TRISTAN Thompson’s baby mama Maralee Nichols flaunted her post-baby body in spandex after clapping back at claims that she’s a “gold digger.”
The fitness trainer was accused by critics of seeking more money from the basketball star despite receiving as much as $40K a month in child support.
Maralee showed off her curvy figure on her Instagram Stories, just weeks after she gave birth to the pair’s baby boy.
The 31-year-old showcased her toned abs in a mirror clip rocking a sports bra, leggings, and sneakers while working out at the gym.
She covered up her face with her phone while turning for a side view of her body with her brunette hair flowing down her back.
She proudly captioned the shot: “6 weeks postpartum”
Earlier this week, Maralee – who recently moved from California to Texas – slammed fans’ claims that the move was motivated by a bigger financial payout from Tristan.
According to Reality Blurb, Tristan’s lawyers noted Maralee’s sudden change of residence claiming that she should have filed her paternity lawsuit in Texas where the child was conceived.
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Commenters bashed the mom-of-one on Instagram saying her new California address is an attempt to get more money from the athlete in court.
One person posed the question: “Do I smell a golddigger [sic] here?,” prompting Maralee to clap back: “I’m not a gold digger, I don’t live in Texas and I have not.”
A second person questioned her hook-up with Tristan, despite him being in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian at the time, in which she responded: “I met him in 2020 at a party at his house. I did not know he was with her. He said he was single.”
She also added that Khloe “was never at any of his parties.”
Amid fans’ comments, Maralee recently listed her $900K Houston, Texas condo for sale making it clear that her move to California is permanent.
After Radar Online shared the news of the sale on social media, Maralee chimed in to defend herself from backlash writing: “That is an investment property I own. Yes, I’m selling it. It’s been rented out and is still currently. I was not living in it.”
Tristan’s baby mama will have no problem in the money department as it was reported last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers alum will most likely be required to pay out as much as $40K a month in child support.
New York marriage lawyer Morghan Leia Richardson, told HollywoodLife Tristan will have to pay up until the newborn turns 18.
“In looking at a support award, the court will review both parents’ monthly incomes, and the amount of time that the child spends with each parent,” the attorney said. “All income, including money/wages, tips, commissions, bonuses, unemployment benefits, interest income, dividend income, rental income, insurance payouts – all of it is fair game for calculating child support.
“For awards where the parties earn extremely high incomes, such as Tristan, the court will plug the numbers into the support calculator, but also consider several other factors.
“One argument for a larger award would be to ensure that the child has the same or similar lifestyle in both homes.”
But just because Tristan is already shelling out child support, don’t expect the new baby to get quite as much each month.
In fact the exact opposite could happen.
According to Morghan: “Usually when a parent is already paying support for another child, that amount reduces the available income to pay support to later children.
“Because Tristan is paying support for other children, that will be a factor in calculating how much support he will pay for this child.
“Reports show that his income is about $10mil so based on that number, and the report that he’s paying $40k per month for his son, when I run the calculator, I get an estimate of $34k per month.”
Maralee gave birth to Tristan’s child, a baby boy, on December 1 after months of the pair battling in court.
The former fitness instructor filed a lawsuit seeking financial support from the Canadian sports star.
She claimed in her legal filing that she and Tristan conceived the child on his birthday back in March.
In his latest slip-up, the basketball player claimed that his relationship with Maralee was a one-night hookup initially.
However, he later admitted in legal documents that he met up with her several times for sex.
There is a way for Tristan to get out of having to pay so much every month: quit the NBA.
Attorney Morghan says: “Sports players have a limited career span, and he has three young children to support.
“I hope that everyone involved in this is setting money aside for the kids. If he is injured or can no longer play, he may at some point seek a support reduction.”