Tristan Thompson Has Been Branded A “Master Manipulator” After “The Kardashians” Fans Noticed The Expert Way He “Told Each Sister What They Wanted To Hear” In His Apology Tour

“Im sick of the narrative that Tristan’s biggest problem is cheating, at this point it’s not,” one disgruntled viewer pointed out.

This week’s episode of The Kardashians was a lot, to say the least, with Tristan Thompson embarking on an apology tour in a bid to win over Khloé Kardashian’s family after his years of betrayal.

Closeup of Tristan Thompson in a velour tracksuit

As you are probably aware, Tristan has repeatedly publicly humiliated Khloé ever since they started dating in 2016 — with the reality star first finding out that he had cheated on her just days before she gave birth to their first child in 2018.

Tristan talking to?Khloé, who's in a hospital bed in a scene "The Kardashians"

After forgiving him for that, Tristan cheated again and destroyed Khloé’s sister Kylie Jenner’s friendship with Jordyn Woods when he hooked up with her at a house party.

Closeup of Jordyn Woods and Kylie Jenner

Khloé forgave him again, but in 2021, she was left devastated when she learned “with the rest of the world” that Tristan had secretly fathered a son with another woman and had been keeping it from her for months.

Closeup of Tristan Thompson in a floral-print top

Not only did Tristan keep personal trainer Maralee Nichols’s pregnancy hidden from Khloé, he was also secretly battling a related court case over his paternity and child support issues while she was none the wiser.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Khloé later revealed that Tristan had simultaneously been convincing her to go ahead with surrogacy plans for their second child, and their embryo was implanted in the surrogate just days before his paternity scandal was exposed.

Closeup of Khloé getting emotional

At the time, Khloé’s family admitted that it seemed as though Tristan was racing against the clock to “trap” Khloé before he was found out.

Tristan holding their newborn in the hospital as?Khloé’ looks on from

Khloé and Tristan’s son was born in July of last year — just months after his son with Maralee was born, who she has claimed he has yet to meet.

Khloé previously said that she was so heartbroken by the paternity scandal that she didn’t speak to Tristan for six months, but she has had a massive change of heart since.

Closeup of Khloé smiling

In fact, fans of her family reality show have been left unimpressed by how much Tristan has been featured in the most recent season — pointing out that many episodes feel like an attempt at a “redemption arc” for the disgraced NBA star.

Screenshot from "The Kardashians"

In addition to Tristan literally moving in with Khloé while his home was being renovated, several members of her inner circle have been seen encouraging her to give him yet another chance.

Tristan helping Kris Jenner in the kitchen

Her mom, Kris Jenner, shared her fears that Khloé would “regret” not sticking with Tristan, her best friend Malika Haqq said that the star should try to “save” her family, her sister Kim Kardashian heaped praise on Tristan for how much time he spends with her own sons, and Kris’s partner, Corey Gamble, even gushed over him being “daddy of the year.”

Tristan holding his baby as he talks to Corey Gamble

Amid all of this, Khloé’s sister Kourtney Kardashian has been the only one to represent how fans feel about Tristan, with the star admitting that she sometimes gets so “triggered” she can’t even bear to be around him.

Closeup of Kourtney during a confessional

This week, it was revealed that Kylie and Kendall Jenner also still harbor ill feelings toward Tristan, and he attempted to clear the air in some one-to-one conversations.

Closeup of Kendall and Kylie blowing kisses to the camera on the red carpet

Sitting down with Kylie, Tristan apologized for the impact that his actions had on her friendship with Jordyn. Although he was in his late 20s in 2019 when the controversial hook-up occurred — and was actually older than Kylie and Jordyn are now — he insisted that it was purely a result of him being “young and stupid.”

Closeup of Tristan Thompson talking

He also appeared to try and relate to the mom-of-two through their children and being a parent, with Kylie being reduced to tears as he spoke earnestly about his fears of being an embarrassment to his daughter.

Closeup of Kylie

And when it came to his heart-to-heart with Kourtney, Tristan opened up extensively about what he’d learned about himself in therapy. He claimed that through therapy he “realized” that his “childhood upbringing” is a factor in why he mistreats women.

