The photos were brandished across the internet, the headlines following a similar tune: Khloe Kardashian is days – hours, even – from giving birth, and the father of her baby, Tristan Thompson, is gallivanting around nightclubs and kissing strange women.
There was sympathy for Khloe, distaste for Tristan and an overwhelming number of articles digging into the basketballer’s shady past: Here’s man with a shaky track record, a man who – if you do the maths – may just have left his pregnant ex-girlfriend for his now pregnant girlfriend, who he has now been busted cheating on. (It’s like the circle of life but a infidelity-filled celebrity version.)
Discourse has been curious, if a little predictable, with sentiment looking like this: If someone like Khloe Kardashian can be cheated on, what help is there for the rest of us?
And then, well, came this: Are there some men in the world who will cheat no matter what? Does the allure of the woman at home have any bearing on whether or not a man will cheat? Oh, and of course: What is wrong with men who just can’t help themselves?
Sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein says for starters, there’s definitely a difference between people who cheat as an isolated thing and the ones who cheat consistently, on multiple partners.
LISTEN: Someone needs to tell Khloe Kardashian that her type isn’t working for her.
“The ones who are continuous cheaters – and let’s be clear there are so many different reasons, first and foremost, that people cheat, it could be boredom, or something wrong with relationship – are the ones we need to take note of.
“We need to start looking at the ego and their need to constantly feed it. With a guy like [Tristan Thompson] – somebody who is paid a lot of money – he no doubt has quite an ego on him because he is an elite athlete dating a Kardashian.”
Goldstein says to understand why men like Thompson allegedly cheat on multiple partners, we need to understand the inner workings of their sense of self worth. He may not necessarily be pursuing these women, but when they come along, he isn’t turning them away, either.