Khloé Kardashian didn’t have the same surrogacy experience as sister Kim Kardashian.
In the season 3 premiere of The Kardashiansthe newly minted mother of two, 38, admits it was “hard for me” to rely on a surrogate to welcome her son Tatum with Tristan Thompson while chatting with Kim and Scott Disick.
The SKIMS co-founder, 42, notes that Khloé “found it really hard to accept the whole process.”
Khloé further admitted that she felt less connected to her newborn son than she did to daughter True, now 5, after she was born.
“It’s a thought. It’s really the craziest thing,” says Khloé.
“I do think there’s a difference when your baby is in your belly, the baby really feels your real heart,” Kim tells the two. ‘Think about it. There is no one else on this planet that will make you feel this way inside, your heart.”
Kim notes that it’s easier for some people to connect with babies after surrogacy than others, with Khloé admitting she had a hard time adding, “Kim said hers was easy, and this isn’t easy.”
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Last summer, a source told PEOPLE that Kim encouraged the Good American co-founder to pursue surrogacy after welcoming her younger two children, Psalm, 4, and Chicago, 5, through surrogacy after experiencing complications during her pregnancies with Saint, 7 and North, 9.
“Khloé tried to conceive for a while. When this failed, they decided to explore other options. Kim supported and encouraged Khloe to find a surrogate mother,” the source said at the time.
The insider said Khloé was “delighted” to learn her surrogate mother was pregnant in December, but the situation turned “bittersweet” when she found out the NBA player fathered a child with Maralee Nichols during their romantic relationship. Khloé and Thompson have been in an on-again, off-again relationship since 2016 and welcomed daughter True in 2018.
Thompson is also father to son Theo, 16 months, with Nichols, and Prince, 6, with his ex-girlfriend, model Jordan Craig.
“It was a bittersweet situation for Khloé,” the source noted. “She was so excited about the baby but incredibly disappointed in Tristan. As Khloé always does, she turned it around and focused on the good.”
The former couple’s surrogate was already pregnant with their baby when Thompson’s cheating scandal came to light in December 2021, a source told PEOPLE.
Season 3 of The Kardashians now streaming on Hulu.
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