Former NBA star Lamar Odom had it all back in 2009. He was at the top of his game, he had married reality TV star Khloé Kardashian, and came into more fame and money than he could have imagined. But like most good things, his empire came crumbling down.
After a slew of bad decisions and demoralizing headlines, Lamar hit rock bottom. He stopped playing basketball, found himself in the hospital, and got divorced from Khloé. Like most stars though, Lamar is slowly getting his act together and is starting to speak up.
After the release of his book, Darkest to Light: A Memoir, a lot of revelations have come about, especially between his relationships with Empire star Taraji P. Henson and Khloé Kardashian.
21 Khloe & Lamar Got Married After Knowing Each Other For Three Weeks
It was a classic celebrity romance: Khloé and Lamar met each other at a party and the rest was history. You know what they say, when you know, you know. And these two knew they were meant to be together (at least at that time). As fans of Keeping up With the Kardashians, we've never seen Khloé in such a happy place. But was it crazy to get married without even knowing each other a full month? That's a hard yes.
20 Lamar Left Taraji
When we met Lamar on Keeping up With the Kardashians, none of us knew his dating history. But thanks to his memoir, we learned he was actually dating the legendary actress when he started seeing Khloé! According to Lamar, he "didn’t know how to tell her that I was falling in love with another woman named Khloe Kardashian.”
19 Khloe & Lamar's Wedding Was Televised
If you can remember, Khloé and Lamar's quickie wedding was televised for Keeping up With the Kardashians. We saw Kris Jenner freaking out about not having any time and Khloé on cloud nine as she finally got to be married to a man who treated her well. Looking back, it's actually quite sad to relive their wedding day knowing where it all led.
18 Lamar Admitted Regretting Leaving Taraji
Now that we know that Lamar left Taraji for Khloé, did he have any regrets about doing so? According to his memoir, yes. "I learned a lot from her because that was the most significant relationship as a grown-up that I had with a Black woman,” Lamar said. Perhaps these two would have worked out if he had been more mature and honest.
17 Lamar Clicked With The Kardashians Instantly
If you've been following the Kardashians since their show originally started, you would know that Khloé is a guarded person. She doesn't trust many people (especially men) and won't tolerate you if she doesn't have to. But with Lamar, they hit it off instantly. According to People, the couple was "literally inseparable."
16 Odom Carried A Picture Of Taraji With Him
In case you're wondering how serious these two were, they weren't just a casual fling — Lamar seemed to have had a deep love for Taraji. He even carried a picture of the star with him on road trips (a picture that's not on your phone sounds pretty serious to us). As he said himself, she inspired him to do better. "She gave me inspiration, a Black woman working like that that’s just as good at her craft as [I am at] my craft,” he said.
15 Khloé Became A Step-Mom To Lamar's Two Kids
Before Khloé had baby True, she was a step-mother to Lamar's two kids from a prior marriage. Having a daughter and a son, they were both in their teens and had some strong views on Miss Khloé and her family. They came out a few times and called Khloé's influence on him as toxic.
14 Taraji Inspired Lamar
Knowing that Lamar's kids were not fond of Khloé and him being together, it's interesting to note that Lamar's ex, Liza Morales, genuinely liked Taraji for Lamar. In her words, she inspired him when they were together. Being 10 years older than Lamar, she must have given him security and wisdom in such a high-profile life.
13 The Couple Had Their Own Reality-TV Show
Aptly titled, Khloé & Lamar, E! broadcasted the show which was a mini version of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. It showed what Khloé and Lamar's life was like behind closed doors and how he integrated with the famous family. From a viewer's standpoint, their relationship (and the show) seemed awesome. But clearly, the two had demons in their closets.
12 Taraji Went On To Find Love With A Former NFL Player
Just in case anyone is wondering how Taraji coped with losing Lamar so publicly, she's doing quite well 10 years later. In fact, she's engaged to former NFL player, Kelvin Hayden, and if you follow the pair on social media, they look as loved up as ever. She really lucked out with Kelvin.
11 Khloé Had Fertility Problems With Lamar
If there was one Kardashian we thought would be the first to have kids after Kourtney, it would have been Khloé. As the protector of the family, she is very maternal. In fact, she and Lamar admitted multiple times to try and start a family but it never worked out for them. As we later know from the show, Khloé knew her marriage was in turmoil and didn't think it was right to bring a baby into a bad situation.
10 He Lost Out On A Golden Globe Winner
As a professional actress, Taraji P. Henson does not come to play. She's the real deal. In 2016, she won a Golden Globe for her role in Empire. She even won a SAAG Award for Hidden Figures in 2017. In fact, out of 50 nominations, Taraji has won 28 of them! That's certainly impressive.
9 The Former Couple Had Their Own Scent For Sale
Just in case you were wondering what Khloé and Lamar smelled like, the released their own perfume called Unbreakable. The scent was unique as it could be worn by both women and men. It was another addition to their relationship, proving how strong they were when they first began their relationship. Sadly, I don't think Khloé wears Unbreakable anymore...
8 Empire Took Taraji's Celebrity To The Next Level
As we know, Taraji is an award-winning actress but it was Empire that really got her to the top. Besides Empire, Henson has also been in Date Night, Hidden Figures, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Hustle & Flow. She's also currently shooting a project called Coffee & Kareem, which doesn't have a release date yet.
7 Lamar And Khloé's Brother Rob Were Tighter Than Tight
I think all of us Kardashian fans can admit that the demise of Khloé and Lamar was also the demise of Rob Kardashian. He and Lamar were closer than closer — they seemed like they've always been friends. However, once Lamar hit rock bottom, it appears Rob did too. Since he lived with Khloé and Lamar for a long time, it's safe to say he saw too much and it affected him greatly.
6 She's A Mother Of One
Another thing that bonded Taraji and Lamar was their role as parents. Lamar may have had two kids but Taraji had one: a boy named Marcell. As a junior in college at Howard University, Taraji fell pregnant and pushed herself to graduate with her baby in tow, and that's exactly what she did. What an inspiring story for all solo parents out there.
5 They Divorced After Four Years
After marrying in September of 2009, this relationship came to a close in 2016 when they were finally divorced. The two had separated before their divorce was finalized but it was time to close that dark chapter in both their lives. We saw Khloé struggle on TV, but we can imagine Lamar equally struggled in his own way.
4 She's Very Educated
Not only is Taraji an award-winning actress and a mother of a son, but she is extremely educated. After graduating high school in 1988 and going to college at Howard University (where she majored in theater), she also went to technical school at North Carolina A&T State University.
3 The Two Remain Friendly
Even in Khloé's darkest days, she still has love for Lamar. Even in the most recent season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloé admitted to missing him "all the time." The two have spoken on occasion (especially after she stepped up to save his life) but it doesn't appear these two would ever reconcile.
2 She's Vegan!
Taraji is a known vegan is partnered with PETA. After her doctor told her she was "on her way to stomach cancer," Taraji made a drastic lifestyle change and cut out all animal products. Thankfully, since going vegan, Taraji no longer has those stomach pains that brought her to the doctor in the first place, according to Raise Vegan.
1 She Supported His Tell-All Book
When the world heard Lamar Odom was coming out with a memoir, we all wanted to know how Khloé would react. Was he going to unleash anything she wasn't proud of? But according to Khloé over on IG, she commented on Lamar's post saying, “Look at God!!! Congratulations Lammy! Keep shining."