During an interview with Us Weekly, former NBA star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian Lamar Odom finally admitted it was more than drugs that ruined his marriage. He also cheated on his wife multiple times.
“If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women. That wasn’t the stand-up thing to do,” he said, explaining that women “came out of the woodwork” after his relationship was shared on TV screens across the world. “It also opened this gate up with other women who probably wouldn’t have been interested in me. When I became Khloé Kardashian’s man and on TV, it made me look more enticing. People who didn’t even know basketball would approach me because they knew Lammy.”
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In addition to the affairs, the couple’s marriage began to fall apart when Kardashian became aware of Odom’s drug use.
“I was in the man cave she had made for me, and she caught me. 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,” he said. “She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word.”
After Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, things took a turn for the worse for Odom. Rather than trying to repair his marriage, he simply “turned the drug use up to another level,” leading to his infamous and nearly fatal overdose at a Las Vegas brothel in 2015. Although Odom claims he wasn’t under the influence of any substances at the time, traces of drugs were found in his system.
“I might have had a drink to get the mood started, but was I drunk or on drugs? Not at all,” he insisted. “I remember lying in bed. Two women were in bed and then I fell asleep. That’s all. When I woke up four days later, I was trying to pull the tubes out of my mouth.”
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With the help of Kardashian, Odom miraculously recovered. Since then, he has completed a stay in rehab and is working on a docuseries and autobiography due this year.
“Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling,” he said. “You’re getting Lamar now.”