Aug 06, 2022
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson welcome second child and first boy via surrogate but 'are NOT back together'
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The former couple, whose on-off relationship was repeatedly scarred by claims of his infidelities, are already the proud parents of a daughter called True, four.
A representative for Khloe told Page Six this Friday that she 'is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing.'
Growing family: Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have welcomed their second child and first baby boy together via surrogate
The representative continued in a statement: 'We’d like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Khloe can focus on her family.'
Khloe and Tristan have not rekindled their romance in the wake of their new baby's arrival, a source revealed to Page Six.RELATED ARTICLES
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Their five-year on-off relationship imploded in December 2021 when DailyMail.com exclusively revealed the NBA star had fathered a child with personal trainer Maralee Nichols while he was still involved with Khloe.
By the time Maralee and Tristan's son Theo was born in December, Khloe and Tristan's surrogate was already pregnant with their new baby.
Baby mine: The former couple, whose on-off relationship was repeatedly scarred by claims of his infidelities, are already the proud parents of a daughter called True, four
Mature: Throughout the ups and downs of their romantic relationship, they have retained an amicable co-parenting equation for their daughter, whom they are pictured with this June
A source recently told Us Weekly that Tristan has 'tried countless times to win back' Khloe, but she is 'done with him for good romantically.'
The exes dated on and off between 2016 and 2021, despite the relationship being buffeted by the sportsman's serial infidelity.
Less than 48 hours before True was born, DailyMail.com exclusively broke news of Tristan's alleged fling with New York City strip club bartender Lani Blair.
They remained together then, but broke up in February 2019 after Tristan shared a kiss at a party with Khloe's sister Kylie Jenner's then best friend Jordyn Woods.
Baby mine: Khloe and Tristan have not rekindled their romance in the wake of their new baby's arrival, a source revealed to Page Six
True turns two: Tristan is seen cradling his first child with Khloe - and his second overall - as little True celebrated her second birthday
When the coronavirus lockdowns struck, Tristan and Khloe moved in together so they could both be with True - and wound up rekindling their romance as well.
Reports of their latest split began circulating in June 2021 as Tristan found himself denying a swirl of cheating rumors.
Last year, it emerged that he had fathered a child with another woman while he was still romantically involved with Khloe.
DailyMail.com exclusively obtained court documents in late 2021 claiming Tristan was having a baby by a woman named Maralee Nichols.
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Column: 4 things to watch in the Chicago White Sox-Houston Astros 4-game series a rematch of last years playoffs
The four-game series that begins Monday between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros has many intriguing storylines, including Tuesday’s matchup of the top two American League Cy Young Award contenders in Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease.
It could be a chance for the Sox to prove they’re bona fide contenders. Or it could be another in a series of missed opportunities for an inconsistent team .
Here are four things to watch in the rematch of last year’s AL Division Series.1. Playoff implications
The defending AL champion Astros are on a season-long roll and bring the league’s best record (75-41) into the showdown on the South Side. They’ve continued to dominate in 2022 in spite of the prolonged absence of Lance McCullers Jr., who returned Saturday to throw six shutout innings in his first start since suffering a strained right flexor tendon in Game 4 of the 2021 ALDS.
The Astros have few flaws. Their starters entered Sunday with the lowest ERA (3.15) in the AL, and the bullpen’s 2.76 ERA was the best in baseball. The offense ranked third in the AL in runs (519) and second in home runs (158).
A first-round playoff bye is virtually a given. The only race the Astros are in is with the New York Yankees for the league’s best record and home-field advantage through the AL playoffs. They’ve gone 39-18 since June 12, pulling ahead of the Yankees, whom they beat 5-2 in the season series.
The Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday to move three games over .500 for the first time since a 6-3 start. They’re 2½ games behind the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central in spite of themselves.
The Sox also are in a packed wild-card race, though winning the division is paramount because it would ensure home-field advantage in the first-round. The higher-seeded team is awarded all three games in the first round of the new, expanded postseason format.
Though the Sox have had more success on the road than at home, they obviously would prefer to play in front of their fans at Guaranteed Rate Field.2. Verlander vs. Cease
These matchups are rare in modern baseball, so treasure them while you can.
Verlander, who missed almost two seasons after Tommy John surgery in 2020, is the consensus favorite to capture his third Cy Young Award. At 39 he’s more dominant than ever, leading the majors with 15 wins, a 1.85 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP.
One of Verlander’s three losses came against the Sox on June 18 at Minute Maid Park, where he allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3⅔ innings. Since then he’s 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA.
Cease, 26, leads the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (12.17) and strikeout rate (33%) and has allowed one or no earned runs in his last 14 starts, setting a major-league record (not counting openers). His only flaw is a 10.4% walk rate, worst among qualified starters.
Cease’s 1.96 ERA ranks second to Verlander, yet he curiously was left off the AL All-Star team, a snub that has added to his motivation.
Cease started Game 3 of the ALDS last October but was removed in the second inning of the Sox’s 12-6 win over the Astros. He has been lights out since, keeping the Sox in contention during their up-and-down season.3. Tony vs. Dusty
The heated rivalry that needs no introduction came alive in the early 2000s, when Dusty Baker managed the Chicago Cubs against Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals. It has mellowed a bit with age, and both veterans now praise each other almost every time they meet, a mutual respect that has survived some bitter battles over the years.
La Russa has been a human piñata this season, taking heat for the Sox’s inability to play up to expectations. “Fire Tony” chants have been heard the last two months at Guaranteed Rate Field, including Friday when La Russa removed Michael Kopech after six no-hit innings, a move made for Kopech’s own good,
Baker is enjoying a career year and has weathered injuries to McCullers and left fielder Michael Brantley, who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Baker returned last week from a COVID-19-related absence, saying he watched a lot of Netflix, including a Bob Marley documentary.
La Russa has three World Series rings and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baker still is seeking his first championship as a manager, and this could be his last chance.
Whether this will be their last faceoff is unknown.
La Russa, 77, reportedly is signed through 2023, but the 73-year-old Baker signed a one-year contract after taking the Astros to the World Series last year. “I just had some unfinished business to take care of, but we’re close,” he said after signing.
Baker has a 109-106 edge in head-to-head matchups with La Russa, taking two of three in Houston in June.4. Joe Kelly’s pouty face
The veteran reliever, who was removed from his last appearance with what the Sox termed “lightheadedness,” is infamous in Houston for making a pouty face while walking off the mound in a 2020 game when he pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kelly allegedly threw at Carlos Correa and made the face after striking him out. The animosity stemmed from the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal.
The pouty face started a benches-clearing incident, earned Kelly an eight-game suspension, and it became a meme that’s still widely shared.
“Everyone knows they’re cheaters,” Kelly said in 2021. “They know they’re cheaters. It’s over. … But now they mess it up by ruining other people’s lives, so they (bleeped) up twice. … When you taint someone’s name to save your own, this is one of the worst things you could probably do. … I think I’ll be irritated forever.”
Rest assured the feeling is mutual.