On Sunday, April 14, Khloé Kardashian threw a characteristically over-the-top birthday party for her 1-year-old daughter, True. There was a giant topiary spelling “T-R-U-E!” Enormous pastel-colored balloon sculptures! Pettable ponies! All that you’ve come to expect from a Kardashian party.
The event seemed to follow a proud Kardashian tradition of lavish birthday parties for children who are far too young to remember that they took place at all. Remember “StormiWorld”? Chicago West’s Alice in Wonderland–themed bash? North West’s “Kidchella” (were we ever so young)? The outrageous events certainly serve as fuel for the impending class war, but they do look very nice. Do you think any of those kids have ever been to a Chuck E. Cheese?
Judging from the many Instagrams, little True’s birthday looked pretty idyllic. So many pony rides! And yet there was one gray cloud in the sunny Calabasas sky: an uncomfortable-looking reunion between Khloé Kardashian and her ex, True’s famously adulterous father Tristan Thompson.
Kardashian ended things with Thompson after he allegedly cheated with family friend Jordyn Woods, a scandal that made the internet explode (though it’s worth noting that Thompson also famously cheated on Kardashian throughout her pregnancy). As far as we’re concerned, it was quite magnanimous of Kardashian to invite him at all.
In this clip from Kardashian’s Instagram story, Thompson seems to reach for True and try to hold her. Kardashian gently ices him out, holding onto the baby and posing for the camera. Her cheekbones are really gleaming!
Thompson held True while everyone sang “Happy Birthday,” and Kardashian kept a careful distance from him. She looks sort of wary. It is, uh, understandable.
Eventually Thompson managed to pose with True for his own video, bouncing his daughter and wishing her a happy birthday.
It’s frankly pretty astonishing that everyone involved was able to keep it together and give the baby a nice birthday. We hope True enjoyed her pony rides.
A Brief History of Kardashians Posing with Extravagant Birthday Cakes In Las Vegas Nightclubs
Kim Kardashian celebrates her 27th Birthday Party at Les Deux on October 21, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian attends her 27th birthday celebration at Jet Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort on October 26, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage for Jet Nightclub)
Kim Kardashian attends her birthday party at LAX Nightclub on October 24, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
Brittny Gastineau, Kim Kardashian and Lala Vasquez attends TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on October 16, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Rob Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kim Dsrdashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian as NEW VEGAS Celebrates Kim Kardashian’s 30th Birthday At TAO At The Venetian on October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kim Kardashian, Rob Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian celebrate Rob Kardashian’s birthday at Jet at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on March 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage)
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian celebrate Kourtney’s birthday at the grand opening of Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood on April 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries and Kris Jenner celebrate Kim Kardashian’s birthday at Marquee Nightclun at the Cosmopolitan on October 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Rob Kardashian celebrates his 26th birthday with his mom Kris Jenner at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian celebrate Kourtney’s birthday at Wet Republic on April 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Khloe Kardashian celebrates her 30th birthday at TAO Nightclub on July 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian celebrate Kourtney Kardashian’s birthday at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on April 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner celebrate Kim’s birthday at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on October 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)