Long-term BFFs Khloe Kardashian and Malika Haqq have been there for each other through a lifetime of highs and the lows.
However, over the weekend, coronavirus concerns kept the two besties apart during a very special moment.
Malika Haqq gives birth to a baby boy
First-time mom Malika gave birth to a baby boy named Ace Flores on Saturday. The 37-year-old actress and her ex-boyfriend, rapper O.T. Genasis, welcomed little Ace amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis.
Malika announced the exciting arrival of her baby boy on Instagram, sharing a cute snap of the new parents clasping the hand of their little son.
Khloe was quick to respond to the post. “My beautiful beautiful nephew!” she commented. “Ace, we have been waiting for you.”
However, current social distancing measures have unfortunately prevented the two friends from celebrating together in person.
A source told PEOPLE magazine: “Khloe has been FaceTiming with Malika and her baby, but she hasn’t seen them in person. With everything going on, the priority is, of course, to keep both Malika and her boy healthy.”
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Happy birthday to my besties!!!! I am so grateful to have met the both of you IN 1999 (could be earlier but my memory isn’t the best)! I don’t even want to know where my life would be if I didn’t have you two in it! A 20 plus year friendship is hard to come by and I don’t take this for granted. Thank you. For being you. For being the most wonderfully incredible best friends I could ever ask for. For never judging but always supporting. For the selfless way you both love me and my family! For always being there in any time of need. For always being so understanding. For your forgiving hearts, for your happy souls. For all of the laughter, gossip sessions, love, fights, struggles, successes. Thank you for it all! I am honored and proud to be your best friend! I’m your honorary triplet at this point! We’ve been through EVERYTHING and anything together and we all have stayed 10 toes down. You are more than my friends. You're my sisters, my partners-in-crime. You are my memories! We have So many new chapters and phases to enter in and out of. We have so much more life to go together. Thank you Lord for blessing me with my magical circle! Truthfully, I would be lost if I didn’t have you ladies. I love you madly! Until the wheels fall off I’m screaming Happy birthday!!!!!
Khloe will no doubt be looking forward to a return to normal, when she can introduce her little girl, 23-month-old True Thompson, to her new playmate.
For now, though, the 35-year-old reality star has been keeping herself and her little daughter safe by staying at home. And in true Kardashian fashion, the mother and daughter duo have been quarantining in style by wearing matching pajamas.
Keeping up with the coronavirus
The Kardashians certainly haven’t been immune to the global health scare, and have been keeping their fans updated about their coronavirus precautions on social media.
Last week, Khloe sent sister Kim Kardashian into a panic simply by coughing during a visit to her Calabasas home. Kim later shared an Instagram video of herself meticulously sanitizing a play makeup palette that Khloe had gifted her daughter.
Earlier this month, the Kardashian family also shared a passage from a 1981 Dean Koontz novel that seemed to foreshadow the pandemic on their respective social media accounts.
Even little North West has been busy preparing for the health crisis. On Saturday, Kim Kardashian posted a video of a fort her six-year-old had built from cardboard boxes. It came complete with a special isolation unit for North’s lookalike Kim and Kanye dolls.
Not all members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan are panicking, however. Kendall Jenner was called out by Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni over the weekend for downplaying the virus and sharing misinformation.
The 24-year-old model had posted a series of infographics to her Instagram, which suggested that most novel coronavirus cases are mild, and the majority of patients recover. Kendall had omitted other key statistics from her post, however, including the global infection figure and death toll.