According to Maralee’s lawsuit, the baby was conceived in the middle of Tristan’s relationship with Khloé Kardashian (the mother of his second child). His on-again-off-again relationship with the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been hit with multiple cheating scandals.
Tristan went to Instagram to reveal that he is indeed the father: “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. I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both privately and publicly.”
He also addressed his ex-girlfriend: “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,” explained Tristan. “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.”
Khloé’s ex-husband Lamar Odom expressed his support for Khloe on Facebook, saying, “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.”
Maralee also responded to Tristan’s statement, telling Page Six through her rep: “There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ 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.”