Tristan Thompson became a father of three after Maralee Nichols welcomed their baby boy named Theo in December 2021.
The Chicago Bulls player, who also shares son Prince with ex Jordan Craig as well as daughter True and a son who’s name has yet to revealed with ex Khloé Kardashian, was adapting to a new coparenting relationship after paternity results confirmed he is indeed the dad of Nichols’ baby boy.
“There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ baby,” Nichols’ public relations consultant, Harvey Englander, told In Touch on her behalf on January 4, 2022.
Nichols filed a paternity lawsuit in early 2021, alleging their son was conceived in March of that year, at which time the power forward was still in a romantic relationship with Kardashian. The new mom claimed she and Thompson previously met in 2020 at a party at his home in Encino, California, and later reunited.
When test results confirmed the fitness model’s allegations about his paternity, Thompson took to Instagram with a public statement to take responsibility and apologize for his past actions.
“Today, paternity test results revealed 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,” he wrote on January 3, before expressing his remorse for causing any hurt to Kardashian. “My actions certainly have not lined up with the way I view you,” Thompson continued. “I have the [utmost] respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”
Nichols had previously given her own side of the story in a statement to Us Weekly, saying she would have never “gotten involved with Tristan if I thought he was in a relationship.”
“Tristan has not helped me financially with my Pregnancy or with our baby,” she doubled down. “I have paid 100 percent for my son’s expenses. I did not ask Tristan for any money, nor did I accept any money that was offered to me.”
The NBA player eventually reached a settlement in Maralee’s paternity lawsuit in December 2022, where he reportedly agreed to pay $9,500 per month in child support.
Theo became the second-youngest of Tristan’s children when he and Khloé welcomed a baby boy via surrogate on July 28, 2022. The surrogate became Pregnant in November 2021, shortly before the revelation that Maralee was already expecting a child with Tristan.
Scroll through the gallery below to see Tristan and Maralee’s son’s baby album.