The re­al­ity star finds her­self stay­ing in yet an­other toxic re­la­tion­ship

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The May 5 NBA game be­tween the Cleve­land Cava­liers and Toronto Rap­tors was a nail-biter, with the Cavs ul­ti­mately best­ing the Cana­di­ans 105 to 103. But not all eyes were on the court: Peo­ple couldn’t help but stare at Khloé Kar­dashian cheer­ing on her baby daddy, Cava­liers power for­ward Tris­tan Thomp­son. Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, her pres­ence wouldn’t cause a stir. But just a month ear­lier — the same week Khloé gave birth to their daugh­ter, True — In Touch ex­clu­sively re­ported that Tris­tan had sex with a curvy stun­ner in Novem­ber (with­out us­ing pro­tec­tion) and then again in Fe­bru­ary. “Khloé go­ing to the game shows how much she’s for­given Tris­tan,” says a source. “She knows what he did, but right now she’s not go­ing to even think about it.”

That ter­ri­fies — and frus­trates — her loved ones. For years, Khloé turned a blind eye to ex-hus­band La­mar Odom’s shady ways, and they fear she’s re­peat­ing his­tory with the 27-year-old baller. ( The cheat­ing scandal also in­cluded an Oc­to­ber video that sur­faced in April and shows Tris­tan kiss­ing one woman while be­ing groped by an­other.) “Khloé’s world has been shat­tered — she just re­fuses to ex­cept it,” says the source. “La­mar cheated on her con­stantly and she al­ways took him back.” Though she’s not mar­ried to Tris­tan, the stakes are even higher now for the 33-year-old Keep­ing Up With the Kar­dashi­ans star: He’s the fa­ther of the baby she’s al­ways wanted. “Khloé would rather ig­nore ev­ery­thing to have the per­fect fam­ily life and white picket fence she en­vi­sioned,” says the source. “She lives in a fan­tasy world.”

A world that’s 2,300 miles away from her fam­ily. Her fa­mously pro­tec­tive kin, in­clud­ing sis­ters Kim and Kourt­ney and mom Kris Jen­ner, want to talk sense into Khloé, but she’s holed up in Tris­tan’s $1.9 mil­lion home in Ohio. “They don’t have much con­tact with her,” says the source. But Kim made her feel­ings known loud and clear on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show on April 30: “It’s just so f---ed up,” she said when asked about Khloé’s sit­u­a­tion.

HIS­TORY RE­PEATS IT­SELF Khloé once shared Kim’s opin­ion on in­fi­delity. In 2016, af­ter fi­nally split­ting from La­mar for good, she told Howard Stern that his cheat­ing habits were “dis­gust­ing” and ac­knowl­edged that “p---y is thrown at [NBA play­ers] all day long.” But now that she’s got True, “none of that mat­ters,” says the source. “She told her fam­ily that Tris­tan gave her what she’s al­ways wanted: a baby and a nor­mal fam­ily life out­side of LA. Peo­ple begged her to leave him, but she de­cided to stay.”

Now Tris­tan, who also has a 16-month-old son, Prince, with Instagram model Jor­dan Craig, is even mulling sib­lings for True. “I’m go­ing to keep go­ing,” he said in a pod­cast in­ter­view on May 8. “I’ve got a cou­ple more left in me.” But those close to Khloé don’t be­lieve his happy fam­ily talk. “It’s sad,” says the source. “Ev­ery­one thinks he’ll cheat again. And Khloé will prob­a­bly take him back, like she did with La­mar. There’s a pat­tern here — she just needs to break it.” ◼

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