The woman who is allegedly the mother of Tristan Thompson's third child, Maralee Nichols, just gave her first public statement.
News that Tristan had fathered a third child with Maralee hit earlier this month amidst reports that he was being sued for child support.
Tristan reportedly admitted to having an affair with Maralee between December 2020 and ending around his 30th birthday — which was when Khloé Kardashian went public with their reunion and the baby was allegedly conceived.
"Over the past couple of weeks, many inaccurate and false stories have been circulated about me," Maralee told E! News. "I am providing this statement because I feel I must defend my character."
"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; I do fitness modeling. I was never a personal trainer for Tristan."
Maralee then said that she met Tristan at a party at his home: "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."
"I did not file any request for child support before our child was born...I was induced on November 29, 2021 because I had a placenta abnormality," she continued. "I gave birth on December 1, 2021. Instead of focusing on any negativity, I am choosing to embrace being a mother and doing the best I can for my son."
Maralee is currently in the process of a paternity lawsuit in California. Tristan's parallel lawsuit in Texas has been dismissed.