Tristan announced via Instagram stories on Monday that he and Maralee Nichols had a kid, a boy after paternity tests came back positive.
Tristan Thompson, 37, expressed his love for Khloe Kardashian, 37, on the social networking app in March 2021, only hours before hooking up with Maralee and giving birth to the secret child.
Khloe gushed over Tristan on Instagram on March 13, 2021, in honour of his 30th birthday, confirming their on-again status at the time.
‘I love you soo much KoKo. Let’s keep building amazing memories!’ Tristan, 30, said under her post at the time.
Khloe had confirmed their on-again status in the gushing post, writing: ‘The ones that are meant to be are the ones who go through everything that is designed to tear them apart and they come out even stronger than they were before. Thank you for showing me everything you said you would. For the father you are. For the best friend I have in you. I’m thankful that I can do absolutely nothing with you and it feels like everything.’
Adding: ‘I hope you know today and every day how loved you are by me and so many. I can’t wait for all the memories. This is when life just starts getting good.’
The dishonest basketball player cheated and conceived the secret child with Maralee shortly after gushing about Khloe and declaring his love.
He travelled to Houston with his team, the Boston Celtics, to play the Rockets just hours after making the remarks.
Maralee Nichols had claimed the child was conceived in Houston in March 2021 while celebrating the NBA pro’s birthday.
On March 14, the Rockets hosted the Celtics in Houston, one day after he made his comments on Khloe’s Instagram and, presumably, the day after their purported hotel meeting.
On December 1, 2021, Maralee, a fitness model, gave birth to their son.
Tristan and Khloe were thought to be back together at the time, after an on-again, off-again relationship marred by claims of his infidelity.
After Nichols launched a lawsuit against the NBA star, DailyMail.com obtained exclusive details of the paternity struggle.
‘Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,’ he confessed in an excerpt on his Instagram Story.
Additionally, he added an apology to Kardashian, writing: ‘You don’t deserve this.’
The first time the Sacramento Kings star officially acknowledged he’s now a father of three was in an Instagram post.
‘There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ baby,’ her lawyer, Harvey Englander, later told DailyMail.com a statement.
‘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.’
He has a five-year-old son Prince with ex Jordan Craig, in addition to his newborn boy and three-year-old daughter True with Khloe.
Tristan shared with his fans on Monday: ‘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. I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.’
Nichols was suing Thompson for child support, as well as payment of medical expenditures and pregnancy-related fees, according to court documents released in December.
However, she then revealed to E! ‘I did not file any child support requests before our child was born,’ says the mother.
Nichols also asked to have text messages exchanged between herself and Thompson submitted as evidence in her paternity case.
It’s claimed the texts show the pro athlete had wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, stating he had no plans to be engaged in the child’s life and had tried to offer her hush money.
‘You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. Won’t be involved at all. Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong,’ a text message allegedly sent by Tristan read.
‘You are aware that I’m retiring after this season. So in terms of the support, it will be whatever is required monthly for someone who’s unemployed. It’s texas (sic) so it will be only a couple hundred dollars. So you better off taking this 75k I’m offering cause you won’t get anything near that with having a kid with an unemployed father.’
In a recent interview with E!, Nichols broke her silence about her connection with Thompson. She talked about not knowing he was dating Khloe, not desiring a romantic relationship with him, and the paternity litigation on the news.
‘I would never have gotten involved with Tristan if I thought he was in a relationship,’ she maintained.
‘I am choosing to embrace being a mother and doing the best I can for my son. I do not want any further media attention, nor do I want a romantic relationship with Tristan. My goal is to raise our son in a safe, healthy, loving, and private environment.’
Maralee filed her paternity claim in Los Angeles.
Despite the drama, Tristan and Khloe restored their romance amid the COVID-19 epidemic, going into lockdown with daughter True in March 2020.
Khloe and Tristan broke up for the second time in June 2021, according to reports.
According to People, Khloe was attempting to “move on” from Tristan amid new allegations that he entered a bedroom with multiple women at a Bel Air house party.
Tristan vanished into a bedroom with three ladies during a house party in Bel Air over the weekend, according to an exclusive report by DailyMail.com. Thompson’s attorneys refuted the allegations.