Maralee Nichols breaks her silence surrounding the paternity drama between her and Tristan Thompson.
Nichols is claiming the NBA star fathered her newborn son. In a statement to E!, she said, “Over the past couple of weeks, many inaccurate and false stories have been circulated about me. I have not at any point released — nor have I directed anyone else to release– any information regarding Tristan Thompson or any litigation involving him. I have never spoken to any media outlet, nor have I leaked any information to anyone at any time,” said Nichols. “I am providing this statement because I feel I must defend my character.”
On December 16, it was confirmed that a judge dismissed a paternity lawsuit that Thompson filed in a Houston court. In another Los Angeles lawsuit, Nichols alleged that the former NBA player fathered her son.
Nichols welcomed her son earlier this month.
In her statement to E, Nichols also addressed seeing “fake stories, unflattering photos,” and people stating her incorrect occupation and age.
Nichols wants everyone to know the truth. “These are the facts: I have lived in California since 2019. I am not a personal trainer. I have not worked as a personal trainer for four years,” she said in her statement. “I do fitness modeling. I was never a personal trainer for Tristan,” she added.
According to E!, Nichols said she saw Tristan around the time of his birthday in March because he wanted to see her. “I agreed to meet him in Houston at a private party on March 12,” she said.
After celebrating his birthday in Houston, Tristan invited Nichols to visit him in Boston, she told E!.
A few weeks after her trip to Boston to see Thompson, Nichols learned she was pregnant. She told Thompson about her pregnancy in North Carolina after he invited her to see him at the end of April.
Nichols also claimed that Tristan lied about her driving a Maserati, saying he’s never seen her vehicle. “I used an Uber or was driven by friends that weekend,” she stated.