Khloé Kardashian, the last of the three pregnant Kardashian-Jenners, gave birth to her baby girl yesterday in Cleveland—two days after a last-minute cheating scandal with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson broke. Up until that point, the birth had looked to be a quiet news story: Khloé gives birth to daughter, announces name, shares a photo eventually, and that's it. The same rollout as Kim Kardashian's and Kylie Jenner's new babies—and a news narrative on the whole that's buzzy, sweet but scandal-free and positive.
But then that video of Tristan allegedly cheating on Khloé last weekend broke. Then came the TMZ follow-up of Tristan cheating a second time, months before in October. The Tristan cheating story and its impact on a pre-labor Khloé easily became one of many news sites' most-covered entertainment stories this week.
Some fringe theorists on Twitter, knowing that Kris Jenner is the mastermind of the Kardashians' mega-success (and arguably knows how to manipulate media coverage), suggested that maybe she planned some of this to build up buzz for a new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Sources told People yesterday, after all, that the KUWTK crew was at the hospital, shooting Khloé as she had her baby and dealt with the scandal fallout. That October TMZ video published right after the Daily Mail's had pretty suspicious timing, some people on Twitter mused. Why was a scoop like that held for so long? TMZ did break the news of Khloé's baby being born too, and got that intel from their "Kardashian sources". Was it all a coincidence (and proof that TMZ has the best Kardashian-Jenner inside sources), or was their exclusive the reward for playing along?
While conspiracy theorists will always find ways to keep their theories alive, Kris Jenner's longtime friend Lisa Stanley shut down the rumor Kris orchestrated the story before Khloé even gave birth during a radio interview with Australia's KIIS 101.1 posted yesterday morning. "That is such horseshit [the rumor Kris planned this whole thing]," Lisa said. "I mean, listen, even Kris has her lines she draws in the sand and by the way, she’s not going to plan something against her child who’s not only been through hell and back with Lamar Odom, that cheating scumbag, but now she’s dealing with this guy!"
Lisa also gave some intel on how Kris and the family crisis-manage. "They have a meeting, no matter where everyone is," she said. "They’re on a phone, whether it’s FaceTime or on phone. Kris leads the meeting and they do damage control and they decide how they’re going to handle it. In this case, it was obvious. Khloé is definitely not going to say anything. She’s about to give birth to a child." And true to Lisa's speculation, Khloé hasn't. She's been silent on social media since the news broke.