While most people will be starting the new year motivated and ready to conquer, reality star, Khloé Kardashian starts it with confirmation that her partner and father of her child, Tristan Thompson fathered another child with another woman.
This week Tristan publicly confirmed that he had fathered a child with another woman, Maralee Nichols— and also apologizing to on-again/off-again girlfriend Khloé for the “heartache and humiliation” he’s caused.
“Today, paternity test rest results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,” Tristan wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram Stories.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son. I sincerely apologise to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.”
A second post was directed to the 37-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, who he was in a relationship with when Nichols became pregnant. He wrote:
“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.
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.”
They are parents to 3-year-old True Thompson. Tristan also has a 5-year-old son, Prince Thompson, with ex Jordan Craig.
On Tuesday, Nichols’s rep said in a statement to People,
“There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’s baby. 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.”
Tristan and Kardashian met on a blind date in 2016. They announced she was pregnant in 2017 and True arrived the following year. Just days before True’s birth, however, images and videos showed Tristan kissing or touching three different women.
Tristan and Kardashian didn’t break up until the next year — after he kissed her sister Kylie Jenner‘s best friend Jordyn Woods at a party. However, by the end of 2019 they were back together.
The pandemic saw them quarantining together with True which brought them closer — and there was even talk that they were trying to have another child. Then in June 2021, they abruptly split.
Behind the scenes, Nichols was pregnant — and reached out to Tristan, who reportedly offered her $75,000 to have “no involvement” in the child’s life. Nichols gave birth to the baby boy in early December.
In a paternity suit filed against Tristan, seeking pregnancy-related fees and child support, it came to light the basketball player had been seeing Nichols, who owns a real estate and design firm, for several months after meeting in November/December 2020.
They spent his birthday together in March. She said she became pregnant in April. In court papers, Tristan called it a “consensual casual” sexual relationship. Nichols — who is also seeking full legal and physical custody of her son — told E! News that Tristan said he was “single and co-parenting” with Kardashian.
Among those to react to Tristan’s apology is Kardashian’s first husband, Lamar Odom. The former NBA player, who also cheated on Kardashian and overdosed in a brothel during their four-year marriage, wrote:
“I truly wish nothing but the best for her and I’m hoping we can reconnect and talk one day as friends she is a good person and deserves the world.”