Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans cringed when they saw Khloe and Tristan prepare for surrogacy.
Khloe seems very serious about maintaining her relationship with Tristan, despite everything.
Over the weekend, her cheating baby daddy turned 30.
Khloe wrote a gushing public tribute to him … and basically thanked him for cheating.
WTF? Yeah, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to us either. Let’s dig in here.
"THE ONES THAT ARE MEANT TO BE," Khloe’s caption began ominously.
"ARE THE ONES WHO GO THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT IS DESTINED TO TEAR THEM APART," she claimed.
"AND," Khloe continued, "THEY COME OUT EVEN STRONGER THAN THEY WERE BEFORE."
"THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME EVERYTHING YOU SAID YOU WOULD," Khloe wrote.
She went on to thank Tristan for who he is. Specifically, "FOR THE FATHER YOU ARE."
Khloe also praised him "FOR THE BEST FRIEND I HAVE IN YOU."
"I’M THANKFUL THAT I CAN DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WITH YOU," Khloe added, "AND IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING."
She expressed: "I HOPE YOU KNOW TODAY AND [EVERY DAY] HOW LOVED YOU ARE."
Khloe stated that Tristan is loved "BY ME AND SO MANY."
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TT!" Khloe exclaimed.
She congratulated him: "WELCOME TO 30!"
Saturday, March 13 was Tristan’s birthday. The former Cleveland Cavaliers and current Boston Celtics forward was born in 1991.
The 36-year-old Khloe announced to her man, and the world: "I CAN’T WAIT FOR ALL OF THE MEMORIES."
Her caption concluded: "THIS IS WHEN LIFE JUST STARTS GETTING GOOD."
You can see Khloe’s all-caps affection here – and Tristan saw it, too.
"I LOVE YOU SO MUCH KOKO," Tristan replied.
He added: "Let’s keep building amazing memories."
Lest you think he’s not serious, the notorious cheater and NBA rebounding force included a string of red heart emojis.
Let’s approach what Khloe is saying here because there’s … a lot to observe. It’s just a lot, ladies and gentlemen.
First of all, we know what Khloe meant when she gushed about him being loved by her "and so many."
But … in light of his multiple cheating scandals, it’s kind of funny. Ma’am, wasn’t that the problem?
"Welcome to 30" is also a funny line.
Traditionally, a person is "welcomed" to their thirties by general discomfort. You sleep wrong one night and you wake up feeling like you fell down the stairs. It’s not as fun as it sounds.
Or they celebrate their "Dirty 30" by sowing their wild oats … let’s not even go there.
It’s also more than a little weird to hear Khloe, a global celebrity and mega-millionaire, refer to life "just getting good."
She is, in many ways, as aspirational a figure as exists in popular culture today. She’s built an entire brand on it.
If life wasn’t already "good" before now – not even spectacular, just good – what does that mean for the rest of us?
But our love of celebrity gossip and lighthearted fun at Khloe’s expense aside, the key to her post is at the beginning.
Many people would look at the pain and toxicity of multiple extremely public cheating scandals as what they are: dealbreakers.
For Khloe, it seems that she has talked herself into viewing all of Tristan’s misdeeds as the opposite of that.
Khloe appears to view all of the emotional hardships and public humiliation as some sort of … cosmic test.
In her mind, she and Tristan "passed" this test by not giving up on their relationship. Whatever that’s worth.
It seems clear that she does not care what others think … at least, that she won’t let them change her mind.
One of the real struggles of fan culture in this day and age is watching real people make mistakes in real time.
Best case scenario in the eyes of millions of people who follow her? Khloe is rewarding Tristan’s bad behavior.
What feels more likely, of course, is that she’s also setting herself up to have her heart broken again.
The next time that Tristan cheats, it will no doubt sting doubly hard. And is anyone out there doubting there will be a next time?
Didn’t think so.