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- 76-year-old Patriots owner Robert Kraft is denying that he is the father of his girlfriend’s baby.
- Nicki Lander, Kraft’s girlfriend of about five years, had the baby out of the public eye back in 2017.
- While Kraft denies being the father of the child, he is reportedly helping to provide for them.
76-year-old New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has denied that he is the father of his girlfriend Nicki Lander’s baby, according to a spokesperson for the team.
The statement comes after Page Six reported that Lander, Kraft’s 38-year-old girlfriend of about five years, had given birth out of the public eye in 2017. The report led to speculation that Kraft was the father of the child.
“Last fall, Ricki Noel Lander became the proud mother of a beautiful, healthy baby,” the statement read. “While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further.”
According to Page Six, Kraft, while not the father, is helping to provide for Lander and the child:
“Sources say that Kraft is ‘taking full care of Ricki and the baby,’ and he has bought her a Los Angeles mansion and made some sizable financial investments on her behalf. But Kraft will not publicly discuss whether he is the baby’s biological father, even with close friends.”
Lander and Kraft have reportedly had an on-and-off relationship since 2012, after the death of Kraft’s wife Myra in 2011.