lightly.
Since first meeting on a blind date in 2016, the couple have had more ups and downs than anything you might find at Thorpe Park, with the relationship marred with Tristan’s infidelity.
Despite everything, Khloe, 37, repeatedly tried to keep things amicable for the sake of their daughter, True, with the pair even rumoured to be getting back together last year.
But in the end, 2021 brought more pain for Khloe as Tristan, 30, was found to have fathered a child with another woman.
Metro.co.uk spoke to Neil Wilkie, founder of online couples therapy platform The Relationship Paradigm, to see where Khloe and Tristan can go from here.
The main thing, Neil insists, is to keep the couple’s three-year-old daughter, True, as the main focus – in these situations, ‘children are stuck in the middle’.
‘They’re having to try and love each parent but also hearing each parent s**g each other off and not be comfortable in each other’s company.
‘That damage is huge, not only for the children but also for the generations to come, because children need to have parents who model a good relationship. And if the sort of relationship they’re used to is the type where the parents… are angry with each other, then that will possibly be recreated in the future.’
Unfortunately for Khloe, the reality star is well used to making statements or posting cryptic comments on social media after reports of Tristan’s infidelity in the five years they’ve been linked.
However, a ‘relationship disaster in the glare of publicity’ makes it even harder for reconciliation – but when a couple is made of an NBA player and reality star, it’s hard to keep things out of the public eye.
‘There are thousands, millions of people out there who say, “Sorry Khloe, you’re doing entirely the wrong thing, he’s obviously a player so leave it alone,”‘ Neil says, admitting ‘It’s difficult to see how it’s going to have a happy ending’.
Khloe and Tristan will need to ‘create a good relationship between the two of them… because they are going to be co-parents for many years to come’.
And if, after everything, the pair do decide to try again, they have some serious questions to ask of themselves and each other.
‘They need to reflect on what they really want,’ relationship expert Neil advises.
‘Is there a relationship that they can have in the future, taking into account all the hurt that happened, or are they better walking away?
‘If they can create that relationship they need to draw a line in the sand and say the past is the past. If they’re not able to do that, or if one is not able to do that, then they need to part.’
It is also vital, Neil says, that these conversations happen ‘out of the glare of publicity’.
‘They need to leave it out of the public eye – there’s so much out there in the media that everyone will have taken positions on it, what’s right, what’s wrong, what they need to do.’
Each time another disaster happens in the relationship ‘it becomes a feeding frenzy’ online, and while ‘it gets column inches for them, that’s not helping them, it’s not helping the child’.
As of now, Tristan has offered a grovelling apology to Khloe via a statement on social media, and has promised to be a father to his newborn son.
Khloe has yet to comment.
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