KHLOE Kardashian is losing her grip on the relationship saga she's embroiled in with her cheating ex, a body language expert has said.
And she thinks the reality star's gestures show she's tempted to take Tristan Thompson back.
The possibility of a love rematch gathered pace when Tristan made an appearance at Khloe's best friends' birthday on March 10.
The pair both arrived and left separately for Malika and Khadijah Haqq’s 40th party, but his inclusion on the guest list got tongues wagging.
Then just a week later, photos of Tristan hugging a petite blonde emerged.
But a body language expert claims the controversial Hollywood co-parents could still get their relationship back on track – and soon.
In an exclusive interview, Judi James told The U.S. Sun: "The images at the West Hollywood birthday party are significant.
"Khloe was pictured outside and the image of her shows she could be crumbling in terms of taking him back.
"Her head is down as she walks alone and her lips are pursed.
"When she places one hand up to her head, she displays two-inch ‘talons’ that would, like claws, suggest her need in this to ‘fight her corner’.
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"But then inside when she poses in the group with her friends, her back is arched and her shoulders splayed.
"Her chin is held up in a gesture of defiance and there's none of the squirming and laughter that we see from the other women.
"Her dress is very provocative, knowing her ex and baby daddy would be there.
"Tristan is also pictured outside, in a very self-protective-looking top to toe leather outfit.
"This suggests possible insecurity.
"But there's is also a hint of anxiety from his right hand, which seems to be doing a thumb-picking gesture."
Khloe and Tristan have often struggled through their turbulent on-off relationship.
The couple got together in 2016, with Khloe confirming she was pregnant in 2017.
Daughter True came into the world the following April.
Cheating allegations began to rock their partnership around the time of True's birth – and the couple split.
They grew close again during lockdown and got back together, even having a second child via surrogate.
But they split before their son's birth, after Tristan also got personal trainer Maralee Nichols pregnant.
More recently, the passing of Tristan's mother Andrea in October brought the couple back together, with Khloe rushing to be by his side.
"Khloe always looks like the kind of woman who becomes strong and supportive when there are problems for other people, " adds Judi.
"In the image of her with Tristan during the time he sadly lost his mom, seems to reflect in her body language here.
"Tristan’s pose shows a soft facial expression and hand gestures.
"This suggests some vulnerability but Khloe looks serious and determined behind him.
"The large knitted hat suggests she has dropped all sense of celebrity here to offer support and backup."
As co-parents, the couple appear to have been working hard to make a success of their unique family dynamic.
In 2020, after they'd split, Khloe said on KUWTK: "It's like, I have to be an adult. Why make it difficult for myself for the rest of my life?
"I have to deal with him. And he's her dad and he's a great dad to her.
"So I'm not gonna drag my feet, I'll make it as good as I can… Because that would just be harder on me."
"The body language in Khloe and Tristan's family images seems healthier, " adds Judi.
"For example, the summer 2022 images look like a good time for Tristan in the whole of their relationship saga.
"His body language in the trampoline selfie seems to say it all.
"He chose this pose to post on social media and he presumably took the shot himself.
"As a projected signal, it shows the three of them in a relaxed and fun pose.
"No pouts, no body positioning, and no A-list status, all three display congruent fun smiles and seem to be enjoying a family vibe here.
"But his face is bigger and he is the important one in this show.
"His smile of pride at the camera seems to register how genuinely happy he is as a dad.
"Khloe is apart from him in this pose and in the background of it.
"Then the other family poses seem to suggest a deeper closeness and affection between Khloe and Tristan.
"This shows more than they are displaying in their more public shots.
"As they walk along in front of the camera Khloe walks ahead with what looks like a dour expression.
"Tristan walks behind carrying the child.
"But then when we see them by the car there are suddenly signals of a more tactile and emotional relationship.
"They lean together here and Tristan’s hand holding Khloe’s arm involves a rather tight clasp.
"It's though he would like to keep her by his side.
"She reciprocates, too, with an affectionate-looking arm around his waist.
"At the fancy dress party, there does seem to be some mirrored posing and dress code from Khloe and Tristan.
"They are in their matching black leggings and with their faintly similar suppressed smiles.
"Mirroring hints at like-minded thinking, which could be more telling than some touch rituals.
"Overall, over the last few months, there are clearly strong signals of devoted and happy parenthood from both Khloe and Tristan.
"But there are these touch rituals that seem to go beyond the ‘just looking like good friends in front of the children' politeness.
"While the support from Khloe this year might have brought some maturity to the relationship.
"Although some of the signals from the recent birthday party hint that Khloe might still feel the need to show resilience when he's around.
"There were slightly mixed messages from her dress.
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"While the style did look demure compared to some of the other women’s outfits.
"From the side, the lacing could be a hint about being a gift to potentially be unwrapped."
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