Marali Nichols, Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian. Courtesy of Marali Nichols/Instagram; MEGA, Shutterstock
One hot mom. Marali Nichols shared a sultry selfie in her first social media post since news broke that Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are expecting their second child from a gestational carrier.
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“Theo’s mom,” the 31—year-old fitness model wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, July 19, along with a photo in a white T-shirt and tight jeans. Motherhood has been Nichols’ top priority since he met 7-month-old son Theo with the 31-year-old Chicago Bulls player in December 2021 amid their ongoing alimony fight. “She’s really focused on raising Theo,” a source told Us Weekly about the former personal trainer earlier this month, adding that she’s currently “heading towards motherhood as a single mom.”
Nichols’ post came a week after we confirmed that Thompson and Kardashian, 38, who have a 4-year-old daughter, Tru, are expecting their second child, a boy, from a surrogate mother. “We can confirm that Tru [will become an older] brother and sister,” a representative for the Good American co—founder said in a July 13 statement. “Chloe is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate mother for such a wonderful blessing. We would like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Chloe can focus on her family.” (Thompson also has a son Prince, 5, by Jordan Craig.)
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The exes first planted embryos in November 2021, when Nichols — unbeknownst to Kardashian —was already pregnant with her son Theo. We confirmed that she gave birth to a son a month later when news broke that the model was suing Thompson for alimony. Later in January, the NBA player confirmed that he was Theo’s father and apologized to Kardashian for his infidelity.
“Today, the results of the paternity test show that I became the father of a child by Marali Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions,” Thompson wrote in his Instagram story. “Now that fatherhood has been established, I’m looking forward to raising our son together.”
He continued, “Chloe, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I’ve caused you. You don’t deserve the way I’ve treated you all these years. My actions definitely didn’t match the way I look at you. I have great respect and love for you. No matter what you may think. Again, I’m incredibly sorry.”
Marali Nichols and Theo. Courtesy of Marali Nichols/Instagram
The custody battle over Thompson and Nichols has greatly complicated his relationship with Kardashian, and since their separation, the couple has not talked about anything other than Tru. “[Tristan] found a surrogate mother and all that while he was cheating on [Chloe], and it’s unforgivable for her,” a source told us. “Chloe and Tristan [don’t] talk, apart from co-parenting, it’s the only communication they have. Tristan realized that he is a parent figure for Tru and the newborn baby, and right now he is for Chloe.”
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Nichols, however, was unable to raise Theo in a good way. “Tristan is missing from Theo’s life. He has not met with Theo and has not initiated any meetings,” a source told us last month. “He has no immediate plans to meet his son face to face.”