In case you missed it, Tristan Thompson (aka Khloe Kardashian's fiancé and serial cheater) has been accused by model Sydney Chase for cheating on Khloé Kardashian with her earlier this year. There's since been leaked DMs, lawyers and legal threats. And honestly: Khloé. Babe. Are you OK?
This famously isn't the first of Thompson's cheating scandals, and my heart is literally breaking for her right now. She's taken this literal pile of trash back in the past, but then again, love can do strange things to the brain. So what's in store for them this time?
These sorts of scandals can take many, many drastic turns, so here's a complete timeline of everything that's gone down so far.
27 April: The podcast segment that broke the internet
This whole saga kicked off when an Instagram model named Sydney Chase appeared on the No Jumper podcast with her pals.
During the chaotic interview – that has since been removed from YouTube for reasons we'll get into soon – Chase claimed that she had a relationship with Tristan Thompson, Khloé Kardashian's fiancé, while they were together.
She claims to have hung out with him earlier this year, after Khloé and Tristan had gotten back together.
"I did not know he was in a relationship," Sydney said.
"He told me he was not in a relationship anymore. We talked, we hung out multiple times, we went out together, everything."
Later that day: Sydney doubles down on TikTok
After the internet understandable went into meltdown zone, Chase took to TikTok to double down on the claims, as well as apologise for revealing some – ahem – personal information about Tristan.
“We did have past relations and I found out that he was in a relationship and I ended things,” she said.
“The last time we had contact – besides when he messaged me after finding out about the interview, it was the day after his daughter’s birthday party,” she added. Gross.
Early May: Leaked DMs? Come on, Sydney
No public word from Team Kardashian yet, but it appears that Khloé personally reached out to Sydney on Instagram. Sydney posted screenshots of messages that apparently show DMs from Khloé herself, as well as a lot of redacted information.
"Hey Sydney, this is Khloé" one DM read. "I would appreciate if our conversation can remain confidential", she adds, alongside a praying hands emoji that definitely doesn't match her skin tone.
The intention of the alleged messages remains unclear, as does whether Chase replied or not. Spicy, though! Very spicy.
May 4: Time to bring out the big guns: cease-and-desist letters
According to Page Six, on May 4, Thompson's legal team were busy scribbling away at some strongly worded cease-and-desist letters.
The first was sent to Adam John Grandmaison, host of the No Jumper podcast. Penned by Tristan's attorney, Marty Singer, the letter stated that Grandmaison had "recklessly allowed Ms. Chase to make outlandish false statements" about Thompson, "without seeking to verify her claims in any way." Whew.
"Yeah, we got a cease-and-desist and deleted it," Grandmaison told Page Six. "Honestly, I wouldn't have posted it in the first place if I knew it was going to mess up a relationship."
Wrong email address… oops.
The second cease-and-desist letter was directed toward Chase herself, but she initially took to social media to state that she hadn’t received them. Turns out the letter had been sent to an old email address and she received it soon after.
“It is obvious that you are a liar,” the letter, obtained by Page Six, reads. So it’s clear this letter isn’t going to sugar coat anything.
“Your claim that you had a relationship with Mr. Thompson is pure fiction. The purported texts you claim exist are equally fictitious, and they put words in my client’s mouth that he never said that are contrary to his thoughts and feelings. This is defamatory.”
May 6: Sydney responds to the letter; declares she will not comply
Sydney responds on her Instagram story, first confirming that she’d managed to track down the letter.
“I’m moving forward with the truth & am choosing not to comply, she wrote.
“I will not be called a liar.”
While this quaint battle of letters rages on, a video obtained from one of Chase's-pal's Instagram-Live is published online. In the video, originally live streamed around the time of the infamous No Jumper podcast interview, Chase is in the background talking about messages she's receiving from Thompson. Thompson allegedly asked to see photos of Chase and her pals.
"Tristan literally said, 'Yes baby I like that. I want to see what they look like. I'm curious. You got me excited to come back,'" Chase says to someone off-camera.
"Apparently Khloé is not his type, but I'm his type," Sydney says. Fascinating.
May 6: Tristan’s lawyer responds & my god the girls are getting messy
Tristan’s lawyer, Marty Singer, responded to Chase’s statement that she won’t be backing down anytime soon. And it. Is. Scatching.
“You have stated to the media that ‘I will not be called a liar,’” Singer’s statement obtained by Page Six begins.
“You claim that your statements about supposedly receiving texts from my client are true. You also were reading and quoting from those fictitious texts. You claim that those texts you allegedly received prove you had an affair with my client.”
“Notwithstanding continued requests from me and from the press to provide the texts to back up your specious accusations, you have refused to do so.”
“The inescapable conclusion is that they do not exist.”
My god, Marty Singer really woke up and chose shade when he wrote that letter.
May 11: Sydney hires powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred
In response to said shade, Sydney reportedly hired her own representation in the form of high-profile women's rights attorney Gloria Allred. (Maybe you remember her from the Armie Hammer scandal back in March.)
“Our client, Sydney Chase, is outraged at what she regards as false statements that have been made about her in the media by Tristan Thompson’s representatives” Allred reportedly said.
She continued: “Mr. Thompson’s representatives have challenged her to reveal evidence of their relationship. We would be willing to share evidence that Sydney has given us, provided that Mr. Thompson will make himself available in person to answer my questions and provide us with documents that we request.” She added that “if Mr. Thompson has nothing to hide, then we would expect that he will make himself available for questioning by me and that he will voluntarily provide the documents.”
Oof. It’s getting juicy. Is anyone else gunning for a battle of legal minds inspired by Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s “JAP Battle”? Just me? Ok.
May 12: Something Happens With Tristan Thompson’s Basketball Career
Oh ok. Whatever.
That’s it for now, team. You’re officially up to date on the scandal. We’ll keep you posted as this whole mess continues to unravel, but in the meantime, Khloé – take care of yourself, babes!