After tons of infidelity scandals, breakups, and eventual reunions since they began dating in 2016, Khloé and Tristan — who share a 4-year-old daughter named True — gave things another shot last year as they rekindled their romance once more.
Maralee Nichols, mother of Tristan’s now-9-month-old baby boy, Theo, became pregnant on his 30th birthday in March 2021 — the same night that Khloé had thrown him a lavish birthday party and shared a gushing Instagram post about him.
What’s more, Tristan didn’t tell Khloé about the pregnancy before the news was made public, leaving her to find out with the “rest of the world” when legal documents from the court case were leaked online. Her raw reaction was documented in her family’s Hulu reality series, The Kardashians.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, we later learned that Khloé and Tristan had actually been preparing to welcome a child of their own via surrogate at this very time.
While speaking about Tristan’s paternity scandal with her sister, Kim, in a scene filmed in the early months of this year, Khloé ended up revealing that the NBA player had actually proposed to her.
“I mean, the fact that he proposed and you never told us,” Kim tells Khloé as the two discuss how unhealthy the relationship was. A producer then asks Khloé during a confessional, “Tristan proposed to you?” In response, she confirms: “Yeah.”
Kim goes on to divulge more about Tristan’s proposal plans in a confessional of her own. “I’ll never forget Tristan calling me, and he was gonna propose to her on Valentine’s Day, which was like a year since they had drama. So this was last Valentine’s Day,” she says.
While Kim’s comments appear to suggest that Tristan proposed in December 2020, sources with insider knowledge told BuzzFeed News that the athlete actually proposed to Khloé in December 2019.
The sources said that while Khloé did not accept Tristan’s proposal in 2019, the pair ended up discussing things again in February 2021, and ultimately did get engaged.
The insiders added that Khloé and Tristan were engaged until she found out about his paternity scandal in December 2021.
And while Khloé and Tristan never publicly announced the news of their engagement, the pair dropped several hints about their status over the following months.
But undoubtedly the most pointed hint that Khloé dropped was the huge diamond ring she began sporting in February 2021 — the very month that she and Tristan had gotten engaged.
And in April, Tristan left an eyebrow-raising comment under a picture she shared that was entirely focused on the ring.
She then seemingly deflected things altogether as she told host Ellen DeGeneres, “You should ask Khloe [about it].”
Fast forward to the end of the year, and — if all else hadn’t — Tristan’s court battle with Maralee seemingly confirmed that he and Khloé had actually been engaged.
According to legal documents obtained by multiple outlets, Tristan told Maralee that he and Khloé would be “married soon” as he attempted to encourage her to get an abortion. He also purportedly referred to the reality star as his fiancée and said that they were planning on publicly announcing the news of their engagement.
You can watch the latest episode of The Kardashians on Hulu, or Disney+ internationally, now. The next episode will be released on October 5.
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