Tristan Thompson it’s dad again. The 30-year-old NBA star has confirmed he is the father of Maralee Nichols‘child in the midst of his child support lawsuit against him.
“Today, the paternity test results reveal that I had a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions, “he wrote on Instagram Stories on Monday, Jan. 3.” Now that paternity has been established, I can’t wait to raise our son amicably. “
The athlete continued: “I sincerely apologize to all those I have hurt or disappointed during this ordeal both publicly and privately.
A second text post was shared via her Instagram Story with apologies dedicated solely to Khloé Kardashian.
“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the pain and humiliation I caused you. You don’t deserve the way I’ve treated you over the years, “he shared.” My actions certainly didn’t align with the way I see you. I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of that. you might think. Once again, I’m so incredibly sorry.
The news comes later Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Nichols gave birth on Wednesday, December 1.
The Sacramento Kings player also shares 4-year-old son Prince with his ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig. He welcomed a daughter, True, with ex Khloé Kardashian in April 2018.
In the months leading up to the birth of his third child, Thompson was involved in a paternity lawsuit that led to an ongoing legal battle between him and Nichols.
The fitness instructor sued the professional athlete for child support, accusing him of failing to pay for the May medical examination, according to court documents obtained by We on Friday, December 3
Thompson filed his papers in July in Houston, where Nichols was based at the time. (He now lives in California.) A month later, an alleged text message Nichols received from the former Boston Celtic was presented to court.
“You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. [I] he won’t be involved at all, “he read the exchange, according to a screenshot posted in an August deposit.” By the way, if you think having this baby is going to make you some money. It’s completely wrong. You know I’ll retire after this season. So, in terms of support, that will be all that is required monthly for the unemployed. “
Separate court documents in October said Thompson denied sending Nichols texts, Snapchat and other forms of communication regarding her pregnancy “despite the fact that her contact information is present in the messages.”
Nichols and Thompson reportedly conceived their baby in March while still dating Kardashian. She confessed to having sex with Nichols in a statement obtained from the Daily mail.
In March 2020, We confirmed that Keeping up with the Kardashians alum and Thompson were quarantined together during the coronavirus pandemic.
Five months later, a source exclusively revealed to We that the couple again and again were giving their romance another try more than a year after their split. (In February 2019, Thompson was caught kissing Kylie Jennerthe former best friend of Jordyn Woods.) They were also thinking about having another baby together at the time.
“Khloé is hoping that Tristan has changed forever and will continue to grow and be the fantastic and loyal partner they have been during their time together during the quarantine,” the insider said in August 2020.
However, the meeting was short-lived. We confirmed in June that the couple had broken off once again, with a source revealing that “there was no drama” between the former couple, that they “remain friendly towards each other and will continue to coparent.” .
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