Lamar Odom Is Incredibly Brave To Reveal Reasons For His Emotional Pain

Mon, May 14, 2012 2:37pm EDT by 7 Comments
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Lamar’s honestly over his heartbreaking personal losses in the ‘Khloe & Lamar’ finale, made his disastrous basketball season understandable. Thank God, Khloe was amazingly supportive.

How impressed were you by Lamar Odom‘s willingness to lay his soul bare on last night’s (May 13’s) season finale of Khloe & Lamar. The NBA star has truly been through hell and back in the past year or so, and it’s been a challenge for his marriage as well as his career.

Khloe tweeted this morning how proud she was that Lamar was willing to go public with his heartbreak. “He (Lamar) has never felt like he was able to express his pain. He didn’t want to be a burden. He’s that sweet.”

Khloe’s right. Lamar is THAT sweet. Who would ever have known when Lamar was a big Lakers star that inside he was such a hurting, sensitive soul? We’ve seen that side of him all along on Khloe & Lamar this season, but never before did he fully open up like this about his devastating personal losses and how hard it has been to cope with them.

“I do think I’ve been keeping my pain bottled up… thinking I have to show a sign of strength, I thought it was my role. But it’s way, way, way past basketball. For the last six or seven months, when I lost my cousin (Curtis Smith) to senseless gun violence –  he was really, really dear to me and close to my heart – it wore on me, having to hold the responsibility of being the rock .Everyone looked at me, when it happened, like what’s next,” he confessed on the show.

“I went to the hospital and realized it was probably best that he would have to move on,” Lamar recalled of his heartrending decision to take his beloved cousin, just 24 years old and shot in the back of the head, off life support.

Then Lamar talked about the tragedy he was involved in the very next day when the limosine he was riding in hit a motorcycle that was driving recklessly, sending it flying into a teenager, 15, and killing him.

“It brought up the emotions of when ‘the baby’ died (his son with ex-girlfriend, Liza Morales, Jaden 6 months, who died from SIDS in 2006), but this time I didn’t have any control and it took its toll on me emotionally that’s why before this season I started to question myself – was I mentally capable of basketball.”

Poor Lamar. The man has had to deal with the loss of his closest loved ones over and over. His mom, grandmother, baby, cousin. The abandonment by his dad, who is a drug addict. No wonder Lamar’s found it hard between all that devastating personal tragedy and the demands of filming Khloe & Lamar, to concentrate on basketball.

It’s also no wonder, he needs to lean on Khloe and can’t even consider the idea of splitting, even if they’ve disagreed over filming the show. He NEEDS her big time.

“Whenever I’m really down and out, no matter what, Khlo is the one person I can count on and it heals me a little to be able to talk about,” he confessed.

Thank goodness Khloe has been there for Lamar but she needs to keep pushing back at her mother Kris Jenner, who is desperate for another season of Khloe & Lamar. She needs to protect her sweet and vulnerable husband.

“Everything that’s happened has just brought us closer, but I’m just happy that I have someone like Khlo to hold me down and get me through our trying times,” he confessed at the end of the show.

Khloe, he needs you, he’s there for you. Thank goodness you agreed to put Khloe & Lamar on haitus. You must put Lamar, your husband’s needs first!

Bonnie Fuller

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