Why Khloe Kardashian Doesn’t Feel “Complete Bond” With Son Tatum Thompson

Khloe Kardashian recently opened up about her bond with son Tatum, sharing why it's different from her experience after welcoming her and ex Tristan Thompson’s daughter True.

By Kisha Forde Jun 08, 2023 5:00 AMTags
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Khloe Kardashian is opening up about her bonding experience with her son, Tatum.

The Good American founder—who welcomed her baby and ex Tristan Thompson's baby boy via surrogate last summer—recently got candid about how the experience surrounding Tatum's arrival differed from that of their daughter True, 5.
"When you compare it, between True and him, it's a very different experience," Khloe told mom Kris Jenner during the June 8 episode of The Kardashians. "Like, the connection."

As the reality star explained, she was still getting adjusted to life as a mom of two.

"Like with True, it took me a couple days to be like, 'Okay, this is my daughter,' and I was super into it—but just days," she continued. "But with him, it's taken me, like, months. I love him and I love kids, but I definitely still don't have that complete bond. But you know, so many say it takes time."

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Kris couldn't agree with the latter sentiment, noting that she thinks her daughter should give herself grace.

"I think that for you, you've been through a lot," the momager explained. "Your emotions are spent on trying to deal with trauma and all the stuff that you've been through, and I think that you have to remember that. I mean, you have to give yourself a little bit of credit."

It's a sentiment that Khloe—whose son was conceived prior to Tristan's paternity scandal in 2021—shared she recognizes herself.


"I just feel bad, for sure," the 38-year-old said. "Not bad, I feel like guilty sometimes. Like, why isn't the same? But I know that it will be, and I know I don't treat him differently, I just question myself sometimes."

Khloe also reflected on her feelings surrounding her surrogacy process during the season 3 premiere of the Hulu series, sharing that she was in a "state of shock from the entire experience in general."

"I felt really guilty that this woman just had my baby, and then I take the baby and then I go to another room and you're separated," she said during the May 25 episode. "It's such a transactional experience because it's not about him."

As Khloe put it, "I wish someone was honest about surrogacy and the difference of it. That doesn't mean it's bad—it's great, but it's very different."

However, she's taking her journey as a mom one day at a time.

"I wish I wasn't so critical of myself 'cause I'm very kind to everyone else," she said in a confessional during the June 8 episode. "I'm just not that kind to myself. But being a mom is truly one of the most magical experiences."

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