Closeup of Tristan Thompson

Tristan said that numbing his emotions is a “defense mechanism” and that everything he’d done to Khloé was because he wasn’t ever taught “how to love.”

Closeup of Tristan Thompson

In case you didn’t know, Kourtney is hugely vocal about how important she thinks that therapy is, and just last week, she opened up about the fact that going to therapy helped her unlearn “toxic” traits she’d picked up in her childhood when it comes to raising her children.

Closeup of Kourtney Kardashian

And this coincidence wasn’t lost on viewers at home, with Tristan being branded a “master manipulator” as fans accused him of adapting his speeches to fit what he knew each sister “wanted to hear.”

Closeup of Tristan Thompson

Writing on a Reddit forum, one person also referenced the way that Tristan stepped up to support Kim’s sons amid her divorce from their dad, Kanye West, as they wrote: “So basically Tristan told each sister what they wanted to hear. Kylie with Jordyn, Kim with her kids, and Kourtney with therapy.”

“So basically Tristan told each sister what they wanted to hear. Kylie with Jordyn, Kim with her kids, and Kourtney with therapy”

“And all are too dumb to see what he’s doing,” they went on. “All of them will forgive him. My last hope for this family is Kendall never speaking to him and keeping that energy of not wanting to be near him.”

“Ooo that’s such a good point fr this man is a master manipulator,” someone else replied. “Also him saying he’s young and dumb to Kylie when he was older then Kylie is now is definitely….interesting.”

“Also him saying he’s young and dumb to Kylie when he was older then Kylie is now is definitely….interesting”

“Omg I didn’t even notice that. He fooled me ? I know he isn’t sincere with anything he says but wow I didn’t notice how calculated his talks with each sister was,” another responded.

“Omg I didn’t even notice that. He fooled me ? I know he isn’t sincere with anything he says but wow I didn’t notice how calculated his talks with each sister was”

While one more user said that they felt as though there was too much emphasis on Tristan’s cheating, and not enough on the deceit that followed, especially in the most recent instance. They wrote: “Im sick of the narrative that Tristan’s biggest problem is cheating, at this point it’s not. Like Kylie said, encouraging Khloe to have a baby via surrogate while he was waiting for another baby is unforgivable.”

“Im sick of the narrative that Tristan’s biggest problem is cheating, at this point it’s not. Like Kylie said, encouraging Khloe to have a baby via surrogate while he was waiting for another baby is unforgivable”

“He can justify the cheating with some bs sap story but knowing he is capable of that level of manipulation should prevent anyone from trusting him,” they added.

A shirtless Tristan and?Khloé outside

“Tristan is soo insincere it’s so obvious,” somebody else agreed. “Why are they giving this man screen time.”

“Why are they giving this man screen time”

Over on X, formerly known as Twitter, the basketball star was accused of “weaponizing” therapy in his conversation with Kourtney, with one person writing: “Tristan is an example of trash men getting therapy then weaponizing it to justify their behavior.”

Tristan is an example of trash men getting therapy then weaponizing it to justify their behavior #TheKardashians

— rosechocglam (@rosechocglam) November 16, 2023
Twitter @rosechocglam / Via Twitter: @rosechocglam

While somebody else said that Tristan should also be making an effort to put things right with Maralee as well as Jordan Craig, who he shares another son with. In legal documents that were filed last month, Jordan claimed that Tristan owes her over $220,000 in child support.

They wrote: “I need Tristan to apologize to Jordan Craig, Maralee, and his children as well. They honestly deserve one as well.”

I need Tristan to apologize to Jordan Craig, Maralee and his children as well. They honestly deserve one as well #thekardashians

— Sam (@samaresa) November 16, 2023
Twitter @samaresa / Via Twitter: @samaresa

This week’s episode ended with Kourtney doubling down on the fact that she doesn’t think that Tristan deserves Khloé, and fans will have to tune in next week to find out if he managed to eventually talk her around.

You can watch The Kardashians on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ internationally.

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