In a tell-all interview, Lamar Odom reveals that he was dating Empire actress Taraji P. Henson when he fell for Khloe Kardashian.
“She Inspired Me”
In the interview, it’s clear that Lamar has a lot of respect for ex-girlfriend Taraji, praising her for her dedication to her craft and crediting the actress for motivating him to play harder and better.
“She was a little older than me, but I learned a lot from her because that was the most significant relationship as a grown-up that I had with a black woman.”
Incidentally, Taraji is now almost 50 and must use the best wrinkle cream in existence. She’s 10 years older than Lamar.
But Lamar says it was love at first sight when he met Khloe Kardashian.
“Things ended with Taraji because of me being an immature punk. I didn’t know how to tell her I was falling in love with another woman named Khloe Kardashian.”
Cheating and Drugs
Lamar and Khloe tied the knot after dating for just one month. He admits to cheating on her during their marriage.
Things began falling apart in early 2013, and by the end of the year, Khloe had filed for divorce.
“For a while, being with her was bliss and I was the happiest I’ve ever been,” Odom wrote in his memoir, From Darkness to Light. “We were one of the most famous couples in Hollywood and we made more money together than we had individually.”
Unfortunately for him, being married to one of the biggest reality stars in the world put him in the spotlight more than ever. Even as his basketball career fizzled out, he found himself spiraling into increasingly bad decisions.
“I could not handle the lethal cocktail of the spotlight, addiction, a diminishing career, and infidelity,” he writes. “Oh, did I mention the paranoia, anxiety, depression. … I couldn’t keep my d— in my pants or the coke out of my nose. Drug addicts are incredibly skilled at hiding their habit. I’d get defensive and Khloé would just drop it.”
“I wish I could have been more of a man,” Lamar concluded, seeming wistful about his ex-wife. “It still bothers me to this day. But regret is something we have to learn to live with.”
Brush With Death
In 2015, Lamar was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel. He had overdosed and lay in a coma for four days–and Khloe never left his side even though they were legally separated at the time.
Once he was out of the woods, Khloe re-filed for divorce in 2016.
“All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle. I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma,” he told People. “Every day, I’m alive. It’s much better than the alternative”
These days, Taraji is riding out the last season of her hit TV show Empire. She’s also engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden.
Khloe went on to have a baby with NBA player Tristan Thompson, although the pair have since split when he was caught cheating with Kylie Jenner’s BFF Jordyn Woods.