Even if you aren’t a fan of the hit E! reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you still know exactly who Khloe Kardashian and her ex-husband Lamar Odom are (even if you didn’t know who Khloe was and are a fan of basketball, you know who exactly Lamar is) – mainly because you couldn’t pass a grocery store cash register without seeing their faces parked on the cover of most tabloid magazines.
After a whirlwind MONTH-LONG relationship, the former Los Angeles Laker proposed to the reality television princess and sister of Kim Kardashian, and their marriage was…well, bumpy to say the least.
And their very public divorce was even more public, horribly enough.
Here, we found 20 things about the former NBA player that Khloe AND the Kardashian clan wish was kept under wraps.
20 He Had A Rough Childhood Growing Up
Those who usually had a difficult upbringing usually have a life filled with turbulence, which seems to be the case for Lamar. Even though he had a successful NBA career, he still suffered from the demons of his childhood. His mother passed away from colon cancer when he was only 12 and his father had a substance problem. Lamar was raised by his late grandmother.
19 Was He Really Even That Good Of A Basketball Player?
Sure, Lamar has two NBA championships under his belt (when he played with the Los Angeles Lakers, so mainly that was all Kobe Bryant’s team) before bouncing around from team to team. Outside of Los Angeles, Lamar is often booed when he places against his former teams – mainly Dallas, where the fans aren’t really on his side.
18 Khloe Said She “Hated Him” At First
Lamar and Khloe met at a party and Khloe actually said during an interview that she really didn’t care for Lamar when she first met him. “I hated him,” she said to Ryan Seacrest. “[I was like] ‘Ugh you’re a basketball player, you’re typical, you’re annoying.” But then they soon started dating after a rocky little start and were engaged in a month.
17 Probably Regrets Getting Engaged That Fast
…Not to mention getting married literally six days following their engagement. Any older couple will tell you never to rush into a supposed lifelong commitment so quickly, but Khloe and Lamar clearly didn’t listen, which led to a very bumpy marriage that was aired out in front of the entire world. Bet both wish they can take back the rushing (but not the relationship).
16 Tragically, Lamar Lost One Of His Children
Lamar is a proud papa to two beautiful children with his ex-girlfriend Liza Morales – daughter Destiny and son Lamar Jr. The couple did have a third son named Jayden, but he ended up tragically passing away in his sleep from SIDS when he was only six months old back in 2006. No parent should have to suffer through the loss of a child.
15 The Details About His Relationship With Taraji Henson
Right before he met Khloe, Lamar was in a relationship with Empire actress Taraji P. Henson, who is a force of nature in her own right. He has gone on the record and regrets the way he ended things with Henson and that she really inspired him. “I used to carry her picture on the road with me,” he said. “Don’t know anybody knew that.”
14 His Dangerous Addictions
We all are well aware by now that Lamar almost lost his own life thanks to his dangerous addictions. It wasn’t too long ago that he overdosed and was in a coma, which brought nearly the entire Kardashian clan to his bedside. Everyone thought that he was going to pass, but he managed to pull through, thankfully.
13 How He Couldn’t Handle The Spotlight
Lamar had been handling a very spotlight during his NBA career, but when it married Khloe, it took on an entirely different meaning. We would see him on and off on the hit reality show, but mostly, Khloe tried to keep their struggles out of the public eye for both their sakes. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out very well.
12 How His Nearly-Fatal Incident Played Out
Khloe and her family rushed to Lamar’s side when he was found unconscious and barely clinging to life. Most people criticized the family when they did this because they were said to have brought along a slew of cameras (a lot of people believed they rushed to his bedside for publicity purposes).
11 Khloe’s Own “Devotion” To Him
After he was well enough to talk about his near-death experience, he expressed his gratitude to his ex by saying that her devotion really started pouring out when he was on his death bed, that she didn’t leave his side for a single second. But, as we know, after he was well, she left him again.
10 Does He Really Just “Want To Be Friends” With Her?
After a four-year marriage built on turmoil, does one really think it’s possible to still be friends with their ex-wife? Yes, it’s possible, but not if he’s still in love with her. After they broke up before he nearly accidentally ended his own life, he expressed that he was still in love with Khloe and wanted to get back together with her. Whoa.
9 She Should Have Been Vaguer About Their Marriage
While the two were still married and starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Lamar appeared every now and then in front of the camera. However, when they were experiencing problems, Khloe did her best to keep things as vague as possible, but it doesn't always work out best for her. Even when they broke up, she tried. She just couldn’t really ignore everything.
8 The Time She Opened Up When He Went Missing For Three Days
Back in 2013, Khloe had kept the secret that Lamar had been cheating on her and wrestling with his own inner demons. And then he went off and disappeared for a good 72 hours. It was THEN when Khloe decided to break her own personal dam and talk about his issues and the other women in his life.
7 When He Nearly Physically Harmed Her
When Lamar’s memoir “Darkness to Light” came out earlier this year and it managed to shock fans who had only been exposed to Khloe’s side of things. In one chapter, he spoke about the time when she walked in on him and witnessed some pretty disturbing things. He grabbed her and threatened her, something he deeply regrets.
6 When She Got Into A Fight With His Mistress
Another incident highlighted in the book is the time he was unfaithful to Khloe at a hotel with two other women, and she tracked him down and showed up with her mother Kris Jenner. She then got into a very violent fight with one of the women. Hotel security ended up breaking up the fight when Kris freaked out
5 Hinting That Maybe She’ll Get Back With Him So Many Times
Since their separation, Khloe has been out with different men, including NBA superstar James Harden, but she can’t really stop talking about Lamar and her undying feelings for him. When the book was released, she said that she was proud he was opening up about his past with her and telling his truth.
4 His Openness With The Media About His Undying Love For Her
Shortly after their first parting, Lamar expressed regret for hurting Khloe and openly said that he was still (and always will be) in love with her. Even when she moved on, he really couldn’t even though he tried. He would always come back to saying that he was in love with his ex. Even now it still seems like he can’t let go.
3 Should He Have Had Shared So Much In His Memoir?
One thing is for sure, Kris Jenner didn’t do much “damage control” after Lamar’s memoir was released, and with good reason. Khloe went on the record to say, via the show, that she had absolutely no issue with all the private information that was said in his book and that he is simply telling “his truth”.
2 Sharing All Their Legal Matters With The Public
A majority of their own legal matters regarding the divorced all went down in the public eye, and I’m sure that Khloe deeply resents that (even if it brought in good ratings for the show). Usually, people don’t like to air out their dirty (legal) laundry in front of the entire world, but that’s just the life she (and him) signed up for.
1 Despite All This… She’s Happy He’s Opening Up
Khloe was very positive when talking about his book on the show: “I’m fine. It’s his truth. He’s allowed to tell his version. Him and I each played a significant role in each other’s lives. If I talk about my past I would hope that my marriage would be a chapter that I would talk about and for him, the same thing.”
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