If you’re a Boston Celtics or Jayson Tatum fan, you probably know that the forward has an adorable son named Deuce. The child is often seen with his father before and after games and has become a fan favorite. Upon seeing Tatum and Deuce’s father-son relationship, some fans are curious as to who the child’s mother is.
Here’s more on Tatum and Deuce’s mom, Toriah Lackell, and whether the NBA star has a girlfriend now.
Toriah Lahell is Deuce’s mother
Lachell was born on February 21, 2000 in St. Louis Missouri; from the same town Tatum hails from.
She and Tatum also attended the same Chaminade College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The two started out as friends before dating for a few years. They welcomed Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr., aka Deuce, on December 6, 2017.
Though Lachell and Tatum’s relationship didn’t last, the athlete remained committed to his parenthood and is a constant in Deuce’s life. And Deuce is a fixture on his father’s social media pages and has wowed fans at many Celtics games and press conferences.
Today, Lachell is a hairstylist and owner of The Curl Bar Boston. Her salon’s Instagram account has over 12,000 followers and she hosts webinars and curl tutorials from time to time.
What Tatum thinks of Deuce’s popularity
Lachell and Tatum had Deuce when they were both very young, but the athlete says he wouldn’t change that.
“Yeah, I think that’s the plus side of having a kid at 19,” Tatum told Boston.com. “We grow up together. I think it’s cool that he can see me throughout my career and as he gets older he can remember certain things and interact. stuff like this. That is definitely a plus.”
Tatum was a little surprised by her son’s popularity.
“I definitely didn’t expect that,” he said. “It’s cool. [Deuce] enjoys it. Every time he comes to a home game, people cheer when they see him and shout his name. When he goes to the games… he has his own personality.”
Is Tatum dating anyone now?
Tatum played his college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils before entering the 2017 NBA draft. During his studies, he dated volleyball player Samie Amos for a short time.
After joining the NBA, Tatum was linked to British R&B singer Ella Mai. The gossip about these two started when he went to one of Baltimore’s corn shows a few years ago. There were reports that they called things off sometime in 2021. The two did not comment on their relationship, but Mai was later spotted at a Celtics game Tatum was playing in. BlackSportsOnline.com noted fans were quite confused by this as model Bella B, who Tatum has also been linked to, cheered for him at the same game.
Tatum tries to keep his dating life private these days, so if he’s dating someone right now, he hasn’t shared it publicly yet.
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