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Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images/Jason Miller


  • Tristan Thompson agreed to pay $9,500 per month in child support for his son, Theo
  • Thompson will also cover Maralee Nichols' legal fees
  • Nichols filed a paternity lawsuit for child support against Thompson last year

Tristan Thompson has reportedly ironed out a paternity settlement with Maralee Nichols, with whom he shares 1-year-old son Theo.

The 31-year-old NBA star, who also shares two children with his ex-girlfriend Khloe Kardashian, will pay Nichols $9,500 a month in child support, TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

Thompson reportedly also paid for some of Nichols' legal fees.

Nichols, 31, reportedly still has sole custody of their child, while a visitation schedule would be settled at a later date.

Thompson will be listed as the father on Theo's official birth certificate, according to the paternity settlement agreement.

The agreement was filed Friday in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Entertainment Tonight confirmed the contents of their paternity settlement agreement.

The agreement comes about one year after Nichols gave birth to Theo in December last year. Prior to their son's arrival, the model filed a lawsuit against the former Boston Celtics forward in June 2021 in Los Angeles, saying that she became pregnant with Thompson's baby in March of that same year.

However, Thompson denied her claims, leading to a legal battle for child support.

In legal documents obtained by Page Six, Nichols alleged that Thompson asked her to get an abortion after finding out she was pregnant and offered her $75,000 to stay silent about the baby. She submitted text messages purportedly sent between her and Thompson as evidence.

"It is also apparent from the context and substance of these communications that they are from Tristan to Maralee, which reflects that Tristan is addressing the parties' relationship, and even with respect to her pregnancy insisting that she get an abortion and threatening that she will get next to nothing with lesser support requirements in Texas," the documents read, according to the outlet.

The filing noted that Thompson denied sending the messages but confirmed that "his contact information is present in the messages."

A paternity test later proved that Thompson is indeed the father of Nichols' child.

Early this year, he publicly apologized to his now-ex-girlfriend, Kardashian, 38, with whom he was expecting a second child via surrogate at the same time as Nichols' pregnancy.

"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 forwards to amicably raising our son," Thompson wrote in a since-deleted Instagram Story in January, according to screenshots obtained by TMZ.

"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 wrote, adding that his actions did not line up with how he viewed the Good American founder and that he had "utmost respect and love" for her.

Thompson and Kardashian reportedly welcomed their still-unnamed baby boy, who is now 3 months old, at the end of the summer. The exes also share 4-year-old daughter True.

The former couple seemingly ended their romantic relationship amid his paternity scandal, and have agreed to co-parent their children.

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Tristan Thompson warms up prior to Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston. Getty Images/Maddie Meyer