Tristan Thompson achieved instant meme status during Thursday’s debut episode of The Kardashians.
The NBA star, 37, has been caught cheating on Khloe Kardashian, 31, multiple times and recently it was revealed that he had fathered a child with fitness model Maralee Nichols.
The latest scandal hadn’t come to light when he began filming the latest series, however, and the lothario seemed visibly panicked when Khloe’s sister Kim called her over to show her something on an iPad.
Awkward: Tristan Thompson became a meme after fans spotted the moment he ‘thought he’d been exposed’ in The Kardashians scene – filmed before his paternity suit was revealed
In the episode, Kim was left shocked when she saw son Saint, six, laughing at his tablet while playing the children’s game Roblox, only to see a picture of her crying face on the screen captioned ‘Kim’s new sex tape’.
She immediately called over her younger sister, shouting ‘Khloe, come here… I feel like you’re the only one that would understand this. I’m not sure what this means.’
The camera then cut to Tristan, who raised his eyebrows and looked visibly distressed.
Betrayed: The NBA star, 37, has been caught cheating on Khloe Kardashian, 31, multiple times and recently it was revealed that he had fathered a child with fitness model Maralee Nichols
Later in the episode he was seen talking through his problems with Khloe, with whom he shares four-year-old daughter True, as he expressed his desire to rekindle their romance and expand their family.
At the time, Tristan had impregnated his third baby mama, Maralee, but Khloe was not yet aware until a paternity suit came to light later on during filming.
Taking to Twitter during the scene, viewers penned: ‘Tristan’s face when Kim called Khloe to show her what’s on the iPad #Kardashians’;
What’s going on? Tristan’s latest scandal hadn’t come to light when he began filming and he seemed visibly panicked when Kim called Khloe over to show her something on an iPad
‘When Kim was showing Khloe the iPad with Saint’s game you could see Tristan 100% thought he got caught for the 88th time #TheKardashians’; ‘When Kim was showing Khloe the iPad and Tristan thought he was about to be found out #TheKardashians
‘tristan’s soul left his body’; ‘When Kim said “Khloe look at this” with the iPad in hand Tristan definitely thought he was being exposed again #TheKardashians’
‘Tristan looked legit scared #TheKardashians’; ‘Tristan thought he got busted…again’; ‘tristan is acc conditioned to stay in fight or flight mode #TheKardashians’; ‘Tristan is sooooo shady lol what a liar’.
Oh dear: Taking to Twitter during the scene viewers joked that Tristan was ‘in fight or flight mode’ after being caught cheating in the past
Elsewhere in the episode, Khloe revealed that Tristan is ‘determined’ to rekindle their romance but she has her reservations given his many cheating scandals.
The troubles first began in 2018 when he was caught cheating on Khloe just days before she welcomed their first child together.
During The Kardashians, Khloe addressed the status of her relationship with Tristan who she has dated on and off since 2016.
Could it be? Later in the episode he was seen talking to Khloe, with whom he shares four-year-old daughter True, as he expressed his desire to rekindle their romance
Speaking in a confessional, Khloe insisted there was ‘no tension’ between the pair but that they ‘get along really well’ and see each other a few times a week as they co-parent daughter True, four.
She said: ‘If Tristan had his way he would completely be together, I just need a bit of breathing room and time to think…
‘Tristan is very determined on us getting back together, he goes to therapy quite often, a couple times a week and we now even do couples therapy together.’
Turning to her on/off boyfriend she said: ‘You need to stay on your personal health and wellbeing, whether it be mind body or soul.’
Betrayal: Tristan was caught cheating on Khloe in 2018 just days before she welcomed their first child together, and a paternity test revealed that he had fathered a child last year
Calling their romance a ‘grey area’, Khloe then discussed the moment she discovered he was cheating on her when she was pregnant, saying: ‘If I wasn’t pregnant, I would have f***”d you up so… I just didn’t wanna break my nails before delivery.’
