You have to give Khloe Kardashian some serious props. Not only did the reality star remain extremely tight-lipped the entire time her ex-husband Lamar Odom was in the hospital, but once he recovered she still never spoke badly about him in the press.
What makes that all even more impressive is that, as it turns out, she had every reason to be angry at his brutal behaviour.
Odom is finally speaking out about what happened between him and his ex, and he’s actually taking full responsibility for how out of control things got. Basically his continued drug use (cocaine was his drug of choice) and infidelity with many, many women contributed to the breakdown of his marriage, but it also almost led to his death in 2015. As you’ll recall, the man suffered two heart attacks, had 12 strokes and was basically paralyzed.
Through it all Kardashian stayed by his side in order to help him recover and to regain his memory. Now that sound like the makings of a saint, to us. Okay or maybe just a really, really, really good person.
The former NBA star laid it out all in the recent issue of Us Magazine, taking his fans back to that very dark time in his life and explaining that he’s finally come through on the other side of things.
“Around two years before we split up , I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me [doing drugs],” he said. “She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me.”
That doesn’t mean the behaviour stopped, of course. As the drugs continued, Odom also recounts a time when Kardashian caught him having an affair with a random woman in a hotel room.
“She caught me in a sleazy motel room in L.A., getting high with this one girl. It was atrocious. Looking back, I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ That was like sticking a knife in her heart and twisting it,” he says. “She didn’t deserve it. She always tried to help me with the drugs. I rejected the help.”
So why is the athlete coming clean about all of this behaviour now? Maybe he really has reformed and wants to get back into Kardashian’s good graces (the pair currently aren’t on speaking terms). Or maybe it’s because he’s thinking of turning his situation around with a tell-all book, and being open and frank about it is a great way to garner publicity.
Either way, we have to give him kudos for getting sober — it’s not like doing so is a cake walk.
“Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling. Being in the moment is important — how you react, respond, create,” he tells the publication. “If I would have done coke last night, you would have gotten some d*ckhead here trying to get out of here fast. But you’re getting Lamar now.”
Meanwhile, it’s nice to see that Kardashian has moved on too, with her new guy and current NBA player Tristan Thompson. As for the exes’ future friendship? Well we wouldn’t exactly blame Kardashian if she never spoke to Odom again, but at the same time saying you’re sorry and admitting to terrible behaviour is a good first step.
So let’s just say we’re looking at their potential future friendship optimistically.