Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson were secretly engaged for 9 months prior to his paternity scandal

Kardashian agreed to marry Thompson around February 2021, but they were broken up again by that December

Khloé Kardashian may have turned down Tristan Thompson’s initial proposal, but the media has learned she accepted a second — and the on-again, off-again couple was secretly engaged for nine months.

On Thursday’s episode of The Kardashians, Kardashian, 38, admitted to sister Kim Kardashian that she turned down Thompson, 31 when he first asked her to marry him. According to a source, the proposal took place in December 2019.

Despite suspicions about Thompson’s adultery, the pair reunited when he proposed a second time, and Kardashian said yes in February 2021.

That year, the couple was seriously considering having a second child together. True Kardashian, the couple’s first child, was born in April 2018, immediately following Kardashian’s first public scandal over Thompson’s cheating.

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Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson with their son. 

Kardashian and Thompson successfully conceived a second kid via surrogate in the last weeks of 2021, just as it was revealed that Thompson had fathered a child with another woman, Maralee Nichols.

Kardashian called off the secret engagement in December 2021 at that moment.

The couple welcomed their son, whose name has yet to be revealed, in August.

Kardashian allowed Thompson into the room to meet the infant, admitting, “I’ve been on the fence about letting Tristan come to the hospital or not, but Tristan wants to be here so I just figured, why not let him come? I’ll never get this moment back.”

Kim referred to Thompson’s proposals’ shaky timeframe in the most recent episode of The Kardashians. “I’ll never forget Tristan contacting me and telling me he was going to propose to her on Valentine’s Day, which had been a year since they had trouble, so this was last Valentine’s Day,” she explained. “The next day, I called him and said, ‘Hey, I never heard anything from Khloé.’ ‘Oh my god, did you propose?’ he said, and he said, ‘Oh yeah, I did in December.’ Oh, she didn’t even inform us!”

However, once the couple decided to make it official, they kept the news to themselves and off the show.

The Good American founder explained her reasons behind her initial refusal to get engaged on this week’s Kardashians.

“I said, ‘I need to make sure this is a totally different relationship because I wanna be proud to say I’m engaged to anyone,'” she recalled. “And that’s why I said, ‘I’m not comfortable accepting this right now because I’m not excited to tell my family,’ and as hurtful as that probably was for him to hear, it was the truth. I’m not ever gonna accept something or give someone false hope, and I said that to him.”

“Going through what I went through was Tristan was incredibly hard,” she later acknowledged in a confessional. “The hardest part about it all is training yourself to un-love someone. This was my life for six years. And we weren’t just a couple, we genuinely were best friends. He was my workout buddy, we did all these things together. And so learning how to undo all those things, takes time. Just because someone does you dirty doesn’t mean you fall out of love with them instantly.”

News of the secret engagement was previously reported by BuzzFeed and Entertainment Tonight Canada.

Every Thursday, new episodes of The Kardashians are released on Hulu.