She added in the confessional: ‘Every day he tries to show me and prove to me that he’s a different person and I should have faith and trust him, but we’ve been through so much together that I have a lot of reservations.
Tristan then lay his cards out out on the table as he said to her: ‘You know I want to get us back together and build our family and hopefully be able to expand our family, God willing.’
‘It’s a lot of strain on a relationship. Trust takes times,’ Khloe responded.
Baby mama: DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle in December after Maralee Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player
The scenes aired as it was revealed that Khloe’s elder sister Kim who first revealed that to her Tristan had been hit with a paternity suit.
The difficult disclosure was even more uncomfortable, as she shared that Kim broke the news while she was on camera for their new reality series The Kardashians.
Speaking to USA Today she admitted that ‘it was hard’ to learn the news of Tristan’s latest infidelity while cameras were capturing her every move.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle in December after Maralee Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player.
Confession: During Thursday’s debut episode of The Kardashians, Khloe, 37, addressed the status of her relationship with Tristan, 31, who she has dated on and off since 2016
She also filed to submit text messages exchanged between herself and Tristan as evidence for her paternity lawsuit.
It’s claimed the texts show the pro athlete had wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, stated he had no plans to be involved in the child’s life and had tried to offer her hush money.
Tristan had filed a gag order request, saying Maralee’s ‘intention all along [was] to try to achieve some sort of notoriety and gain for herself in this lawsuit’ by accusing him of fathering a third child.
Yet the following month, paternity test results revealed that Tristan was the child’s biological father and in an Instagram statement on January 3, he penned: ‘Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions.
For all to see: Khloé said Kim informed her of the paternity lawsuit against Tristan while she was being filmed for their upcoming Hulu reality series The Kardashians (seen in 2018)
‘Now that paternity has been established, I look forward to amicably raising our son. I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.’
Tristan then spoke directly to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star whom he first started dating in 2016.
He wrote: ‘Khloe, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you. You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years.
‘My actions have certainly not lined up with the way I view you. I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry,’ his statement read.
Owning up: The NBA player admitted that it was his child in a January Insta Stories post. He apologized to ‘everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed’ but added a second apology for Khloé alone
Although looking back on that difficult day still makes Khloé emotional, she admitted that she’s fuzzy on the presence of the cameras because they’re so often around her and her family.
‘I don’t really remember being filmed, I’m so immune to it,’ she told USA Today.
But it was particularly ‘hard’ to remember when she found out about the cheating incident that appears to have ended her relationship with her former partner for good.
‘I think that was hard for me too,’ Kim added in the interview.
‘Déjà vu,’ Khloé said of learning of another cheating incident. ‘I think the first time it was either Kendall or Kylie that called me. Now it’s good old Kim.’
The Revenge Body star added that the pain from betrayal ‘doesn’t get easier,’ though she said ‘you do become more numb’ over time.
‘When you’re hurt so many times — your reactions, your responses to the same thing happening over and over again — there is a numbing sensation to it,’ she said, adding, ‘It almost becomes normal, when it should absolutely never become normal.’
Her mother Kris Jenner, who also sat in on the interview, added that the whole family was shaken by the betrayal.
She said that revelations like that ‘are a bit shocking, but you’re not really focused on the filming of it at all until you watch it back.’
Close to home: In 2018, just days before Khloé gave birth to her and Tristan’s daughter True, DailyMail.com published video and photos of Tristan kissing a strip club worker
In 2018, just days before Khloé gave birth to her and Tristan’s daughter True, DailyMail.com published video and photos of Tristan kissing a strip club worker and also taking her up to his hotel room in New York City.
The couple managed to weather the storm, but they split in 2019 after Tristan kissed Kylie Jenner’s then-BFF Jordyn Woods.
The couple patched up their issues to reunite in the summer of 2020 while spending time together in the early days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but they split again in June of last year.
The Kardashians drops on Thursday on Hulu in the US and Disney+ in Europe
Pucker up: The couple managed to weather the storm, but they split in 2019 after Tristan kissed Kylie Jenner’s then-BFF Jordyn Woods