Moving ahead. Tristan Thompson stepped out for the primary time since information broke that he’s the daddy of Maralee Nichols‘ son.
The athlete, 30, was noticed in Los Angeles on Monday, January 3, carrying a black hoodie and sweatpants together with a face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The identical day, Thompson took to Instagram to substantiate the information that he had welcomed a 3rd baby.
“Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son,” the Sacramento Kings heart wrote on Monday, earlier than additionally publicly apologizing to Khloé Kardashian, with whom he shares 3-year-daughter True.
“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you. You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years,” he wrote on the time. “My actions certainly have not lined up with the way I view you. I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”
The NBA star, who additionally shares 5-year-old son Prince with ex Jordan Craig, advised Nichols he was single and “coparenting” with Kardashian on the time of their 2020 hookup, she beforehand claimed in a press release. However, Us Weekly confirmed that Nichols and Thompson had been nonetheless collectively till calling it quits in June 2021.
On Tuesday, January 4, Nichols launched a response to Thompson’s feedback through her PR advisor.
“There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ baby,” Harvey Englander advised Us. “Tristan made numerous false and defamatory statements and declarations about Maralee over the past few months, and she is taking his contrite statement today in the context of all of those statements.”
In June 2021, the previous private coach filed a lawsuit in opposition to Thompson and claimed they conceived a toddler in March. In paperwork filed in August 2021, Nichols shared alleged textual content messages from the basketball participant during which he stated he wouldn’t be “involved at all” together with her child. He additionally allegedly wrote that he was providing her $75K, telling her that will likely be greater than she would get after he retires from the NBA subsequent 12 months.
“You won’t get nothing near that with having a kid with a father who’s unemplyed [sic],” he allegedly texted. “All you will have is a baby with a father who has zero involvement with the child and a few hundred dollars of child support a month.”
Kardashian, 37, has not but spoken out following Thompson’s assertion, however a supply advised Us final month it’s a “very sad time” for the Good American cofounder. “She really loves Tristan and still held a candle for him. She thought he might have changed his ways,” the insider stated in December. “Khloé now knows that Tristan was unfaithful to her when they were back together.”
The duo have confronted many scandals prior to now. He was first caught dishonest with a number of girls days earlier than their daughter arrived in 2018, however they selected to remain collectively. Kardashian ended the connection in February 2019 after he was caught kissing Kylie Jenner’s then-best good friend Jordyn Woods, however the duo obtained again collectively in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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