Prior to Scott Disick checking into rehab, Jonathan Cheban spoke out in his defense - and offered a surprisingly optimistic assessment of his future.
That includes his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian.
Says Jonathan, Kim Kardashian's longtime best friend:
"There's three kids, he lives not that far from her. Once he gets this out of his system I'm hoping that it will be somewhat back to normal."
"I'm sure they can work it out."
Really? Not hopeful, but sure?
Cheban adds that while Kourtney is "pretty forgiving" and he wishes the best for the couple, he won't give Disick advice on getting his s--t together.
The rationale there is simple.
"Those 18-year-olds are all in it for pictures on the beach," Jonathan adds, noting, "it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is going on."
Young opportunistic girls, he says, "hang around" for photo ops that come with being out with anyone in the Kardashian-Jenner circle.
He adds, "We're used to all of that. We know every trick in the book. We've been around a long time. Everybody loves the attention."
So perhaps Scott has not been banging any of his various hangers-on? Would that and getting clean convince Kourt to take him back?
Kardashian and Disick split earlier this summer, and he has struggled to see Mason, 5, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 10 months, since.
It was the prospect of losing them, insiders say, that spurred Scott to get help, and Cheban adds that he wants to see the family whole again.
"They're really the best together. They're perfect together," he says. "So with anybody else it would be like weird. I'm hoping everything works out.
It wasn't all bad ...