Khloe Kardashian reportedly ‘can’t imagine dating right now’ after learning Tristan Thompson secretly fathered a baby boy with Maralee Nichols during their relationship.
While entering a new relationship is the last thing on her mind, the insider said her ‘family knows that she will meet the right guy when she is ready.’
Focusing on herself: Khloe Kardashian reportedly ‘can’t imagine dating right now’ after learning Tristan Thompson secretly fathered a baby boy with Maralee Nichols during their relationship; seen in 2020
‘It’s hard for her family when she is upset. They love her so much. Khloé is such a strong person though,’ the source added.
The Good American founder began moving on ‘after finding out that Tristan was expecting another baby’ with his personal trainer, who welcomed the basketball player’s third child in December.
On Monday, Thompson revealed that a paternity test confirmed he was the father of Nichols’ newborn, whose name has not been revealed.
As she focuses on ‘her own happiness’ since splitting with the NBA star, 30, in June, a source told People that the reality star, 37, ‘wants the new year to be different’ (pictured in 2018)
No going back: While entering a new relationship is the last thing on her mind, the insider said her ‘family knows that she will meet the right guy when she is ready’ (pictured in 2018)
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle last month after Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player.
‘Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,’ he confessed in an excerpt on his Instagram Story.
Additionally, he added an apology to Kardashian, writing: ‘You don’t deserve this.’
‘It’s hard for her family when she is upset. They love her so much. Khloé is such a strong person though,’ the source added
Hands full: In addition to his newborn son and three-year-old daughter True with Khloe, he also shares a five-year-old son Prince with ex Jordan Craig
The admission posted to Instagram marked the first time the Sacramento Kings player has publicly acknowledged he’s now a father of three.
‘There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ baby,’ her lawyer, Harvey Englander, later told DailyMail.com a statement.
‘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.’
Sad: Kardashian and Thompson had been talks about wanting a second baby together before he cheated
In addition to his newborn son and three-year-old daughter True with Khloe, he also shares a five-year-old son Prince with ex Jordan Craig.
Tristan shared with his fans on Monday: ‘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 publicly and privately.’
The truth comes out: ‘Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,’ Tristan wrote on Monday in an Instagram post
Apologies: ‘Khloe you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation’ he said in a groveling apology
Tristan then spoke directly to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star whom he first started dating in 2016.
He wrote: ‘Khloe, 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.
‘My actions have certainly 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,’ his statement read.
Maralee, 31, a fitness model, gave birth to their son on December 1 and claimed the child had been conceived while celebrating the NBA pro’s birthday in Houston in March 2021.
Latest addition: Maralee, a fitness model, gave birth to a son on December 1 and after the paternity test results came back, he stated: ‘I look forward to amicably raising our son’
At that time, Tristan and Khloe, who have had an on/off relationship plagued by allegations of his infidelity, were said to have been back together.
Court documents obtained in December first revealed that Nichols was suing Thompson for child support as well as for reimbursement of medical expenses and pregnancy-related costs.
However, she subsequently told E! News: ‘I did not file any request for child support before our child was born.’
Additionally Nichols filed to submit text messages exchanged between herself and Thompson as evidence for her paternity lawsuit.
It’s claimed the texts show the pro athlete had wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, stated he had no plans to be involved in the child’s life and had tried to offer her hush money.
‘You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. Won’t be involved at all. Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong,’ a text message allegedly sent by Tristan read.
‘You are aware that I’m retiring after this season. So in terms of support it will be whatever is required monthly or someone who’s unemployed. It’s texas (sic) so it will be only a couple hundred dollars. So you better off taking this 75k I’m offering cause you won’t get nothing near that with having a kid with a father who’s unemployed.’
Done for good? After news of Nichols pregnancy Khloe was reportedly ‘upset to find out that he cheated again,’ and ‘can’t believe that he is going to be a dad again,’ per PEOPLE
In a copy of a shocking text message obtained by Radar, Thompson allegedly offers Nichols $75,000 to keep quiet and warns that he is retiring after this NBA season and would therefore be unemployed.
He had filed a gag order request back in December saying Nichols’ ‘intention all along [was] to try to achieve some sort of notoriety and gain for herself in this lawsuit’ by accusing him of fathering a third child.
Nichols broke her silence on her relationship with Thompson just two weeks ago, in conversation with E! News where she spoke about not knowing he was in a relationship with Khloe, not wanting a romantic relationship with him and discussed the paternity lawsuit.
She claimed they first met back in 2020 and ‘He told me he was single and co-parenting.
‘I would never have gotten involved with Tristan if I thought he was in a relationship,’ she maintained.
‘I am choosing to embrace being a mother and doing the best I can for my son. I do not want any further media attention, nor do I want a romantic relationship with Tristan. My goal is to raise our son in a safe, healthy, loving and private environment.’
Independent woman: ‘I do not want any further media attention, nor do I want a romantic relationship with Tristan. My goal is to raise our son in a safe, healthy, loving and private environment,’ Nichols has said
Maralee filed her paternity claim in Los Angeles.
Subsequently Thompson filed a case against her in Texas, arguing that the child could only have been conceived in that state and that courts there should have jurisdiction in the matter. His Texas case was dismissed on December 15.
While Maralee claims she had spent ‘many nights with Tristan, the basketball player continued to insist that the pair ‘did not have a serious ongoing relationship.’
It was disputed by her lawyers who claim the affair began ‘five months’ before his birthday celebration and continued after she got pregnant.
When news of the pregnancy broke, Khloe was reportedly ‘upset to find out that he cheated again,’ and ‘can’t believe that he is going to be a dad again,’ per PEOPLE.
She has not yet made any public comment following Tristan’s public apology.