After requesting genetic testing, Thompson publicly acknowledged the child’s paternity one month after the little one was born. “Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions,” the former Sacramento Kings player, who also shares a son with ex Jordan Craig, wrote via Instagram Stories in January. “Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
According to the insider, Kardashian was not focused on dating but hasn’t ruled it out. “[Khloé] is enjoying spending time with her best friends and family,” the source detailed. “If someone special comes into her life, of course she would love to explore a new relationship.”
The businesswoman, for her part, later opened up about her conflicting feelings toward Thompson. “It’s sad because, like, there’s so many good sides to him as well, but no one gets to see those ’cause they’re all overshadowed by, like, the personal stuff that’s going on between him and I,” she said during an episode of “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast in May.
“I want everyone to still have, like, a fair shot at just being happy and having a good life. So I don’t ever encourage anyone to just, like, jump on that bandwagon, but I also think people can have their own feelings and do what they want, but he’s always going to be in my life because of True, and he’s a great dad, and that’s all I really need to focus on,” she mentioned at the time.
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Everything Khloe Kardashian Has Said About Finding Love, Dating After Her Ups and Downs With Tristan Thompson
In May 2022, Kardashian noted she was “not in that headspace” to consider getting back into dating again.
“I feel like if I meet someone, like, organically, I don't know,” she said on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast. “I’m not on any apps and not that I’m, like, against it. I just can't see myself really … I like energy. I feel like any photo I see, I’m just going to be like, ‘Oh, this is what we're doing.' Like, I just think I'm going to be super judgy.”
"Sometimes you do stupid things for your kids. But also you can't be stupid for your kids for so long. I will say I am really proud of how I tried for True and the rest is the rest," she told sister Kendall Jenner shortly after news broke of Thompson's paternity scandal.
Later in the episode, the California native seemed optimistic about her romantic future. "No matter what you go through, you are going to be OK. One day I will have the fairy tale that I hope to have," she shared.
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Focusing on Herself
After a fan page shared a rumor that claimed the Strong Looks Better Naked author was dating another NBA player, Khloé shut down the claims. "Definitely NOT True !!!" she commented via Instagram in June 2022.
She continued, "I am not seeing a soul. I am happy focusing on my daughter and myself for awhile."