Tristan Thompson and Maralee Nichols’ son, Theo, will be celebrating his first birthday in December; however, several outlets assure the basketball player hasn’t made any efforts to meet the baby.
According to Us Weekly, although the 31-year-old athlete has never seen his baby boy, one of his attorneys said he “is paying, and has paid, child support to Ms. Nichols retroactive to the date she delivered the child.”
Maralee welcomed Theo in December 2021 and then filed a paternity lawsuit against Thompson. A rep for Nichols denied that Tristan has been paying child support. “Despite news reports stating otherwise, Tristan Thompson has done nothing to support their son,” the spokesperson told Us. “He has not made any attempt to meet their son, nor has he provided any financial assistance.”
“Tristan is very absent from Theo’s life. He hasn’t met Theo, nor has he initiated any meetings,” another source claimed. “He doesn’t have any immediate plans to meet his son face to face.”
At the time Tristan and Maralee conceived Theo, he was still dating Khloé Kardashian and conceiving another son via surrogate with the reality tv personality. Although Koko and the basketball player are no longer together, sources close to Kardashian revealed to People that she wants her ex to be “as involved as possible.”
“Just like they do with True, Khloé will co-parent the baby with Tristan,” the source says. “Tristan is the dad, and Khloé wants him involved as much as possible. He is great with True.” The insider said Khloé “doesn’t see herself as a single mom” because “she has a great support system with a lot of help. She feels very lucky.”
When the news of Khloé and Tristan expecting another baby broke, a representative for the Good American founder confirmed it was true. “We can confirm True will have a sibling who was conceived in November,” they told People. “Khloé is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing,” the source continued. They went on to ask for “kindness and privacy” so that Khloé “can focus on her family.”
The new baby brings Tristan’s total number of children to four, with three different women. His oldest is a son named Prince Thompson, 5, whom he shares with Jordan Craig, then True Thompson, 4, and Nichols’ son Theo Thompson, who will turn 1 in December.