Toriah Lachell: Mother of Jayson Tatum’s Only Child, Deuce , Once High School Sweethearts

Toriah Lachell: Mother of Jayson Tatum’s Only Child, Deuce , Once High School Sweethearts

Toriah Lachell

The paparazzi love following the NBA stars around, and for quite some time, Jayson Tatum and Toriah Lachell provided them with juicy details about their love story.

For years, everyone was following the story of these two high school sweethearts, and after having a baby together, it seemed that they were having a fairytale with a happy ending. However, things didn’t turn out great for the couple.

So, what do you know about Toriah Lachell? This article will answer all your questions, so let’s dive in.

Who Is Toriah Lachell?

Toriah Lachell

Toriah Lachell is the high school sweetheart of the Boston Celtics’ star, Jayson Tatum. She is currently his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his only child. The two met while attending high school in Missouri.

Toriah was born to Julie Gibbs, and there’s no current information about her biological father. Her single mother raised her until she married John Gibbs, who played the father figure in Toriah’s life.

Born on the 21st of February, 2000, Toriah is a Pisces woman. Her zodiac sign is ruled by Neptune, the planet of creativity and dreams, and she’s always exploring the world and her potential.

Just like all Pisces women, Toriah Lachell is probably known for being a compassionate and supportive partner. This is perhaps what attracted Jayson Tatum to her since playing basketball while focusing on studies isn’t always easy, and having a supportive partner can make a big difference.

Toriah Lachell’s Education

Toriah Lachell

Just like Jayson Tatum, Toriah Lachell was an athlete while attending McCluer North High School. She played soccer and softball and continues to practice sports as part of her everyday life, usually taking snaps of herself in sports apparel and posting them on her Instagram account.

After graduating high school, Toriah Lachell decided to pursue her real passion. She chose to skip traditional college education and instead enrolled in a cosmetology school in Boston in 2017, where she could be close to her then-boyfriend. She graduated one year later, in 2018.

Toriah Lachell’s Relationship With Jayson Tatum

Toriah Lachell

Although Lachell and Tatutm didn’t attend the same school, they both met when they were high school students. Tatum is also two years older than her, so he probably saw her while she was out with her friends. However, nobody can confirm how their relationship started, although they might have been friends for a while before they started dating.

Nevertheless, the couple was first spotted in a 2015 Sports Illustrated feature about the five-star recruit. They barely talked about how their relationship started. Still, they may have gone on dates and felt a real connection, gone to the prom together, or decided to move in together after graduating.

A Rocky Relationship

Jayson Tatum wasn’t always on good terms with Toriah, as he started dating the volleyball player Samie Amos while he was in university. However, there were rumors that he started seeing Amos while he was still involved with Toriah Lachell.

To everyone’s surprise, Lachell announced she was pregnant while Tatum was involved with Amos. And this meant that Jayson Tatum had to make a choice.

A Big Surprise

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Being blessed with the miracle of parenthood is life-changing. But to many young people, it might not be the best thing given specific circumstances. Tori Lachell announced she was pregnant right after Jayson finished his sophomore year, only two months before the NBA draft.

At the same time, Toriah had just graduated high school and was still thinking about her future. So, it’s safe to say that this unplanned pregnancy was a bit of a surprise for the couple.

Moreover, things might not have been going great between the two since Tatum was already seeing someone else. However, he chose to end his relationship with Samie Amos to be present for his baby and baby mama.

Tatum later admitted that he might not have taken the news too well. He was a bit selfish at that time, only thinking about getting drafted. So, although any man would have been thrilled to become a dad, Tatum was concerned and didn’t tell anyone. He felt like it would be a distraction.

Having a Baby


Toriah had her son, Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr., only two weeks after joining the cosmetology school. Born on the 7th of December, 2017, the baby boy, known as Deuce, was born when his dad was in his rookie year playing for the Celtics.

Lachell decided to stay with her baby daddy, and they started a family together. Although the pregnancy might not have been planned, but they both decided to be the best parents they could be.

Is Toriah Lachell Still With Jayson Tatum?

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Toriah Lachell and Jayson Tatum dated from 2014 to 2017, but they decided to break up after the birth of their child. Nevertheless, they’ve agreed to raise their son as co-parents, putting the best interest of their boy first.

Deuce is often seen with his dad, even after he has announced that he’s dating the British singer Ella Mai. Toriah Lachell hasn’t revealed that she’s dating anyone, and she’s focusing on building her career as a makeup artist and businesswoman.

Wrap Up

As high school sweethearts, there’s no clear information on how Toriah Lachell and Jayson Tatum met. But it’s well-known that they dated for a while before Tatum started to play for the Boston Celtics.

Things weren’t always going well for the couple, but suddenly, Lachell announced that she was expecting Tatum’s child. He didn’t take the news too well, but he decided to break up with the woman he was dating then and be there for his son.

After the birth of Deuce Tatum, the couple decided to split up. But they’re on good terms as co-parents who want the best for their little boy.

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