Tristan Thompson, the 32-year-old NBA star, finds himself wrestling with concerns about how his past decisions might impact his children. In the most recent episode of the popular reality show, “The Kardashians,” Thompson provides an update on the progress of his home construction project while residing at Khloé Kardashian’s residence.
With enthusiasm, Thompson remarks, “I can’t wait for you to see the finished product,” prompting a playful response from Khloé Kardashian, the 39-year-old co-founder of Good American, who quips, “Trust me, I can’t wait to see the finished product either.”
Their banter touches on the importance of personal space, with Thompson acknowledging, “Nah, I get it. I know, there’s nothing like your own space to a degree.” Khloé humorously corrects him, emphasizing, “Not to a degree, just period. I still need my space. I love being alone.” Thompson playfully acknowledges his role as a house guest, remarking, “You are. You’re super helpful, and you’re great with the kids. Trust me, I appreciate it.”
In a confessional moment, Kardashian expresses her determination to ensure that Thompson does not feel unduly indebted to her for her hospitality. Thompson adds some levity, saying, “Seriously though, thank you for letting me crash here while my roof crashed to the floor.”
Thompson goes on to share his personal journey of unlearning certain behaviors that have been ingrained in him as a professional athlete. He attributes his motivation for change to his children, stating, “It wasn’t until I really had to look at myself. I never had to hold myself accountable. We’re taught, ‘Be the man, do what you please, bros before hoes …’ You gotta just be your own man and don’t care what people think and don’t feel like you have to get validation from others.”
Turning his attention to his older two children, True (5) and Prince Oliver (6½), Thompson reveals his concerns about the life lessons they might glean from his past shortcomings. He shares his heartfelt worries, saying, “True is understanding stuff, and Prince understands things where they go to school and they have classmates. The last thing I ever want them to do is feel embarrassed that I’m their father.”
In a poignant moment, Thompson reflects on his personal growth journey, attributing it in part to the loss of his mother. He ponders, “I think going down this journey that I’ve been on, especially with losing my mom, I always ask myself, ‘Why do certain things to hurt certain people?'”
In her own confessional, Khloé Kardashian acknowledges the gravity of their past experiences, describing them as a “massive situation” and a “very traumatic experience” in her life. Nevertheless, she expresses her pride in her ability to exhibit kindness and maturity, especially in front of their children. She emphasizes her commitment to coexisting as co-parents and being there for Thompson during his times of need, underlining the importance of setting a positive example for their children.