Tristan Thompson admits to fathering Maralee Nichols’ baby, apologizes to Khloé


Tristan Thompson confirmed that he fathered a baby boy with Maralee Nichols via his Instagram Story Monday night, alongside a sincere apology to his ex — and other baby mama — Khloé Kardashian.

“Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,” the NBA star, 30, wrote. “I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son.”

He continued, “I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both privately and publicly.”

In a second slide, Thompson acknowledged how his relationship with Nichols hurt Kardashian, 37, whom he was still dating when his newborn 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.”

The athlete went on to say that his actions “certainly have not lined up” with his personal view of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum. 

“I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think,” he added. “Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”

Thompson’s admission comes after a headline-making legal battle with Nichols. 

As Page Six previously reported, Nichols claimed in a paternity lawsuit that she and Thompson had sex over his 30th birthday weekend in March, which resulted in a pregnancy. Thompson admitted to having sexual intercourse with Nichols but denied being the father of her infant, whom she welcomed on Dec. 1.

Thompson had filed his own lawsuit against Nichols in Texas in response to her paternity suit against him in California, though it was dismissed last month.

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