Tristan Thompson recently stated that the paternity results reveal he is the father of Maralee Nichols’ son. The NBA player took to his Instagram story and shared a message, writing, “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.” Thompson, 30 continues in the statement, “I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.”
In his message, Thompson also addressed ex Khloé Kardashian, whom he was dating when Nichols said the child was conceived. “Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you,” he wrote. “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.”
Thompson, 30, had previously denied the paternity of the child, who was born on December 1. He then claimed that the “only” possible date of conception for the child is March 13, 2021, which is his birthday when he was in Texas. Meanwhile, in previous court documents and in a statement last month, Nichols said the child was conceived in April.
However, a source previously told People that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians alum, 37, and Thompson officially parted ways in June. The now formal couple share a 3-year-old daughter True. Thompson is also share a son Prince, 5, with Jordan Craig. In court documents, Thompson claimed he only communicated with Nichols via Snapchat, the photo messaging app that automatically deletes messages after they’re read.
Thompson repeatedly asserted that his relationship with Nichols was ‘based on s*x only.’ “We did not have any dates in the traditional sense at any time. There were no dining at restaurants, going to movies, traveling, or any other indicia of a normalized relationship,” he said. “There was only Snapchats of ‘where’ and ‘what time’ we would hook up and what hotels would be used.”