No child left behind.
Maralee Nichols shared a photo of herself and Tristan Thompson’s son, Theo, after Khloé Kardashian posted a snap of the NBA star with his other three kids.
The fitness model posted a sweet selfie of herself holding her 1-year-old in her arms on her Instagram Stories Monday, approximately six hours after Kardashian’s tribute in honor of Thompson’s 32nd birthday.
In the Good American founder’s snap, the former Chicago Bulls star sat with his newborn son and daughter True, 4, whom he shares with Kardashian, and his oldest son Prince, 6, whom he shares with ex Jordan Craig.
Along with the picture, Kardashian, 38, penned a sweet message to her “baby daddy” to commemorate his special day.
“Happy birthday @realtristan13,” she captioned the post. “You are truly the best father, brother & uncle. Your love, attention, silly dances, hugs, carpool rides, bed time rituals, the way u show up for them. All of the above means more than you’ll ever know to your family of littles.”
The “Kardashians” star then subtly shaded her on-again, off-again ex by saying that she wishes that he will “continue to crave change, healing, and transformation.”
The mom of two concluded, “Be strong, be kind, be patient, be free. Continue to Make your soul and your mommy proud. Happy birthday baby daddy.”
Though Kardashian turned off the comments section of her post, that didn’t stop fans from taking to Twitter to discuss how the reality star left one of his children out of the photo.
“Khloe Kardashian had to turn her comments off after she was dragged for this birthday post for Tristan ‘Third Trimester’ Thompson. How the hell he a great father when Maralee baby not there,” tweeted one fan.
“You really can’t say that someone’s the best father if they’re not taking care of all their kids?!?! @khloekardashian One of Tristan’s kids is missing from the photo no?!?!” added another.
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“Khloe will never be able to convince me Tristan is a ‘great father’ so long as he continues to not claim poor baby Theo,” wrote a third user.
Nichols gave birth to her baby boy in December 2021, just one month after Kardashian conceived her and Thompson’s second baby via surrogate.
The former Boston Celtics player previously denied being Theo’s father, but in January 2022 took to Instagram to confirm his paternity.
“Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,” he wrote at the time. “I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son.”
Thompson also issued an apology to Kardashian, who was dating the athlete when Theo was conceived.
“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you,” he continued. “You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years.”
Thompson has since agreed to pay Nichols $10,000 per month in child support. However, a source told Page Six last summer that he has yet to bond with his baby boy.
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