Deuce Tatum, the 5-year-old son of Jayson Tatum, has attracted the interest of Boston basketball fans and the media. He is frequently seen with his father, who never thinks twice about taking him to the game. Here is all we know about the celebrity child, from his parents to his birth and his upbringing in the spotlight.
Fascinating Facts About Deuce Tatum
1. He was born in the same year as his father’s professional debut
On December 6, 2017, Deuce Tatum was born to his father Jayson Tatum, and his high school sweetheart Toriah Lachell. The famous child is currently 5 years old. In the meantime, 2017 was a tremendous year for his father, who was selected third overall in the NBA Draft of that year. In an interview, his father stated that he was happy to begin a new chapter of his life with a child. He claimed he was committed to being the best basketball player and father he could be.
2. Deuce’s parents first met in high school
Jayson Tatum went to Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, where he first met Toriah Lachell, his girlfriend at the time. In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Tatum claimed that the news of Lachell’s pregnancy came to him in the early months of 2017, just as his first season at Duke University was coming to a close. Tatun and Toriah were both 19 years old when they welcomed their son.
3. His Parent allegedly split after his birth
According to reports, Deuce’s parents are no longer intimate partners. They are mentioned to have split a little while after their son’s birth. Fortunately, his parents don’t appear to be experiencing any custody battles. From every indication, they are giving out their best in terms of time and resources in raising their son.
Meanwhile, Deuce’s mother Toriah Lachell runs her own curly hair salon.
4. He has emerged as the Boston Celtics’ unofficial mascot
As was already noted, Deuce has attracted the interest of Boston Celtics supporters as well as NBA fans. Tatum’s teammates have grown to be close with him, and he has appeared on the Celtics’ social media accounts. Deuce has accompanied his father to numerous games, including one in May 2023 where the youngster took part in a kids’ dunk competition. Deuce is a vital member of the Celtics family already as he is frequently seen in the team’s courtside seat and locker room. He can also be seen encouraging the team and praising the players when their game is on.
5. Deuce Tatum is fun of crashing his father’s interviews
Deuce is accustomed to being in the spotlight already and has climbed into his father’s lap in a number of his post-game interviews.
More so, after the Celtics defeated Milwaukee in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in May 2022, a reporter inquired as to what Deuce would do when he traveled to Miami for the following matchup. The celebrity kid boldly took the microphone and said, “I’m going swimming.”
6. He likes to create music
Over the years, Tatum has posted numerous images of his son on social media. The famous forward uploaded a Snapchat video of the father-and-son team performing karaoke in February 2021. He also posted a picture of Deuce practicing on a unique drum set. His name was displayed on the set in the recognizable Boston Celtics colors and typography.
7. The celebrity kid is a budding basketball player
Grant Williams of the Celtics claims that Deuce already possesses some impressive basketball abilities. More so, he is adjudged to be a good passer and dribbler from a very tender age. He may as a matter of fact end up a basketball pro given the kind of interest he has shown in the game. Other basketball pro kids that also love the game include Laila Nicole Williams.
8. His grandfather was also a sportsman
It will suffice to say Deuce’s basketball passion draws from his grandfather down to his father. His grandfather, Justin Tatum also played basketball at Saint Louis University and is a gym teacher and basketball coach at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. Deuce’s grandfather was also previously the coach and athletics director at Soldan International Studies High School for six years.
9. Every pair of Tatum’s footwear bears his son’s name
Tatum’s sneakers intentionally include markings that are visible from the inside. The Celtics player revealed to The Bleacher Report that all of his game-day kicks bear his son’s nickname.
10. Deuce Tatum inspired his dad’s signature shoe with Nike
‘The Tatum 1’ is the first shoe that Tatum created for Nike’s Jordan Brand. The sneaker is available in four colorways, including ‘The Zoo,’ a black and red pair that was motivated by Deuce’s love of animals. According to Tatum, his son has inspired him in more ways than he could have imagined.