Lamar Odom has always battled a lot of demons, and during their marriage, Khloe Kardashian had a chance to see most, if not all, of them. In her new book, she details why she hid what she knew about her husband’s drug addiction and more from her tight knit family for so long.
The Kardashian/Jenner family is super close, but even they don’t tell each other everything. Khloe Kardashian actually kept her sisters and parents in the dark for quite some time when it came to Lamar Odom’s addictions, and it was because, no matter how badly his actions were hurting her, she didn’t want her husband to feel judged. Real the excerpt from her book here. To hear more about Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
“The other thing I couldn’t control was the press, who were hungry for details and invariably got things wrong,” she writes in her book Strong Looks Better Naked (via People). “Kim and Kourtney and the rest of my family couldn’t avoid the tabloids. “We know something’s happening, Khloe! Why don’t you tell us about it? You’re safe with us.” Finally, that’s what I did – I told them. And I remember how blown away they were. Hurt, too, because I hadn’t shared. So I explained myself, “I wanted to protect Lamar,” I said. “I know how badly he wanted and needed this family. I didn’t want people to judge him or blame him. And I didn’t want him to feel like I was giving up on him.”
The reality star wound up filing for divorce in Dec. 2013, when she finally realized Lamar wasn’t able to give up his addictions…even if it meant losing her. Unfortunately, the former Lakers star wasn’t able to get help, and there was allegedly cocaine found in his system on the day he was discovered unconscious in a Nevada brothel. The episode left him comatose for three days, and he now continues to fight for survival, with his kidneys failing, in Los Angeles.
During this difficult ordeal, Khloe has been by Lamar’s side, and even called off the divorce on Oct. 21 — but it doesn’t mean they are back together. The decision to take back the papers was simply for practical reasons. “There was no rush for it,” she explained to People. “For medical decisions and a ton of other things, it’s just smarter that it’s put on hold. But that doesn’t mean I’m back with Lamar. It’s not even in our brains to think about us having a relationship.”
Still, the 31-year-old has vowed to stay by L.O’s side — even if she’s still in a relationship with her new man, James Harden. “When I got married, I believed in every vow that I took. I don’t believe love is fickle,” she explained. “You never know what to expect in life. I love Lamar and will always be there for him like I promised.” Through sickness and health — remember?
HollywoodLifers, do you think Khloe was right to hide all of this from her family?
— Alyssa Norwin