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Tristan Thompson Has Confirmed He's The Father Of Personal Trainer's Newborn Child

ELLE (UK) logo ELLE (UK) 04/01/2022 Katie O'Malley

Article updated on 4/1/22

Tristan Thompson has admitted he's the father of personal trainer Maralee Nicols' newborn son, following a paternity battle.

The former partner of Khloé Kardashian has confirmed the news while making a public apology to Kardashian via an Instagram story post.

He wrote: 'Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols... 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.'

He later specifically addressing Kardashian when writing: '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,' before concluding with: 'again, I am so incredibly sorry.'

Article originally published on 3/12/21

Tristan Thompson is allegedly expecting his third child, according to claims in court documents obtained by

The publication reports the basketball player had a brief relationship with personal trainer Maralee Nicols, who has recently moved from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, California.

The Daily Mail reports the 31-year-old is suing the sportsman for child support. ELLE UK has reached out to Thompson's representatives for comment.

According to the court documents, per the Daily Mail, Thompson admitted to having sex with Nicols on the night of his 30th birthday party earlier this year.

Thompson’s ex, Khloé Kardashian, is also reportedly mentioned in his statement. The pair co-parent their three-year-old daughter True.

The 30-year-old is also father to his four-year-old son, Prince, from a previous relationship with model Jordan Craig.

The publication has shared photos of the court documents, which shows that Nichols launched the paternity suit on June 30 in Los Angeles.

During the Kardashian family’s recent reunion show, following the end of their hit reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian discussed her relationship with her ex.

'I mean, I definitely trust him as a friend and all those things...’ she told the host Andy Cohen. ‘What I need to find out, everything comes my way. I just need to trust and focus on today and go day by day. I can't worry too much about everything else.

'I know the growth and the work that he's done. I know all the help that he's got, and the constant efforts that he makes every single day, and how hard he fought to get back with me currently.’

Kardashian and Thompson are believed to have begun dating in August 2016 and confirmed their relationship that October.

In September 2017 the couple announced that the reality star was expecting her first child. However, a month later a videos surfaced on TMZ of the athlete kissing another woman.

Despite continuing their relationship and celebrating Thompson’s birthday together in March 2018, a new video emerged of Thompson kissing another woman.

Days later Kardashian gave birth to their daughter, True Thompson.

As the years have gone on it appears the couple have had an on/off relationship as they co-parent their child.

In February 2019 Thompson reportedly kissed Kylie Jenner’s best friend Jordyn Woods at his home, which the Instagram star later opened up about during an episode of Red Table Talk.

Kardashian responded to the appearance, writing on Twitter at the time: ‘You ARE the reason my family broke up!

‘Tristan is equally to blame but Tristan is the father of my child. Regardless of what he does to me I won't do that to my daughter. He has been addressing this situation PRIVATELY. [sic]’

In April 2020 Kardashian opened up on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians about the possibility of using Thompsons as a sperm donor for a second child.

‘If you can create embryos and do all the DNA testing, I do think that's the smarter choice. But it's weird because Tristan and I, we're not together,’ Kardashian said at the time.

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It's believed Thompson and Kardashian are no longer together and continue to co-parent their daughter.


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