The two were never seen as mates, but Erin Hunter confirmed that Willowpelt and Tawnyspots were Darkstripe's parents. Many fans don't think this could happen. Willowpelt was only an apprentice when Tawnyspots was ill and in the medicine den. By the time she was a warrior, he was either retired or dead. This means that the idea of them could just be a mistake and that they aren't Darkstripe's parents.
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