Tristan Thompson’s many cheating scandals explained

Now, acknowledging Tristan Thompson as a serial cheater is like saying water makes you wet. The NBA star was unfaithful to Khloé Kardashian several times over the course of their relationship, which led to the reality star finally breaking up with Thompson in late 2021. These days, the two are little more than amicable co-parents. Kardashian regularly brings Thompson into her daughter True’s life and has refused to put her ex down, as she explained on The Drew Barrymore Show. “[You] Never speak badly of someone you have a child with,” Kardashian said. Rather than hitting her ex, she prefers not to give the press ammunition to demonize him ABC News special When asked about Thompson in April, Kardashian said, “I still think he’s a great guy and he’s a great dad. He’s just not the type for me.”

As of this writing, Kardashian has apparently moved on with a private equity investor she met through big sister Kim. As for Thompson, he’s living his best life in Mykonos, Greece, where he’s been spotted partying with a bevy of ladies. His behavior has raised eyebrows as he and Kardashian await the arrival of their second child via a surrogate any day. Consequently, many fans are wondering, will Kardashian raise her child alone? Before the due date, let’s take a look back at the cheating scandals that led to Thompson and Kardashian going their separate ways.

Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloé Kardashian with Jordyn Woods

Tristan Thompson raised eyebrows in 2018 when Us Weekly reported that he was spotted shaking hands with two women at the NBA All-Star Weekend. After they made their way to a hookah lounge, a source told the outlet, “Tristan was flirting … and didn’t look or act like anyone who had a pregnant girlfriend.” Khloé Kardashian brought True about two months later, in April , to the world. Days before going into labor, Thompson was spotted partying in NYC with a mystery brunette — later identified as Laini Blair — whom he kissed on camera, according to the Daily Mail. As fans were inundated with news of Thompson’s infidelity, more videos leaked from sites like The Shade Room, which claimed to show the NBA player cheating with multiple women. Kardashian later confirmed those reports and forgave Thompson, but their troubles were far from over.

Perhaps the most dramatic scam happened in February 2019, when TMZ reported that Thompson was at a house party all over Jordyn Woods. Gossip site Hollywood Unlocked corroborated TMZ’s report, adding that the two were “touchy” and stayed together overnight. The whole thing was so scandalous because Woods used to be one half of an inseparable duo with Kardashian’s half-sister, Kylie Jenner. When the KarJenner clan found out about this, they immediately cut Woods from the herd. The aftermath was chronicled on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Woods shared her side of the story on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk.

Tristan Thompson has fathered a child with Maralee Nichols

In April 2021, Tristan Thompson was again accused of cheating on Khloé Kardashian, this time with Instagram model Sydney Chase. Per The US Sun, Chase appeared on the “No Jumper” podcast, where she claimed to have met with Thompson in January. “I didn’t know he was in a relationship. He told me he wasn’t in a relationship anymore,” she said. In an Instagram Live, Chase also read out messages from Thompson, in which the NBA star told her she was “his type” (via The US Sun).

Still, Kardashian and Thompson were back at it over the summer. The last straw came for the Good American founder when she found out Thompson had fathered a child with fitness instructor Maralee Nichols, who was born in December. Although Thompson denied the allegations, a paternity test confirmed the results – meaning he had fathered the child back in March. Taking to Instagram, Thompson wrote: “Today the paternity test results show that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established, I look forward to amicably raising our son.”

Kardashian may have stayed with Thompson because of her daughter, True, but there have been red flags throughout their relationship. (Per Metro UK, the pair also began dating when Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, Jordan Craig, was six months pregnant with his child.) Following the rollercoaster romance, fans are no doubt hoping for a happy ending for Kardashian.